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DIRAK swinghandle range from FDB Panel Fittings

Our Online store offers a selection of standard swinghandles for enclosures and cabinets as the modern alternative standard product solution for industrial installations. Swinghandles have a low profile and so reduce safety concerns over clothing especially in narrow corridors, they provide excellent leverage and torque to deal with high closure forces required with the sealing of large doors. Swinghandles offer a wide selection of options for security of access and for sealing of the cabinet – they can also reduce transit damage by virtue of their low profile – so they may be factory-installed where otherwise an L or T handle may require onsite installation.

Today’s swinghandle is a well-considered, time proven, well designed, and manufactured package – and is increasingly being chosen in stainless steel for hygiene related equipment.

Bridge handle range from FDB Panel Fittings

Our Online program of bridge handles has been optimized for a large number of applications. Explains our MD Gary Miles “We have serviced the specialist panel building industry for many years and so when it came to selecting common items, like bridge handles for our Online store it was important that we offer high-quality items suitable for applications such as mechanical engineering, toolmaking, electrical housings, medical and health generally – and the food/pharmaceutical processing industries.”

Typically, at FDB we have partnered with mainstream manufacturers like DIRAK who offer many bridge handles, finger pulls, rod handles, hinged recessed handles, and revolving pull handles in polyamide and aluminium with either through fixing with protective caps or rear fixing versions.

Gary Miles explains “It is important to our customers that these handles are stylish and strong to suit shop floor industrial use on cabinets or housings, as well as being aesthetically pleasing to work well in office situations when fitted to cabinet drawers and storage cupboards.”

The FDB range also includes DIRAK SNAP technology handles which can be quickly installed without tools and are available in zinc die cast, polyamide or stainless steel.

New FDB/DIRAK Telescopic Cover Supports for control desks – tops and covers

Sturdy door stays or wind stops are essential for comfort and safety of servicing of enclosures and cabinets in some locations such as externally on rooftops or other exposed situations – so our extensive range of telescopic stays is available ex-stock from our Online store in steel and stainless steel. This variety offers many options and features such as fixed length or adjustable with varying release options.


Hinges from FDB Panel Fittings

The experienced team here at FDB Panel Fittings believe that with our diverse range of hinges they can fulfil virtually any customer requirement. In view of present supply chain issues in the general market, the sales team explain that there is good ex-stock availability for urgent delivery from the Online store covering the most popular types.

In addition to delivery from stock, we are able to preferentially source from major international brands such as DIRAK and PINET. This enables us to cover all sorts of enclosure hinges in zinc die, steel, polyamide, and stainless steel, for internal/concealed or external use. Many weld-on, bolt-on, and screw-on hinges cover a standard portfolio, with DIRAK SNAP technology hinges fulfilling the important requirement for toolless fitting. This permits rapid secure fitting, even on-site at final installation.

Explains our MD Gary Miles “We are pulling out all the stops to support our extended customer base, whether they require standard bullet hinges, lift-off butt type, sprung/torque designs or large flap types with adjustment. We are geared to support all specialist enclosure or cabinet builders – whether in the engineering/electrical or building industries”.

Trimline IP65 swinghandles from FDB Panel Fittings

We recently announced that DIRAK Trimline IP65 swinghandles are now available ex-stock from our Online store. These Trimline handles have a stylish low-profile design in chrome or black finished zinc die for installations where both form and function are important considerations, as may be found in a wide range of industrial and office environments.

Trimline swinghandles offer a much higher torque capability than simple quarter turn locks and latches, enabling tighter close down and operation of multi-point rod locking mechanisms for sealing larger doors and increased security. This feature enables use of 1-point latching, 2-point latching and 3-point latching systems which distribute the sealing loads around the door periphery. This enables access control to server racks, control cabinets and other custom housings to be simply and professionally managed, preventing unauthorised access and ingress of material that may damage internal equipment.

The FDB Online store offers many other swinghandles of interest to specialist panel builders who require rapid delivery to keep their installation program running smoothly.

FDB hinge range

Hinges and locks and a panel together pretty much define a door so we are pleased that we can offer an extensive range of hinges to meet most industrial applications in various types and styles; including lift-off, screw-on, weld-on, surface mounted, concealed, continuous and butt type versions.

They are available ex-stock from our Online store in zinc die, polyamide, steel and stainless steel according to specification.

For further information, refer to our Knowledge Base articles KB03.1 and KB06.1

The handy Hinge Calculator tool is also available; see below:

hinge calculator tool
FDB enclosure door gasket seals

Well our best guess is that often the closest engineers came to standard gaskets for enclosure doors was choosing the guage of string or rope that was used to press into the joint or channel – now of course things are much simpler and we have a great selection for ex-stock delivery from our Online store. See here for details.

FDB Bridge handles

We at FDB Panel Fittings, are pleased to offer bridge handles for enclosure doors, inspection covers, drawers, cases (lifting), and instrument carrying.

Otherwise known as Bow or Pull handles, there are front or rear mounting versions to suit the security needs of the installation, also front mounting with concealment covers, for where aesthetics are a consideration, such as in office environments.

Our bridge handles come in a range of materials including stainless steel, steel/chrome, glass-reinforced polyamide and brushed aluminium and are complemented with clip-in dish handles for sliding doors and cases (lifting).

Ex-stock delivery from the FDB Online store ensures easy ordering and supply of handles from a selection of major international sales partners such as DIRAK.

Wing locks from FDB

Locking Wing knobs offer the convenience of quarter-turn door locking with fingertip opening in a simple compact device. They are available ex-stock in black or chrome finish from our Online store, and are also supplied without a locking cylinder for use as a plain latch where personnel security is not an issue. They may be ordered with an assembled cam of the height required and easily installed into the door cutout and secured with the backnut supplied.

FDB L and T handles for electrical and electronic cabinets and enclosures

Our Online selection of handles for specialist cabinet and enclosure doors includes traditional L and T styles, also round knob, wing knob and swinghandle types from international manufacturer DIRAK and other sales partners.

Materials include stainless steel, zinc die, reinforced polyamide: in black or chrome finish, or mirror polish for hygiene installations.

Handles are lockable or non-locking (latch handles) to varying sealing degrees, although most are to IP65 or higher.

The range includes dual cylinder locking and padlockable handles – many are available with differing length bodies and a wide range of cams is available to permit matching with doors and door frames.

Our sales partners include DIRAK, EMKA, Pinet, Weston Body Hardware, Gold & Wassall and Lowe & Fletcher so they can be sure to find the right lock specification for the enclosure application.

Delivery from the Online store is ex-stock and our team here at FDB Panel Fittings offers the Rocfast lock assembly and logistics service on all handles, which ensures correct specification and time-saving installation.