Handles

For many years the traditional handle for cabinets had an “L” or a “T” configuration but these were often awkward and caught on clothing where there was limited space – such as in control rooms – and then the swinghandle was created and has in many ways become the “new normal”. It’s benefits of non-catching low profile and ergonomic leverage have streamlined specialist cabinet design and the modular approach that came along with it has greatly simplified high quality installations.

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Together with our sales partner DIRAK we have recently introduced an upmarket, rugged, recessed handle with clean design style. The DST handle offers extra-secure retention with IP65 sealing for large manual equipment.

This new handle features tool-less installation with D-Snap technology and deep hand grip. The unusual IP65 sealing means that the DST can be used in outdoor applications.

The new DIRAK Swinghandle system has been enhanced with the introduction of their 3-440 Bearing Plate RS bases. These intermediary mounting accessories enable use of swinghandles with a single point polyamide latching cam or alternatively with standard cam and multi-point rod locking if required.

Installation is quick and simple with initial clip attachment to the swinghandle base, then twin screw fastening for security and sealing.

These internal support plates secure the swinghandle through doors of 1mm up to 3mm thickness and provide 270° limitation with the locking position engaged at 90°.

The “type a” bearing plate incorporates a black polyamide cam, while “type b” uses standard cams or 3-point adapter for connection into a rod closure system.

The new DIRAK 3-149 swinghandle is a low-profile IP65 locking handle which facilitates fitment of flat rod multi-point closure systems.

This swinghandle/flat rod approach especially suits larger door cabinets which need the additional rigidity which they can offer to the door structure in its closed condition, thus aiding sealing and security.

These flat rod systems enable 2 or 3-point closure – even 4 or 5-point and more, by virtue of multiple brackets at intermediate points along each rod. This new 3-149 swinghandle provides pop-out handle operation with 1333 keyed lock cylinder for RH or LH mounting and incorporating an optional integral earthing clip.

New DIRAK cabinet stainless steel IP65 L-handle

20 February 2020

A new enclosure handle in traditional L format is an unusual event, so this latest DIRAK offering from FDB Panel Fittings is to be welcomed as it brings the concept up to date by incorporating many features in one simple product. Easy and precise height adjustment of the latching cam enables correct fitment with square […]

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T handles and rod latches

3 March 2019

T handles – ( or Tee handles) are a traditional and comfortable way of operating latches with or without key locks. Generally a simple fit into a keyed hole and assembled with a back-nut to provide a cam or tab latch, they are available in zinc die, polyamide or stainless steel – many of them […]

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New extra-length Bridge Handles

10 January 2019

These newly designed extra-length bridge handles are available in silicon-grey or matte black to an extended 220mm length compared to 142, 170 or 199mm for its standard sized sibling. The added length provides ultimate comfort and convenience, for example when wearing work gloves. The new design incorporates slanted surfaces and rounded edges to ensure resistance […]

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Merry Christmas from FDB Panel Fittings

19 December 2018

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Multi point locking systems

23 November 2018

Multi point rod locking systems – sometimes called espagnolette arrangements – are a mainstream layout for closure of larger cabinets and generally give a three point pull down of the door gasket as well as securing against unauthorised opening. Typically the rods are operated by a locking handle such as a swinghandle or traditional L/T […]

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Enclosure handles and Cabinet handles

2 November 2018

On a day-to-day basis we tend to use the terms “enclosure” and “cabinet” almost interchangeably, but except in the generic sense that an enclosure is anything that encloses ( not very helpful) we are probably used to using “enclosure” to mean something medium sized to small eg wall mounting to plastic box – while “cabinet” […]

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