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FDB 2-450 emergency-open device

The FDB 2-450 emergency-open device can be combined with swinghandles from their ex-stock range for use in walk-in storage situations such as cold rooms, refrigerated stores, data rooms or large cubicles.

The device works on rod lock systems to override the exterior swinghandle so providing an emergency exit for personnel accidentally shut inside the storage area.

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IP65 PHZ 6-500 compression latch   
to minimise attack points for prying tools

The IP65 PHZ 6-500 compression latch from FDB Panel Fittings was developed to minimise attack points for prying tools - so is considered vandalism safe - while integrating seamlessly into virtually any enclosure design. It is therefore considered suitable for protection of integrated electronics and other equipment from being damaged by weather or vandalism, particularly in publicly accessible areas for enclosures of automated equipment such as advertising boards or vehicle electrical charging stations which require a secure and very inconspicuous latch.

The PHZ 6-500 features a patented planetary roller clamping mechanism which is operated using the lock key alone, but manages to offer a full 20mm closure range with 1300N force. Installation is completely within the enclosure and on larger cabinets is ideally suited to operation of a flat rod multi-point locking mechanism.

A surface mounting lock cover is available which can be colour matched to the enclosure if required.

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Torpedo-style hinges for electrical cabinets and enclosures

FDB Panel Fittings offer their popular torpedo hinge in a "Black" version.

These torpedo-style hinges are widely used in traditional chrome plated finish for electrical cabinets and enclosures, allowing doors to be quickly mounted or removed from frames.

The FDB Black version is both aesthetically pleasing and offers good corrosion resistance in normal industrial environments with the added benefit of a significant price point reduction.

The FDB Black torpedo hinge is manufactured in die cast zinc alloy with a 10mm stainless steel pin - rig tests have shown that two hinges on a 1m frame comfortably carried a 60kg load (equivalent to 60NM (3.43KN).

For further information, view website:  Refer to page 937

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