Stainless steel enclosure hardware modular program
The EMKA team provides useful application information about its modular stainless steel hardware program for specialist panel builders, HVAC and vehicle manufacturers. The company points to the usefulness of a modular program employing internationally standardised cutouts, inserts, and keys. It describes how modularity allows high-quality production values over the range, utilising consistent designs compatible with other ranges. This will enable customers to source a product for every market niche while enjoying stainless steel’s corrosion-resistant and rugged performance in stronger hardware components than those using cheaper materials.
They point out that the company’s stainless steel hardware program is weather resistant in outdoor installations, e.g., exposed rail side, roadside, coastal and offshore environments, and telecommunications, commercial vehicles and HVACR. Particular specialist items incorporate high-temperature silicon seals, e.g., for power stations and offshore, and also for clean and hygienic areas in food and pharmaceutical industries. Innocuous stainless steel wing knobs deliver convenient closure for small enclosures, and RC2-compatible swing handles are provided for situations needing vandal resistance.
Traditionally, stainless steel hardware has been limited in availability and, manufactured in small numbers at a high cost, the designs were less sophisticated than the comparable injection moulded or zinc die equivalents. That has altered in recent years, so now the range comprises quarter-turn locks and latches, e.g., spanner locks with inserts and housings and locks with a visual indication of when open or closed, locking systems – e.g., swing handles, also L and T handles. Hinges in stainless include those for fixed or lift-off doors, both for flush and protruding doors, with or without a removable pin, they can be installed by utlising machine screws or welding.
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