01 December 2011
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Electronics packaging hardware makes it quick and easy

Assembling cabinets for electronic equipment can create a significant bottleneck in the production process with consequent downstream effects on productivity.

Normally the idea of reducing time might also involve reducing quality in some way, but one practical solution can be found in D-Snap and Snapline technology which is available from FDB Panel Fittings and offers high quality outcomes with assembly time reduction in the order of 90%.

This technology offers a way of assembling racks and cabinets, as well as their necessary hardware without the use of tools or other fittings such as screws or nuts. The need was identified to enable side panels, tops, bases and doors to effectively be produced as flat items and then quickly assembled either at the factory or on site.

Of particular relevance to 19in systems, a recently launched captive Snap-Joiner, which fits the standard rack 9.5mm x 9.5mm cut-out, is quicker and easier to use than the traditional screw with cup washer and cage nut. The fastener is simply punched into the front panel where it is held by spring clips, this assembly is then mated to the rear panel and the Snap-Joiner core push fitted to activate spring wedges which accommodate a clamping range of up to 5.2mm in a vibration proof connection. Removal is simplicity itself with a 45° turn by cross-head screwdriver, thus meeting the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42EC.

Paul Gay


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