01 July 2008
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Compression latch

The new 1-081SL compression latch, introduced by Dirak, offers a compression range of up to 12mm. "This is much greater than other latches", says Dirak's David Hayes.

The range can be modified, depending on the length of the cam. Standard heights are 22mm and 28mm - other cams are available.

"Innovative use of a planetary gear for actuation gives significant compression at extremely low torque which ensuring strength and durability. The use of a roller at the end of the cam minimises scrape damage to panels - often caused by traditional cams - and also reduces the required closing force."

Two of Dirak's technologies, 'D-Snap' and 'Design Symmetry' are incorporated into the latch. The former "provides fast and simple operation without hardware or tools. All components of the latch are pre-assembled which makes installation into sandwich-type panels easy from the front."

"Design Symmetry allows the same latch to be installed on both left-hand and right-hand doors. The 180ยบ rotation range of the cam eliminates the need to re-install from left to right giving flexibility in applications and reducing inventory."

The latch can be actuated with standard inserts, double bit 3mm and 5mm and square 8mm; others are available.

Author
Paul Gay

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