10 February 2021
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Switch and control cabinet locking solutions guidance from EMKA

EMKA has recently enhanced its online guidance for varying industrial sectors as an aid to specialist enclosure manufacturers.

It recognises that the demand for high-performing locking solutions is growing as the protection of data and equipment in general has become more and more important. Therefore, EMKA offers mechanical and electronic locking systems for switch and control cabinets to provide a high level of protection against unwanted access.

EMKA locking solutions are said to be suited to industrial application such as manufacturing environments, processing systems, traffic control, utilities such as water and waste, electric supply, such as solar and wind power, and for indoor and outdoor environments including public safety areas.

Individual cabinets and enclosures, double door and suited cabinets normally demand sealing up to IP 65 with lay-on or insert doors, and this requires the use of round or flat-rod systems to provide offer single, double, triple or even five-way locking. EMKA offers systems that are quickly fitted in production with adjustable length rods, clip-on rod guides and lock-mounted actuator mechanisms coupled to handles and escutcheons with low external profile, and extra security options such as double locks, padlockable variants and extra-narrow lift handles.

Naturally, where there is a locking system there is generally a need for hinges and door seals, so the new guide offers information on suitable matching hardware, such as quarter-turn locks with compatible internal or external hinges (removable-pin or lift-off options) for switch and control cabinets.

They link to standard modular quarter-turn locks which have easy fitment of the fully-assembled latch through punched mounting hole and are then fixed with a simple back nut. These quarter-turn latches and locks vary from simple wing knobs to compression types, with low external profiles for safety against snagging and to limit the opportunities for the lock to be forced.

Links to compatible hinges include internally mounted types, some with removable hinge pins, also external hinges (lift off with concealed fixings) and internal pin hinges for side panels. Gaskets for switch/control cabinets are usually required to be edge mounting with spring steel spines, channel fitting or self-adhesive.

Explains UK MD Andy Billingham: “We are continuously adding to our extensive portfolio of solutions for this area in some 52 countries together with appropriate hinges and gasket/sealing profiles.”


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