01 January 2013
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Key-operated compression locks for added security

A new series of key-operated compression locks from FDB Panel Fittings offers the unusual format of key operation in a compression latch thus providing added security of a key lock over the conventional tool compatible insert.

Applications are expected to include vehicles, genset packs and railway rolling stock.

The new design is intended for use on gasketed doors and provides 6mm of compression to create a firm seal. It is water-resistant, fully adjustable and is mounted within an industry-standard rounded square hole. A straight latch cam is standard but a full range of other cams are available.

The key brings the latch bar into its closed position, then draws up the bar by 6mm against the seal. This is achieved as the key turns clockwise through 90 degrees to operate the latch, then through a further quarter-turn to compress against the door edge or striker. The latch features very positive engagement, being both water-resistant and adjustable.

Paul Gray


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