01 August 2008
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Lever-operated compression latch

Compression latch technology such as that recently introduced by EMKA "has significant advantages in the closure of doors on electronic racks, telecommunication cabinets, vehicle-mounted units, and other industrial electronic/electronic panels".

The low profile, coupled with a lever compression action, serves to minimise unit footprint and enhances closure security in vibration-prone applications by virtue of an adjustable clamp action, says EMKA's Andy Billingham.

The company's Program 1000 latches feature built-in adjustment as well as industry-standard key numbering to match or extend existing installations. Locking and non-locking variants are available each with a slightly raised trigger button for ease of opening and, using the same 86mm x 25mm hole, with single mounting screw for speed of installation.
Lever adjustment is by means of a plastic-capped screw which also prevents marking and enhances operator compatibility "thus ensuring optimal clamping action to negate the effects of vibration which may lead to the nuisance opening of non-compression locks".

Escutcheon dimensions are 93mm x 34mm; grip ranges from 1mm to 24mm and from 23mm to 46mm are available to accommodate frames on small boxes or free-standing cabinets. Finishes are black powder coat or chrome - other colours on request.

Author
Paul Gay

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