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Enclosure hardware specialist EMKA has announced increased demand from specialist panel builders for sealing to IP66 and IP65.

Higher levels of sealing are now sought for components such as spanner locks, wing handles, stainless steel hinges and extruded profile ’rubber’ gaskets in materials such as EPDM, neoprene and PVC.

Andy Billingham, managing director at EMKA, said: ’A generally higher specification requirement is being demanded in the industry for common items such as quarter-turn locks for outdoor enclosures, and for rail and tunnel applications.

’This extends to a greater demand for stainless steel locks and hinges,’ he added.

Billingham said that demand for IP66 is closely followed by demand for IP65 – often seen as a halfway house between IP66 and the more commonplace IP55 or IP54 ratings.

EMKA has addressed the matter with a range of IP66 items such as the Program 1000 quarter-turn locks, which are complemented by hinges for flush and lay-on doors as well as extruded profile sealing gasket for doors and glazing of panel windows.

IP65 is now commonly available, especially in stainless steel, since sealing, corrosion resistance and ruggedness frequently go hand in hand as requirements.

EMKA’s stainless steel range of quarter-turn locks, wing knobs, T and L handles, and swing-handles are all IP65 as standard and matched with rod lock mechanisms and hinges also in stainless steel.

Compression technology enables specialist OEMs to ’raise their game’ on sealing while offering a high level of vibration resistance – they are also available in stainless steel.

An example is the Program 1000 Compression Lift-and-Turn swing-handle style of compression latches, which are expected to be of particular value for closure of cabinets/enclosures, especially in air conditioning or vehicle equipment access situations, as well as other similar applications that require substantial opportunity for adjustment.

These flush-fitting compression latches feature extensive adjustment of cam position as well as a variety of matching shaft lengths and cam bends to adjust both overall depth and tightness of pull into the gasket.

This enables flexibility in fitment, while standard security options include locking, non-locking and tool operation.

Single-screw saddle clamp fitment accommodates up to 6mm panel thickness with a grip range from 6mm to 56mm, dependant upon cam selected, and provides 6mm of gasket pull down.

Material is die cast, finished in black powder coat, polished chrome or satin chrome.

EMKA UK Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative Locking Systems, Latches, Hinges, Gasketing, Window / Door units and Accessories to the Electrical and Electronic, HVAC and Industrial Enclosure Industries. ELECTRONIC LOCKING MODULES (ELM) – high tech security for high tech equipment, together with remote monitoring, environmental management and event logging. LOCKING SYSTEMS – for single and multi-point applications and in most circumstances, permit installation into a single punched hole, also including a wide range of COMPRESSION LOCKS. KEYLOCKS – simple quarter-turn locking for lockers, cabinets and covers. HINGE programme – includes products for most applications. Concealed, lift-off, mechanically fastened, weld on, polyamide and stainless steel versions are available. GASKETING MATERIALS – self-gripping with no permanent memory and can be installed in one piece without being mitered. TOGGLE LATCHES – ideal for quick action closure for boxes, cases, cabinets, luggage, equipment. ACCESSORY line – includes drawing pockets, handles, door stops and other items of interest to designers and manufacturers of all types of enclosures. WINDOW and DOOR UNITS – custom made and available with a wide variety of options.

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