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A quick buyer's guide to Access Hardware

clock 3 minutes | 29 Jun 2018

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From security to noise reduction in your application, there are lots of factors to take into consideration when building outdoor cabinets, generators, machinery, electrical cabinets and HVAC units.

When it comes to access hardware, security and material choice are key. This guide is designed to give you an introduction. For expert advice, we’re always happy to help. We can also support you with our vast range of locks, latches, handles and hinges. You’ll like our flexibility too, if it’s just a small order you need, no problem. Whatever you require, you can depend on fast despatch.



Cabinets can be susceptible to tampering and ingress of dirt or liquids. Our IP65 rated locks offer protection with unrivalled ease of motion and functionality providing peace of mind for you and your customers.

FINISH: Many finishing options on offer to give an aesthetic touch to your quarter turn. These include matte, chrome, plastic coating and black powder coated finishes

MATERIAL: Material options include Zinc Alloy (Zamak 5) and Stainless Steel, suitable for different applications

SPECIFICATION: A variety of grip ranges and drivers available to cater to the needs of different application and compression depths



Often a full, restricted or controlled range of door motion is required when accessing your application. Using the right hinge can provide increased functionality for your end users.

FEATURES: Choose from different hinge types including Concealed, Leaf, Lift Off, Torque, Offset, Piano, Side, Corner and Weld On

MATERIAL: A diverse range of materials suitable for your environment including Aluminium, Zinc Alloy (Zamak 5), Nylon, Stainless Steel, Polyamide, Mild Steel and Brass

SPECIFICATION: What does your job need? Select from constant or adjustable torque for control over the door positioning and operating effort



When your application is in constant use you often require a secure yet functional door. Maintain ease of access and save time in a busy environment using easy open latches and catches.

FEATURES: Latches come in Toggle, Adjustable, T-Handle, Under-Centre, Concealed Base and Tension styles

MATERIAL:Available in Die-Cast Zinc, Rubber, Stainless Steel and Mild Steel for different environments

SPECIFICATION: Options vary including adjustable and fixed latches allowing components to be altered to meet the immediate needs of the application



Security is essential in sensitive applications. Ensure your cabinet is fully protected with a range of key options to prevent tampering, keeping your cabinets fully operational.

FEATURES: Choose from key versions based on your security and access control requirements. Key types include: Keyed Alike, Keyed Different, Non-Removable and Euro Key (5333)

MATERIAL: Material options include durable Polyamide and Zinc (Zamak 5), with a black or chrome plated finish

SPECIFICATION: Varied grip ranges are available based on the door depth of the application



Cabinets often need to withstand harsh conditions. Prevent vital equipment malfunctions by isolating noise and vibration using a wide range of industrial strength solutions.

FEATURES: Many styles available such as Adhesive Bubble, Single Flipper, Dual Flipper, Glazing, Round Cord, S Profile and Top Bubble Gasketing

MATERIAL: Specific types of Gasketing such as EMI and Steel Inserted Side Bubble allow for more niche electrical and industrial applications to be protected

ADAPTABILITY: Gasketing profile can be manipulated by hand to allow flexibility during fitting

Customise to your requirements

Not every application is the same, so you can customise our standard ranges such as locks, latches and hinges to suit your needs.

Here’s an example of how to customise your lock: Choose your lock type, then decide to specify Inserts, Housing and the Cam to meet your requirements. Prefer a Polyamide insert over Stainless Steel? Want to increase the grip range of your Lock? We’re flexible, so it’s your choice. If you want advice, our experts are happy to help you with your made to order solution.

Example of how to customise your lock

Download free CADs and try before you buy

Free CADs are available for most solutions, which you can download for free. You can also request free samples to ensure the solutions you’ve chosen are exactly what you need. If you’re not quite sure which product will work best for your application, our experts are always happy to advise you.

Request your free samples or download free CADs now.