Rugged and highly sealed enclosures

Paul Boughton

The defining feature of electrical cabinet installations is so often that of space usage where maximum use of internal and door space is at a premium for equipment mounting.

The EMKA approach optimises this by reducing the footprint of its swinghandles – or providing for their use externally to the sealing area. A fully modular system provides for single point closure or multi-point, eg rod locking mechanisms, whether using swinghandles, traditional T and L handles or even ultra-discrete ¼ turn locks. The modular system enables both zoned locking and specialist key specifications to be easily incorporated.

In similar vein the typical electrical cabinet, whether with lay-on or recessed door, generally needs to be easily removed for installation, maintenance or adjustment so whether bolt-on or weld-on hinges are used a lift-off facility is available with retained hinge pins.[Page Break]

Doors may feature strongly in electrical cabinet specification as they often carry significant equipment, monitoring panels or controls such as pushbuttons – therefore EMKA make provision in their range with small transparent covers up to large glazed windows or instrument frames with extended depth to accommodate access, thus also providing a dual level of access security with both the panel and the door being individually locked.

EMKA recently took a step forward in enhanced sealing with their service to supply vulcanised sealing gasket frames custom made to size for the cabinet with fully sealed square corners, ready to push fit without the need for trimming or gluing, plus enabling sealing up to IP65 or even IP66 dependent on installation.[Page Break]

EMKA (UK) MD Andy Billingham says: “We have noticed that the bar is constantly being raised on durability and security – both factors that our modular approach is excellently placed to deal with. Not only do we have stainless steel versions of many locks, handles and hinges, but we have been consistently developing our Electronic Modular Locking System for keyless operation and remote monitoring, while the recent introduction of wireless lock technology in our Agent E program is a sophisticated and robust approach which also simplifies life for engineers.”

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