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CABLES & CONNECTORS SUPPLEMENT FEATURE CUSTOM LOCKING FOR DATA CABINETS


Essentra Components has developed EAE Elektroteknik’s data cabinet locking system into a new single movement locking solution


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AE’s RACK data cabinets previously featured a three-point locking


system, however, due to customer demand, the company decided to develop a more efficient single movement system that would increase functionality whilst still maintaining security. The most important criteria was for the locking system to be linear, which would allow the door to be opened in one movement using a multipoint locking system, but without the need for a gearbox. This meant the lock could be set and opened in one fluid movement, saving time for EAE’s customers.


Using its specialist 3D printing capabilities Essentra Components delivered a number of 3D prototypes as well as a fully working version, enabling EAE to wholly test the product in application. Any modifications were quickly identified and adapted so that the solution could be quickly delivered to EAE, accelerating the launch of its RACK data cabinets to market. Ersun Çakmak, E-Kabin R&D manager at EAE says: “Not only did Essentra ensure that the product significantly increased ease of use and enhanced productivity for our customers, but they were even able to repurpose existing components. This meant not only were our customers happy, but the lock came at no extra cost to us.” The outcome was that the new design fully met the requirement for quicker, easier opening / closing of the cabinet door. The push-button handle access with lift handle enables opening or closing to be operated in a single fluid movement - just push and flick to open,


push and click to close. Essentra was able to incorporate some


existing components into the new product, reducing EAE’s investment in new tooling moulds. This simplified design and use of existing components enabled substantial cost savings. The new solution was designed to fit the same ‘cut-out area’ as the previous locking system, meaning EAE did not need to change the design of its cabinets to fit the new solution. Additional improvements were made to other features of the lock, such as the material. The body is now made completely from a robust zinc composite providing an added layer of security. Çakmak explains: “By delivering this adapted linear locking system Essentra ensured that we were able to meet the requirements of our customers, significantly improving their productivity and efficiency.”


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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING | APRIL 2019 S9


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