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EMKA cabinet innovations for Mechanical Engineering

EMKA - Mechanical Engineering enclosure hardware

In our latest website guidance upgrade we are delighted to address the closure issues of control cabinets and enclosures in mechanical engineering, where they must meet the most diverse requirements, primarily of course the criteria of safety, locking and operating convenience as well as durability even under demanding conditions. Specialist panel builders serving this industry generally require that in addition to offering protection against the ingress of dust and water, are frequently needed with grounding protection, vibration resistance or a lock position indicator.

We have found that specialist enclosure hardware for mechanical engineering often also need to meet specific challenges regarding fire protection, compression and extreme power transmission, in high doors or through large sheet thicknesses. Such applications benefit from EMKA’s wide range of products for all types of installation. Designed for purpose locking solutions ensure that customers from the mechanical engineering industry can concentrate on their own core competences of development and construction of high-quality machines and systems.

Quick assembly and simple installation, convenient operation and, above all, a secure locking system are required in this industry. Because, on highly dangerous machines, personal protection plays a particularly important role. A professional locking system secures the highly sensitive electronics and electrical control systems in control cabinets on the one hand, but also protects the operators in areas of a machine where safety may otherwise be endangered.

In these situations, EMKA offer products which comply with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, regarding protection against dust and water, with the desired IP protection classes or which are equipped with UL certification. These apply to all types of doors, flaps, access panels or other operating elements.

This new guide on our website highlights common choices of safety quarter turn ​locks with tamper and vibration proof​ options, e.g. compression latches, with insert and head chrome plated or stainless steel. Safety inscription on the housing or pad printed identification or labelling is also offered. In terms of cabinet production clip-in quarter turns are indicated for quick assembly without tools, offering cost savings due to simple fitment within seconds.

Allied to use of quarter turn latches we also offer our eCam electromechanical cam lock which provides a universal, electromechanical latch with small internal footprint on new and existing systems. This German Innovation Award Winner 2019 incorporates locking /unlocking as a stand-alone solution with keypad or RFID card reader – it may be integrated into access control systems or machine controls and has a mechanical emergency opening​ function.

​Matching peripherals are conveniently linked from the guide – such as hinges, torque hinges, edge protection and door sealing gasket, bow handles and aluminium framed windows for fitment to cabinet doors for inspection purposes.