Pull Latch secures 19 in. racks in electronic enclosures.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring D-SNAP Technology, SNAP-LINE pull latch handle snaps into prepared panel without use of mounting hardware or tools. Unit replaces finger pull handles as well as captive screw required to secure rack in place. Even in severe vibration environments, product holds rack securely in place. Spring-loaded pawl allows for push to close motion, and tilt of handle disengages latching mechanism to remove rack. Product is suited for right and left hand applications.

Original Press Release:

New Pull Latch Handle Secures 19" Racks In Electronic Enclosures

Features D-SNAP Technology - snap-in installation without the use of mounting hardware or tools

CHANTILLY, VA - DIRAK, a global innovator in latches, locks and hinges, has introduced a new pull latch handle that is unique in the marketplace, because it is so simple to install. A moderate pressing motion is all that is required to install the pull latch handle in place on a prepared panel.

This pull latch handle is ideal for 19" racks in the computer and telecommunications industries. The spring loaded pawl allows for simple, push to close motion to secure the racks in place. To remove the rack, a simple tilt of the handle disengages the latching mechanism enabling the rack to be removed. In many applications the single pull latch handle not only replaces traditional finger pull handles, but also the captive screw that is required to secure the rack in place. The benefit to manufacturers is fewer parts (one pull latch handle vs. a finger pull handle and a captive screw), quicker installation (one product to install vs. two) and simple snap-in installation vs. the use of screws and tools.

Marketed under the SNAP-LINE brand, DIRAK's pull latch handles require no hardware for installation, thereby eliminating the risk of screws that can loosen over time and fall out onto sensitive equipment causing potentially serious damage. SNAP-LINE pull latch handles hold securely in place, even in severe vibration environments. Additionally, the strength of the product is never compromised. Products with D-SNAP Technology have durability and strength which are comparable to products installed via traditional assembly methods. SNAP-LINE pull latch handles enable manufacturers to save time and effort in final assembly. Panel preparation is a simple rectangular cut-out and installation only requires one step, unlike that of traditional assembly methods which have several time consuming steps. Installation of a SNAP-LINE pull latch handle from start to finish, takes about as much time as merely aligning a part - the first step of traditional assembly. With SNAP-LINE products, manufacturers have the ability to save up to 90% of hardware installation time.

The pull latch handles come completely pre-assembled and are suitable for both RH and LH applications. These handles are recommended for use with all sheet metal thicknesses.

To learn about SNAP-LINE products online, click on the D-SNAP image from DIRAK's homepage at www.dirak.com. For additional information, contact DIRAK, Inc., 4115 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA 20151. Tel: 703-378-7637. Fax: 703-378-7638. E-mail: options@dirak.com

DIRAK products are sold and distributed globally through a network of authorized sales representatives. Other products in the DIRAK Modular Locking, Latching, and Hinging System family include: quick release fasteners, quarter-turn fasteners, snap/push locks, knobs, handles, wing-L&T handles, hinges, and EMI/RFI gasketing. The company's global headquarters is in Ennepetal, Germany.

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