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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:12 pm

can anyone identify these plastic fixings to join two panel

Hi guys,

I'm doin a job where we're replacing the panels in an existing panatrim frame. The old panels were 3mm foamex, which I will replace with 3mm di-bond.

However, usually when putting in more than one panel into a frame, I join the two di-bond panels by creating a 'slot and groove' system using di-bond cut-offs and glue, to make sure both panels stay aligned perfectly at the join(s) and dont create a gap between each other.

On this job, I took of the existing foamex panel (only one side remained), and I found these VERY interesting plastic fixings which look like a male/female system that does exactly the same thing! I only have a pic of the left-side panels bracket, I'm thinking the right-side had a similar bracket which fitted into it to create a snug join between the panels. Does anyone know what these are and their technichal name? They seem to be perfect for the job and I've never seen them before.

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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:14 pm

panel locks, you could by them from SMP but they were bought out by Ashby trade supplies. give ashby a call as they may now do them as a result.
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:18 pm

thanks robert! 'panel locks' isn't a keyword I asked Mr. Google, so it make sense. I'm thinking these wouldn't be suitable for backlit panels (acrylic) as their shadows would show up through the acrylic? perfect for unlit panatrim signs. thanks again!
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:29 pm

just trawled through ashby's website and can't find them? any other suppl;iers? thanks.
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:48 pm

Try searching for panalock.
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:59 pm

thanks neil but 'panalock' throws up nothing too, hmmm these little buggers are elusive lol
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:30 pm

Google is your friend if you know what to search for lol. Try acrylic panel locks

http://www.hellotrade.com/sign-makers-p ... duct1.html

Use to buy them from SMP same as Robert, don't know who if anyone sells them now.
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:09 pm

Pretty sure ashby still sell them. Smp used to do 2 types, I'd give them a call tomorrow
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Post Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:28 pm

I phoned them a few days ago about them. Was told he investigate and phone back. Ive had no call as of yet!!

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Post Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:03 am

Panel joining

Various different manus but have used these guys before but honestly normally make them ourselves

http://www.goodingalum.com/p10/c64/Alum ... oard-Trims
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Post Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:24 pm

Guys, just rang ashby and they confirm they have two types, one type is a 'lift and drop' type where the second board has to be lifted slightly above the first and then dropped into the grooves on the female side, the other is a 'click and lock' type where you can push them together and they simply 'click' into place. They're 53p each and I've ordered samples today. Thanks very much for all your replies.

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