Did you know that the first locks were invented in Egypt about 4,000 years ago? Imagining life without locks now is difficult. We use locks on everything from our cars to our homes. There are many devices besides locks that people use in manufacturing and in their own personal lives. Here are four popular types of hardware that you might not normally think about.
1. Sliding Locks
Sliding locks are handy for a variety of reasons. In this design, a bolt slides from one side to another, locking a door or window in place. Since it can only be accessed from one side, these locks are for securing rooms while you are in them, or for windows so that they cannot be opened from the inside. This helps add extra protection at night, since even the best key locks can sometimes be picked.
2. Desk Grommets
At the back of most desks is a hole for phone, computer, light, or any other type of cable that might need to run there. In order to keep your desk area neat and uncluttered, you might want to use a desk grommet. These are basically plugs that fit in the hole and allow you to route your cables in an orderly way.
3. Cable Gland
The cable gland, also known as a cable connector, is a device that secures cables to equipment and reduces straining. They can also help to seal cable passing through bulkheads. The four main material types that compose cable glands are aluminum, stainless steel, brass and plastic.
4. Swivel Caster
Have you ever wondered what makes a grocery cart turn and move easily? This is thanks to the swivel castor, which uses a wheel mounted to a fork and a swivel joint above the fork, allowing the wheel to roll in any possible direction. This makes it easy to move something without having to reorient it when a change of direction is necessary.
What finishing products, such as the ones we listed, do you use on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments! More can be found here: Sliding locks