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How sliding wardrobe doors work

Sliding wardrobe doors are easy to use and make the most of storage space in compact rooms. Used for standalone and fitted wardrobes, sliding doors enable you to place other furnishings closer to the wardrobes without needing to allow swing space for the doors. 

The technology behind sliding wardrobe doors is what sets them apart. Built with hydraulic damping, sliding door dampers ensure the doors close smoothly and silently for the lifetime of the product. Sliding doors open and close consistently, with the damping preventing slamming. 

How sliding wardrobe doors work

The core element of soft closing door systems is the multi-purpose hydraulic damper. Hydraulic damper technology provides soft and silent closing for doors and drawers, with a modular design guaranteeing reliable performance even with heavy doors.
Doors are mounted to runners, with the top track fitted to the ceiling or wardrobe top and the bottom track to the floor or bottom of the wardrobe. Sliding door dampers are compact and installed inside the top or bottom of the cabinet.

What makes a good sliding wardrobe door damping system?

 Intuitive positioning and assembly
✓ Compact design for concealed application
✓ Consistent soft closing on doors of different sizes and weights
✓ Double stage spring to minimise pull-out force
✓ No re-bounce on closing

What types of damping work with sliding wardrobe doors?

Damper for bottom running sliding doors

The Titusoft SD100s works in a wide variety of bottom running sliding doors with U or double U profiles. The design is compact and concealed from view, with easy installation. The TwoStep spring, limits pull-out force, helping the door open easily and smoothly.

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Damper for top running sliding doors 

Titusoft SD100 is the add-on soft closing mechanism for top running sliding doors. It is simple to mount on the top of the cabinet and provides reliable soft-closing door operation for the lifetime of the product. Expect fast closing action and a quiet landing with SoftTouch.

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Hidden damping in pocket doors

Compact dampers for pocket doors create smooth, soft-closing doors. The damper’s compact size allows for installation in a limited space available in the top rail system. The robust and compact damper enables efficient motion control for silent closing.

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Touch opening for handless sliding doors

The Titus PushPlus for pocket doors provides soft-close and touch opening in a single mechanism. Typically, pocket sliding doors stop slightly before the wall, but the Titus system allows the door to close flush. Push activated opening and closing is safe and silent to use.

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Our hydraulic damping technology is at the core of our components. To find our more about it, visit our hydraulic damping solutions page. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality hardware in high volumes, get in touch to see how we can help.

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Ensuring quality with performance testing

At Titus, our mission is to be at the forefront of improving furniture quality. We’re committed to ensuring we’re continuously providing the very best products; products that improve efficiency and quality for our customers while reducing manufacturing and assembly costs.

In order to ensure we’re maintaining our consistently high standards, we perform numerous, thorough tests on our products during development. This helps to ensure they’re performing at the optimum levels before they are released to customers. These tests can be divided into three main test groups:

  1. Safety tests
  2. Functionality tests
  3. Performance tests

Today, we’re delving a little deeper into performance testing. What is performance testing, how does it work, and how does it ultimately benefit our customers? We spoke to our Research & Development Manager to find out…

What is performance testing?

Performance testing is just one part of the thorough testing that each of our products undergoes. The procedure gives us a comprehensive picture of product performance in comparison to the product requirements.

For example, in cases of hinges, during performance testing we would look at:

  • Hinge durability
  • Hinge closing force
  • Hinge sag

All these tests ensure the product is long-lasting and performs at its best possible levels. Our hinges are designed to outlive kitchen cabinets and perform consistently with every use.

How performance testing works

The complete testing procedure is defined in what we refer to as our ‘Product Specification Sheet’. This is a document prepared by our R&D (Research & Development) department which supports the main product documentation – a combination of 2D drawings and 3D models.

An important part of the Product Specification Sheet is the chapter on testing. This defines the clear criteria for safety and performance testing for the specific product, detailing what is and what is not acceptable. The testing criteria are prepared by R&D and approved by the individual product category Product Manager.  

There are three steps to the process:

  1. All testing starts with samples preparation. These could be R&D samples from the proto shop or “regular” samples from the production floor.
  2. The second step is to conduct the tests. As detailed above, each set of tests is dependent on the individual product and its requirements.
  3. Finally, we prepare a report that we then use to analyse the results of the tests.

Meeting standards and guaranteeing quality

Our performance tests are based on a collection of criteria; company know-how (our own good and bad experiences), as well as national and international standards. The purpose of the test is to guarantee quality. We want to make sure we can supply our customers with safe and well-performing products that operate according to our expectations.

We know that a product passing all required performance test criteria is guaranteed to perform well in various real-life conditions, with very minimal risk that the product will be unsafe or non-performing.

We also ensure that our products meet any industry standards that must be adhered to. This includes international standards like EN 15570, as well as national standards including BS 6222, ANSI KCMA, ANSI BHMA, and DIN.

Specialist machinery and our own test lab

We use specialist equipment to undertake performance testing, which is specific to the individual product being tested. For example, for hinge testing we would need:

  1. A hinge life cycling jig for a durability test
  2. A set of weights to load front for a sag test
  3. A ruler for sag measurement
  4. A digital force gauge to measure the hinge clothing force on front

We’re serious about supplying quality furniture hardware, which is why we’re also equipped with our very own test lab. This lab is equipped to test our hardware thoroughly. It is used to test any new developments and also to maintain product consistency in regular production.

Our tests are designed to ensure our products are of the best possible quality before they arrive with our customers. We hope you found this article useful. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality hardware in high volumes, get in touch to see how we can help.

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Easy install lockable dowels explained

At Titus, we’re a world-renowned name in cabinet hardware solutions. It’s our job to innovate cabinet hardware and engineer solutions that increase performance, are simple to mount, and are discreet when in place.

We identified a gap in the UK market for high-performance, quick-to-fit dowel connectors – so, we engineered a solution. Keep reading to learn more about our tool free lockable dowels.

What are dowels used for?

In their most rudimentary form, dowels are wooden rods that are cylindrical in shape and used to help structurally reinforce furniture. They are inserted into aligned holes in two different pieces of wood to make a joint that’s fixed in position. Even the most simple dowels offer a much stronger and more accurate result than something like glue, but we wanted to create a dowel that was more durable, longer-lasting and more effective.

Titus tool free lockable dowels

The Titus Quickfit TL5 dowel (the ‘Full Metal Jacket’) is a high-performance solution for a durable rigid cabinet. Designed with strength and performance in mind, they are easy install lockable dowels that transform furniture assembly, speeding it up and making the process much easier.

Made using a unique expanding steel sleeve, the Quickfit TL5 dowel creates strong and reliable joints and allows for tool free insertion.

The benefits of our tool free lockable dowels

  • They can be used across a range of common wood-based materials, so only one type of dowel is needed for chipboard, solid wood and MDF materials, without the need for any additional wooden dowels.
  • They’re both strong and reliable, something which will ultimately save time when it comes to furniture assembly.
  • They are highly tolerant to misalignment. That means even if when dealing with inaccurate drilling, the expanding sleeve will grip the material and provide a secure tight joint.
  • To make the process easier for both manufacturers and customers, the Quickfit TL5 dowel connectors can also be pre-inserted into hardware in the factory to save assembly time.
  • They’re consistent and accurate, and always lock in the 2 o’clock position – even if furniture is taken apart and reassembled.
  • They’re built to last and don’t loosen with age, so are a perfect choice for long-lasting furniture assembly.

Making furniture assembly easier drives time and cost efficiencies in the factory, and increases customer loyalty. If you’d like to try out our easy install lockable dowels for yourself and see why they could help transform your operations, why not request a free sample?

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Your invitation to KBB Birmingham

We can’t wait to attend KBB Birmingham, Europe’s leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom event – and we hope to see many of you there.  

From 6-9 March 2022, the industry will be finally reunited as KBB Birmingham 2022 takes over the city’s NEC for four days of networking, seminars, innovative product launches and industry insights. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to reconnect with our partners and friends in person, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase some of our exciting new products.    

You’ll find us on Stand #V80. Register for free to join us and discover our range of forward-thinking designs. We’d love to see you there.     

Brand-new innovation

Our continual investment in research and development means we’re always striving towards bringing new, cutting-edge products to the market. Working with our customers, our goal is to simplify furniture assembly. Our solutions improve processes, and we continue to be a reliable partner in the supply of volume components for some of the world’s most renowned furniture manufacturers.

We’ll be exhibiting a range of our usual bestsellers at KBB Birmingham, in addition to two exciting new products:

System 6 connectors

This family of performance-engineered connectors allow for simplified cabinet assembly. The connectors feature an elegant square design that allows a large surface area of the product to rest on the panel when tightened, ensuring optimum positioning. Anti-rotation ribs prevent cam rotation and panel shift, while the angle-drive feature on the cam makes these connectors an ideal choice for applications where space for assembly is limited.

Cold environment soft-close dampers 

The latest product to arrive as a result of our “Engineered for a Purpose philosophy”, these state-of-the-art dampers are specifically created to work effectively and reliably in cold environments. By providing reliable damping at temperatures down to -30°C, they offer a convenient and affordable solution to challenges including the damping of doors in freezers, wine coolers, mobile equipment and automobile applications.  

Join us and see our new products in action at KBB Birmingham, 6-9 March 2022 at the NEC. You can find Titus on stand #V80, where we’d be delighted to talk you through our innovative range of products and how they can benefit you. Register for free today.
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Looking ahead to 2022 with Phil Beddoe

Last year was challenging for all of us, with the continuing impact of the pandemic and navigating our way through the Brexit process. However, Titus continued to serve its customers, providing purpose engineered furniture components to UK manufacturers and fitters.

We have a great team here at Titus UK, with Phil Beddoe as the General Manager. Phil and his team’s mission is to lead the selective development and supply of high volume precision-engineered furniture components that increase our customers competitiveness throughout the UK.

Phil has been with Titus for over two decades and knows the world of integrated component engineering inside out. His focus is helping more businesses and individuals to improve furniture quality and ease of assembly with the right components.

Here we caught up with Phil to chat about Titus UK and what 2022 has in store:

Hi Phil, how was last year for Titus?

Titus, like many companies within the industry, has experienced a year of high demand from both existing and new customers. This has been partly fuelled by the unprecedented growth in home improvements from families spending more time at home and taking the opportunity to update their kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and home offices.

The demand, so far, has remained constant. As a result, Titus has increased investment in new production machinery and people. We have improved our logistics network to ensure customers are supplied with the products they require. Although demand may return to normal levels later this year, our customers will benefit from improvements to manufacturing and logistics processes. We have built stronger, more responsive supply lines to ensure customers receive the volumes they need when they need them.

 

How has the team managed the ongoing challenges?

At first, it was challenging to balance the increased demand. However, very quickly we implemented new processes that reduced the pressure and cleared a way to manage our customers’ expectations.

The investments we have made will continue to benefit our service in the long term, ensuring Titus continues to be a key supplier for our customers. We have shown we can meet requirements and serve as a reliable production partner.

The pandemic created new challenges and new ways of working. Not only have we adapted to these ways of working, but we have become more resilient, flexible, and responsive. We have met multiple challenges, creating a customer-first culture across all departments.

TitusPlus explaining products at this years KBB

You recently welcomed some new team members to the Titus UK office. What will these recruits bring?

We have recently welcomed Kelly Russell and Andrea Wright to our customer service team, to help maintain and improve customer service levels. They bring a huge amount of skill and experience, and we look forward to working with them.

Kelly Russell comes from a managerial position in a busy office, coordinating the activities of both the clients and staff. Kelly has experience in compliance and registration in multiple market sectors and will be ensuring orders are met and planned correctly.

Andrea Wright, UK Sales Administration Assistant, previously worked at a market research company specialising in large FMCG companies in the UK. Her role includes analysing responses and data coding.

These acquisitions allow us to provide a deeper level of support and partnership with our customers. By understanding and anticipating our customers’ requirements, we can better understand key periods of demand and work to ensure a seamless supply experience.

 

What does 2022 have in store for Titus?

2022 will start with the KBB exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. We will reconnect in person with our partners and friends in the industry and showcase new products. Our expanded range demonstrates our product depth and commitment to supporting the KBB industry. With continual investment in research and development, we will bring new products to the market. Working with our customers, we aim to improve their processes and continue to be a reliable partner in the supply of volume components.

Titus Plus talking to people at KBB this year

Tell us about some new products on the horizon?

Our new range of connectors – System 6 – allow for optimum positioning. The connectors feature an elegant square design that enables a large surface area of the product to rest on the panel when tightened. Anti-rotation ribs prevent cam rotation and panel shift, while the angle-drive feature makes the connectors an ideal choice for limited assembly space.

We’re also excited to launch our range of dampers for cold environments, reliable at temperatures down to -30 ºC. The products create smooth and silent motion in home refrigerator elements like pull-out shelves, doors, and drawers. The range provides reliable damping for doors in freezers, wine coolers, and automobile applications.

 

See these new products in action at KBB Birmingham, 6-9 March 2022, at the NEC. You can find Titus on stand V80.

If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality components in high volumes, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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The concealed cabinet hinge picks for 2022

When it comes to the hardware you choose for an item of furniture, it can make or break the design. Go too cheap, and you reduce the lifespan of the furniture. Choose a bulky hinge, and it may ruin the outer appearance of your cabinet.

Concealed cabinet hinges come in lots of styles, suited to different types of cupboards. Find out about the different types of concealed cabinet hinge in this explainer guide. Some common features make the best concealed cabinet hinges:

  1. Soft-close – ensuring cabinet doors close smoothly and consistently.
  2. Easy mounting – fast and easy to mount, especially on tall, heavy doors.
  3. Lifetime performance – functionality tested to withstand many years of use.
  4. Streamlined exterior – that doesn’t detract from the furniture’s outer appearance.
  5. One reliable design – built on years of refinement and testing.

The must-have concealed cabinet hinge picks

Now we’ve established what makes the ideal concealed cabinet hinge, we can introduce our two picks for the upcoming year.

Pick #1: The T-type hinge

The design of the T-type hinge is based on over 40 years of precision engineering expertise. It has been refined from its predecessors; the S-type and the B-type. The design includes integrated soft-close damping which can be adjusted to the required closing speed.

Features:

✓ Tool-free 3Way, snap-on mount

✓ Consistent soft-close as standard

✓ Capable of carrying a 25% heavier door

✓ Highly tolerant to misalignment

✓ Shallow 11.7mm drilling depth

Pick #2: The T-type TeraBlack hinge

The past few years have seen a move towards matt black cabinet hinges. The T-type TeraBlack (Titus Enhanced Resistance Application) is the concealed cabinet hinge with a non-reflective matt black finish that is highly resistant to wear and tear.

Features:

The T-type TeraBlack concealed hinge has all the features of the T-type hinge design, with the added benefits of the matt black finish.

✓ Anti-corrosion protection

✓ Absorbs light and reduces reflection

✓ Full range of matching fixtures available

✓ Sleekest aesthetic possible

✓ Longevity and strength

We hope you’ve found this useful and understand more about picking concealed cabinet hinges. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality components in high volumes, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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The soft-close drawers for fast assembly

Customers expect soft-close drawers as standard in modern furniture. Soft-close functionality improves the performance of the drawers and adds to their durability. Without the possibility of slamming shut, there is less risk of damage to the drawers.

 

What makes an effective soft-close drawer design?

At Titus, we’ve been engineering precision components and cabinetry hardware for over 40 years. Everything we know about component engineering goes into every unit we sell. Find out what features make our Tekform soft-close drawers a valuable addition to any design.

EASY ASSEMBLY

Suitable for factory or home assembly, the soft-close drawers offer fast, intuitive assembly and simple mounting. The EasyFix expanding front panel connector is quickly and easily inserted by hand and the internal locking system fixes it in place.

NEAT AND SPACE-EFFICIENT

The damping solution for central sliding doors

The Tekform Slimline soft-close drawer has 14mm sides for a sleek and lightweight finish. With soft-close as standard, the drawer runners sit neatly along each side of the drawer’s bottom, rather than on the side panels.

Flexible options

The panel cutting dimensions and drilling specifications are consistent across our Tekform drawer range. However, there are a range of customisable options including four drawer heights, two drawer colours, glass sides and a range of installation accessories.

Durable Design

The strength and durability of the drawer and the EasyFix front panel means the drawers can be assembled and disassembled many times. The easy to mount front panel can be repeatedly fitted and removed as needed, giving the drawers lifetime performance.

Sleek Design

We originally designed the Tekform drawer with a double wall for added strength and durability. Building on this, we created the Tekform Slimline – the next generation soft-close drawer. The thinner drawer is just as stable but has a sleeker, more high-end aesthetic.

We hope you’ve found this useful and understand more about the soft-close drawers available. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality furniture components in high volumes, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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Soft-close sliding door hardware explained

Sliding doors have become a staple of wardrobes and storage units. The ease of slide opening and closing is sought after by consumers. Sliding doors are ideal for compact spaces as no extra space is required in front to allow for the door swing.

The smooth performance of a sliding door depends on the soft-close sliding door hardware used, and how reliable it is. To explain how it works, we’ve pulled together three of the most sought-after soft-closing systems for stylish and modern units.


SLIDIX II:

The damping solution for drawers and sliding doors

The SLIDIX II system is compatible with nearly all existing drawer slides and sliding door applications. The fixture provides a soft and smooth closing action with a damping stroke of 50mm, suitable for drawers and large sliding doors.

Consistent performance at any closing speed with the Titus hydraulic damper

✔ Comfortable door opening with low pull-open force

✔ Easy to fine-tune to customers’ needs

✔ Loads: 5kg to 80kg (hydraulic damper)

✔ 50mm damping stroke

✔ Various spring forces

 

SLIDIX TA

The damping solution for sliding doors
This system is designed for heavier weights, with a sturdy metal profile housing. The SLIDIX TA is our damping solution for soft and smooth closing with damping stroke of 100mm.

Consistent performance at any closing speed with the Titus hydraulic damper

✔ Comfortable door opening with low pull-open force

✔ Easy to fine-tune to customers’ needs

✔ Loads: 40kg to 120kg (hydraulic damper)

✔ 100mm damping stroke

✔ Various spring forces

SLIDIX Centro

The damping solution for central sliding doors

The Slidix Centro system can be easily fine-tuned depending on weight, friction, and speed. Add it to any two-way runner system such as drawer cabinets in kitchen islands, or double-sided pull-outs in shop displays.

Easy to assemble fittings:

✔ Reliable soft closing and centering of the middle sliding door

✔ Consistent performance at any closing speed with the Titus hydraulic damper

✔ Comfortable door opening with low pull-open force

✔ Easy to fine-tune to customers’ needs

✔ Loads: 15 to 40kg (hydraulic damper)

✔ 50mm damping stroke for each directio

✔ Various spring forces

Titus hydraulic damper assures comfortable door opening and reliable soft closing in both directions, with consistent performance at any closing speed and provides.

We hope you’ve found this useful and understand more about the soft-close sliding door hardware available. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality hardware in high volumes, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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Reduce furniture assembly time by 50%

Reducing the time taken to assemble furniture saves hassle at every stage of construction. It increases productivity in factories, saves time for kitchen furniture fitters, and improves customer satisfaction for the end consumer.  


The benefits during furniture manufacture:

  • Save on fittings and assembly tools
  • Save on labour and logistics
  • Reduce after-sales complaints
  • Save time


The benefits to home assembly:

  • Shorter user manuals
  • Quicker, stress-free assembly
  • Fewer errors in assembly
  • Improved end products

Reduce furniture assembly time by 50%

With the right fittings, you reduce the amount of time that goes into every assembly. We use a calculation called CAF to determine how easy a fitting or piece of furniture is to assemble.

Consumer Assembly Friendliness (CAF)

You add the total number of parts (T) to the number of actions it takes to assemble (A) and times the result by the number of types of parts (N). The equation looks like this: (T + A) N = CAF. The lower the CAF score, the less time it takes for someone to assemble.

Easy to assemble fittings:

Fewer component parts

Fewer different types of parts

Fewer steps to assemble

Our picks for reducing assembly time:

When you think of furniture assembly, you might think about putting together the main structure. But furniture assembly begins with the component parts and fittings. Fittings that are designed for ease and arrive pre-assembled reduce the overall assembly time.

T-type concealed hinge

Tool-free, 3-Way snap-on mounting makes this concealed hinge take seconds to fit. It’s suitable for tall, heavy doors, even if they are accidentally misaligned. Adjustable dampers ensure the doors close with precision and consistency, for the lifetime of the furniture. The hinge can arrive ready to mount – preassembled in 1 or 2 parts rather than 6.

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TL5 Quickfit dowel

Creating reliable joints in common wood-based materials, the dowel takes seconds to mount and is tolerant to misalignment. The Quickfit TL5 uses a unique expanding sleeve to create high resistance to torsion and dowel pull-out, making it more stable more quickly.

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Quickloc one-piece connector

Our one-piece connectors are one of the most user-friendly fittings on the market. The connector features a push-in design, requiring no tools. It is hand-inserted and tightens in less than one turn with expanding technology. Quickloc™ can be assembled in three easy steps by customers at home, as well as saving time in the factory.

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We hope we’ve given you an insight into how to reduce furniture assembly time with the right components. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer who would like to improve the assembly of your products, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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The Cabinet Hardware Picks for Stability

When manufacturing kitchen furniture, the stability of the unit is key to the product’s success. The retailer must be pleased with the quality and ease of install, and the consumer needs a practical and attractive kitchen that goes the distance.

Unstable or weak design causes:


• Returned and recalled products
• Disputes with retailers/ fitters
• Complaints and bad reviews
• Reputation damage
• Sales losses

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Cabinet Hardware for Kitchen Manufacturers

Kitchen cabinets are only as good as their component parts. Details such as the materials and hardware used matter greatly to the overall design of the units. When the kitchen is expected to last at least 10 years, the cabinets are going to see a lot of use.

Cabinet hardware should be built and tested to last a lifetime. See our product picks for cabinet hardware for kitchens and find out what makes them durable:

1. T-type concealed hinge

Capable of carrying a 25% heavier door from a shallow 11.7mm drilling depth, the T-type concealed hinge is the most reliable soft-close hinge on the market.

Tool-free, 3-Way snap-on mounting makes fitting tall, heavy doors easy, even if they are accidentally misaligned. Adjustable dampers ensure doors close with precision and consistency, for the lifetime of the furniture.

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2. Sliding drawers

Double-wall construction makes these drawer boxes rigid and durable even in their open position. The EasyFix expanding front panel connector is easily inserted and creates a reliable locking system, for repeatable assembly and disassembly of the front panel.

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3. Soft-close damping

Silent close hinge systems are useful and prevent damage to cabinets by eliminating slamming. Dampers for sliding doors and soft-close drawer runners are built for consistent damping performance on other kitchen units.
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4. Quickfit dowel

Creating reliable joints in common wood-based materials, the dowel underpins the strength of a cabinet. The Quickfit TL5 uses a unique expanding sleeve to create high resistance to torsion and dowel pull-out, for rigid furniture construction that doesn’t loosen with age.
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5. TeraBlack

The non-reflective black matt finish on the TeraBlack range has anti-corrosion protection for longevity and strength. The finish absorbs light and reduces reflection for a sleek aesthetic and smooth operation.
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We hope we’ve given you a good overview of what to look for in the best kitchen cabinet hardware for stable and lasting units. If you’re a furniture manufacturer looking for the right components, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com