Lockdowel receives global patents for Channel Lock Fastening System

FREMONT, Calif. – Lockdowel Inc. announced it has received global patents for its Channel Lock Fastening System.

The company said it has incorporated a security taggant within the Channel Lock Fasteners, enabling customers worldwide to ensure the purchase of authentic, Lockdowel products. Using a non-invasive handheld laser gun, Lockdowel said customers can authenticate their fastener quickly and easily; the United States patent number is 10,197,081.

Lockdowel authenticating gun

“The unique, patented system incorporates a friction fit, single piece fastener system that creates a firm and invisible connection between panels or substrates without the use of tools or glue,” Lockdowel inventor Fred Koelling explained. “A keyhole rout is cut into the panel face or edge with a special Lockdowel router bit and the fasteners simply slide and lock into the female mated rout. A double post barbed dowel feature allows for a strong connection. Panels may be unlocked and separated, making assembly and disassembly quick and easy.”

According to the company the fastener insertion rout is accomplished on a vertical CNC routing machine. The horizontally drilled holes used to insert the double barbed dowel feature can be drilled using a standard drill bit. The Channel Lock Fastener can be inserted manually or via automated insertion equipment similar to wood dowel insertion equipment

“Lockdowel Channel Lock Fasteners and drawer slides have been extensively tested and pass all pertinent ANSI/BIFMA test requirements,” said Stephen Anderson, CEO. “In a recent company initiated ‘shelf load’ test required for AWI Class 3 hardware test requirements, Lockdowel Channel Lock Fasteners passed with a load of 165 pounds per square foot over 24 hours, thus meeting the requirements for use in commercial cabinet applications.”

Based in Fremont, California,  Lockdowel provides manufacturing, assembly, and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets, and architectural millwork.


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