Fulterer manufactures drawer slides for many different applications in the cabinet, residential furniture, store fixture, institutional casework, food service equipment, office furniture and automotive industries. Each area of application has its own set of standards for performance testing. Our in-house testing as well as independent testing laboratories
guarantees that where required, our products conform to such standards as:
- ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2008 American National Standards Institute/Business Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association
- ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2006 American National Standards Institute/Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
- ANSI-BHMA A 156.9-2010 American National Standards Institute/Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association
- NSF/ANSI 2 Food Equipment National Sanitation Foundation (International)/American National Standard Institute
- SEFA-8-2007 Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association
- WI Woodworking Institute (California)
Fulterer offers free consultation services to make the proper selection of products for your intended use.
Our drawer slide products can be divided into the following groups:
Roller bearing drawer slides use a variety of rollers of different sizes and materials, turning
around an axle. Rollers may be solid Nylon or DelrinŽ, DelrinŽ encased roller bearings and
steel or stainless steel roller bearings running in specially formed profiles. These slides
normally feature progressive action full-extension where the load in the drawer is equally
supported during the full stroke from close to open and vise versa
Linear ball bearing drawer slides use case hardened steel balls held in place by retainers,
running in a linear direction between specially formed profiles. These slides normally use
telescopic action full-extension where the load is supported incrementally through stages.
Length: A key point is that the longer the slide, the less load capacity it will carry. Starting at 450mm
(18 in.), every increase of 50mm (2 in.) in length of the slide represents a load capacity loss
of approximately 5% of the initial rated load.
Regular-Extension slide opens approximately 75% of the length of the slide.
A Full-Extension slide opens approximately 100% of the length of the slide.
A slide with over-extension opens more than the length of the slide.
Function: In order to carry a predetermined load, the width, depth and height of a drawer, the
location of the pull and alignment of the drawer slide all can affect the performance of a drawer slide.
The drawer slide used should never be a structural support inside the cavity.
Unusual fastening methods such as welding, riveting of gluing may have adverse effects on the
Factors such as speed, number and frequency of cycles, the stopping force, distance traveled,
excessive vibration, unevenly distributed loads, improper installation, and abuse can cause
premature failure and reduce the performance and life expectancy of the drawer slides.
Drawers wider than deep can exert high lateral force on the slide and result in premature failure
of the slide.
In order to obtain optimal sliding performance, several important factors need to be considered:
- Squareness of drawer box and cabinet.
- Perpendicular and parallel installation of all drawer slide parts.
- Intentional allowance of a fractional amount of play depending on materials used.
- On solid wood installations, warpage and swelling of the wood can affect the drawer slide performance.
- Cabinets sitting on uneven floors or cabinets being mounted on a crooked wall may experience drawer slide binding.
- See product pages for maximum and minimum build in widths.
Two types of load ratings exist. Any load rating should include the weight of the drawer as part of the load.
1. Static Load: A weight applied to the drawer without cycling. The slide should support the load without buckling
2. Dynamic Load:: This load is determined by cycling a weighted drawer for a specified number of cycles. The slide should function with minimal changes to the required opening and closing force throughout the test.
Our load ratings are averaged figures for a 450mm (18 in.) long drawer slide on a 450mm (18 in.)
wide drawer. The test drawer is pulled open from the center of the drawer and cycled to a
predetermined number of cycles according to industry standards. Factors such as speed, number
and frequency of cycles, the stopping force, distance traveled, excessive vibration, unevenly
distributed loads, improper installation, and abuse can cause premature failure and reduce the
performance and life expectancy of the drawer slides.
For listed load ratings, all screw holes in the drawer slide must be used.
Roller bearing slides: Dynamic cycle tested to 50,000 cycles, slide length 600mm, using all available fastening holes.
Ball bearing drawer slides: Dynamic cycle tested to 50,000 cycles, slide length 450mm, using all available fastening holes.
Drawer Slides: cold rolled coiled steel, powder coated.
Stainless Steel Drawer Slides: - chrome steel 1.4509(441)
Ball Bearing Slides: - cold rolled coiled steel, zinc plated.
Ball Bearings: chrome steel, Grade EN 1.4034.
Plastic Rollers: we use only the highest grade of Delrin
Delrin has properties similar to metal, with a high tensile strength, impact resistance and rigidity. The
rollers are self-lubricating and very resistant against grime, wear and tear. Our standard drawer
slides are temperature rated from -20 to +80 Deg. C (-4 to +200 Deg. F). On request, we can provide
drawer slides with higher heat resistance.
We offer standard solutions of assembling the drawer slide parts as well as special custom assembly
Holes: Round, oblong or keyhole shaped, arranged in a grid along the longitudinal center axis, often counter sunk to avoid interference between screws and/or rivet heads and rollers.
Mounting tabs/Bayonets: A fast assembly method of drawerslides to sheet metal cabinets and fixtures. There are several types and sizes available. As per customer requirements, both drawer and/or cabinet profiles can be equipped.
Hanging hooks: Also a fast method of assembly of drawer slides to cabinets. An angle bracket on the cabinet profile hooks to a pilaster rail in the side of the cabinet.
Assembly bracket: Snap on or welded brackets on the cabinet profiles for system drawers with skirted sides. Various possibilities exist for wood or metal and for various cabinet sizes and designs. Top and bottom mount brackets: For lighter loads, these brackets attach to either the bottom floor of a cabinet or hang underneath work surfaces or shelves.
Drawer slides are attached to the side wall of the cabinet with screws or mounting tabs on an inside side wall of a cabinet, mostly using the 32 mm system holes.
Pull out slides (FR 771, FR 775, and FR 777) are designed to mount to the bottom floor of the cabinet
Bottom mount: The bottom edge of the drawer side is resting on the flange of the drawer profile. Both roller and ball bearing slides are available in this style.
Side mount: The drawer profile is attached to the side of the drawer side or pull-out shelf. Both roller and ball bearing slides are available in this style.
Self-closing (by gravity): Predominately with roller bearing slides where both cabinet and drawer profile are shaped on an angle at the rear to let the drawer roll closed in the last part of the closing travel.
Automatic self-closing with anti-slamming Easy Close Device (ECD): This feature will prevents the drawer from slamming shut by absorbing the initial closing force via a damping cylinder and utilizing a spring mechanism to complete the closing cycle with a very smooth and quiet closing action.
Self-closing (by spring): Predominately with ball bearing slides where a spring mechanism incorporated in the slide pulls the drawer closed in the last part of the closing cycle.