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Can you explain what is meant by "hold-in detent"?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager

20th Jan 2015

Our detent hold-in feature is fitted to many of our slide series and is simply a deflare bend on the end of the drawer member. When the slide is closed, this passes over a corresponding shape in a moulding fitted to the cabinet member.

This gives a small amount of friction to stop the slide from opening on its own. The user will have to use a small pull force to open the drawer; between approximately 5N and 7N.

This feature is fine on static applications and some mobile applications, but if a unit is moved around with some force, then gravity or a centrifugal force could pull the drawer open over the hold-in force.

Sue Witkowski

Fresh ideas. Innovative design.

Author: Sue Witkowski, Marketing services manager

12th Dec 2014

This is the title of Accuride’s latest video.

It tells the story of how our product development teams create new ideas and then take them from the drawing board to prototype testing and beyond to a selection of very different applications and markets.

A companion brochure has also been published in English and German. Email us with your details to receive a copy.

[email protected]

20th Nov 2014

Small improvements to an existing product can sometimes be as useful to the market as introducing a completely new product.

Just look at the 3832 drawer slide.

The 3832 has been around for many years and can be found across the world in many applications. Accuride’s continual re-invention of the slide has made it a best seller, and probably the most copied.

This versatile slide is what most cabinet makers would consider a ‘standard’. It has a 12.7mm thickness (½ inch), is compatible with both 32mm and traditional hole patterns, and can take loads up to 45kg, making it a good all-rounder for cabinet drawers where a side mounted slide is needed.

Breathing tabs

The first development was the addition of breathing tabs on the cabinet member. These seem pretty ordinary now, but this was an important first step in the evolution of the 3832.

The space between the cabinet and drawer is critical when fitting slides. This need for precision can make life difficult for woodworkers. So some of the fixing holes are located on a ‘breathing tab’; a small tongue of metal with a U slot around it. Because of the slot, the tip of the tongue can bend a bit out of the plane of the rest of the metal. That is, the cabinet member can pull away from the cabinet wall, just a little, to help absorb those tricky tolerances.


All 3832 slides include an integral quick release lever so that the user can separate the slide into the cabinet and drawer member.

This feature has two distinct advantages. The first is for the fitter. Being able to separate the parts of the slide and fit them individually onto the cabinet chassis and drawer makes the job a simple one.

Secondly, once installed, the disconnect lever is used to take the drawer out of the cabinet and put it back again without the need for tools; perhaps a benefit for the user rather than the cabinet maker.

If you are looking for user-friendly improvement, then the introduction of the cam adjuster is a perfect example.

The Cam Drawer Adjust offers installers a simple, yet precise mechanism for vertical drawer adjustment. The cam mechanism alters the vertical position of drawers by up to 4.8mm and is located at the front of the slide for easy access. It’s as simple as inserting a screwdriver and turning the mechanism to the left or right to provide the proper adjustment.

Detents are methods of holding a slide in or out without locking them.

This may seem rather simple, but it is important that the slides are held in position – you don’t want the drawers bouncing open once closed and all 3832 slides have hold-in.

Hold-out (3832DO)

The hold-out is equally important for applications such as pull out keyboard shelves, when you would need it to stay open during use.

Soft-close (3832EC)

A dampened, soft-closing drawer just feels good and this one is side mounted, rather than the usual under-mount slide used in kitchen drawers.

Self-closing (3832SC/HDSC)

Our self-closing slides ensure drawers come to a close and stay closed, keeping things looking neat and tidy. There are two options; a standard self-close and a heavier duty version, which is ideal for mobile applications such as trolley drawers.

Touch-release (3832TR/HDTR)

If you like the look of simple, clean drawer fronts or need to design for those who have difficulty grasping knobs or handles, then our touch-release products are the answer. A gentle press on the drawer front releases the drawer and propels it outward about 45mm.

Electronic locking (3832EL)

Accuride is the first company to integrate an electronic lock into the slide. This is an exciting development and you can read more about the slide and lock here:

Clip on brackets

More fitting options are available through the use of clip on brackets, allowing both bottom and platform mounting. These can be fitted to the standard 3832 plus DO and SC/HDSC versions from length 35cm.

3832 finish options

Zinc White Black
3832 & 3832DH 3832 3832
3832SC 3832SC 3832SC
3832TR 3832TR 3832TR
3832EC 3832EC
Brackets 633xx Brackets 633xx Brackets 633xx

27th Oct 2014

Accuride slide material samples are subjected to salt spray testing according to the ASTM B117-07 standard and evaluation per B-633-07a (requirements for electrodeposited zinc coatings).

The following product prefixes denote the level of corrosion resistance according to the tested samples:

DZ – commercial plating: no white rust is allowed on tested parts after 12 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DH – higher resistant plating: less than 5% white rust is allowed over tested parts after 96 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DB – commercial black plating: no white rust is allowed over tested parts after 96 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

DP – passivate high resistance plating: less than 5% white rust is allowed over tested parts after 500 hours of exposure in the salt spray tester

If you need further help please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call your local Accuride office.

John Whittlesea

How can I fit drawer slides so that they line up and work properly?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager

29th Sep 2014

The main thing is to get the slides parallel. Your project needs to be perfectly square and parallel - this makes life easier for measuring. In other words, take care to build cabinets and drawer boxes as accurately as possible.

The other issue is side space; the space between the cabinet and drawer where the slide will be fitted. This must be constant and parallel, and just larger than the width of the slide, usually by +0.2 mm to +0.5 mm.

Getting the slides in the correct position and level can be a challenge, especially if you’re working on a fully assembled unit from the inside and at the back of a cabinet. Accurately pre-drilling the panels before assembly can eliminate this issue, but accuracy of manufacture and assembly is the key to a successful build.

Using slides that have a disconnect feature, such as the 3832 series (illustrated), will allow the slide to be disassembled to separate the cabinet and drawer members. The part (outer member) that fits to the cabinet can then be easily fitted to the cabinet and the part (inner member) that fits to the drawer can be easily fitted in its correct position.

Illustration 1 shows the 3832 disconnect lever.

Mark the position of the slides on the inside of the cabinet and fit using the slotted holes to give a little bit of adjustment. Don’t fully tighten the screws just yet. Set the slide 2mm back from the front of the cabinet edge.

Now fit the inner member to the side of the drawer, either on or just below the centre line for optimum stability. The front of the slide member should be set back 2mm from the front of the drawer.
(The 2mm set back dimension ensures that the drawer front, if fitted, does not hit the slide members, when the unit is closed)

Level up and fix using the round holes and tighten all screws. Some slides have a cam adjuster at the front of the slide to give some up/down adjustment.

When fitting the drawer into the unit it is important that the ball bearing retainer is in the forward position during initial installation. Hold the drawer level and slot the slide members inside each other. Gently push the drawer closed. The ball retainer will start to move to the rear. Continue to push the drawer closed. Open and close fully a few times to ensure that everything is operating correctly.

These directions are for a drawer or moving element with either no front panel or for an overlaid front panel.

If an inset front panel is required, then the setback dimension should be increased by the thickness of the front panel.

Many of our slide series do not have a disconnect feature and consequently installation of these slides can bit a little bit more demanding.

Fitting the slide to the cabinet is almost the same as described above, with the exception that the drawer or moving member is still attached to the fixed member. Access slots are always provided in the slides to allow the installer to fix the slide using all possible fixing points.

Fitting the drawer or moving element to the slide is a task that will employ more hands. The drawer or moving element should be accurately marked up and, if possible, pre drilled to ease assembly.

The slide needs to be pulled open to its full extension to expose all the available fixing points. Again, some of these may only be exposed by virtue of an access slot in the slide member. Fixing screws are then applied to the application in much the same way as described above.

Once the assembly is complete, open and close the application fully a few times, to ensure that everything is operating correctly.

You can download fitting instructions for specific slides from our on-line Document Library.

If you need further help please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call your local Accuride office.

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