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Shutter Cam Latch Prevents Accidental Opening and Keeps Dust Out

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Latches, Pawl/Cam Action Latches

southco-e5-shutter-camSouthco has expanded its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a new latch designed to prevent accidental opening. The drop bushing feature of the E5 Shutter Cam Latch adds additional security by preventing the cam from rotating open in high vibration applications.

The E5 Shutter Cam Latch is designed with a spring loaded bushing that covers the driver recess. To actuate the latch, the bushing must be manually depressed. In the event that the latch is not entirely closed, the bushing remains in the depressed position, providing a visual indication that the latch is unsecured.

The E5’s bushing is designed with a longer travel distance, providing enhanced security. With its flush, low profile design, the E5 Shutter Cam Latch provides a clean appearance, minimizing dust and debris collection that may affect operation. The E5 Shutter Cam Latch also meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, as well as EN61373, the shock and vibration standard for railway applications. Southco’s line of E5 Cam Latches delivers robust, vibration-resistant fastening, features a variety of grip lengths and is available in numerous head style options for added security. Additionally, the E5 Shutter Cam Latch features the same panel hole preparation as the standard series and is available with a separate latch and cam assembly to promote modular use. With its spring loaded bushing and visual indicator feature, our newest E5 Cam Latch is designed to keep doors and panels affected by excessive vibration securely closed. The E5 Shutter Cam Latch satisfies industry regulations for water and dust ingress protection, making it an ideal solution for high traffic areas such as floor paneling and enclosures in Transportation and HVAC applications.

EA-BT – BLUETOOTH® Controller from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Uncategorized

EA-BT – BLUETOOTH® Controller

Looking for an electronic lock controller but don’t want all the hassles of wiring, installation, and management?

Southco’s EA-BT BLUETOOTH® Controller provides full access control and remote monitoring of intelligent locks without having to wire into a network, or install, manage and maintain software. When connected to a secure, cloud-based platform, the EA-BT Controller allows BLUETOOTH® enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets to be used as a credential for wirelessly actuating an electronic lock.

For more information, or to see a demonstration, use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

New Southco Padlockable Cam Latch Features Redesigned Wing Knob

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Compression Latches, News, Pawl/Cam Action Latches, Products

Southco has redesigned the wing knob version of its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a stylish, streamlined design that promotes improved ergonomics and enhanced security. The new E5 Wing Knob adds a padlockable feature capable of accepting a hasp shackle up to 8mm in diameter, and promotes a redesigned wing knob that functions as both handle and actuator.

The redesigned E5 Wing Knob features concave side surfaces that provide aesthetic appeal as well as positive finger grip for ease of opening panels and doors with a gloved hand. A spring loaded ball detent provides sensory feedback and helps to verify that the door is fully opened or closed with an audible “click”.

Tested to NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, the E5 Wing Knob provides a high degree of ingress protection and is suitable for use indoors and out.

Southco’s line of E5 Cam Latches delivers robust, vibration-resistant fastening, features a variety of grip lengths and is available in numerous head style options for added security. Additionally, the E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch features the same panel hole prep as the standard series and is available with a separate latch and cam assembly to promote modular use.

The padlockable E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch provides ergonomic operation and secure latching in applications where increased security is necessary, such as industrial equipment with Lockout Tagout (LOTO) requirements.

To learn more about Southco’s complete line of Cam Latches, visit our E5 product page.

New Stainless Steel Rotary Latch from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Products, Push to Close Latches

Southco
New Product Announcement
New Corrosion-Resistant, Two-Stage Rotary Latch Eliminates False Latching Conditions Southco’s R4-30 Two-Stage Rotary Latch is constructed of high-strength, corrosion-resistant stainless steel, making these latches an ideal choice for enclosure applications exposed to demanding environments. The R4-30 series features a two-stage design that prevents false latching conditions in enclosure applications, and provides concealed latching for increased security and industrial design.
  • High-strength, corrosion-resistant construction withstands the elements
  • Two-stage rotor design prevents false latching
  • Provides concealed latching with push-to-close convenience
  • Allows remote actuation when paired with Southco cables and actuators
Learn more about Southco’s R4-30 Two-Stage Rotary Latch (Stainless Steel)
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Adhesives and the Argo

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

Recently, we were called out to a local repair facility for a project that involved an Argo 8×8 ATV.  These ATV’s are known for their durability and versatility, not to mention their ability to operate on land or in the water.

This particular Argo had developed a leak in its inner tub, caused by wear from the tracks rubbing the inside of the wheel well. The hole was a crescent-shaped scar on a rounded part of the tub.  This wasn’t going to be an easy patch job.  They contacted the dealer looking for a solution, but they dealer suggested a sheet metal patch, lots of silicone and rivets.  RIVETS!  They actually suggested making more holes in a machine that is subject to massive vibration.  The owner of the Argo felt this wasn’t a great option and felt it would only create more leaks (and headaches) down the road.

Part of the problem with this application is that the tub of the Argo is made of a type of plastic that is known to be difficult to bond.  Some versions of low density Polyethylene are nearly impossible to bond, and so repair shops often resort to “mechanical” fixes like rivets and silicone.  In this situation, the constant vibration of the machine could have caused the rivets to wear even larger holes in the plastic.  Furthermore, there was no guarantee that silicone would provide a long-lasting seal.

Naturally, they were looking for alternatives.

With the help of our technical experts at ASI, we identified the best adhesive to use on the tub of the Argo is our Maximum Performance 2:1 epoxy, the MP54420.  With its high viscosity formula and 20-30 minute fixture time, it has time to flow into large (and small) gaps, then cure to a hard but flexible finish.

IT GETS BETTER.

This solution gives them some great benefits:

  • We did not have to create more holes in the Argo.
  • We avoided the use of messy silicones, and did not have to cut or shape any sheet metal.
  • The total cost of the repair was less than $100 (including $60 for the re-usable dispensing gun)  and there was adhesive left over.
  • The machine is field-ready within hours.
  • One 50ml tube is enough for multiple repairs (depending on the size of the holes, of course)
  • This epoxy will last through extreme temperature ranges (-60F to +250F) once cured.

This particular project is not going to morph into large-scale business from this particular customer, but it does highlight an application that many might overlook.

Unique Solutions for Your Fastening Needs

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Inserts

Yardley Products‘ precision engineered threaded metal inserts are used in a variety of everyday objects. Seaside Casual Furniture, a 100-year old, family owned outdoor furniture company, knew Yardley Products could come up with a custom solution to their design problem.

Inserts are used to to make the assembly of these Adirondak chairs easy and quick.Seaside Casual is an industry leader when it comes to design and their customers were looking for a sleek, streamlined looking product.

The furniture company needed a custom solution to hide visible fasteners on their products which were bringing down the aesthetic value.

Click to learn more about how Yardley Products created and produced custom inserts to help the Seaside Casual design team.

Use our Contact Form get more information about how threaded inserts can improve build quality and the look of your product!

Draw Latches For Super Heavy Applications

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Draw Latches

EB-960-23

EB-960-23

With 8,000 lbs of holding force, the 960 Series draw latch is a monster!  If you’re looking for maximum strength, this might be for you!

More than just strength!

But this draw latch has more than strength.  It’s adjustable, has a comfy rubberized grip and features a secondary catch to prevent accidental opening.

For more information about your options for heavy-duty (or lighter duty) draw latches, use our handy Contact Form!

Gas Springs Now Available from Steeves Agencies

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Gas Springs, Uncategorized

Steeves Agencies carries a complete line of gas springs, lifts and dampers, with a wide assortment of end fittings and mounting brackets! With hundreds of available options, we can provide you with the exact spring, lift or damper to suit your specific application requirements.

Want to know more about our gas springs? Want to see a product catalog with all the available options? Click on the link to download a copy of our Gas Spring Catalog.

Do you have a different question? Need more information? Use our handy Contact Form to reach us and we’ll get back to you right away!

Not sure what size you need? Want some advice on picking the correct pressure? We can help there too! Just fill out our brief Application Information Form and we’ll do the legwork for you! Easy as that!

Gas Spring Application Information

Installing Yardley Inserts

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Inserts

Yardley Products, a manufacturer of precision engineered threaded metal inserts, is the industry leader in all types of threaded inserts.  From large threads to small in a wide range of materials and for a wide range of substrates, Yardley’s got you covered.  Designing the inserts into your product is easy, but what about installation?  Will you need special tools?  Will you need people with special skills?  These are important considerations when designing any type of fastener, latch, hinge or insert into your product.

Typically, metal inserts are installed with complex ultrasonic equipment that can put a wrench into your manufacturing budget and raise the price of production. The thermal press can do the same task easily and inexpensively for jobs such as prototyping, 3D printing, or low volume production. This solution costs less and is also smaller than most ultrasonic equipment, reducing the footprint in your facility.

Yardley Products is offering a major deal on their newest tool for installing inserts into thermoplastics. For a limited time, take $200 off your thermal press when you use the code Thermal200 at checkout! Shop now and save! The press is also versatile, suited for inserts of any size in practically any thermoplastic. With more than 24 million inserts in stock, Yardley offers corresponding 2D and 3D downloadable CAD drawings to spec out applications.

Do you have questions about inserts?  Want to know more about installation equipment?  Use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

 

New Compact Compression Latch from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Compression Latches, Products

Southco
New Product Announcement
New Compact Compression Latch Designed for Limited Spaces Southco’s new E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch series combines a high level of strength with a smaller design footprint for secure, vibration resistant latching in even the most challenging operating environments. The compact E3 Compression Latch easily fits into enclosures with space constraints and meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection.
  • Compact, shortened housing for limited space applications
  • Tested to European Standard EN45545 for fire resistance
  • Highly modular and configurable
  • Meets NEMA 4/IP65 standards
Learn more about Southco’s E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch Compact
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