Safety Interlocks Can Be Challenging.

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, News, Safety

Hinges with built-in Safety Interlocks

Hinges with built-in Safety Interlocks

If your machinery uses safety shields or enclosures, you likely need a safety interlock device of some kind.  These interlocks are sometimes installed as an additional component, which takes time and costs you money. Some interlock devices can even be disabled by the operator to “save time” at the risk of personal injury, even death!

ELESA MAKES IT EASY TO IMPROVE SAFETY!

The CFSW Series Hinges from Elesa is a has multiple integrated safety switches built right in!  And there’s more:
  • Thanks to it’s super-technopolymer housing, this electronic hinge does not require grounding!
  • They are UL approved.
  • They have a high load capacity.  These aren’t just a fancy switch with a working hinge, it’s an awesome hinge with amazing safety features.
  • Can be installed in seconds, with just 4 screws.
  • Meets IP67 ratings for corrosion and water resistance. Bring on the water jets!
  • COMPLETELY TAMPER PROOF
Did we mention that they’re tamper-proof?  Your workplace safety committee will love that!

Available in a range of configurations, the CFSW series hinges designed to be used with most standard aluminum profiles.  They’re also IMQ and UL approved and have a tested life-span of over 1 million cycles. There’s no other integrated safety interlock hinge like it on the market today! Want to learn more? Use our Contact Form to request some literature or a detailed spec sheet.

Introducing Southco’s 4C Wing Knob-style captive screw

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Captive Fasteners, News, Products

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Distinctive Wing Knob-Style Captive Screw Provides Tool-Free Access and Color Differentiation Southco’s new 4C Wing Knob Captive Screw enables quick-access fastening and features an over-molded, distinctively contoured and attractive wing-style head design that can be used to designate access through an array of standard and custom color options. Press-in, flare-in and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) options provide versatility for fastening and unfastening by hand or tool when mounting doors, panels and other hardware components in applications where space is limited.
  • Distinctively contoured wing-style head design for quick access
  • “Prism” colored fasteners to differentiate access points
  • Press-in, flare-in and SMT options
  • Standard Phillips, Torx® and combination recesses available
 
 
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Southco Introduces New Heavy Duty Display Mounting Solutions

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Positioning Technology

AV Arm Southco has expanded its AV Display Mount offering with the heavy duty D40 Series, which includes a Tilt and Swivel Mount (K Series), a Tilt, Swivel and Single Arm (A Series) and a Dual Extension Arm (D Series). The AV-D40 Series provides robust operation and holds larger, heavier displays securely in place during touchscreen operation, under vibration, and when devices are mounted on uneven or unbalanced surfaces.  
  • Extended length, dual swing arm assembly maximizes reach
  • VESA compliant and simple wall mount installation
  • Integrated wire management channels for power cables
  • Smooth exterior with minimal joints for ease of cleaning
  • Validated for 20k cycles of operation without maintenance or adjustment
Learn more about Southco’s AV-D40 Display Mounts Want to learn more about Southco’s products and how they can help you?  Use our Contact Form to reach us!    

We’re making the journey to Hillsborough!

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This July, the Steeves family is meeting in Hillsborough and Moncton, NB for a not-so-little family reunion with a whole lot of our Steeves cousins. We sent the organizers a little video about why we’re going and they posted it!  It took some doing to get us all together at the same time, but I think it was totally worth it!

 

Southco Introduces New Heavy Duty Display Mounting Solutions

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Positioning Technology, Products

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Southco Introduces New Heavy Duty Display Mounting Solutions

Southco has expanded its AV Display Mount offering with the heavy duty D40 Series, which includes a Tilt and Swivel Mount (K Series), a Tilt, Swivel and Single Arm (A Series) and a Dual Extension Arm (D Series). The AV-D40 Series provides robust operation and holds larger, heavier displays securely in place during touchscreen operation, under vibration, and when devices are mounted on uneven or unbalanced surfaces.
  • Extended length, dual swing arm assembly maximizes reach
  • VESA compliant and simple wall mount installation
  • Integrated wire management channels for power cables
  • Smooth exterior with minimal joints for ease of cleaning
  • Validated for 20k cycles of operation without maintenance or adjustment
Learn more about Southco’s AV-D40 Display Mounts
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Greetings from the Steeves Family!

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Thank You CardThe Steeves 250 countdown continues!

The Steeves family’s 250th reunion is taking place this summer and there are great plans being made in Hillsborough and Moncton, NB for a party that promises to be “record-setting”. We just received a lovely note from the organizing committee which was a great reminder that it’s almost time to get our travel plans in order.  Sure, we have a few months to go until showtime, but who wouldn’t be excited about meeting 10,000 of their closest cousins? Thanks to the Steeves250 committee for being so welcoming!  We’re looking forward to seeing you all there! -Brian

Southco’s new e3 latch meets fire safety ratings!

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

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New Adjustable Grip Compression Latch Meets Fire Safety Standard Southco’s new E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch series features lightweight, aluminum construction and is ideal for rugged outdoor applications that require higher strength, without adding additional weight.The adjustable grip E3 Compression Latch is tested to EN45545, the European fire resistance standard for railway applications, and is suitable for a wide variety of industries where robust vibration resistance is required.
  • Tested to European Standard EN45545 for fire resistance
  • Compliant with EN61373 for shock and vibration
  • Lightweight, high-strength aluminum construction
  • Meets NEMA 4/IP65 standards
  • Highly modular and configurable
  • Cost effective, easy to design and install
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Did You Get Mail From Us?

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2016 Quick Selection Guide

If you got one of these snazzy little brochures in the mail from us, then you’re at the right place!  We thought you’d like to know about us, and the kinds of products we have.  Your company was selected because your business classification matches those of our “very satisfied customers”.  We’d like YOU to be one of those customers too!  If you’re interested in learning more about the products you see in this booklet, please let us know how we can help you by using our Contact Form or by calling us directly.  We’d sure love to hear from you.

Steeves Agencies has been in this business for over 30 years, reaching out to manufacturers, big and small, to help with their hard-to-find hardware requirements.  Even if you don’t have any immediate requirements, hang on to this handy reference book in case you find yourself looking for something “just right” for your application.

If you’d prefer not to receive information like this from us ever again, or if you think we reached you by mistake, we’re very sorry to have bothered you, and we promise to remove your name from our list immediately if you let us know.  Please take a moment to use our Unsubscribe form and we’ll gladly remove your name from our list.  You can also call us at 1-800-318-1119 and let one of our friendly staff know.

How to keep costs down when the US dollar is strong

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…especially if you’re a manufacturer in Canada.

The strong US dollar creates some interesting situations for Canadian manufacturers who export to the US (or any other country).  With a de-valued Canadian dollar, our manufactured goods may cost less for international buyers, but what if these same products consist of largely US materials and components?  Hopefully, the added cost of US components doesn’t significantly affect the end product’s cost, but it’s still in any manufacturer’s best interest to control these component costs as much as possible. We import most of our goods from the US for our Canadian customers.  Over the past year, we’ve seen the cost of components increase by nearly 45%, and that’s solely due to the exchange difference.  As you can imagine, this poses a major challenge for manufacturers who strive to remain competitive in their markets.  The good news is that there are some very easy ways to combat these increases, and even remove them completely.

Buy in USD

The easiest and most obvious way to take the exchange cost out of the equation is to trade in the same currency.  If you have a US Dollar bank account, you can buy in USD.  We have many customers who pay in USD for their orders.  This method works very well especially when your customers pay you in USD as well, but at the very least you can be sure that you’re always paying the most current rate.

Dollar Cost Averaging

Buy low!  Sell high! Buying USD when you think the rate is about to climb is a good way to try and stay ahead of any  increases.    You may not get the lowest exchange rate all the time, but if you buy most of your US currency when the rates are “good”, you can usually save a few basis points over the long term.  If you’re not confident in your ability to exchange currency, or if you don’t have time to watch the markets, that’s okay!  There are experts who can help you with that.  If you don’t already deal with any of the Currency Exchange companies in your area, you should consider reaching out to them.  They have a good sense of the markets and will give you a heads up when it’s the best time to make a currency trade.

Take Advantage of Discounts

If you could save 2% just by paying your invoice within 10 days, would you do it?  Studies have shown that early payment discounts are a great way to reduce costs in the long term and ultimately earn you far more than the 2%  you save immediately.  If your vendors don’t offer early payment discounts like 2%10/N30, ask them about it! Another form of discount that many companies overlook is the Quantity Pricing discounts, or Bulk Pricing.  If you’re a manufacturer, you’re likely very familiar with bulk pricing and how it can save you money.  A good vendor will typically tell you about any available discounts and will alert you when it makes sense to buy just a few more to qualify for huge savings.  Even if it means buying less frequently, volume pricing can be a great benefit.

Automate Your Regular Purchases with Blanket Orders

Blanket Order is a bulk quantity order with scheduled releases for up to a year from the order date.  Blanket orders are great for companies who place consistent, repetitive orders.  They’re also beneficial because they allow you to guarantee delivery and pricing for a long period of time, which frees you up for other things that may be more urgent and time-sensitive.  Blanket orders give us the ability to purchase at larger quantities too, which means we can pass along those savings to you.

..or use any combination of the above!

Every manufacturer is different and it may not be possible to take advantage of all of these options.  You might not be sure if any of them are right for you.  We can help with that.  We can tell you very quickly if you might benefit from consolidating orders into larger, less frequent orders.  We can show you the benefit of buying in USD, and we can discuss how blanket orders might help your bottom line.  If none of these options seem right for you, then we’ll just carry on giving you the best possible pricing and all of the technical support we can give you. If you would like us to review your purchase history and give you some feedback about how we can help reduce your costs, please use our Contact Form to reach us! Thanks for visiting us!  We hope to hear from you soon!