Heavy-Duty Actuators Enable Actuation of Multiple Rotary Latches

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Multi-Point Latches

This article was originally posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Rachel Pilgren-Kane

Southco has further expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of two new heavy-duty, paddle-style actuators that provide multiple points of actuation, allowing two connected rotary latches to be activated remotely by one actuator.

Southco’s AC-20 and R3-22 Actuators are constructed from corrosion resistant materials, making them well-suited for exterior applications that require robust performance. Available in polished chrome or black powder-coat finishes, these actuators feature a rugged, contoured paddle design for enhanced grip, key locking security and secure push-to-close functionality.

AC-20 and R3-22 Actuators are an ideal solution for doors and panels that require remote actuation of several connected rotary latches. When opening a large access panel on a piece of Off-Highway equipment for instance, the end user can easily release both latches at the same time by activating one actuator, facilitating operator entry.

With their high-strength, corrosion resistant paddle-style design, Southco’s AC-20 and R3-22 Actuators provide remote release of multiple connected rotary latches for simplified access in challenging environments. When combined with Southco R4 Rotary Latches and AC Cables, these Actuators create a complete Rotary Latching System, providing secure, reliable, remote latching for interior and exterior applications.

To learn more about our Rotary Latching Solutions, download Southco’s R4 Rotary Latching Guide.

New Cam Latch Offers Adjustable Grip For Custom Fit

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

Adjustable E5 Cam Latch from Southco
Adjustable E5 Cam Latch

Southco has expanded its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a new version that provides flexible grip adjustment, allowing a single latching solution to be used for multiple applications. Capable of delivering a grip range of up to 11.5mm, the new E5 Cam Latch with adjustable grip features an extended shaft that allows the cam to be set at a specific grip to tightly secure a door or panel.

The E5 series provides flexibility in grip adjustment to overcome door tolerance inconsistency and permanent gasket setting. For applications with door gasketing which have a tendency to set permanently under a prolonged compressed state, the flexible grip adjustment provided by the E5 corrects this issue by allowing the grip to be readjusted to provide optimal door closing or gasket sealing. The ramp profile of the cam also acts as lead-in to assist door closing, and provides up to 1mm of compression. Tested to NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, the E5 provides ingress protection and is suitable for use indoors and out.

With deep offset, standard offset, and straight (no offset) options, the latch covers a wide range of grip distances. The metal cam features a plastic cap that minimizes noise when making contact with the keeper, delivering robust, scratch-free engagement with frame and protecting decorated or coated finishes. Additionally, the E5 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.

With its customizable grip, our newest E5 Cam Latch meets the needs of multiple applications that require the same latch but with different grips, while the flexible design allows the fit to be customized to the specific needs of each application.

Want to know more about Southco’s new and innovative products? Reach out to us through our Contact Form and we’d be happy to answer all your questions!

Shutter Cam Latch Prevents Accidental Opening and Keeps Dust Out

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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.

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
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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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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!

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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TOGGLE CLAMPS!

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

Toggle Clamp

Toggle Clamps (or Fixture Clamps) are used widely in jigs which are used to hold components in place for welding, gluing or finishing.  There are toggle clamps for any type of “holding” you might need to accomplish.

The clamp shown here (GG.AA070) is one of the smaller sized clamps, and it’s designed to hold an object down with as much as 1450N (325 lbs) of force! The larger version of this toggle clamp has a holding force of up to 8000N (1800 lbs).  Toggle clamps are designed for easy, trouble-free operation no matter the size of the latch or the holding force required.

Many toggle clamps require a clamping bolt (sold separately).  The bolt can be installed anywhere along the working arm of the latch.  Different types of bolts are available too.Clamping Bolts

Most of our toggle clamps are available in steel or stainless, but some are available in cast materials, for those applications that require extreme strength.

If you need more information about our Toggle Clamps, call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!  We’re here to help.

Adjustable Draw Latches

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Draw Latches, Latches

Adjustable Draw LatchLooking for an option that’s got strength and adjustability?  We have that.

Introducing the 414 Series Adjustable draw latch, a robust, easy to operate and fully adjustable draw latch for your most rugged applications.  Available in steel with zinc plating or 304 stainless.

Want to know more about these handy little latches?  Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!