NEW From Accuride! The CB-Hand Locking Handle Kit

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides

Accuride CB_HAND

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The CB-Handle Locking Handle Kit from Accuride is a new way to add lock-in and lock-out features to drawers or trays.  This handy mechanism allows one-hand activation with a centrally located push-button, and is ideal for mobile applications!

  • Accommodates drawers up to 60” wide
  • Compatible with many slide families:  3600, 7950/7957, 9301 and others with cross sections of 0.75” or greater
  • Push button at the center of the handle releases locks
  • Constructed of lightweight and corrosion resistant components

 

Call us today, or use our Contact Form to learn more about the CB-Hand Locking Handle Kit!

Draw Latches

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

Draw latches are great for lids or covers that are drawn together, along the same plane. 

 

Versa Latch Southco’s V2 series draw latches are very strong, but very forgiving.  The spring coils mounted on the sides of the latch provide some shock protection.  If your application is subject to a lot of vibration or sudden impacts, this might be a good option for you. 
Available in steel and stainless steel.
CH-4000 Series Draw Latch Another commonly used draw latch is this one- all the strength of Southco’s V2, but no springs (some people just aren’t fans of the springs).  Easy to install, easier to use.  Available in a range of finishes, too.
97 Series Latch Southco’s 97 series draw latches are as pretty as they are functional.  With dozens of variations available, you can be assured that there’s a version that will fit your application.  Available in bright chrome finish or polished stainless, with options for padlocking, wire sealing, secondary catches and more.  Check them out!
A1 Adjustable Draw Latch In the market for a heavier solution?  There aren’t many adjustable draw latches our there, and surely none as nice as these.  The comfortable vinyl grips make these a pleasure to work with.  Available in three sizes, all have the option of yellow grip, or plain.
Flexible T Handle Latch The Flexible (rubber) T-handle latch can be seen all over the place.  Used on battery boxes, toolboxes and more, this “standard” latch is available in 5 different sizes, three different styles, some with the option of stainless steel hardware. 
Wire Bail latches and Strikes Wire Bail latches are clean, simple, and inexpensive!  They’re also available in a range of styles (straight bail, curved bail, locking, non-locking), finishes and materials. 
Under Center Latch We also have a range of “under center” draw latches!  These provide a different feel, but still offer mechanical assistance for drawing panels together.  Available in Steel, Stainless and even a Black Powder Coat, with a host of options that includes concealed or exposed bases, secondary catches, and padlocking.
K5 Link Locks The K5 Link Lock has been around for years.  Link Locks, or “Butterfly Locks” are great for panels that may be subject to vibration or accidental opening.  Once engaged, these latches will not open up by accident.  They’re also great for applications where the panels aren’t always in alignment. Link locks can latch easily even when at an angle.
K4 Link Locks The K4 Link Lock is the Medium-sized option for the link lock family.  All link locks are available with springs (as shown here) to provide shock-absorbent protection against impact, misalignment or high vibration.  There’s also a stylized version of this latch available in black powder-coat or in stainless.
K3 Link Locks The K3 link lock is the smallest of the link locks, yet it still boasts up to 300 lbs of tensile strength before breaking!  Available with or without springs, in stainless or steel with zinc plating.

Custom Hinges–We can do that!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Butt Hinges, Hinges

Where do you go for a hinge that cannot be found in any catalog? Steeves Agencies is the place!  Looking for a butt hinge, slip joint hinge or other type of specialty hinge with custom swaging, radius corners and countersunk holes?  You get the idea: CALL US!  We do this all the time.

Steeves Agencies, for over 30 years, has been sourcing specialty hardware of all kinds, whether it’s in our catalogs or not. Give us a try!  If we can’t help, or if we can’t make it in a cost-effective way, we’ll gladly point you in the right direction.

Send us a message via our Contact Form and we’ll respond immediately.   We hope to hear from you soon!

Advanced Performance Cyanoacrylates

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Cyanoacrylates

Cyano ASI makes a line of Cyanoacrylates that are specially formulated to bond instantly, like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The trouble with instant adhesives is sometimes the “instant” part. Anyone who has ever tried this type of glue knows that “instant” is just shorter than the time it takes for you to realize your fingertips are now permanently stuck together.


Our Advanced Performance Series adhesives are available in a wide range of viscosities. The thicker the adhesive, the longer the working time. The other benefits of thicker glue include the ability to apply it on vertical surfaces, as well as increased gap-filling properties. There are also special formulations for Rubber/Plastic, Metal, and Surface Insensitive (for everything else). There’s a CA for everyone!

Instant adhesives provide an economical and FAST solution where a permanent bond is necessary, but screw holes, or other mechanical fasteners are not desirable.

Call us today for more information about our Advanced Performance adhesives.

Accuride Ascent Slide

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides

The Accuride Ascent Slide mechanism!

The Ascent Slide mechanism is great for mounting a display where you might want to conceal it.  A small computer display, television or other panel can be mounted and tucked away with just one finger.  It’s that easy.

Cyanoacrylates and MDF: A Picture-Perfect Match!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Cyanoacrylates, Products

ASI Adhesives – ASI Cyanoacrylate Adhesives and Bonding MDF, by Peter Atchison, Technical Sales Expert

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, next to wood glues, are the most common adhesives used in the world today. “CA’s” as they are commonly known, are in just about every toy, electronic component, automobile and home appliance on the market today, and simply put, they are amazing in terms of strength and durability on variety of the substrates: rubber, plastic, metal etc. What they’re lesser known for bonding is Wood and Wood Fibre based materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibre). MDF is widely used in home construction, home decoration (picture frames) or anywhere that traditional wood products have been used in the past.

What is MDF? We’re sure you’re going to say:”Wood!” And you’d be correct, but did you know almost all MDF products use a Formaldehyde resin to hold the particles together before being pressed into shape? And resins are plastics (in generic terms) which means that CA’s, which bond really well to most plastics, can be used to bond pieces of MDF together… in SECONDS! And yes……we mean seconds!

In the past year Steeves Agencies has been talking with numerous Art Galleries and framing stores and demonstrating how CA’s can improve productivity. To our credit, we’ve had a few early adopters. But in an industry steeped in traditional methods, a revolution has taken place. It had been common-place to have frame makers, or better yet, “Craftsmen and Artisans” create frames from hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Mahogany and other exotic woods. Well, just like everything else these days, even those craftsmen are becoming a thing of the past as the manufactures of framing materials have moved in to the modern age. The uses of plastics and new technologies have taken over and where those skilled craftsmen are unfortunately being turned into technicians and assemblers. More and more frame materials are being created by machines, chemical and moulded products like MDF and other Poly Plastics. But more notably is the techniques used to assemble them (Wood Glue, Nails, V-Nails etc) don’t work on these new materials very well, and as hard as they try…..there is failure in one manner or another. If there isn’t failure there certainly is an abundance of frustration because of them. But fear not, the CA’s are your NEW friend. Better yet, you don’t have to buy any costly tools, jigs or clamping devices to make them work. There is a technique to master and it isn’t too hard to learn.

The range of CA’s offered by ASI (Adhesive Systems Inc) and distributed by Steeves Agencies is very extensive; and range from as thin as water, to as thick as a gel…..it just depends on your application. In the world of picture frames, thicker is better because you don’t want the product to run once you place it. The next step is to apply what’s known as an “Activator” (heptane based) that when applied to the opposite part of the adjoining substrate triggers the CA to cure instantaneously on contact. There is of course the technique, I was speaking of earlier, but you need to test it and see just how best to perform the assembly without using too much (resulting in “ooze-out”) or too little (weak bond). It’s important to note, that with this kind of product, more isn’t always better. The purpose of the activator is to prevent the adhesive from migrating into the porous, moisture absorbing, substrate and essentially locks it in the joint where it belongs. And though there is some migration into the MDF, the adhesion and strength is better because it’s rooted in the MDF. Breaking the joint (which is always fun) results in the destruction of the substrate but the adhesive remains intact. In the world of adhesive sales, substrate failure is the measure of success.

My suggestion to you is to try them! You’ll be amazed!

-Peter Atchison

Want to learn more about CA’s and their many uses? Use our Contact Form to send a request, and Peter will contact you directly about your project!