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Embedded vs. Concealed Hinges

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges

What’s the difference, you may ask?  There are plenty of reasons why you should know the difference.  A concealed hinge is one that’s hidden when looking at the door (or enclosure) from the outside.  When you open the door, there they are… visible and depending on the application, in the way.

An embedded hinge is one that is part of the door or lid.  In other words, it’s not only invisible when the door is closed, but also when the door or lid is open.  Imagine a laptop or flip phone… clearly there are hinges in there somewhere.  They’re embedded!  The hinges in your car doors, however, are merely “concealed” so as not to be visible from the outside.

Want to learn more about embedded hinges?  Southco’s website is an excellent resource for information on embedded hinges- you’ll be amazed at the variety and choices they have.  Need samples?  Call us or use our Contact Form, and we’d be glad to make the arrangements for you.

If embedded hinges aren’t for you, but the concealed hinges are appealing, check out THIS page for some cool ideas.


Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

image You’d be surprised at the number and variety of applications where adhesives could be used instead of staples, screws, or other mechanical fastening methods.  Our line of high-performance Adhesives will astound you.  Why would  you use an adhesive instead of, say, a nail?  A nail only provides support where it is installed.  Adhesives provide a structural bond along the entire bonded surface, providing a cleaner, better, stronger attachment.

From picture frames to kayaks and hot tubs, consider adhesives as an economical, quick and dependable solution for your manufacturing!

Call us today or use our Contact Form and our Adhesives specialist will contact you to discuss your application.

Not All Adhesives Are Created Equal

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Methacrylates

If you’ve ever used silicones, you know how overwhelming the smell can be. You may also know that too much of an overwhelming thing requires intervention from your Workplace Health and Safety Committee! The answer need not be “more ventilation” or “use only outdoors”!

Adhesive Systems offers a range of Methacrylate adhesives designed to bond a HUGE variety of materials. But don’t take our word for it- we’ll PROVE it with a demonstration in your facility AND…they’re available in any container or tube size you might need. Call today for your FREE demonstration! 

The MP 55000 SERIES is a complete family of two part methacrylate adhesives. These products are specifically engineered for structural bonding of nearly all thermoplastics, metals, and composite materials. They offer exceptional bond strength and are extremely durable adhesives. The MP 55000 SERIES provides outstanding performance in a wide range of applications in the transportation, solid surface, industrial, construction, and marine market areas.

Adhesive Dispensing Equipment by COX

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives


Cox Steeves Agencies is pleased to announce we are now an authorized distributor for COX Sealant and Adhesive Dispensing Equipment

COX is a manufacturer of quality adhesive and sealant dispensing equipment with manufacturing facilities in both the UK and North America (USA).

They offer a wide variety of dispensing equipment;COX dual component 400 ml multi-ratio BATTERY

– 1 part dispensers, for  10oz to 1.5 Gallons

– 2 part dispensers, for 50ml to 750 ml

– Sausage packs

– Trowel/ Pour- in

Most products are available in Manual, Pneumatic and now in Cordless.

Unlike of the dispensing products sold by big adhesive and sealant manufactures, COX only produces dispensing equipment for industrial applications.  Better yet, they can service what they sell.  You can also order the parts required to do any necessary repairs or maintenance yourself. Why be forced to replace your expensive equipment when you can replace the parts required to get it back into service as soon as possible.  We can supply you with drawing that includes all the part numbers required to keep your production moving.

COX dispensing products is the equipment of choice and recommended by “ASI adhesives”, of which Steeves is the exclusive distributor for Western Canada.

COX and Steeves Agencies are committed to bringing you high quality dispensing and adhesive products that can easily be adapted to your needs.


Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Spray Products

7042 Alu-Zinc gives your welded parts a glossy finish that looks like a cold galvanized surface. Alu-Zinc spray offers one of the best cathodic protection coatings available, and all this from an aerosol can! Protects metallic surfaces and parts against corrosion. Long lasting corrosion and rust protection for most metallic surfaces.

These aerosol cans are CFC free, and work well upside down too! Approved by Health Canada, and “Green Dot” approved!

Quick drying – Looks like cold galvanized

  • 83% Zinc in the dry sheet
    99% pure Zinc
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    The power of zinc… but brighter!

Rubber Door Holdbacks

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


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Looking for a simple, safe and effective way to hold an access door open?  The RHB Series Rubber Door Holdbacks are a simple and economical way to hold any door open, keeping it safely out of the way while loading or unloading.  Simple bolt-on installation keeps  your production costs down while keeping your truck body attractive and uncluttered.

Can be used on nearly ANY door type!

Use our Contact Form to get pricing or more information on these door holdbacks!

NEW Display Mount from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Positioning Technology

AV-D30-5TNew Display Mount Series Ensures Precision Tilt for Operator Comfort Southco’s new AV-D30 Tilt Display Mount (T Series) enables operators to easily adjust a display tilt angle for optimal comfort. Designed with a fully enclosed counterbalance spring that delivers effortless positioning and ease of cleaning, the T Series features proven integrated technology that eliminates the need for constant maintenance and readjustment.
  • Reliable adjustment of display tilt angle for operator comfort
  • Enclosed counterbalance spring that eases cleaning
  • Integrated positioning technology that provides precision control
  • Repeatable cycle life eliminates the need for service or adjustment
The T Series joins the A Series (Tilt, Swivel and Swing Arm) and K Series (Tilt and Swivel Mount) in offering Southco’s unique positioning technology, repeatable operating efforts and compatibility with a wide range of industry applications – from liquid crystal display (LCD) control panels to cab interiors and seating.   Want to learn more about the reliable AV-D30 Tilt Display Mount?  Use our Contact Form!

Hinge Terminology

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

Piano Hinges, despite being very “low-tech” can be complicated to understand.  Armed with a little information, you too can become a hinge expert.  Here’s a crash course on Continuous Hinge Terminology.  Let us know via our Contact Form if you have any other questions.


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First, the basics.  When ordering a continuous hinge, you need to know a few important details:  Overall Width (aka OPEN Width), Length, Material type and Material Thickness.  Once you know these dimensions, the rest is easy.

Don’t know what you need?  Not sure what the industry standard is?  THAT’S OK.  We can walk you through the process and figure it out together!



Mill Finish – Straight from the factory, no finish. A residual oil may be present on the hinge, left from the manufacturing process (and to protect from corrosion).  Our hinges are typically “2B” or “4B” mill finish.  4B is a brighter, more polished look right from the factory.  Little or no polishing is required.

If you plan to apply a finish of some kind, and don’t want to remove the residual machine oil left by the factory, request that your hinges be “cleaned” prior to shipping.  This adds slightly to the cost, but can make your finishing process much easier.

Powder Coated – For extra protection, and nice look. Typically available in White or Black.  Continuous Hinges typically don’t come powder coated from the factory for several reasons: they can get scratched or scuffed during shipping or when installed.  If you’re going to powder coat your enclosure, do it with the hinges installed, and powder coat them at the same time.  Nonetheless, it’s an option.

Anodizing – Aluminum hinges can be anodized.  This is an electrochemical process where the hinge is electrically charged and dipped in a solution in order to apply a finish.  Anodizing can produce a clear finish, white, black or just about any color in between.

Electro Polished & Bright Annealed –
Polished for that extra shine!

Lacquered – Very similar to painting.. this process involved the application of a lacquer finish that provides a nice look and some additional corrosion protection.

Hole Specs




These Hinges have no holes. This allows you to drill your own pattern or welded to applications.  This is the most commonly used (and inexpensive) hinges we carry.




Countersunk –
These holes are punched and then countersunk, to ensure your mounting hardware will sit flush with the hinge.  Holes on thicker material hinges are typically countersunk.  This picture shows a hole pattern that is not staggered.


Coined-Countersunk –
Standard Punched Holes.  These holes aren’t drilled, but punched.


Leaf Styles





Special configurations are available, but typically require a minimum order quantity and have a long lead time.  Need a special configuration quickly?  We can achieve a “one leaf reverse swaged” by simply reverse-assembling the hinge.  Easy!










Specify forming dimensions from the centerline of pin to inside of form, or edge, or leaf.  Our drawings should assist in your designs.  If unequal leaf forming is required, specify  dimensions for each leaf




Notched, Angled, or Radius Corners







Piercing Terminology




Pin Heading



Most of our hinges come standard with “tight, staked pin”.  However, if you plan to reverse-assemble your hinge, you’ll need to ask for “non-staked” or “loose pin”. Staking or tack-welding the pin in place (at one end only!) will be necessary in some applications.

Compression Latches

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

Here’s a quick glance at some of the Compression Latches we have to offer.  Many of these are stocked items, or have a very short lead time!  This is just a sample of the selection we have for you!  As always, if you have any questions about our products, or if you need more information, please call us or use our Contact Form and we’d be happy to help you in any way we can.

All of these latches provide a certain amount of compression when latched.  This is especially useful when your door is gasketed or when you need a certain amount of vibration resistance.  If you don’t need to compress the door, check out our section on Pawl and Cam Action Latches instead.


62 Flush Lift and Turn Southco’s flush lift and Turn Latch is a great option where smooth appearance and a low profile is needed.  These provide adjustable compression, and are available polished Chrome, Textured Chrome, Black Powder Coat, locking and non-locking versions.
62 Surface Mount Lift and Turn The Lift & Turn latch is simple to install, and easy to operate.  The name says it all!  Available in many sizes and finishes.
Adjustable Grip Latch The Adjustable Grip Latch adjusts itself every single time you use it, for the ideal fit each and every time.  Available in many sizes, and head styles.
C2 Lever Latch The Lever Latch is an economical, and easy solution for many applications- it’s not just a latch, it’s a handle too!  Available in a wide range of finishes, locking and non-locking options too.
C5 Lever Latch The C5 Lever Latch is a heavier Lever Latch, but most notably, it’s NEMA rated for water resistance!  Great for outdoor applications like hood latches on RV’s, access panels on boats, and much more.
E3 Vise Action Lockable Southco now has a range of key-locking latches too!  This is a vise-action compression latch with a key-lockable wing-head.  Also available in many finishes, and can be adapted for a wide range of door and frame thicknesses.
E3 Vise Action Need a Stainless Steel Latch?  Look no further.  Southco offers a range of Stainless hardware in a variety of head styles and body sizes.
Surface Mount T Handle The N2 T-handle latch is a recent addition to Southco’s product lineup, designed to work in heavy-duty applications where visual appeal is still important.  Available in a recessed version as well.  Stainless and Steel versions are available too.
Wing Head Vise Action Latches Southco’s E3 vise-action latches have long been a favorite for their ease of installation, simple operation, and reliability.  Available in a range of head styles and sizes.