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    We recognize that the components we supply create an important first impression for your customers.  That's why it's important to get it right the first time.  We're more than just a supplier of hardware, we're also your "hardware consultants", your experts-on-call!  We're here to make your design efforts go smoothly!

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New from Elesa: Torque Limiting Wing Knobs

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

Here’s another example of another innovative product from Elesa!  CTD wing knobs are used when the applied tightening torque must not exceed a preset value.  These are ideal for applications where over-tightening could result in damage or premature wear of components!

Using these wing knobs is just like any other knob- tighten by turning clockwise as usual.  When the preset torque is reached, you’ll hear a “click”!  To loosen, turn the knob counterclockwise.  No adjustment or calibration is necessary!

Want to learn more about this unique product?  Use our handy Contact Form  to reach us!

NEW FROM ELESA: “Hygienic Design” Leveling elements

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Products

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Do you build equipment for restaurants, hospitals or other highly sensitive environments? The LM-HD-SST leveling elements are intended for use in environments where high hygiene and easy cleaning is required.

These leveling feet are designed to prevent dirt or other contaminants from entering any hard-to-clean components. The surface beneath the support base is protected by rings that prevent dirt from entering when the levelling element is pressed by the weight of the equipment.

The adjustable protective sleeve, which covers the threaded part of the stem, is provided both at the top and bottom with a protective ring, as well as the base of the threaded stem.ᅠThese rings prevent access to dirt inside the coupling between the threaded stud and the adjustable protective sleeve.

The finish quality of stainless steel parts prevents dirt adhering and facilitates cleaning.

Want to learn more?  Use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

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

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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)
Southco’s Rotary Latching Solutions
Design Your Rotary Latch System In Three Easy Steps  Southco’s Rotary Latch System Guide provides all the information you need to choose the appropriate Rotary Latch, Actuator and Cable for remote access enclosure applications.  Get your FREE Rotary Latch System Guide Now »
 

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

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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!

Conflict Minerals Statement

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Downloads

Manufacturers of products containing metal components or electronics are encouraged to certify that they do not intentionally source materials or components that could contain Conflict Minerals.

According to Wikipedia:

Conflict resources are natural resources extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the fighting. There is both statistical and anecdotal evidence that belligerent accessibility to precious commodities can prolong conflicts (a “resource curse”). The most prominent contemporary example has been the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where various armies, rebel groups, and outside actors have profited from mining while contributing to violence and exploitation during wars in the region.The four most commonly mined conflict minerals (known as 3TGs, from their initials) are cassiterite (for tin), wolframite (for tungsten), coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore, which are extracted from the eastern Congo, and passed through a variety of intermediaries before being purchased. These minerals are essential in the manufacture of a variety of devices, including consumer electronics such as mobile phones, laptops, and MP3 players.

Steeves Agencies is not a manufacturer of the products we supply, so we rely on our vendors to ensure that the components they use and the raw materials they source do not contain any Conflict Minerals.

You can download Southco’s Conflict Mineral Statement by clicking here.