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    Almost 30 years later, Steeves Agencies is still striving to be your first choice for specialty access hardware. We have factory certified salespeople to help with your technical questions. We're here to help! We can stock anything you need in Winnipeg for quick delivery, and are flexible enough to meet any special requirements you may have.

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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 Product Announcement
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
Learn more about Southco’s E3 Latch
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New E3 Vise-Action Latch From Southco

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

New Product Announcement

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
Learn more about Southco’s E3 Latch

Let Us Do The Calculations For You!

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

Hinge_CalculationElesa’s hinge calculator helps you pick the right hinges.

If you’ve ever had to find a hinge that meets a seemingly impossible set of criteria, you’re not alone.  Designers all over the world are often faced with the impossible task of finding components that “fit” into a design.  For example, you might need to find hinges that are small, light, a certain color, which incorporate a safety switch and on top of all that have enormous load capacity because the door can accommodate only two hinges at most.

We can help you with that.

Elesa has come up with a calculator that will help you narrow your selection of hinges by entering the weight of your door, the number of hinges you’d like to use and the spacing between each hinge.  Just enter a few key details, and let the software show you what’s available that will work in your application.

Of course, certain assumptions are made:  that the hinges are installed according to Elesa’s specs and the mounting screws are not over-torqued.  Seems easy enough, though!

Click here to see the calculator in action!

Want to learn more about the variety of hinges we can supply?  Check out the Hinge Section of our product pages, or use our Contact Form to reach us!  We’re happy to help you in any way we can!

Thanks for visiting!  

Where Are All The Product Details?

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us

Screen-shot-2012-02-16-at-1.31.18-PM_thumbOne of the first things you’ll notice on our website is that there’s not a lot of drawings, schematics, or “product specifications”.  There also aren’t any prices listed.  While this “lack of detail” may seem frustrating at first, we hope you’ll understand that the purpose of our website is not to replace the human element of our business, but to add to it.

We’re all about working with you to make sure you have the right part for the job, and sometimes that means asking more questions and getting to know you a little bit. We’ll make every effort to ensure that you’ve got the right part, that it fits your budget and that it performs the way you expect it to perform.  With that in mind, we encourage you to use our Contact Form to ask us your questions or to have us call you back.

And then there’s the waiting.  You might be thinking that your messages are just being dumped into a queue, to be answered whenever we have time.  Not so!  Our goal is to answer each and every customer Contact Form personally, the same day in which it was received.  Give us a try!  Use the handy Contact Form to let know what you’re looking for, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find it!  We’re here to help.  Still need those schematics? We’ll email them!

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!

Southco’s Recent Product Releases

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Products

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Southco’s long tradition of developing innovative new technologies and building on our core line of access hardware products continued into 2015, as we focused our world class engineering resources on functionality and design flexibility upgrades.  We invite you to read more about our new product releases for 2015.

AC-50 Squeeze Handle Actuator

The AC-50 Squeeze Handle Actuator features ergonomic squeeze actuation and a curved profile specifically designed for easy mounting to tubular construction. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s AC-50 Squeeze Handle Actuator

R4 Rotary Latch with Integrated Bumper

The compact R4-10 Rotary Latch eliminates any noise potential caused by metal-on-metal movement. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s R4 Rotary Latch with Integrated Bumper

C2 Lever Latch (Sealed)

The sealed C2 Lever Latch delivers secure compression and vibration resistance, and meets door ingress protection requirements. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s C2 Lever Latch

67 Concealed Pull (Spring Loaded)

The spring loaded 67 Concealed Pull features a triggered handle and all-metal construction for improved aesthetics and styling. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s 67 Concealed Pull

R4 Rotary Latch with Dual Trigger

The compact R4-10 Rotary Latch features multiple actuation points that can be triggered by two independent actuators. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s R4-10 Dual Trigger Rotary Latch

E5 Cam Latch (Plastic)

The all-plastic E5 meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection and is ideal for highly corrosive environments and non-conductive latching. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s E5 Plastic Cam Latch

R4 Rotary Latch with Integrated Bumper (Stainless Steel)

The newest addition to Southco’s R4 Series prevents false latching and eliminates noise and vibration in harsh operating environments. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s R4-10 Stainless Steel Rotary Latch with Bumper

C6 Detent Hinge

The restyled C6 Hinge provides aesthetic appeal, and increased corrosion resistance and cycle life. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s C6 Detent Hinge

56 Spring-Loaded Plunger with 4C Prism Knob

Southco’s 56 Series is now available with a 4C Prism Knob, enabling quick-access fastening with color options to designate access points. +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s 56 Spring-Loaded Plunger with 4C Prism Knob

H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle with Integrated iCLASS® Reader

Southco’s Electronic Locking Swinghandles are now offered with integrated MIFARE® reader, HID 125 kHz Prox reader and HID 13.56 MHz iCLASS® reader (read only). +Read More…
Learn more about Southco’s H3-EM Latch with Integrated iCLASS Reader
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Did You Get Mail From Us?

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News

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

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News

…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!

We now carry Ludwig Quick Release Fasteners!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Products

We’re proud to announce that we are now the Western Canadian distributors for Ludwig Quick Release Fasteners!  These odd-looking clips are actually quite common and have hundreds of applications from placard signs on trucks to filter covers, and access panels of all kinds. If these are of interest to you, please use our Contact Form to reach us, and we’ll gladly help you find just the right one for you.  

Southco’s new R4-10 Rotary Latch with Dual Trigger

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

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New Product Announcement

 
 
 
New Compact Rotary Latch Features Dual Trigger Actuation Southco’s new R4-10 Rotary Latch with Dual Trigger features a compact design and multiple points of actuation, allowing the latch to be triggered by two independent actuators. Dual actuation points and its compact size make the R4-10 with Dual Trigger an ideal solution for doors and panels that require actuation from multiple positions. For instance, the R4-10 with Dual Trigger facilitates access when entering or exiting an entry door, or when accessing a larger panel or piece of equipment from two separate points.
  • Dual point design allows the rotary latch to be actuated from different points
  • Compact design minimizes protrusion within enclosure applications
  • Provides concealed latching with push-to-close convenience
  • Allows remote actuation when paired with Southco cables and actuators
 
 
Learn more about Southco’s R4-10 Rotary Latch
 
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