• Variety

    So many parts so many solutions

    Over the years our company has evolved into one of Western Canada's best distributors of specialty access hardware.

    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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  • Integrity

    What sets us apart

    Steeves Agencies is family run, and proud to be 100% Canadian owned.Over the years our company has evolved into one of Western Canada's largest distributor of specialty access hardware.

    And though our product offering has changed a little since the 1980's, our approach is still the same: we want delighted customers!

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  • Service

    We LOVE solving problems

    We may have some high quality parts and great product lines, but we still offer some of the best customer service you will ever find.

    We will take the time to find the right solution for you, but most importantly,  we will make sure you are satisfied. We only win if you win.

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    Flexibility

    We can do things your way.

    Whether it's a customized component, special labeling or just scheduled deliveries.  We can do that!  Let us know your specific requirements and we'll take care of the rest.

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PICK THE COMPONENTS FIRST!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Uncategorized

My_Cool_IdeaSo you have a great new idea and you’re still working out the details. Maybe you’re still in the “brainstorming” stage or the “drawing on a napkin” stage.  If your design incorporates things like latches, locks, drawer slides, gasketing, or any component you won’t be fabricating yourself,  you’ll want to consider those components early in the design process and not at the very end.

One of the common pitfalls in designing products is overlooking these seemingly little things.  If this happens, the designer is often left looking for what we call the “Houdini Latch”*.  The Houdini Latch is one that’s never been made, or perhaps functions in a way that no latch* is designed to function and is simply not available.  It doesn’t exist. What generally happens next is that the designer is forced to do one of two things:  design a completely new latch, which is time-consuming and costly or make significant changes to the design of their product, which is also (you guessed it) time-consuming and costly.

What’s the answer?  Identify the hardware components you’ll need early in the design process.  You’ll have the specifications and design requirements early, so you can adapt your product to make them work.  Even if you have to adjust your original design, it’s easier to do it now than to make significant changes later.  Don’t worry if there are no off-the-shelf products that fit perfectly.  Hopefully, there’s time to work with your supplier or parts distributor to come up with a custom solution.  Again, it’s better to do this early on, especially if you’ll have to consider longer lead times.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.

Even if you’re a little beyond the “drawing on a napkin” stage, we can still offer you practical advice and world-class solutions that will work for you.  Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

*..or hinge, or fastener, or drawer slide, or lock, or whatever. 

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!

Heavy Duty Latching Clamps from Elesa

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

ggal600Introducing the super heavy duty draw latch: the AL600 from Elesa!

Looking for a powerhouse draw latch that can take a beating and hold a ton of weight?  We got you covered.The AL600 provides a relatively low profile latching point that is super strong, yet comfortable to use.  The powder-coated steel body, hardened steel pin and zinc plated pulling hook give this latch up to 17,000N of holding force.  It’s easy to use and adjustable too!

This latch is also available in different sizes and materials (including Stainless Steel!).  Want to know more about the options that are available?  Want to see one in action? We can do that. 

Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

Dust Protected Cam Latches from Southco!

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

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New Product Announcement

New Cam Latch Prevents Accidental Opening and Keeps Dust Out

Southco’s new E5 Cam Latch features a drop bushing driver that provides additional security by preventing the cam from rotating open in high vibration applications. 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. With its flush, low profile design, the E5 Shutter Cam Latch provides a clean appearance, minimizing dust and debris collection that may affect operation.
  • Vibration resistant design prevents accidental opening
  • Covered bushing minimizes dust and debris collection
  • Flush, low profile design for minimal protrusion and aesthetics
  • Meets NEMA 4/IP65 and EN61373 standards
 
Learn more about Southco’s E5 Cam Latch (Shutter Driver)

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115RC Linear Motion Track System from Accuride

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides

115rc The 115RC series Linear Motion Track System is a completely modular system for creating smooth linear tracks for cabinets, doors, shelves, and so much more. All the components of this system are ordered separately, giving you 100% control over the system you’re creating. The tracks and ball carriage units can be mounted vertically or horizontally, and are able to carry up to 160 lbs when side-mounted. Need help creating your own linear motion track system?  Use our Contact Form to reach us! 115rc-1  

Hinges With A Built-In Safety Switch!

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

© Copyright 2016 ELESA S.p.A.The new CFSW Hinges from Elesa with built-in multiple switches are designed to shut off machinery (or any electrical device) if the door is opened. Designed in a range of configurations, these hinges are tamper-proof, corrosion resistant and rugged for use in high-impact applications.  They’re also UL and IMQ approved! Available in a range of sizes and wiring configurations to suit enclosures of any size! If you’re looking for an easily adapted safety switch or if you’re adding or replacing safety switches, these are an easy solution! Would you like more information?  Use our Contact Form to reach us!

New Microprocessor Controlled R4-EM Latch

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

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Southco’s New Microprocessor Controlled R4-EM 9 Series Delivers Advanced Electronic Access Southco’s R4-EM 9 Series Electronic Rotary Latch delivers next generation electronic latching through microprocessor controlled actuation, providing highly intelligent, reliable electronic access. The internal microprocessor allows expanded programing capability with the ability to customize lock functionality for advanced access control. Lightweight extended housing offers increased security and incorporates an integrated door sensor, while an integrated trigger sensor provides lock/unlock status reporting.
  • Internal microprocessor enables expanded programing capability and customization of latch functionality
  • Integrated locking trigger sensor for true locked/unlocked status
  • Kick out and pull open styles to suit different application security requirements
  • Lightweight, extended housing for added security and tamper resistance
  • Rear trigger for higher front and side impact resistance
  • Integrated connector and snap-on manual override bracket simplify installation
Learn more about Southco’s R4-EM 9 Series Electronic Rotary Latch
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New Counterbalance Hinge from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, News

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New Product Announcement

New Counterbalance Hinge Makes Heavy Lids Feel Lightweight

Southco’s new CA Counterbalance Hinge allows a heavy lid or panel to be lifted with minimal operating effort and will continue to hold it securely in any position. The CA Counterbalance Hinge features an external mounting style, allowing for increased capacity within the enclosure, and eliminates the need for secondary support components.
  • Counterbalances heavy loads and holds doors and panels in position
  • External mounting style frees up interior space within enclosure
  • Eliminates the need for secondary support components
  • Maintains consistent performance without maintenance or readjustment
Learn more about Southco’s CA Counterbalance Hinge
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NEW: The Miniature Embedded Positioning Hinge

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

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New Product Announcement

New Miniature Embedded Positioning Hinge Offers Expanded Torque Southco’s newest ST Embedded Positioning Hinge provides precise, reliable positioning of smaller doors and panels that require increased torque. The ST-5A features a miniature design that allows easy installation in thin profile applications, and eliminates the need for secondary support components. Southco’s ST Positioning Hinges are preset during the manufacturing process, eliminating the need for constant maintenance and readjustment, and offer effortless fingertip positioning and a tested, repeatable cycle life validated for 20k cycles of operation.
  • Increased torque value allows precise positioning and smooth operation
  • Compact package occupies minimal space for maximum design flexibility
  • Eliminates the need for secondary support components
  • Maintains consistent performance without maintenance or adjustment
Learn more about Southco’s Miniature ST Embedded Positioning Hinge
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Custom Part? We can do that.

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us, News, Products

I need this part, but I need it to be __________.

Sometimes an off-the-shelf product just won’t work for your application.  You don’t see many cars on the road with ill-fitting door handles, do you? NO!  In some cases, a custom solution might be the only solution that will work for you and your customers.  Thankfully, all of our vendors have the capacity to make changes to any of their custom designs.  Whether it’s a small change to the color or a more substantial change (a new size, different threads, keyway or hole locations) we can be your liaison to the factory to make that change possible.  We have all the contacts to get you quick answers, which saves you time and effort.

We can shorten lead times!

Sometimes they do, but that shouldn’t be an obstacle.  We can help you with long replenishment lead times by stocking your custom products in Winnipeg, and delivering them to you when you need them.  The initial lead time is the only time you might have to wait for product.

We can avoid factory minimums…mostly.

Depending on the nature of the modification, the factory might require that you order a year’s worth of material on one purchase order.  We can help here too!  We can stock your custom products in Winnipeg and ship them to you on a pre-determined schedule of shipments over a 12 month period.  You would need to commit to the whole quantity, but your accountant will love the fact that you’re able to receive them in scheduled deliveries.

We’re here to help, even with the custom stuff.

If you can’t seem to find the right part, or if we have something that’s “close, but not quite right”, let us know.  We’ll have a specialist reach out to you who can give you expert advice, quick answers and most importantly, solutions. Use our handy Contact Form to tell us about your application today!  We’re looking forward to hearing from you.