So 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.
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.
ELESA MAKES IT EASY TO IMPROVE SAFETY!The CFSW Series Hinges from Elesa is a has multiple integrated safety switches built right in! And there’s more:
- Thanks to it’s super-technopolymer housing, this electronic hinge does not require grounding!
- They are UL approved.
- They have a high load capacity. These aren’t just a fancy switch with a working hinge, it’s an awesome hinge with amazing safety features.
- Can be installed in seconds, with just 4 screws.
- Meets IP67 ratings for corrosion and water resistance. Bring on the water jets!
- COMPLETELY TAMPER PROOF
Southco has expanded its AV Display Mount offering with the heavy duty D40 Series, which includes a Tilt and Swivel Mount (K Series), a Tilt, Swivel and Single Arm (A Series) and a Dual Extension Arm (D Series). The AV-D40 Series provides robust operation and holds larger, heavier displays securely in place during touchscreen operation, under vibration, and when devices are mounted on uneven or unbalanced surfaces.
- Extended length, dual swing arm assembly maximizes reach
- VESA compliant and simple wall mount installation
- Integrated wire management channels for power cables
- Smooth exterior with minimal joints for ease of cleaning
- Validated for 20k cycles of operation without maintenance or adjustment
This July, the Steeves family is meeting in Hillsborough and Moncton, NB for a not-so-little family reunion with a whole lot of our Steeves cousins. We sent the organizers a little video about why we’re going and they posted it! It took some doing to get us all together at the same time, but I think it was totally worth it!