Author: Rachel Pilgren-Kane

My name is Rachel Kane, and I love a good story – especially when it involves innovative technology. Follow along with me as I post information on new product launches, application design solutions using our engineered access hardware technology, tips and tricks, and commentary on industry news and trends. Do you have a Southco story to share? Email me at rkane@southco.com

New Inject/Eject Solution Offers Hot Swap Function Protection

Southco has expanded its line of industry-recognized electronics solutions with a new P7 Inject/Eject Handle Set designed for full size AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Cards) carriers with hot swap function protection for AdvancedTCA® (ATCA) applications.

Southco’s new P7 Inject/Eject Handle Set is a complete solution including upper and lower latches and a switch arm, designed to mount to a faceplate accessible from the front of a system, allowing hot swap functionality. Hot swappable systems are crucial in managing the safety of stored data; if one system is down and running without a backup, the data is at risk until maintenance can restore redundancy.

Ejector systems like Southco’s P7 series provide the correct amount of “wipe” by ensuring that board connectors interface properly with the backplane of the shelf. When the P7 lever is released, a signal is sent by the integral micro-switch, which in turn releases that data successfully to a redundant line card, allowing the faulty card to be serviced or swapped out.

Southco is the leading supplier of front panel hardware with expertise in the functionality, flexibility, ergonomics and technicalities of PICMG standards affecting AdvancedTCA® (ATCA), AdvancedMC™ (AMC), and MicroTCA®. As a member of PICMG, Southco has developed a full range of products including ejector handles, alignment/keying blocks and captive retention screws in accordance with their standards.

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New Compact Electronic Slide Bolt Designed For Small Spaces

Southco has expanded its line of electronic access control solutions with a compact electronic slide bolt that simplifies the upgrade from mechanical to electromechanical latching. The lightweight EM-05 5 Series Electronic Slide Bolt is suitable for applications where space is limited. The efficient gear motor-driven mechanism can be easily integrated with a

Stainless Steel Rotary Latches Provide High Corrosion Resistance

Southco has expanded its line of rotary latches with a stainless steel version of the R4-20 Rotary Latch, which is designed with high corrosion-resistance for demanding Marine and Off-Highway applications. The latest addition to our R4 Rotary Latch series is more suitable to highly corrosive environments than comparable products in hardened steel. Southco

Sealed Electronic Actuator Simplifies Upgrade from Mechanical Latching

Southco has recently added to its line of electronic actuators with a sealed version that simplifies the upgrade from mechanical to electronic actuation. Capable of accommodating higher mechanical loads, the AC-EM 10 Electronic Actuator facilitates the electronic actuation of Southco’s R4-10 Rotary Latch series and other latching mechanisms. Southco’s

New Cam Latch Offers Adjustable Grip For Custom Fit

Southco has expanded its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a new version that provides flexible grip adjustment, allowing a single latching solution to be used for multiple applications. Capable of delivering a grip range of up to 11.5mm, the new E5 Cam Latch with adjustable grip features an extended shaft that allows the cam to be set at a specific grip t

New Compact Actuator Enables Electronic Actuation of Mechanical Latches

Southco has expanded its line of electronic access solutions with a compact electronic actuator that simplifies the upgrade from mechanical to electronic access. The AC-EM 05 Electronic Actuator offers an economical option for achieving electronic actuation of Southco’s R4-05 Micro Rotary Latch series and other mechanical latches. When connected to an e

Heavy-Duty Actuators Enable Actuation of Multiple Rotary Latches

Southco has further expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of two new heavy-duty, paddle-style actuators that provide multiple points of actuation, allowing two connected rotary latches to be activated remotely by one actuator. Southco’s AC-20 and R3-22 Actuators are constructed from corrosion resistant materials, maki

Heavy-Duty Two-Stage Latch Now Available in Stainless Steel

Southco’s has expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the addition of a stainless steel version of its popular R4-30 series. Constructed of high-strength, corrosion-resistant stainless steel, the R4-30 Two-Stage Rotary Latch features a two-stage design that prevents false latching conditions in heavy duty enclosure applications. S

RFID Access Controller Simplifies Electronic Access Control Set Up

Southco has expanded its line of electronic access solutions with an access controller that simplifies the integration of keyless access into equipment level applications. Southco’s EA-P3 High Frequency RFID Access Controller facilitates electronic credential management without having to connect to a network, or install additional hardware or software.

New Padlockable Cam Latch Features Redesigned Wing Knob

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