Southco's has a long history of providing the aerospace industry with innovative access hardware solutions. From the ubiquitous Dzus and Lion quarter-turn fasteners to modern position control applications in headrests, armrests, and video displays, Southco's expertise in access hardware plays a vital role throughout the aerospace industry.

Engineering Article Round Up


In case you missed it, we would like to share a few recent articles by Southco thought leaders that showcase our diverse engineering and technology expertise.

Check out the following stories in our Engineering Article Roundup to learn more about the latest technologies and application design solutions.

  1. Securing Restricted Information at the Rack Level Within the Data Center

Steve Spatig, General Manager of Electronic Access Solutions discusses how data center managers can avoid costly data breaches and stiff penalties for noncompliance by incorporating intelligent, reliable electronic locking mechanisms at the rack level.

According to Spatig: “High-quality, reliable electronic locks are critical to the successful operation of a complete solution. Intelligent locks grant access only to validated users and can also provide critical output signals for external security monitoring and auditing.”



  1. Safe and Sound

This article explains how incorporating electronic locking solutions into parcel locker designs can improve overall functionality and reliability, while providing enhanced security and traceability to parcels delivered worldwide to lockers, pick up and drop off points and parcel shops.



  1. Benefits of Self-Contained Electronic Locking Solutions for Cabinet Security

In this guest blog, Steve Spatig explores the benefits of adding self-contained locking solutions to data center cabinets, providing an effective way to manage access control across an entire facility, without having to be wired into a network.

“Self-contained electronic access solutions simplify the integration of an access control solution into a data rack, and can be easily installed without additional wiring or connection of separate, discreet components. Self-contained solutions typically incorporate an access control device, electronic lock, electrical override and power supply into a single unit,” said Spatig.

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  1. New Trends in Operator Awareness and Visibility in Off-Hwy Equipment

In this article, Transportation Business Development Manager Bob Straka highlights enhancements in ergonomics and technology that have the potential to improve operator visibility and awareness in off-highway equipment design.

“Taking a cue from the automotive industry, off-highway equipment design is evolving to accommodate the needs and preferences of the operator. The desire for increased ergonomics and connectivity with mobile devices are leading factors influencing the future of off-highway design,” said Straka.



  1. Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms

Bob Straka explains how integrating validated, standardized mechanisms in aircraft interior applications such asseating, access paneling, storage equipment and galleys can improve industrial design and ultimately enhances end-user functionality.

According to Straka: “Versatile, proven engineered solutions that are designed to meet the needs of the aerospace industry provide engineers with standardized solutions for conserving weight across interior applications, ultimately contributing to the overall reduction of operation and fuel costs in large-scale aircraft design.”

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  1. The Cell Phone Is the Key

In this article, Steve Spatig explains how a cellphone can be used as a key when combined with intelligent electronic locks and Bluetooth controllers.

“Bluetooth access control readers integrated with intelligent electronic locks provide significant benefits for physical security management, allowing for remote access control and monitoring without the need for wiring into a network. This could open up the opportunity for electronic access integration into equipment that has traditionally been limited to mechanical lock and key solutions.”


Interesting in learning more from our experts? Read our Engineering Article Round Up – November.

Industry Report: Enhancing Aerospace Interiors with Ergonomic Components

While many aircraft OEMs are concentrating efforts on stripping weight out of everything from the aircraft body to passenger seating, using lightweight materials in certain applications comes with its own share of risk. Design engineers can ensure that quality and end user comfort is not sacrificed when replacing traditional materials with lightweight optio

Industry Report: Dual Point Latching Safeguards Aircraft Egress Points

When designing for interior aircraft applications, engineers must balance the need for lightweight functionality with Federal Aviation Association (FAA) safety requirements. To ensure compliance with Aerospace industry directives, aircraft OEMs must choose parts that perform against even the most stringent requirements, such as the need for redundant latchi

Industry Report: Enhancing Aircraft Cabin Security and Safety

As OEMs concentrate on upgrading cabin interiors with lightweight materials and components, the latest technologies, such as electronically driven locks and latches that can be networked into a plane’s control system offer designers new options for enhanced aircraft cabin security and safety. Incorporating electronically operated locking mechanisms int

New Quarter-Turn Fastener Is ‘Captivating’

The DZUS® D5 Panel Line Quarter-Turn Fastener is one of the first fully captive quarter-turn assemblies available on the market today, and offers limitless design possibilities for a broad range of industry applications where quick-access is necessary. Designed with a flare-in stud assembly for quick access, The DZUS® D5 Panel Line Quarter-Turn Fastener

Compact Tilt and Swivel Display Mount Offers Robust Performance In a Small Package

Southco’s AV-C20 Compact Tilt and Swivel Display Mount provides reliable tilt and swivel functionality for smaller, lighter displays. Integrated positioning technology provides precise control, allowing a display to be tilted at various angles with minimal operating effort. The AV-C20 expands on Southco's display mount offerings with a compact version d

Basic Tilt Mount Offers Reliable Positioning for Simple Displays

Southco’s Tilt Display Mount (T Series) is now available with or without counterbalanced constant torque. The AV-D25 Tilt Display Mount Basic provides reliability and proven tilt positioning and offers a basic solution for the moving and positioning of heavy panels and displays, while the counterbalanced version provides even lower operating efforts. Th

Video – Reduce Aircraft Weight in Interior Applications

Even the smallest elements make a significant impact when it comes to the functionality and fuel consumption of an aircraft. Incorporating lightweight components into interior applications can improve usability, security and ergonomics, while reducing weight in overheard luggage bins, galley doors and seating headrests. Recognizing that lightweight

Lightweight Solutions for Improving Aircraft Interior Design

Modern aircraft designs incorporate lightweight composites and engineered alloys that not only reduce weight, but optimize aircraft speed and fuel consumption. Recognizing that “lightweighting” can contribute significantly to a reduction in fuel cost, OEMS are examining every aspect of the aircraft, from engine to body, as well as interior applicati