Automotive

Southco plays a vital role in the automotive industry as a tier 1 and tier 2 supplier of access hardware for interior and exterior applications. From noise shields to globe boxes to load floors, Southco has the knowledge and capability to help you keep it secure.

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 any control system.

Southco’s new 5 Series Electronic Slide Bolt provides reliable access control for storage and dispensing of high volume consumables that require tracking and monitoring. The 5 Series Electronic Slide Bolt features simple push-to-close functionality and offers an upgrade in energy efficiency compared with solenoid solutions. The 5 Series is also available in multiple mounting orientations.

The EM-05 5 Series Electronic Slide Bolt is significantly smaller than our original EM-05 product, allowing the 5 Series to be used in a variety of applications where space is at a premium. The new 5 Series offers reliable access control with its push-to-close, gear motor-driven mechanism, and its energy-efficient design enables system component and operating cost savings.

For more information about our Electronic Access Solutions, visit our Electronic Access Solutions page on the Southco Resource Center.

Why Touch Points Matter To Automotive Design

To your customers, you are what they touch. Whether consciously or sub-consciously touch points form the foundation for customers to perceive and make decisions regarding the products they choose. Touch points drive the quality of customer experiences, and serve as the basis for the resulting relationship. This is why it is so important to understand the

New Sealed Lever Latch Rated to NEMA 4 and IP65

Southco's new sealed C2 Lever Latch provides the same consistent compression and vibration resistance as the standard C2 Series, but features a sealed design that meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, making it suitable for use indoors and out. Designed with a robust cycle life, the sealed C2 delivers high mechanical performance a

Rotary Latch Eliminates Noise & Vibration During Operation

Southco’s newest rotary latching solution features an integrated rubber bumper that eliminates noise and vibration caused during operation. With the incorporation of the rubber bumper option, the R4-10 Two-Stage Rotary Latch offers a significant reduction in the common “buzz, squeak and rattle” of door hardware while in use. The R4-10 Rotary Latch w

Southco Engineering Article Roundup

Did you know that Southco’s thought leaders are often featured in industry publications and online resources around the web? In case you missed it, we would like to share a few recent articles that showcase our diverse engineering and technology expertise and provide value to the markets we serve. Check out the following stories in our Engineering A

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

Ergonomic Center Console Design for Automotive Interiors

With changing design trends, Automotive design engineers are adapting their specifications to overcome a wide range of center console challenges such as vibration and noise issues, and overall functionality of the design. Ergonomics have also become a key focus of center console design as well, as consumer usability and operation expectations continue to

Design Guidelines for Automotive Headrest Positioning Applications

Many headrest assemblies available to automotive manufacturers in today’s market are limited in their flexibility and installation capabilities. Because end users desire headrests that are supportive and easy to maneuver, and automotive OEMs must control costs associated with production, design engineers often face challenges in balancing comfort and basic

Best Practices for Automotive Glove Box Latch Design

When designing for a glove box latching application, automotive manufacturers must often accommodate a wide variety of mounting and actuation options to meet changing interior styling. For design engineers, it is essential to specify new hardware into glove box latching applications that keeps the cost of materials and production down, while still providing