Enterprise Hardware

Southco delivers unique access hardware solutions for Enterprise Hardware. From multipoint latches with electronic access control for racks, to captive screws and inject-eject mechanisms for components, Southco can meet nearly any access hardware need.

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.

For more information about our solutions for electronics, visit the Southco Resource Center-Electronics Page.

New Low Profile Captive Screw Designed For Tight Spaces

Southco has recently expanded its Captive Screw offering with a low profile version designed for applications where installation space is extremely limited. The 52 Miniature Captive Screw Low Profile series features a 25% reduction in installation height compared with Southco’s standard 52 Miniature series, enabling captive fastening in the tightest spaces

New Quarter-Turn Fastener Prevents Over Tightening

Southco has expanded its DZUS® Quarter-Turn product line with the launch of a captive-style fastener that prevents over tightening. The DZUS® D9 Tech Line Quarter-Turn Fastener combines Southco’s proven quarter-turn and captive fastening technologies to create a next generation solution that provides consistent, reliable clamping force and quick access.

Introducing the Mini Plunger: Captive Hardware for Smaller Spaces

Southco has expanded its captive hardware line with the addition of a miniature plunger designed for use in limited space applications and minimum 0.8 mm thick panels. The new 56 Miniature Spring-Loaded Plunger enables quick-access fastening in tight spaces, and is available with an over-molded head that can be used to designate access through an array o

New Junction Box Facilitates Electronic Access Integration for Server Cabinets

In response to data protection industry regulations, many data centers are networking server racks to their existing security systems to monitor and control physical access to the racks, just as they do for building and room access. Southco’s EA-A01 Security System Integration Kit simplifies the cabling and connections necessary between electronic l

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

Multi-Point Flat Rod Latching: An Enclosure’s Best Defense

Southco’s new A5 Multi-Point Flat Rod System is an economical, complete solution that offers increased strength when controlling multiple latching points from a single point of operation. The flat design provides an economical solution with added strength in enclosure applications with longer doors and panels, eliminating flexing, pry points and rattle.

Help the R4-EM Outdoor Become a ‘Top New Product of 2013’

Southco’s R4-EM Outdoor Electronic Rotary Latch is contending for a spot as one of OEM Off-Highway Magazine’s “Top 10 New Products of 2013,” and you can help! From now until Oct. 1, all you have to do is visit our R4-EM Outdoor product page in OEM Off-Highway’s online Component Directory. OEM Off-Highway’s Component Directory is a well-known r

Is Your Captive Hardware ATCA-Compliant?

For engineers designing telecommunications and industrial computing applications, the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) is the leading resource for design specifications and compliance information. Southco, the leader in ATCA access hardware, is the only ATCA supplier to offer a captive screw class compliant with the current PCI Indust

Reduce the Risk of PC Board Damage With Surface Mount Technology (SMT)

Southco is pleased to announce the introduction of its Surface Mount Technology (SMT) for Printed Circuit (PC) board assembly. This next generation fastening technique simplifies the installation of captive hardware to PC boards by eliminating additional mechanical assembly. The risk of damaging a high-value board when attaching captive hardware is a key