Captive Screws

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 concern for manufacturers in the telecommunications and networking industries. Improperly attaching the hardware can result in damage to the board and increased scrap rates.

Southco’s SMT allows our best-in-class captive hardware to be soldered directly to the PC board, eliminating the need for a secondary mechanical press to install captive screws after the reflow soldering process. Our complementary line of captive hardware is developed with a flange that allows the screw to sit on the board during the reflow process, enabling the solder to easily attach the screw while the board is in the oven.

As a result, the risks associated with production of high-value products can be diminished. Compared to traditional self-clinching, flare-in and PC board installation methods that require secondary mechanical assembly after the reflow process, Southco’s SMT solution enables the attachment of captive hardware to be completed at the same time, improving first yield pass.

Southco’s SMT is available in tray as well as reel installation options. To learn more about the captive hardware compatible with this installation method, visit Southco’s Captive Screws page.


Our Miniature Captive Screw . . . Now Available in Color

Designating and identifying access points in applications is a colorful activity with Southco’s new 52 Miniature Over-Molded Captive Screw. The newest extension to our captive screw line features a plastic, over-molded screw head which is available in standard color options, as well as custom colors matched to customer specifications, product styling

Join Southco at AFCOM DCW and IBEX In October!

Southco is hitting the road in October to exhibit our access hardware solutions at two upcoming conferences: AFCOM Data Center World and the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition. Beginning Sept. 30 and through Oct. 3, Southco will exhibit in Booth 631 at Fall Data Center World Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Stop by to see our newly launched H3

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Southco’s popular electronic swinghandle is now available with an integrated proximity reader, allowing our customers to seamlessly add additional keyless entry points to existing security systems. Southco’s new H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle with Integrated Proximity Reader produces a standard 26 bit Wiegand output and accepts HID 125 kHz pro

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AdvancedTCA . . . the Little Market that could.

For about five years now, we have been designing ejectors, fasteners, and alignment pins for the forthcoming  ATCA market.  Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions are all the rage in embedded computing— improving time to market, reducing development and material costs, and allowing OEMs to focus on their specialized components (special sauce!), whil