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.

New Electronic Lock Provides Simplified Electronic Operation

Southco’s new R4-EM 8 Series Electronic Rotary Lock combines the efficient and robust performance of a rotary latch mechanism with simplified DC motor actuation. Flexible, concealed installation provides vandal-resistance and accommodates a variety of cabinet designs. The R4-EM 8 Series is available with or without an extended housing option to accommo

Engineering Article Round Up

In case you missed it, we would like to share a few recent articles from around the web that showcase our diverse engineering and technology expertise. Check out the stories in our Engineering Article Roundup to learn more about new technologies and application design solutions from Southco knowledge experts! 1. Technology Makes Medical Equipment

Case Study: AKCP Improves DCIM Security with Southco Electronic Locks

The data center market is constantly expanding as businesses continue to adopt cloud computing within their organizations. With the demand for cloud computing services rapidly increasing, data centers are implementing highly reliable data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions to control physical access to the cabinets that secure valuable data.

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

All-In-One Access: The Self-Contained Electronic Locking System

Southco offers a broad range of electronic access solutions, from electronic locks and latches, such as the R4-EM Electronic Rotary Latch to access control devices, like the EA-KC2 Membrane Keypad. The SC Self-Contained Electronic Locking System is the newest edition to our line of electronic access solutions, combining access control, electronic lock

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

3 Ways Electronic Access Control Can Improve Data Center Security in 2014

With 2014 fast approaching, updating data center security systems for the new year is a key concern. The increased level of enforcement of U.S. data protection regulations in 2014 (HIPAA and PCI DSS, for example) has many IT professionals turning to increased physical security measures to protect confidential data. These measures include remotely monitor

Saving Time and Effort with Hand-Operated Cam and Compression Latches

When designing enclosures, incorporating cam or compression latches allow for quick and easy access to a door or panel. Depending on the needs of application, the need for fast access may take priority over the need for enhanced security. Choosing a cam or compression latch with a hand-operated head style for example, can make a difference not only in speed