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.

Design Guidelines for Automotive Headrest Positioning Applications

Headrest imageMany 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 functionality.

When specifying automotive headrests, design engineers should choose positioning solutions that allow for:

  • Smooth operation and better positioning – The end user should be able to easily position the headrest with minimal force.
  • Maintenance free adjustment – The design must allow for the specification of various operating efforts in different directions of motion, holding position without the need for readjustment.
  • Mobility unaffected by temperature changes – The design must be engineered to protect against changes in operating effort caused by temperature fluctuations.
  • Extended service life – Reliable designs ensure functionality throughout the service life of the vehicle.
  • Reduced production costs – Complete systems reduce assembly costs and ensure reliability throughout the production process.

Southco’s Modular Headrest integrates constant torque functionality into a molded assembly and enables users to easily position the finished headrest and hold it securely at any desired angle, whether it’s fully opened, partially closed to support the head and neck, or anywhere in between.

The Comfort Headrest provides reliable and flexible constant torque capabilities in a small package, allowing it to be seamlessly integrated into OEM seat designs. The in-mold assembly process provides a practical mechanism for the automotive industry’s high volume applications, new designs and design refreshes.

For more information on how our Position Control Hinges can be used in your application, visit Southco’s Positioning Technology mini site.

Twice As Much Torque to Lift and Position Heavier Items with Ease

Southco’s new E6-600 Constant Torque Position Control Hinge features increased holding power and lightweight aluminum construction. The E6-600  Constant Torque Position Control Hinge allows the user to hold a door or panel securely at any desired angle, and delivers twice as much torque to support larger, heavier items. E6 class positioning hinges p

Positioning Hinge Selection in Medical Equipment Applications

Constant torque hinges use engineered friction systems to provide continuous resistance against motion. Southco’s line of constant torque hinges is ideal for applications where it is necessary to easily hold open and position doors and panels, such as wall charting stations, medical cabinets and diagnostic equipment with heavy lids. When opening a wall

Ten questions to ask when designing in a hinge

Part 10 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges We spent the last several weeks discussing different factors for specifying hinges. After all, incorporating hinges early into designs helps keep costs down and options open. So here, for your reference, is a quick summary of questions to ask in the early stages of your application. They will save you time,

Hinges and aesthetics

Part 9 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges Okay, so you’re looking to optimize the overall quality and cost effectiveness of your application. When it comes to hinges, it is important to balance performance needs with aesthetic judgment. Looks DO matter and can greatly influence a product’s overall look and perception of quality. Large, extern

Hinges and Material Requirements

Part 8 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges There are many factors to consider when selecting a hinge. We have discussed opening angle, frame configuration, industry specs and installation method, among others. But a critical consideration not to be overlooked may seem like the simplest: material. When deciding between material options, be sure to consid

Hinges and Installation Method

 Part 7 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges The method of installation is an often overlooked consideration when selecting a hinge. Manufacturing tolerances in the design and installation process can impact our hinge specifications, especially where aligning the hinges on the door and frame are concerned. Slotted holes may help compensate for manufact

Hinges and industry specifications

Part 6 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges Selecting the proper hinge can sometimes be more challenging that we might expect. In addition to considering cost, aesthetics, strength requirements and door configurations, we need to also consider any regulations or specifications that might affect our applications. For example, hinges used on outdoor

Considering the opening angle: Detent and torque hinges

Part 4 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges We have all been there: Trying to keep a door open with our foot, a shoe or something else we find lying around. Today’s applications increasingly require hands–free access (or a really patient friend who will hold the door for you). If this is the case with your application, consider using a hinge with

Removable hinges and interior access

Part 5 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges Sometimes a user or service technician requires full access to the interior of a cabinet or enclosure. If this is the case,  lift-off hinges or hinges with retractable pins can make it quick and easy to remove a door. You’ll also find these hinges valuable if a product ships unassembled or if the door