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New Mini Slide Latch Meets Limited Space Requirements

Southco has expanded its line of A3 Slide Latches with a new version that is 35% shorter than Southco’s smallest A3 product series, providing reliable performance for applications where space is at a premium. The mini A3 Slide Latch is suitable for the smallest applications including rack-mount servers, automotive storage panels and general enclosures.

The A3 Mini Slide Latch provides intuitive slide-to-open and push-to-close operation for enclosure access applications, ensuring reliable performance throughout the product life cycle. This durable molded-plastic latch is designed with corrosion-resistant materials to meet UL94-HB or UL94-V0 flammability requirements.

The A3 Mini Slide Latch provides a cost-effective solution for small enclosures that is both easy to install and simple to use. The newest addition to Southco’s push-to-close line offers durable performance and intuitive operation, providing a valuable extension to the A3 product family.

Southco’s A3 Slide Latch series features simple snap-in installation and is available in two panel thickness options, offering a dependable solution for a wide range of applications.

To learn more about Southco’s line of cam latches, visit our Slide Latches product page.

Non-Locking Actuators for Heavy Duty Applications

Southco has recently launched non-locking versions of its AC-30 and AC-40 Actuator styles that provide quick, reliable actuation in heavy duty applications. Constructed of high-strength, corrosion-resistant materials, non-locking AC-30 and AC-40 Actuators are ideal for rugged outdoor environments and interior applications. The AC-30 features push button a

Help Our Newest Rotary Latch Become a ‘Top New Product’ of 2014!

Southco’s R4-10 Two-Stage Rotary Latch is contending for a spot as one of OEM Off-Highway Magazine’s “Top 10 New Products of 2014,” and you can help! The R4-10 Two Stage provides increased operator safety by eliminating false latching conditions in enclosure applications. The compact design of the R4-10 Two-Stage Rotary Latch occupies minimal

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

Lightweight Solutions for Improving Aircraft Interior Design

Modern aircraft designs incorporate lightweight composites and engineered alloys that not only reduce weight, but optimize aircraft speed and fuel consumption. Recognizing that “lightweighting” can contribute significantly to a reduction in fuel cost, OEMS are examining every aspect of the aircraft, from engine to body, as well as interior applicati

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

Design Compliance in Off-Highway Access Hardware Applications

Off-highway OEMs face many challenges in meeting regionalized regulations in the global manufacturing environment. Requirements within the global off-highway sector for instance, dictate standards for materials used in the production of component parts, such as metals and chemicals. When specifying access control hardware for an application, engineers must d

Single Point Paddle Actuator System Provides Flexible Latching in Off-Highway Settings

One of our key account managers returned from a visit with a client recently that needed to solve a design application for its fleet of excavation vehicles. The client wanted to outfit the vehicles with a more secure latching solution for an existing exterior storage box on the outside of the excavator cab, which holds expensive tools on the jobsite. With

Rugged Latches that Withstand the Elements

Extreme temperatures are a constant source of frustration for engineers designing for outdoor applications because hardware must be protected from the elements but still be fully functional. The challenge is finding the right material to suit your application; the solution is anticipating the elements and designing accordingly. Southco engineers were rec

Heavy-duty Latches Ensure Secure Storage on the Road

  The utility van: mobile office for the construction industry. For contractors working out of their vans, storage plays a key role in their daily operations. If tools and materials are not securely stored, contractors could face damage to their van and tools, as well as potential  injury caused by unsecured objects. A vehicle utility contractor fo