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Push-to-Close Latching; The Secret of Simple Operation

PushWhen it comes to convenience, it’s easy to take even the simplest of operations for granted. This week we take a closer look at a simple operation that often goes unnoticed: push-to-close latching.

Push-to-close latching technology is in everything from car doors and glove boxes to storage cabinets and office furniture. Its simple functionality allows us to securely close a panel and not have to worry about having to manually re-latch it.

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In a push-to-close application, the cam rotates freely from the “closed”

position as it contacts the frame or keeper, and an integral spring pushes the cam back into the engaged position once the cam clears the keeper. Southco’s E5 Push-to-Close Cam Latch features push-to-close convenience by incorporating a spring-loaded ramped cam or actuator for single or multi-point operation.

Basically it works like this: Think about how often you open and close a cabinet door. Adding our E5 to this application means that when you push the door towards its frame, a ramp-shaped cam rotates as it contacts the frame, the cam then springs back and moves behind the frame to achieve latching.

E5 Push to Close OperationAs with conventional cam latches, the E5 latching mechanism rotates to disengage from the keeper, but once the panel is opened and the cam rotates back to the “closed” position, the ramp-shaped face of the retractable cam functions like a push-to-close mechanism, ensuring safe, trouble-free operation even if the door is shut with the cam in the closed position.

The unsung value that push-to-close operation brings to your application design is paramount. Incorporating an action as simple as not having to manually re-lock a door every time it is closed can bring great value to end users in a wide array of industries.

Is simplicity a priority in your application? Tell us in the comments.

Hooked on Interior Railway Design Upgrades

“If the cost of gas goes any higher, I’m taking the train.” Sound familiar? It’s no secret that the ever-rising cost of gas is forcing many commuters to abandon their normal car ride to work and opt for public transportation instead.  In answer, many railway companies are taking increased ridership by the horns, and making design upgrades to their h

Two new actuators, one great list of benefits

If you’ve ever taken a good look at off-highway equipment that has been left outdoors and exposed to the elements, then you know the damage that is visible from rain, heat and cold.  Well, Southco’s new line of actuators are here, and they are as tough as the elements and are designed for entry door applications. The AC-30 and AC-40 are constructed of c

A simple push toward greater convenience

If you’ve ever accidentally closed a door or panel with a traditional cam latch in the closed position, then you know the damage that can occur over time to the door, frame or latch. I have been guilty of this many times myself… Now, Southco has expanded its E5 Cam Latch selection by adding intuitive push-to close convenience to more than a dozen hand-,

Stainless Steel Rotary Latch Designed to Meet Challenges of Marine Industry

The ocean can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful when it comes to the harsh effects the sea can have on hinges, latches and other boat hardware. Southco understands the need for a reliable rotary latch that can withstand salt, sun and the damaging effects of water. Hence, the Stainless Steel R4-10 was introduced. The new R4-10 features the same benefits

Off-highway interiors: Safety, comfort and convenience

Part 3 of a 3-part series on off-highway access components Anyone who has spent a long day in the cab of an off-highway vehicle knows the importance of comfort, convenience and safety. So it’s not surprising that Southco has developed our products for these vehicles with ergonomics as a top priority. Streamlined position control hinges allow for pr

Chassis Components for a Rugged Environment

Part 2 of a 3-part series on off-highway access components Flying stones and sand. Extreme temperatures. Harsh vibration and corrosion. Most off-highway vehicles endure an endless assault from their environment. Southco understands the unique stresses of the off-highway industry and has crafted its chassis access hardware to be robust and reliable. If

Off-highway challenges and entry door solutions

Part 1 of a 3-part series on off-highway access components It might not be a Mercedes, but it just might cost as much! Off-highway vehicles and machinery are not cheap, so security is an obvious necessity. And anyone who has worked with off-highway equipment knows that convenience and durability are also paramount. Southco recognizes the challenges of mar

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