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 More Ergonomic

In this feature article, Jim Ford, Manager of Corporate Product Management discusses how incorporating constant-torque hardware early in the design process can improve a variety of medical equipment, such as wall-charting stations, medical cabinets, and diagnostic equipment with heavy lids by making them easier to open and close.

According to Ford: “Mounting hardware should balance two conflicting needs: the ability to reposition the screen, controls, or equipment easily, yet remain in that position when someone adjusts the controls or uses the touchscreen. In short, moving the equipment should be seamless, with effortless, one-touch positioning.”


2. Four Areas Where Electronic Locking Mechanisms Can Protect Your Building’s Assets

This guest blog by Steve Spatig, General Manager of Southco’s Electronic Access Solutions unit explores several key application areas where electronic locks and access controllers can improve the security of interior enclosures and cabinets housed within large facilities.

“Moving into the future, there will come a time when most common physical objects will be connected to the Internet, and will be able to communicate intelligently with other devices. As this technology evolves, facility managers will have many creative solutions for integrating physical security throughout a facility,” said Spatig.


3. Placing Medical Devices in a Position to Succeed

In this article, Jim Ford explains the importance of choosing well-designed, pre-validated display mounts, arms and hinges to save time in medical equipment design and help shift the burden of risk from the designer to the manufacturer, while enabling component reduction and raising customer satisfaction.

According to Ford: “Though a smaller piece of the overall design, from the end user’s standpoint, how easy it is to move and adjust the equipment can play a larger role in defining the perceived quality, reliability and effectiveness of the apparatus.”


4. Cab-free Design Implications

Transportation Business Development Manager Bob Straka talks about new technologies that have the most potential for future gain in off-highway equipment design, like autonomous technology used in self-driving cars.

“Current job sites often house many vehicles needed to perform different tasks. Future autonomous designs will allow designers to combine multiple pieces of equipment into one vehicle, increasing equipment density and reducing the number of individual vehicles needed on site,” said Straka.


5. Bluetooth-enabled Devices as the Key to Remote Monitoring

In this guest blog, Steve Spatig explains how Bluetooth controllers can be used in place of traditional locking mechanisms, accepting an encrypted Bluetooth wireless electronic “key” from a Bluetooth-enabled device to provide secure access to a connected electronic lock.

“Most everyone carries a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone with a unique ID, so why not use it as a key? Compared to lock-and-key systems that have the potential for keys to be misplaced or stolen, electronic keys can be added and deleted electronically in real time, as needed,” said Spatig.


6. Secure System

General Manager Phil Kempson provides insight on the need for enhanced security and logistics in the growing parcel locker market and shares experiences working with leading parcel locker manufacturers in this article.

“Working with one of the leader in global logistics, we have designed and developed a self-contained lock system that interfaces with the carrier’s logistics portal. We’re enabling people to have timed access, so even if they have a key it will only work during certain times of the day or they may use a mobile device to access a particular door,” said Kempson.


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