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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.”

Read more at www.machinedesign.com

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.

Read more at www.buildings.com

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.”

Read more at www.mdtmag.com

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.

Read more at www.oemoffhighway.com

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.

Read more at www.security-today.com

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.

Read more at http://viewer.zmags.com

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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

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

Enhancing Security In New Self Service Kiosk Designs

Designers are constantly developing new uses for enclosures and kiosks that take the concept of Self Service to the next level. With the introduction of high-value retail and vending kiosks and “intelligent vending” systems, Self Service providers have identified a need for more enhanced physical security solutions that can be controlled and monitored re

Improving Kiosk Design with Concealed Electronic Latches

One of the most important aspects of any Self Service kiosk or enclosure design is not only what it does, but how it looks to the consumer. Therefore, design engineers must balance aesthetic appeal with usability in order to execute effective Self Service design. Many modern kiosks feature a 360 degree design – meaning that they are viewable from all an

Help the R4-EM Outdoor Become a ‘Top New Product of 2013’

Southco’s R4-EM Outdoor Electronic Rotary Latch is contending for a spot as one of OEM Off-Highway Magazine’s “Top 10 New Products of 2013,” and you can help! From now until Oct. 1, all you have to do is visit our R4-EM Outdoor product page in OEM Off-Highway’s online Component Directory. OEM Off-Highway’s Component Directory is a well-known r

Replacing Mechanical Locks with Electronic Locks on Medical Enclosures

In today’s healthcare facilities, security threats extend beyond physical building security and down to medical enclosures such as cabinets, dispensing carts and charting stations, and portable diagnostic equipment. For many healthcare facility managers, monitoring security at the enclosure or cart level can be a challenge. In response, many are looking to

Best Practices for Electronic Lock Selection for Self-Service Applications

When designing physical security into self-service enclosures, such as kiosks and pick-up drop-off points (PUDOs), manufacturers must anticipate the need for modern methods of access control and incorporate new technology, while still providing a solution that is cost-effective and meets the requirements of the growing self-service industry. Incorporating ap

Now You Can Control 14 Different Electronic Locks and Devices From One Computer

Southco’s newest technology allows you to seamlessly actuate multiple electronic locks and devices through your existing computer. Southco’s EA-A06 USB Controller provides simple, independent, remote actuation of up to 14 electromechanical latches when connected to a standard computer USB port. The EA-A06 is designed with plug-and-play functionality w

Compact Prox Card Reader Offers Simplified, Keyless Access

Southco’s EA-P3 Proximity Reader provides convenient, secure access control of electronic locking devices in a compact package. The EA-P3 produces a standard 26 bit Wiegand output and accepts HID 125 kHz prox cards or tags, allowing it to be easily combined with an existing access controller to add additional keyless entry points to existing security syste