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Product Spotlight: Southco EM Series Electronic Keepers

The Southco EM series is your affordable solution for new or retrofit applications in a variety of enclosures, both  large and small. The EM Series Electronic Keepers provide greater versatility for a wide range of enclosure applications. Southco electronic keepers include: E-Keeper Electronic Strikes and Miniature Electronic Keeper Systems.

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E-Keeper Electronic Strikes

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Product Spotlight: Southco AC Actuators

Introducing Southco’s AC Series Actuators

Southco’s AC Series of actuators completes Southco’s system for remote actuation of light, medium, and heavy-duty rotary latches using a cable connection. Multiple cable placement options satisfy in-line and perpendicular cable orientations. Ample hand-grip promotes easy user operation while low protrusion improves enclosure aesthetics.

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What is a Draw Latch?

Draw Latch Description

Draw latches operate on the principle of drawing two items together using tension. The main components of a draw latch assembly are the blade (a hooked plate or a wire formed loop), the keeper (a hooked plate that receives the blade), and the hinge. The tension is created when the blade is hooked to the keeper and clamped down. For typical draw latches the tension is released when the latch is rotated to a vertical positon and is applied when the latch is rotated to a horizontal position.

Draw Latch Styles

Despite shared functionality, draw latches come in many different styles.

Draw Latch Applications

Because of the simplicity and effectiveness of draw latches they are utilized in a large number of applications. Draw latch applications include HVAC systems, exhibits, signs, agricultural equipment, industrial machinery, trucks, and lawn/garden equipment.

Learn More About Draw Latches

For more information about draw latches view these helpful catalog pages from Southco or contact bisco’s product support team.

Where to Buy Draw Latches

bisco industries offers a wide selection of draw latches from leading access hardware manufacturer, Southco. Visit biscoind.com to buy rotary draw latches, over-center draw latches and more.

Product Spotlight: KATO Hexatorq Hinges

KATO Hexatorq Hinges set the industry standard for reliable and cost effective motion control. Hexatorq hinges feature an innovative metal and plastic resin hinge design which provides extraordinarily smooth motion as well as unparalleled durability.

Spring Hinges vs. Hexatorq Hinges

Conventional spring hinges tend to lose their lubrication and damage mating parts by seizing up in high temperature environments. In contrast, the Hexatorq design, utilizes modern engineered plastic resin that requires no lubrication. In fact, in an elevated temperature application, KATO Hexatorq Hinges experience a predictable drop-off in torque and then return to preset torque values after a minimal cool down period. This means NO damage to expensive components!

KATO Hexatorq Hinge Features and Benefits

  • Designed for at least 30,000 cycles without failure.
  • Smooth operation throughout 360° range of motion.
  • Holds position throughout the full range of motion, no spring-back.
  • Corrosion resistant stainless steel and engineered resin design.
  • Light-weight and compact design maximizes space and weight savings.
  • Hex configuration provides for easy mold-in mounting without brackets.
  • Available with brackets for external mounting.
  • No lubrication required! Eliminates the possibility of contamination or corrosion to sensitive parts.
  • FOD free design. No metal to metal friction means no foreign object damage from metal particles.

bisco – Authorized Source for KATO Hexatorq Hinges

KATO’s standardized range of Hexatorq sizes and configurations were determined through extensive design and durability testing and meet virtually all common application requirements. If the standard sizes aren’t suitable then bisco and KATO can work to customize a solution for your specific application. Use KATO Hexatorq Hinges and significantly reduce your typical design-to-manufacture time cycle and overall costs. Visit biscoind.com to find Hextorq hinges.

Manufacturer Profile: Southco

Southco, Inc. was founded all the way back in 1899 as a specialty pipe manufacturer servicing the Pennsylvania oil industry. Today, their corporate headquarters is still in Pennsylvania but their product offering has exponentially expanded, along with their global presence. Southco is now the premier provider of engineered access hardware including products such as locks, latches, handles, hinges, and captive fasteners.

Combining Functionality & Aesthetics

Southco’s commitment to quality, performance, aesthetics, and ergonomics allow them to service countless industries. Southco latches and access hardware can be found in applications ranging from aircraft to consumer electronics. Southco provides solutions that are not only highly functional, but also visually pleasing.  But, perhaps the biggest contributor to Southco’s success is their unparalleled quality. Southco is certified to both ISO9001 and ISO/TS 16949 standards.

Authorized Southco Distributor

bisco industries is a Diamond level Southco distributor allowing us to offer superior service, pricing, and availability compared to other Southco distributors. In addition, bisco recently increased our stocking levels for many of Southco’s top selling items including the Southco series listed below. Search biscoind.com to find pricing, availability, product info, and to place orders. Need further assistance? Contact a bisco representative near you.

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Product Spotlight: Southco Dual Trigger Rotary Latch

Southco Compact Rotary Latch Features Dual Trigger Actuation

Southco’s new R4-10 rotary latch with dual trigger features a compact design with numerous points of actuation, allowing the latch to be triggered by two independent actuators. The Dual Trigger R4-10 is an ideal solution for doors and panels that require actuation from multiple locations.  A simple application example is a door that requires access from both the inside and outside. Using a R4-10 dual trigger latch allows the latch to be turned (actuated) from either side of the door providing easy entry and exit. For more technical information view the R4 rotary latch catalog page.

 

Authorized Southco Distributor

In addition to the R4 rotary latches Southco offers a broad range of engineered access hardware solutions to meet unique application requirements. bisco industries is your authorized source for Southco, offering a full service e-commerce website as well as a team of local service reps. Contact us today!

New Concealed Pull from Southco

New Spring Loaded Concealed Pull Offers Simple, Push Button Access

Southco’s 67 Concealed Pull is now available in a spring loaded version that offers the same flush mount design as the standard 67 series, but features all-metal construction, providing higher strength and improved industrial design. When triggered via simple, push-button operation, the spring loaded 67 automatically releases the handle for easy access, providing a convenient grip for opening doors or panels.

Spring Loaded Concealed Pull Features:

  • Spring loaded, push-button trigger allows for quick access to the handle
  • Durable, all metal design provides higher strength and durability
  • Flush, surface mount design complements industrial design
  • Available with black or silver finish, as well as custom color options

Discover Related Product Solutions from Southco

Southco offers a wide variety of other access hardware including cam latches, compression latches, hinges, and captive hardware. To get instant pricing and availability on Southco products visit authorized Southco distributor, bisco industries.

Southco Introduces New Lever Latch

Sealed Lever Latch Meets Door Ingress Protection Ratings

Southco’s new sealed C2 Lever Latch provides the same consistent compression and vibration resistance as the standard C2 Series, but features a sealed design that meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, making it suitable for use indoors and out. The sealed C2 Lever Latch meets ingress protection requirements without having to adjust or change existing panel or door designs, and is an ideal solution for new installations as well as retrofits.

Lever Latch Features:

  • Sealed design protects against water and dust
  • Lever action enables easy, quick operation
  • Flush, low profile design
  • Locking options deliver increased security

Popular C2 Lever Latch Models:

Have access hardware challenges? Want design application solutions?

bisco industries is an authorized Southco distributor. We offer online pricing on hundreds of Southco items as well as a complete listing of all Southco products. Among the many Southco items we offer are compression latches, hinges, and captive screws. Visit biscoind.com today to find the Southco item that’s right for your application.

5 Features of Southco’s Squeeze Release Latch

Limited on space? Southco has added to their already enormous access hardware offering with a new squeeze-release latch. This compact latch uses thin sheet-metal panels to fit in small spaces. Installation is quick and simple. The latch body snaps into a single rectangular hole mount on the panel and mates into a single rectangular hole on the frame when the panel is closed.  Once installed, you can open and close the panel quickly and easily. Simply squeeze the protruding latch tabs to open and push the panel/latch to close.

Features and benefits of the Squeeze Release Latch:

  • Simply squeeze tabs on latch and pull to open panel, push latch/panel to snap closed
  • Space-saving design is just 14 mm (.56″) wide
  • Mounting panel thickness is 1.3 mm (.052″) maximum
  • Combined mounting panel/frame thickness is 3.2 mm (.125″) maximum
  • Corrosion-resistant black Acetal construction

Who can make use of this latch? Industry applications include:

  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Electronic Enclosures
  • HVAC
  • Medical
  • Networking
  • Telecommunications

Learn more about the squeeze-release latch and search the entire Southco product catalog at biscoind.com.

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