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bisco Retains Premier Status with Southco

For the second year in a row, bisco industries has achieved premier status as a Southco authorized distributor. bisco’s overall Southco revenue growth, expanded marketing efforts, and training engagements were all key elements in securing Southco premier status for 2016.

Benefits of Southco Premier Status

As a premier authorized Southco distributor bisco is able to provide clients with special pricing even compared to other authorized Southco distributors. In addition, premier status enables bisco to provide faster delivery by stocking more Southco product in bisco’s seven North American distribution centers.

About Southco

Southco is the leading manufacturer of engineered access hardware solutions, including a wide variety of latches, locks, captive fasteners, quick access fasteners, hinges, and handles. Southco’s products are used for applications in the networking, telecommunications, computer, automotive, aerospace, mass transit, construction, industrial machinery, marine and HVAC industries. Southco is committed to connecting, creating and innovating to provide the best solution for every access engineering problem.

Find Southco Product Info & Stock

For more information on Southco products, to browse by product attribute, and to find pricing online visit the Southco microsite on biscoind.com.

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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What is a Captive Screw?

Captive screws are specially designed to lock into pre-drilled holes so that the screw can be fastened and unfastened without the screw being detached. One of the primary benefits of captive screws is that they provide secure fastening while reducing costs associated with lost screws or damage from foreign object debris (FOD). Captive screws are available in a variety of styles and materials to suite diverse application needs. Captive screws are frequently used in electronic enclosures, exhibits/signs, medical devices, and network cabinets.

Captive Screw Diagram

Leading Captive Screw Manufacturers

  • Southco
  • Alcoa
  • RAF
  • Essentra
  • PEM
  • PSM

Learn More About Captive Screws

To learn more about captive screws, read this helpful article from IHS Engineering 360 or contact bisco’s industries’ customer support team. Be sure to visit bisco’s blog each Wednesday to learn about other commonly used fasteners and electronic components.

Reduce Costs by Using Captive Screws

Captive Screw Diagram

What is a Captive Screw?

Captive screws are designed to lock into a hole while allowing the fastened components to be detached without the complete removal of the screw. Thus a captive screw can be locked in place on a parent component without being fastened to a child component. Captive fasteners are typically locked in place using thread locking, press-fitting, or broaching.

Cost Savings from Captive Screws

Advantages of Using Captive Fasteners

Captive screws help control costs by minimizing damage to machinery from loose screws and by reducing the need for replacement fasteners. Captive screws also help make repairs easier by allowing easy access to components.

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Captive Screw Configurations

Captive fasteners are available in a variety of configurations and designs.

Style Locking Style Drive Style Materials
Flush Captive Screws Flare-In Philips Steel
Spring-Loaded Captive Screws Broaching / Spline Slotted Stainless Steel
Low Profile Captive Screws Thread Locking Socket Brass
Knob Captive Screws Soldering Torx Aluminum
And More… And More… And More… And More…

Captive Screw Manufacturers

bisco industries offers captive screws from industry leading manufacturers including:

To find the right captive fastener for your application search biscoind.com or contact our customer service team today!

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