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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.

Introducing bisco’s New Blog Series – What is it Wednesday?

Modern procurement teams often purchase items based only on a product number and a short description. Product expertise is left to engineers allowing buyers to focus on obtaining cost savings and ensuring on time delivery. Despite the benefits of specialization, processing basic product knowledge can often be useful for purchasers.  In particular, product expertise is helpful when related products are required or when alternate products are provided.  Although a buyer may not make the final decision about purchasing associated items or accepting alternates, product knowledge can help them make an informed decision about escalating to an engineer or supply chain manager.

In an effort to provide purchasing teams with foundational product information, bisco industries is launching a blog series called What is it Wednesday. Each Wednesday we will offer insight on common electronic components and hardware by providing product descriptions, common applications, and top manufacturers. To receive updates on the What is it Wednesday blog series and other news from bisco industries be sure to subscribe to our blog.

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