Southco has developed a "˜complete' rotary latch system, from actuation to latching, to meet the growing demands of the off-highway sector for increased security of machinery and construction equipment, and enhanced safety of operators.
The increasing importance of driver safety and comfort and the overall security of construction vehicles are the most common areas of concern for off-highway equipment operators and constant areas for improvement for equipment manufacturers. From a security perspective, the theft of off-highway and construction vehicles is rising, and it is estimated that, in the UK alone, it is costing the construction industry close to £1 billion each year. As a consequence, Southco works closely with OEMs to develop components and systems that offer greater protection for vehicles by integrating access control and electromechanical locking devices at the point of entry.
It is against this scenario that the company has developed the R4 "˜complete' rotary latch system, an access system which presents a flexible package in each of its three constituents - the rotary latch, cable and actuator. This system is specifically designed for exterior and interior off-highway applications such as entry doors, engine covers, baggage doors, access panels, tool boxes, truck hoods and storage compartments. It comprises a variety of actuators, together with cables to connect latches to actuators for remote latching, a wide array of latches and trigger options to meet the requirements and preferences of customers, and a range of accessories to complete the system.
For more information about Southco's "˜complete' rotary latch system, visit the website at www.southco.com.