Southco is introducing new versions of its E5 cam latches with a push-to-close feature. This development is said to add greater convenience to the existing versatility and affordability of the modular product line. Styling and access control options include hand-, tool-, and key-actuated models. The new designs satisfy both single-point and two-point latching installations across a variety of commercial applications ranging from light-duty use with covers and access panels in industrial machinery, HVAC and office furniture, to storage compartments in recreational vehicles and bus, truck or railway applications.
Key to the operation of the new latch is a spring-loaded ramped cam. As with conventional cam latches, the mechanism rotates to disengage from the keeper. But once the panel is opened and the cam rotates back to the 'closed' position, the ramp-shaped face of the retractable cam functions like a push-to-close mechanism. This assures safe, trouble-free operation, even if the door is shut with the cam in the closed position. For configuration flexibility in multi-point latching applications, the new E5 two-point-latching adapter connects with cable actuators used to drive Southco R4 Rotary Series Latches. In this design, the driver and actuators return to their original positions as soon as the driver is released after opening, while the rotary latches provide push-to-close engagement with robust latching security.
Access control options for all versions range from hand-actuated wing-handle, T-handle, and L-handle styles, to tool-actuated head styles. Those include conventional slotted, hex, square and triangle-shaped drivers, as well as industry-specific tool options such as Bellcore 216, Bellcore electronics and Railway standard drivers. Multiple keylocking configurations offer flexible keycode options. All latches, regardless of head style, include a latched/unlatched position indicator.
Like other Southco E5 Cam Latches, the new push-to-close designs are said to be easy to install in panels ranging from 1-6mm thick (0.04-0.24inch) using single-hole panel preparation. Head styles are available in standard bright chrome and black powder-coated finishes. Cam bodies include an internal O-ring and a sealing washer to accommodate NEMA 4 and IP66 applications. Pull-tab and padlock bracket accessories are also available to customise installations to specific user requirements.
For more information about Southco E5 push-to-close cam latches and compatible R4 rotary latches and cable actuators for two-point latching applications, go to www.southco.com or email the 24/7 customer service department at firstname.lastname@example.org.