New Southco Cam Latch Option Adds Push-to-close Convenience

4th November 2010
Posted By : ES Admin
New Southco Cam Latch Option Adds Push-to-close Convenience
An expanded selection of Southco E5 Cam Latches now adds intuitive push-to-close convenience to the existing versatility and affordability of this modular 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 HVAC, office furniture, and industrial machinery, to storage compartments in recreational vehicles and bus, truck, or railway applications.
The ease of operation in single-point latching applications incorporates 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 easy to install in panels ranging from 1 mm to 6 mm thick (.04 to .24), using single-hole panel prep. 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 IP-66 applications. Pull-tab and padlock bracket accessories are also available to customize 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, visit, e-mail the 24/7 customer service department at

Southco is a leading global provider of engineered access solutions, including latches, locks, captive fasteners, hinges, handles, and other accessories for applications in the marine, networking, telecommunications, computer, automotive, aerospace, mass transit, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery and HVAC industries.

Southco is strongly focused on customised engineering solutions and global support for its key customers. The company aspires to be a virtual engineering centre for its customers’ engineered-access solutions and is committed to providing outstanding quality and overall satisfaction. Southco’s promise to its customers is to connect, create and innovate to provide the best solution for every access engineering problem.

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