T-handle compression latch
Alexander Industrial Supplies, the UK distributor for Southco has unveiled its Southco N2 lift and turn compression latch.
Alexander says it features solid components and straightforward mechanical action can deliver firm compression and robust performance in demanding applications.
The design was developed in conjunction with major off highway equipment OEMs. It features a stainless steel shaft and lever action tightening suitable for securing large, heavier doors and minimise rattle.
With snug compression and a maximum working load capacity of 1000 N the N2 latch design is geared for applications subject to shock and vibration – such as engine covers, access panels, or storage compartment doors on heavy duty off highway equipment, as well as other transportation or industrial equipment.
Each latch is said to provide a consistent 6mm of pull up compression, while Its folding design has been created to minimise protrusion above the door surface when not in use. A recessed cup model is also available to store and protect the folded handle, with no protrusion.
Multiple cam options and adjustable grip dimensions have been designed to provide flexibility to tailor latch performance to specific applications. Straight and offset cam options can be installed and adjusted in different positions to accommodate a range of grip dimensions – the distance from the front of the door panel to the point of latch engagement – from 2.5 to 104mm. Locking and non locking versions are also available according to the security requirements of the application.
Panel prep and installation are simplified by the use of a single mounting hole which Alexander says makes both the initial installation and subsequent substitution of latches easier.
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