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Train Latches, Fasteners, Hinges and Position-Control Products

PO Box 0116,
210 North Brinton Lake Road,
PA 19331-0116,
United States of America
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As a leading global source for engineered access hardware and positioning technology, Southco offers an extensive portfolio of latches, fasteners, hinges and position-control products for a wide range of interior and exterior rolling-stock applications.

These Southco solutions, plus the skills, resources and expertise to satisfy the next-generation of railway hardware requirements, create greater opportunities for rolling-stock manufacturers to be more productive and competitive.

Rolling-stock interior latches, fasteners, hinges and position-control devices

Southco latches, fasteners, hinges and position-control devices are used throughout rolling stock interiors. Our ‘touch point’ focus and attention to detail helps to ensure a positive first impression while optimising comfort, safety and intuitive operation in applications such as:

  • Baggage areas
  • Doors and displays
  • Driver cabins
  • Galley areas
  • HVAC units
  • Lighting
  • Seating
  • Toilet modules
  • Electrical cabinets

Rail exterior latches, fasteners, hinges and position-control devices

Southco’s range of exterior hardware is designed to be robust, reliable, compact and resistant to vibration, and to protect against unauthorised access. Our industry-proven latches last the life of the vehicle and help lower the cost of ownership.

Our tried-and-tested range of 'Vise Action' compression latches provides reliable and versatile access for railway applications.
Southco fixed-grip cam latches are a cost effective, easy to configure and install solution; their flexible modular design makes them suitable for a broad range of applications.
Southco's range of hinges and positioning mechanisms go well beyond a simple hinge: our extensive range can bring new functionality and performance to any application.
Southco's custom-engineered positioning mechanisms can provide new levels of refinement and functionality to answer any motion management challenge, such as this overhead entertainment deployment system.
DZUS quarter-turn fasteners provide quick and frequent access fastening with minimal effort.

Typical applications include covers and access panels; skirts; rooftop units; under-floor containers; and lights.

Rail position-control technology

Southco’s range of position control technology comes in the form of constant torque, asymmetric torque, adjustable torque, detent, bi-stable and counter-balanced hinges. Position-control hinges help to enhance the travel experience for passengers with an improved quality to the feel of key touch points, such as LCD screens, drop-down tables, headrests and armrests.

Precision-engineered components provide resistance to vibration, which minimises noise nuisance in the cabin.

Electronic access solutions

Southco’s electronic access solutions provide the same security and strength of a mechanical latch, with the convenience of electronic access control; including key management flexibility, integration into electronic systems and remote monitoring and access capabilities. Concealed latch points help to improve aesthetics.

Quick-access fasteners

The DZUS® quick-access fastener is one of the foremost names in the world of quick-access fastening and a popular solution for securing interior access panels in the rail industry.

Quarter-turn fasteners

Southco’s extensive selection of DZUS® quarter-turn fasteners satisfies a broad range of requirements for quick access, high strength and economical performance.

Overall, Southco provide:

  • Innovative solutions – intelligent product design, with many vibration-resistant features, enhances reliability and quick access while reducing maintenance costs
  • Stylish hardware design – progressive styling complements the aesthetics of railway cabin interiors to promote customer satisfaction and sales
  • Single-source convenience – the ability to access multiple latch, fastening, hinge and position control solutions from a single source reduces product development time and costs for customers in the rail industry
  • Global engineering/manufacturing – generating hardware solutions closer to the point of need provides a more timely and cost-effective outcome.
  • Global support – Southco sales and support personnel around the globe make it easier to be responsive with prompt information and local assistance when and where you need it
PO Box 0116
210 North Brinton Lake Road
PA 19331-0116
United States of America

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Australian Office
International Trade Park, 3 Aviation Place
Victoria 3043

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European Office
Touch Point
Wainwright Road
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Asian Office
Southco, 24/F, Tower 2,Evergain Plaza
88 Container Port Road
NT Hong Kong
Kwai Chung
United Kingdom

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