Folding Handles save space in enclosure applications.

Press Release Summary:

Class P9 90° Infinite Position Folding Handles provides ergonomic handhold that folds down to .52 or .27 in. profile for internal or external threaded versions, respectively. Built-in friction in pivoting handle prevents rattle and maintains handle in desired position. Materials for .25 in. dia folding handles are anodized aluminum with clear or black finish. Steel and stainless steel versions are also available, and static load capacities range from 90-135 lbf.

Original Press Release:

New Southco Folding Handles Save Space in Electronics and Other Enclosure Applications

Concordville, PA, February 13, 2005 -- A new family of folding handles introduced by Southco for networking, telecommunication, computer, electronics, industrial, and other enclosures offers a more complete solution for end users seeking to save space and streamline hardware procurement efforts and costs.

The Southco® P9 Class of 90° Infinite Position Folding Handles provides an ergonomic handhold that folds down to a low profile of just 13.3 mm (.52") for the internal threaded version, and 7 mm (.27") for the external threaded version to provide greater clearances in crowded environments. This saves more than an inch of space between the fully extended operating position and the folded storage position. Built-in friction in the pivoting handle prevents rattle, provides a quality feel, and maintains the handle in the desired position.

Easy-to-install mounting options include a choice of either interior threads or external threads that both fasten from the inside of the enclosure to maintain a clean look on the exterior of the door. The externally threaded versions, available in M4 and 8-32 thread sizes, accommodate panel thicknesses up to 8.4 mm (.33") and are supplied with zinc-plated steel nuts and lockwashers. The interior threaded versions can accommodate a wider variety of panel thicknesses when fastened with user-supplied M4 or 8-32 machine screws that are 5 mm (.20") longer than the panel thickness.

Standard materials for these 6.4 mm (.25") diameter folding handles are anodized aluminum with a clear or black finish. Steel and stainless steel versions are also available. Four standard lengths range from 40 mm (1.57") to 128 mm (5.04"). The external threaded version accommodates a maximum static load of 400 N (90 lbf), while the internal threaded version accommodates a maximum static load of 600 N (135 lbf).

The addition of this product line to the full range of Southco latch, fastener, captive screw, and pull hardware for electronic equipment and enclosures provides end users with a more comprehensive one-stop shopping solution. The comprehensive product selection enables users to streamline ordering processes, reduce procurement costs, and ensure consistent technical support and service for global manufacturing operations.

For more information, visit Southco's website at; e-mail their 24/7 customer service department at; call 610-459-4000; or fax to 610-459-4012.

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 customized engineering solutions and global support for its key customers. The company aspires to be a virtual engineering center 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.

Dale Clouser

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