Southco Sponsors Award Winning PSU Capstone Project

May 21, 2019 Rachel Pilgren-Kane


Congratulations to our Penn State University (PSU) team on their award-winning capstone project, which recently earned the Best Engineering Design and People’s Choice Awards. The students, who are enrolled in PSU’s Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (MDE) program completed a capstone project for Southco to automate part of the production process for our 07 Draw Latch series as part of their course work. The 07 series features a living hinge that must be bent while warm from the press in order to establish the hinge crease without cracking the plastic.

Previously, this task was performed manually, which was not only tedious, but also an ergonomic safety risk. To alleviate these issues, the PSU team built a machine which flexes the latches after they are unloaded from the molding machine using robotics and pneumatics. The core design can be easily changed to flex other latches in the 07 series, and Southco expects to build more machines for the other latch variants thanks to the design work completed by the students. 

About Southco

Southco, Inc. is the leading global designer and manufacturer of engineered access solutions. From quality and performance to aesthetics and ergonomics, we understand that first impressions are lasting impressions in product design. For over 70 years, Southco has helped the world’s most recognized brands create value for their customers with innovative access solutions designed to enhance the touch points of their products in transportation and industrial applications, medical equipment, data centers and more. With unrivalled engineering resources, innovative products and a dedicated global team, Southco delivers the broadest portfolio of premium access solutions available to equipment designers throughout the world.

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