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Southco has expanded its portfolio of mechanical and electromechanical access solutions and position control technology to meet current and prospective medical standards on security and hygiene.

‘Our aim is to provide the solutions that meet the medical industry’s standards across three key areas of concern in terms of access and positioning control – medical instruments, medical support systems and homecare and medical dispensing and storage units,’ said Ulrike Sturman, industry marketing manager for diversified technologies at Southco.

Southco’s product offering across the first two areas covers medical instruments and medical support systems and homecare.

Applications for medical instruments include analytical, diagnostic and treatment devices such as imaging equipment, spectroscopy, dialysis machines, lighting and in-vitro diagnostics, incubators, ventilators and supply units.

Applications benefiting from the company’s positioning technology within the medical support systems and homecare sector include patient beds and furniture, exercise equipment, bedside entertainment systems, wheelchairs, hoists and portable treatment monitoring devices, such as blood pressure or glucose monitors.

Southco recently launched its AV-D30 dynamic mounting arm.

This new modular AV series features intuitive grab and move operation; no knobs or tools are required for the precise positioning of specialist medical equipment in areas such as screening and early diagnosis.

‘This allows the user to achieve precise operating efforts while securing no-drift positioning, even in applications with dynamic loading,’ said Sturman.

Southco’s products and systems meet the medical industry’s stricter measures for increased security and higher-level access control, particularly across medical dispensing and storage applications.

The enhanced range of electronic access solutions supports the tracking of drug administration and audit control, ensures the confidentiality of medical records through user-specified signal input devices and reduces the transmission of germs through access.

Simon Williamson, business development manager of electronic access and position control technologies at Southco, said: ‘The safe distribution of medication, secure drug storage and controlled access to patients’ records are key concerns for any healthcare professional.

‘At Southco, we have been working with industry specialists to develop a proposition for electronic access solutions that helps prevent medication errors, improve drug delivery efficiency and ensure privacy and, as such, alleviate the pressure on hospital staff.

‘These access solutions comprise access control options that signal electromechanical latches and locks to actuate.

‘They can be remotely operated by a variety of access control options, including electronic keys, keypads, RF [radio-frequency] proximity readers, RF key fobs, biometrics and custom switches.

‘In addition, we can provide creative mechanical and electrical override solutions to provide access when power is unavailable.

‘Typical applications include medication carts, dispensing equipment, bedside cabinets and workstations,’ he added.

Two key electromechanical products offering access control benefits to the medical industry are the R4-EM electronic rotary latch and the EM-10 electronic strike.

The R4-EM combines rotary latch security and electronic access in a single integrated solution.

The gear-motor drive in the R4-EM is suitable for solenoid-driven electromechanical latches and it is efficient in terms of low power requirements and high load capabilities.

Designed to complement a mechanical latch, the EM-10 electronic strike is ideal for a range of enclosure applications with electronic actuation in the keeper instead of the latch.

An electronic signal permits remote monitoring, audit trails and alarms.

It works with a variety of door-mounted mechanical latches and a provides simple transition from mechanical to electronic access.

Southco offers a broad range of latching solutions including locks, latches, hinges, handles and fasteners.  Southco´s distinctive human touch point solutions are important components of products that people interact with. They ensure a positive first impression while never overlooking the importance of optimum safety and secure operations.

For over 100 years, Southco has helped customers solve and overcome engineering challenges and our passion, vision and focus today is to help customers differentiate their products´ engineered touch points.

Southco is a leading global supplier with more than 2000 employees in over 20 countries, together with sales, distribution, engineering and customer service centers in over 30 countries. Southco can support you wherever you are in the world.

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