New Flush-Style Module Handle Improves Aesthetics, Access And Performance In AdvancedMC Installations

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The handle adds styling and ergonomic performance to the hot-swap protection mandated by the PICMG AMC.0 R2.0 standards and the MicroTCA™ standard (MTCA.0) for modular systems. Additionally, the insertion/extraction mechanism locks modules into place for stability and reliability.

The new Southco® Flush-Style AdvancedMC™ Module Handle delivers enhanced efficiency by minimizing protrusion on the module faceplate and provides a convenient module removal solution for telecom service providers, telecom equipment manufacturers, and other contract OEMs. The handle adds styling and ergonomic performance to the hot-swap protection mandated by the PICMG AMC.0 R2.0 standards and the MicroTCA™ standard (MTCA.0) for modular systems. Additionally, the insertion/extraction mechanism locks modules into place for stability and reliability.

The handle provides three distinct positions to allow users to know the exact status of the handle and microswitch – switch activated/module latched, switch released/module latched, or switch released/module unlatched. A built-in light pipe provides visual indication of microswitch status. When fully engaged, the handle sits nearly flush with the module faceplate, shielded by a slightly raised area around it to protect against accidental operation or snagging of cables. During operation, a slight press on the end of the handle releases it to provide a better grasp so that a slight pull on the exposed handle can release the module board.

These handles are available to fit two of the three standard AMC module sizes – the mid-size and full-size modules. For quick, easy installation, the handle bracket snaps into place on the faceplate and is held in place by a single screw. The standard finish is a black epoxy coating. Die-cast construction provides for long lasting robust performance, and all metal parts are RoHS compliant.

For more information about the Southco Flush-Style AdvancedMC Module Handle or access hardware and fasteners designed to meet any of the PICMG AdvancedTCA®, AdvancedMC™ or MicroTCA™ standards, visit http://www.southco.com/ATCA, e-mail the 24/7 customer service department at 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.

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