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External EZ-LATCH Lock

DME offers an external latch lock that provides customers long-lasting, more reliable functionality for plate sequencing.

External latch locks are commonly used in a range of mold designs requiring plate control, including molds with three-plate sequencing, two-stage ejection, early return systems and a moving (core) and stationary side (cavity) ejection application.

"Springs or friction devices are normally in place to trigger the locking mechanism, but can be prone to failure over time, and often require custom manufacturing to meet the specific application needs," said a company spokesperson. "DME has developed a new and improved way of controlling mold plate with the DME EZ-LATCH External Latch Lock. The product features a novel design and is easy to install. Depending on the application, it can be an alternative to more expensive hydraulic cylinders used for sequencing plates."

"Our new patent pending design strengthens this external latch lock system and ensures a safer, more reliable method of controlling plates," said Peter Smith, President, DME. "We have worked hard to reduce the chance of failure during processing so we can help our customers reduce unnecessary machine downtime and avoid costly tool repairs."

EZ-LATCH external locks can be used with thinner mold plates. "Unlike traditional external locks that need to be vertically mounted, the EZ-LATCH Lock can be installed horizontally allowing it be used on plates as thin as 7/8 inch," said the spokesperson.

The DME EZ-LATCH Lock requires no machining modifications and requires only the selection of the appropriate body and latch bar lengths.

The system comes in multiple lengths to sequence the plates and provide ideal timing. EZ-LATCH is available in many latch bar lengths covering a wide range of stroke requirements. A long latch bar version providing longer delayed ejection is also available.

Standard sizes accommodate most, if not all, mold base sizes and applications. DME can provide special sizes available upon request by contacting

The EZ-LATCH Lock is a standard product inventoried at its U.S. and Canada locations and can be ordered on DME's eCommerce site:

For more information contact:


29111 Stephenson Hwy.

Madison Heights, MI 48071


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