Part 6 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges
Selecting the proper hinge can sometimes be more challenging that we might expect. In addition to considering cost, aesthetics, strength requirements and door configurations, we need to also consider any regulations or specifications that might affect our applications.
For example, hinges used on outdoor enclosures housing electronic equipment may be required to meet NEMA and IP standards. Is your application in the food equipment industry? NSF certification imposes stringent guidelines on materials and design.
Specs may require evaluation of an entire system, or hinges may be certified to meet a spec as-is. Either way, you want to select a hinge capable of meeting all product standards.
A keen understanding of industry requirements will help you select the best hinge for your application (and will save you time and money in the process!).
Next week: Hinges and installation method