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Considering the opening angle: Detent and torque hinges

Part 4 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges

Door StayWe have all been there: Trying to keep a door open with our foot, a shoe or something else we find lying around. Today’s applications increasingly require hands–free access (or a really patient friend who will hold the door for you). If this is the case with your application, consider using a hinge with a built-in detent feature to hold the door  or panel open at a preset angle. Or use an adjustable-torque feature, which will let you tighten or free up the door swing. Both of these hinge styles eliminate mechanical supports like gas struts or door stays.

Detent and torque hinges are two products in one—the hinge and the doorDetent Hinge stay. They bring with them some nice benefits, too. They reduce the number of parts, cut down on installation time and lower the overall cost.

Most detent hinges come with preset opening angles; some even provide negative angles that let the hinge go slightly past center when closed. This also holds the door securely against the frame and Torque Hingereduces vibration (a viable option when you know you might have rattling!). In some cases, you won’t even need a latch. Detent hinges are most appropriate for small lightweight applications. If this sounds like your application and you can benefit from some of these features, give it a try!
Next week: Using removable hinges to access an interior

Incorporate hinges early to save money and frustration

Part 1 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges It is not uncommon to wait until the last minute to incorporate hinges into a design.  We know that not everyone has hinges at the top of their list of important things to think of when working on a new car, enclosure, or life-saving medical device.. However, considering hinges late in the design cycle can

CMEF Exhibition 2009

Well almost directly from Chicago, it was off to Shenzhen China for the China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF). Once again we were featuring our Position Control Technology, displaying our new line of friction hinges, and our soon to be released monitor arm. We were visited by internationally known medical device manufacturers such as Mindray, Lan