Category Archives: furniture

Rotary Viscous Dampers and Toys

As in all consumer products safety is a great concern. Safety for the user and others. Since toys involve children mostly, you would expect the designer to incorporate safety features especially when fast moving parts are involved. One classic example … Continue reading

Posted in #engineering, #product design, furniture, toydesign, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Friction Hinges in Medical Devices

One interesting application for friction hinges and rotary viscous dampers is in medical devices. We have our products in Hospitals, doctors offices and care facilities.  Popular applications  include toilet seats, food service trays, fold down tables, infant care devices, centrifuges, … Continue reading

Posted in #engineering, #product design, furniture, medical, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Rotary Viscous Damper with options

Pictured above is a rotary viscous damper with 2 added options which greatly add to the functionality. The two options are a one way clutch and a torsion spring. The motion is as follows rotating the grey member CCW is easy … Continue reading

Posted in #engineering, #product design, damping, furniture, OSHA, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Furniture Designers and the rotary viscous damper

Cubicles are famous for these overhead bins, sort of similar to what you see in airplanes. In cubicles you must hold these in place so they don’t come crashing down disturbing your neighbors or whacking yourself in the head. To … Continue reading

Posted in #aerospace, Automotive, furniture | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Rotary Viscous Dampers In Bathroom Safety

The public bathroom is a great place for convenience, yet must remain safe to use for everyone. Think of all the items in the bathroom that swing open, up or down.  Baby changing stations, grab bars, stall doors, shower seats, medicine cabinets and … Continue reading

Posted in #engineering, #product design, furniture | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Friction Hinge Used in A Novel Configuration

I was thinking about ways that friction hinges could be used in a way other than rotary. Because a friction hinge is 2 concentric elements we could use the configuration with a force, in either direction, axially.  No changes would … Continue reading

Posted in friction hinges, furniture, mechanical engineering, torque hinge | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Safety Applications for Friction Hinges

A major concern for years has been consumer product safety and safety in public areas. Any moving member of a consumer product is a potential application for a friction hinge or rotary viscous damper. These two products can prevent pinch … Continue reading

Posted in ADA, Construction, damping, friction hinges, furniture, medical, OSHA, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Greaseless Friction Hinge with HIgh Torque capabilities

We have been working on greaseless friction hinges that have a large range of torques. The unit shown in the picture is an early stage proof of concept for a 60 in-lb friction hinge with a life cycle of 40,000. … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive, friction hinges, furniture, mechanical engineering, medical, torque hinge | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Slow Close Toilet Seat Case Study

I have been studying the various mechanisms needed to achieve a true long lasting slow close toilet seat. For years a few high quality seat makers have produced mechanisms that were purely mechanical to achieve a slow close seat. When … Continue reading

Posted in furniture, mechanical engineering, medical, patents, rotary viscous damping | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Case Studies in Choosing a Mechanical Motion Technologies LLC Friction Hinge

In the image shown above we see an application for a precision friction hinge.  The product shown above is a back rest for use in a critical care facility. It supports a weak back when using the commode. The green … Continue reading

Posted in friction hinges, furniture, mechanical engineering, medical, torque hinge | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment