Category Archives: furniture

How Do Friction Hinges Aid Ergonomic Design?

Some critical elements of furniture for the workplace, airplane, home and school is something that gets overlooked initially when considering a new design. Furniture must be comfortable and not cause the user undue strain, pain or any discomfort. For example … Continue reading

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Miniature Friction Hinges

It’s been a while since my last update. We have been manufacturing miniature friction hinges for customers and it has been very interesting. Developing processes to insure consistent product is very rewarding. The friction hinges we manufacture reach many industries … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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