Category Archives: patents

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

New Product Release of Friction Hinges

  We have developed a greaseless friction hinge series: GL375. The key feature is the lack of messy grease. Automakers should be thrilled about this, no more incidental transfer onto auto interior surfaces. The hinges are resistant to harsh chemicals … Continue reading

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

Specifying a Rotary Viscous Damper

  When someone realizes that in their design a rotary viscous damper is required many questions arise.  The designer must ask themselves what are the most important features. If a requirement of the damper is the dropping time from start … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, damping, friction hinges, furniture, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

An Infinite Sea of Challenges

It never fails to amaze me, but I have been approached by another company to design a damper for an application that I really would never have thought of myself. The use of social media is amazing because without it, … Continue reading

Posted in damping, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, torque hinge, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friction Hinge Operation Mode

Friction hinges have quite a few modes of operation. Almost all friction hinges rely on a physical interference between mechanical elements to achieve their holding ability. We can achieve the interference by creating a round spring cylinder, called a wrap-band, … Continue reading

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

Should I buy from overseas or from the USA?

I wanted to talk a little bit about the complex business of buying from overseas.  Every company talks about it and ponders the advantages and disadvantages.  I believe that a firm truth is “It depends on what you are buying”. … Continue reading

Posted in damping, friction hinges, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is a friction hinge?

A friction hinge is also referred to as a torque hinge, friction clutch or friction engine. A friction hinge is usually used to hold a pivoting member in a set position until acted upon by another force which exceeds its’ … Continue reading

Posted in damping, friction hinges, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

As an engineering company we are really a technical partner

Engineering projects vary widely in scope.  While I was consulting with a lawyer yesterday regarding patents and intellectual property I found myself describing how I interface technically with my customer and how information is exchanged. I was also thinking about … Continue reading

Posted in damping, friction hinges, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Should I use a Damping Hinge or a Friction Hinge?

I want to explain the differences between the damping hinge and the friction hinge so it is easier to make an informed decision in your design process. Even though it may seem obvious to some there are a few critical … Continue reading

Posted in friction hinges, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, torque hinge, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

Protected: Perceptions of the Engineering Department

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Posted in damping, friction hinges, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, patents, rotary viscous damping, Uncategorized | Tagged ,