01 May 2010
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Fingertip lifting for hinged components

A line of counterbalanced hinges from Southco provides consistent, high-torque performance in a compact package, to enable equipment operators to lift and position hinged components with less effort.

Ease of movement and no-slip positioning allow intuitive operation of display screens, doors, access panels, and other movable components in consumer, medical equipment, transportation, and industrial machinery applications.

Multiple options for counterbalancing torque, plus the ability to imbed the hinges within product housings, offer product designers desirable options in terms of both aesthetics and physical performance relative to other existing hardware. The counterbalance design requires less effort to move heavier objects as compared to friction-only hinges. And unlike gas struts that can also infringe on sleek exterior designs or partially obstruct access to enclosures, performance is not compromised by temperature or extended use over time.

An integral counterbalancing spring provides for lifting assistance in one direction to minimise the weight felt by the user. Each hinge also includes Southco┬┤s constant torque technology to hold the hinged component steady in any desired resting position throughout the complete range of hinge motion. By combining both lifting and positioning properties in the same unit, these hinges eliminate the need for a secondary mechanical device to hold an object in place.

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Paul Gay

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