Continuous Hinges

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Continuous hinges are also known as piano hinges; piano hinges could have taken their name from one of two sources. Some contend that piano hinges are so named because of their resemblance to piano keyboards. Read More…

Continuous Hinges Continuous hinges are door suspension and movement tools that run along most or all of the length of a door, gate or other moving plane. Continuous hinges are fairly simple compared to some other hinge configurations; they are composed of two plates of machined metal joined by a long pin or several short pins.

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Alliance, OH  |  330-935-2445

We take our customer evaluations as our only measure of success. If our customers are not happy, we are not happy! We will work with you until we find the right hinges solution for you.

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Marlboro Manufacturing, Inc. $$$

Long Beach, CA  |  800-433-5554

Our company is the true hinges expert. We own over 50 patents for fasteners and we are completely ISO 9000 certified. Our products are made with the customer in mind, and we take your requests as requirements for service.

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Sierra Pacific Engineering & Products (SPEP) $$$

Bartlett, IL  |  800-989-6365

We are here to provide you with any hinge you could ever possibly need! We are the hinge specialists committed to bringing you a level of customer service that is unmatched by the competition.

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S & D Products, Inc. $$$

St. Louis, MO  |  314-436-0432

Hardware Mfg. supplies stock inventory parts in addition to creating custom components for OEM and resellers. We work with a number of different industries such as agriculture, drug tablet, livestock, truck equipment, conveyors, and more.

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Hardware Mfg. $$$

Bloomingdale, IL  |  800-332-1227

Since 1932, the S & S Hinge Company has been providing customers with the best-quality continuous hinges possible. We have accomplished this by implementing a Lean manufacturing strategy that allows our company to do more with less.

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S & S Hinge Company $$$

Fort Lauderdale, FL  |  800-684-4643

Jefco Mfg. has been a leader in the industry for over 40 years. With our experienced engineering and production team coupled with cutting edge technology, Jefco produces quality products for the Industrial, Marine, Aerospace, Defense, and Medical industries. We work closely with customers to meet/exceed their needs and design specs. Jefco has the ability to produce practically any design in any Mat. gauge, pin size, width, or length, in a variety of materials including Carbon fiber and Titanium.

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Jefco Manufacturing $$$

Walkerton, ON  |  800-265-3078

We’ve been manufacturing custom hinges in various metals and finishes since 1919, and are known by our customers as “The Hinge People®.” Larsen and Shaw offers custom hinges, enclosure hinges, heavy equipment hinges, light duty hinges, architectural hinges, industrial hinges, stop hinges, furniture hinges, and the new revolutionary R2 Hinge and PermAlign hinge. With manufacturing facilities in both the United States and Canada and our in-house design team, we are your one-stop-shop for all of your quality hinge needs.

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Larsen & Shaw Limited $$$
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The more common contention is that they are named after one of their most common applications. Nearly all pianos are affixed with piano hinges; they are used to facilitate the opening and closing of panels and keyboard covers. Continuous hinges can be found in many applications outside of uses in pianos. Tool boxes, equipment cases, instrument cases and compartments in utility trucks and fire trucks or often fitted with continuous hinges. Folding wall partitions, electrical enclosures, doors and other equipment involved in managing or securing spaces can make use of continuous hinges.

Continuous hinges are essentially expansions on simple butt hinge designs. Butt hinges are composed of two machined plates called leaves that are joined by a pin. Continuous hinges are distinct from butt hinges only because of their length. Common continuous hinge manufacturing lengths are six and eight feet, though they can be cut to any necessary length. Continuous hinges are valued because they evenly distribute the weight they bear; this reduces the kind of stress at individual points that is created when several small hinges are used.

When used in outdoor electrical enclosures, continuous hinges can contribute to a higher degree of weather resistance, as they cover areas through which moisture could pass into the enclosure. There are two main continuous hinge configurations: gear and pin. Continuous hinges that are joined by pins are the most common configuration. They are simple and inexpensive compared to geared continuous hinges.

Geared hinges involve specially designed, interlocking gears in order to allow for motion. The gears, like the knuckles or barrels of pin hinges, are connected to flat plates. Geared continuous hinges are advertised as longer lasting than pin continuous hinges, so investment in a geared continuous hinge may be wise if the hinge is applied in a setting where it will be used constantly.

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