Friction Hinges

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Friction hinges’ characteristic duality of fluid motion and angle retention sets them apart from other hinge varieties. Friction hinges are valued because they can be opened and closed easily even though they rigidly retain their angle of openness when not in motion. Read More…

Friction Hinges Friction hinges are tools used to allow for the controlled movement of doors, container lids, laptop screens and other movable, planar objects that are joined with other objects. Friction hinges are among the most complex of all hinge varieties because of their advanced nature and the wide variety of applications in which they are used.

Leading Manufacturers

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. We work hard to foster innovation in everything we do. If there is a better way to do something, we will find it! Discover what we can do for you by contacting us today!

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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. We continually improve on past designs by taking your feedback into account. You'll never have to worry about our quality or service. Contact us today for more info!

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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. Our team of professionals is committed to upholding the principles on which we were founded including honor and integrity. We strongly believe that our business hinges on your business and we couldn’t have made it to the top without you! Call or email us today to find out more!

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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. We have top of the line hardware and hinges. We utilize a full range of materials for our customers to choose from and we can assist you with finding the very best product for your application. Contact us today for more information.

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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. Our customers enjoy short lead times and competitive prices on our continuous hinges. Our hinges can be used in marine, industrial, MRO, and many other applications.

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S & S Hinge Company $$$

Walkerton, ON  |  800-265-3078

We are ":The Hinge People®,": manufacturing and supplying standard and custom types of hinges in various metals and finishes. Larsen & Shaw offers basic Hinges, Industrial Hinges, Stop Hinges, Furniture Hinges, the new revolutionary R2 Hinge and PermAlign are just a few examples. Our quality hinge solutions have been solving hardware problems for customers since 1919.

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Larsen & Shaw Limited $$$
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Laptop screens, movable vehicle sun visors, portable DVD player screens and many other hinged, planar objects would not be useful if they could not be positioned according to the needs of their users. Other hinge designs like simple butt hinges or even continuous hinges would not be appropriate for use in such products; a laptop computer fitted with a butt hinge would slam closed unless propped up by something. Friction hinges can also be used in some building door applications. They can be especially useful in loading docks and other settings in which a continuous stream of traffic passes through a doorway.

Friction hinges are alternately known as "constant torque hinges," which is descriptive of the mechanism of a friction hinge's operation. Torque is the measure of the force necessary to cause an object to rotate. In very basic terms, friction hinges require more torque to rotate than do most other hinges, but they do not require so much torque that they are difficult to rotate.

While friction hinges offer many benefits not offered by other hinge varieties, friction hinges fail more easily and sooner than simpler hinges. The frequent opening and closing of friction hinges can wear down the inner mechanisms that create friction, eventually to the point where they are not usable. In recent years manufacturers and researchers have investigated ways to slow the aging process of friction hinges.

Especially as laptop computers become more affordable, demand for sturdy friction hinges has risen. Some manufacturers have developed friction hinge products that are protected by guarantees, which indicates that friction hinge improvement efforts are advancing.

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