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Southco Control Hinge Also Counterbalances

Southco Control Hinge Also Counterbalances

Golden Mousetrap 2009 WinnerThe Southco ST-12C is the only standard position control hinge to offer counterbalance capabilities. The counterbalance design requires less effort to move heavier objects as compared to friction-only hinges. As a result, it's easier for equipment operators to lift and position hinged components. Applications include display screens, doors, access panels and other movable components in consumer, medical equipment, transportation and industrial machinery applications.

The ST-12C features multiple options for counterbalancing torque and the ability to embed hinges with product housings for flexibility, desirable aesthetics and reliable physical performance. It provides +90 degrees of rotation in each direction for a full 180-degree range of motion, enabling design engineers to satisfy a variety of mounting and positioning angles. It requires no adjustments, fits in minimal space and easily integrates into aesthetic product designs. It provides long-term reliability - and resultant cost savings - because the hinge is made with zinc alloy housing with hardened steel shaft, pin and torque elements.

A counterbalancing spring provides lifting assistance to minimize the weight felt by users. Each hinge features 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 in the same unit, the ST-12C eliminates the need for a secondary mechanical device to hold an object in place. The engineers primarily responsible for the design of the product are John Todd, Eugene Novin and James Baylouny.

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