Proto Tech Tip – Hinges for Your Custom Enclosure

By | January 29, 2020


hey everybody Chris here with another
Proto Tech Tip and today we’re going to be talking about hinges for your custom
enclosure. a hinge is a mechanical device that
joins together two solid pieces to allow for rotating or opening between both
parts. So hinges are commonly used to create a door or a lid which will give
you easy access to the components that are going to be inside your enclosure. So
at Protocase we stock three different types of hinges: piano hinges, lift off
hinges and adjustable torque position hinges. So first off we have piano hinges
and these are made from either steel or aluminum and they come in different
sizes and thicknesses and we also have a chart on our website that lists every
type that we stock. Piano hinges do not have set mounting holes which means that you have the flexibility to choose how you want to mount them to your enclosure. You can request for mounting holes to be drilled into them so the hinges can be
mounted using self-clinching fasteners or screws or you can just opt to having the
hinges welded to the enclosure. All the piano hinges that we do stock can be
powder-coated to match your enclosure. So if you are leaving it as a bare metal, we
do recommend that you opt for stainless steel or aluminum, because those are the
corrosion resistant options. Next our lift off hinges. These are narrow block-shaped hinges that are diecast zinc and have a black powdercoat finish. So these
types of hinges have two different parts one contains a pin and one contains a
receptacle and what this means this is going to make it much easier to remove
the lid without actually having to remove the pin and there are four
mounting holes that are going to be hidden
once the hinge is actually closed. Lastly, we have adjustable torque position
control hinges. These hinges are made from durable plastic with a black finish
and mount via an integrated plastic stud that will fasten to the enclosure with
four thread-cutting steel nuts. So these hinges have an adjustable screw
that allows for the frictional holding torque to be set as desired and what
this does that it allows the door or lid to be moved easily and stay in position
without any force actually being applied. So the parts that I have in front of me
the range of motion is determined by the hinge itself and/or the part geometry. So
for example, if you have a piano hinge or a liftoff hinge, it’s typically
determined by the part geometry and you can get from 270 up to 360 degrees range
of motion, whereas if you have an adjustable torque,
you can only get it up to 180 degrees, because then when you open the lid, the
hinge comes in contact with itself. And we have much more information on the
hinges that we stock on our website so we suggest that you do check that out
and that link will be in the description below. Alright so that’s it for this
week’s tech tip thanks for watching and be sure to tune in next week for another
tech tip video.

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