Prototypes validate designs. Just as -- or possibly more -- important, they validate designs before they go into production.
A custom hinge manufacturer should have your success as top priority, not its own success. We find it’s much, much easier to find a healthy supplier relationship when it’s based in the United States.
If you’re designing a product with a hinge, there’s a decent chance you want it hidden away from the world.
So you’ve read up on the benefits of ergonomic office products. You’ve heard rave reviews about the top ergonomic office chairs, ergonomic computer solutions (i.e. advanced keyboard mechanisms and adjustable monitor arms), and desktop components for training desks.
The user experience for a product with a heavy lid or cover can range from awkward to annoying to downright dangerous.
Picture holding an industrial toolbox lid in place while reaching in one-handed, maybe twisting your back in the process. Or what if it comes down suddenly when your arm or fingers are in the way? The bruises won't be pretty, and the damage might be much worse.
This is why many designers add gas spring lid supports to their lid design. Others lean toward using counterbalance spring mechanisms or other mechanical spring solutions.
Much like IoT has invaded just about every household, commercial, and industrial device, more and more markets are making use of motion control and lift assist technology. Buyers in a growing number of industries not only appreciate, but also expect motion control to take their product to another level, whether it’s an:
Product makers who want to take their design to another level have more motion control options than ever.
Off-the-shelf solutions don’t fit every design. To improve user experience, resolve a safety issue, or stand out from competitors, everything you put into your product design should fit like a glove.
Metal is the backbone of many high-quality commercial and industrial products. While metal alone does a nice job of adding durability, function, and strength, the right type of finish can add even more value to the end product.
There are many reasons a design engineer would want to calculate center of gravity. One of the big ones? Keeping your lid, door, or cover from slamming into something -- or someone.