Applications for Spring-Loaded Hinges

There are numerous situations where it is either convenient or vital for a door to shut automatically – kitchen cabinet doors and ER doors in hospitals, to name only two.  Auto-shut doors are equipped with spring-loaded hinges which can be adjusted with varying degrees of tension to ‘tailor-fit’ the need.  Fire-resistant service doors that open …

Industrial Hinges – Their Many Uses

Industrial hinges are used in settings where hinge strength is crucial.  Industrial-grade hinges cater to demanding environments where weight, stress and high-frequency-usage is placed on a hinge joint.  Available in a wide variety of styles and materials, industrial hinges take on many designs including strap, concealed, pivot, spring, weld-on, butt, and more.  As mentioned, these …

What Are ‘Mil-Spec’ Hinges?

The term ‘Mil-Spec’, as it applies to hinges, is an abbreviation for ‘Military Specification’. The abbreviation is also synonymous with military standard hinges that are typically manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense. End users could also include prime government contractors and subcontractors.  Other labels that denote Mil-Spec hinges would be: M.S., MIL-STD, or MilSpec.  …

Aluminum Hinges Verses Stainless Steel Hinges

Hinges have been in existence for thousands of years.  Some of the earliest hinges date back to ancient civilizations, which used massive wood-and-stone hinge configurations to generate the movement of gigantic wooden doors.  If we fast forward about 6,000 years to now- we have sci-fi types of hinges used by NASA and the military which …

The Many Uses of Aluminum Hinges

Aluminum hinges play a vital role in every niche of our society. They are lightweight and strong, making them prime candidates for aerospace and transportation applications; commercially and militarily.  Aluminum hinges are also corrosion-resistant, making them ideal for usage in marine, food, and outdoor environments or any application where stainless steel might not be the …

How to Read an MS20257 Part Number

Like most Mil-Spec components, substantial information can be gleaned from the MS20257 part number. However, reading and interpreting MS20257 Hinge part numbers can be somewhat confusing. Here we aim to dispel some of this confusion, in a concise format.   MS20257 part numbers always begin with the Base Number, “MS20257”. After the Base Number, things …

Three Industries that Rely on Hinges

Hinges have a very ancient history. And though it is not known how many thousands of years hinges have served societies throughout antiquity, we do know one thing for sure:  the world as we know it would not function without hinges.  Hinges move doors, lids, gates, panels, shutters or other objects that must turn, swing, …

Hinges and the Military

Hinges have been in use for many thousands of years; and during days of old, military applications for the hinge were vital in order to overpower one’s foe.  Case in point:  It was the Greeks who were the brainchild behind one war machine in particular called the catapult, which is considered the forerunner to modernized …

Questions You Should Ask Your Custom Hinge Manufacturer

Not all hinge manufacturers are created equal; and it’s important to know some key pieces of information regarding a hinge manufacturer’s quality of craftsmanship as well as its dedication towards maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction.   Here are a few questions you should ask any hinge manufacturer:   1: Are you ISO-9001: 2008 …

Aerospace Hinges that Morph

Though the exact origin of hinges remains unclear, we do know that hinges have been used as early as 5000 BC.  The evolution of hinges is nothing short of astounding when one considers every corner of today’s world quite literally relies on the vast array of hinges to meet the functional needs of countless applications ranging …

Hinges Used in Everyday Applications

We live in a wonderful world of hinges which allows for the movement of everything from solar panels on space-craft to lids on music boxes and millions of other items, in-between.  Hinges have been in use for thousands of years and have evolved from very simplistic to extremely specialized – used in areas of aerospace, …

What Are MS20257 Hinges?

Just what exactly are MS20257 hinges? MS20257 hinges are fully-defined on the specifications available here, and are summarized as follows; MS20257 Hinges are tremendously precise and reliable piano hinges often utilized in the aerospace, defense, transportation, healthcare, and electronics industries, as well as countless other demanding industries and applications. MS20257 are not to be confused …

Robotic Devices Depend on Hinges

The technological advances of industrialized societies throughout the world are nothing short of astounding; and to think that without various types of hinges, much of what we do or use everyday would absolutely cease.   Whether it is aeronautical hinges that allow the flaps on an airplane to function, or the use of more simplistic …

How to Read an MS20253 Part Number

Deciphering MS20253 Hinge Pin part numbers may seem confusing at first, but with a little background it is relatively straightforward. Here we take a concise look at how to read an MS20253 part number, which completely defines all physical attributes of each hinge pin.   All MS20253 part numbers begin with the Base Number, “MS20253”. …

3 Precision Hinge Applications

Though the exact origin of hinges remains unclear, we do know that hinges have been used since, or before, 5000 BC. The evolution of hinges is nothing short of astounding when one considers every corner of today’s world, quite literally, relies on the vast array of hinges to meet the functional needs of countless applications …

What is the History of Hinge Manufacturing?

Would you believe hinges have been used throughout human history for so long, that archaeologists are not able to precisely determine the hinge’s origin? What we do know is that simple metal hinges were utilized as far back as 5,500 years ago. Some of the earliest hinges, prior to metallurgy, were crafted from wood and …

Five Uses for Piano Hinges

Vast arrays of different types of hinges exist. Each type of hinge is designed for a distinct purpose which will take into account the hinges: style, size, strength and aesthetics. Piano hinge’s, also known as ‘continuous hinges’, represent one of the many types of hinges where 6, 7, and 8-foot lengths are not uncommon. One …

What are Piano Hinges?

Piano hinges are generally manufactured in long lengths, which is advantageous for providing support along the entire length of the rotational device the hinge supports, or for simply stocking a desired quantity of hinge locally, that can be pulled from stock, cut-to-length, and installed piecemeal as needed. Piano hinges are usually simple by design- flat, …

What Does It Mean to be ISO-9001: 2008 Certified?

ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognized quality-management system for any organization, regardless of size and irrespective of an organization’s field of activity.  ISO (International Standards Organization) develops and publishes International Standards.  ISO-9001 highlights four main components: Quality planning Quality assurance Quality control, and Quality improvement Those four targets address many, more specific areas such as: Quality …

Ways in Which Highly Specialized Hinges are Used

Hinges are used for many simple things. Hinges for kitchen cabinets, doors, piano lids and countless other items are certainly important, but some hinges are designed for roles that are a bit off the beaten path.  They are not just specialized hinges, they are highly specialized hinges. These hinges could be considered unsung heroes in our everyday world; hinges often overlooked, …

How Hinges are used in the Aerospace Industry

      It’s quite interesting how many varied roles hinges play in the aerospace arena – more than most people, probably, realize.  The label ‘aerospace hinge’ is actually a general heading that incorporates an array of specialty hinges geared for respective aerospace applications.  Those applications can be embedded in commercial, military and NASA-related projects, and run …

What Are MS20253 Pins?

Just what exactly are MS20253 Pins? The MS20253 family of pins are specifically designed, and fabricated as hinge pins. They are not specified for use in actuation, or as dowel pins, cotter pins, or clevis pins. The MS20253 Hinge Pin was designed specifically to provide for an exacting “backbone” in Mil-Spec Hinge assemblies. The MS20253 …

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