New From Elesa: 316 Stainless Butt Hinges

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Butt Hinges

 

Screen-shot-2012-03-15-at-10.49.52-AM_thumbElesa introduces a new hinge, in Type 316 Stainless steel!  These hinges, in this material, allow the application of the CMM-SST hinges on machines and equipment in those industries corrosion resistance, and ease of cleaning are of critical importance.

Available in a range of sizes, the CMM-SST Series Hinges are a great solution where you need a nice looking stainless steel hinge that provides a wide range of movement, and protection from the elements!

Need more information?  Use our Contact Form to reach us! We’re happy to send you more detailed information!

Special Bolt-On Hinges

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Butt Hinges

EH-Hinge---FIXED_thumbLooking for a different type of hinge?  If continuous hinges just don’t work for your application, or if you want something a little more “beautiful” on your enclosure doors, check out Southco’s new series of hinges!  Some have countersunk holes, others have threaded studs to allow for concealed mounting.

Bolt-on hinges can be installed easily, and look great.  Available in black powder coat or chrome, these hinges are a great option for end-users who demand functionality and good looks!

Want to know more about the styles and sizes that are available?  Use our handy-dandy Contact Form to reach us!

Embedded vs. Concealed Hinges

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges

What’s the difference, you may ask?  There are plenty of reasons why you should know the difference.  A concealed hinge is one that’s hidden when looking at the door (or enclosure) from the outside.  When you open the door, there they are… visible and depending on the application, in the way.

An embedded hinge is one that is part of the door or lid.  In other words, it’s not only invisible when the door is closed, but also when the door or lid is open.  Imagine a laptop or flip phone… clearly there are hinges in there somewhere.  They’re embedded!  The hinges in your car doors, however, are merely “concealed” so as not to be visible from the outside.

Want to learn more about embedded hinges?  Southco’s website is an excellent resource for information on embedded hinges- you’ll be amazed at the variety and choices they have.  Need samples?  Call us or use our Contact Form, and we’d be glad to make the arrangements for you.

If embedded hinges aren’t for you, but the concealed hinges are appealing, check out THIS page for some cool ideas.

Hinge Terminology

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Continuous Hinges, Hinges

Piano Hinges, despite being very “low-tech” can be complicated to understand.  Armed with a little information, you too can become a hinge expert.  Here’s a crash course on Continuous Hinge Terminology.  Let us know via our Contact Form if you have any other questions.

 

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First, the basics.  When ordering a continuous hinge, you need to know a few important details:  Overall Width (aka OPEN Width), Length, Material type and Material Thickness.  Once you know these dimensions, the rest is easy.

Don’t know what you need?  Not sure what the industry standard is?  THAT’S OK.  We can walk you through the process and figure it out together!

 



Finishes

Mill Finish – Straight from the factory, no finish. A residual oil may be present on the hinge, left from the manufacturing process (and to protect from corrosion).  Our hinges are typically “2B” or “4B” mill finish.  4B is a brighter, more polished look right from the factory.  Little or no polishing is required.

If you plan to apply a finish of some kind, and don’t want to remove the residual machine oil left by the factory, request that your hinges be “cleaned” prior to shipping.  This adds slightly to the cost, but can make your finishing process much easier.

Powder Coated – For extra protection, and nice look. Typically available in White or Black.  Continuous Hinges typically don’t come powder coated from the factory for several reasons: they can get scratched or scuffed during shipping or when installed.  If you’re going to powder coat your enclosure, do it with the hinges installed, and powder coat them at the same time.  Nonetheless, it’s an option.

Anodizing – Aluminum hinges can be anodized.  This is an electrochemical process where the hinge is electrically charged and dipped in a solution in order to apply a finish.  Anodizing can produce a clear finish, white, black or just about any color in between.


Electro Polished & Bright Annealed –
Polished for that extra shine!

Lacquered – Very similar to painting.. this process involved the application of a lacquer finish that provides a nice look and some additional corrosion protection.


Hole Specs

 

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Blank- 
These Hinges have no holes. This allows you to drill your own pattern or welded to applications.  This is the most commonly used (and inexpensive) hinges we carry.

 

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Countersunk –
These holes are punched and then countersunk, to ensure your mounting hardware will sit flush with the hinge.  Holes on thicker material hinges are typically countersunk.  This picture shows a hole pattern that is not staggered.

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Coined-Countersunk –
Standard Punched Holes.  These holes aren’t drilled, but punched.

 


Leaf Styles

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Special configurations are available, but typically require a minimum order quantity and have a long lead time.  Need a special configuration quickly?  We can achieve a “one leaf reverse swaged” by simply reverse-assembling the hinge.  Easy!

 

 

 

 

 


Forming

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Specify forming dimensions from the centerline of pin to inside of form, or edge, or leaf.  Our drawings should assist in your designs.  If unequal leaf forming is required, specify  dimensions for each leaf

 

 

 



Notched, Angled, or Radius Corners

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Piercing Terminology

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Pin Heading

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Most of our hinges come standard with “tight, staked pin”.  However, if you plan to reverse-assemble your hinge, you’ll need to ask for “non-staked” or “loose pin”. Staking or tack-welding the pin in place (at one end only!) will be necessary in some applications.

FSP Series Weld-On Hinges

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, Lift-Off Hinges

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FSP Series Weld On Hinges are Steel hinges with a fixed steel pin installed.  The come with a brass bushing to separate the two halves of the hinge for smooth operation.

Weld On Hinges pack a lot of strength into a small package. Easy to install and even easier to use!

Weld-On Hinges provide a low-profile hinge that can be installed in all kinds of situations for where you need easy access or a removable door.

 

 


Part Number

Length

(L)

Thickness (H)

Diameter (B)

L1

L2

Pin Diameter (D)

FSP-040

1.58

0.38

0.315

0.63

0.58

0.197

FSP-050

1.97

0.38

0.315

0.79

0.58

0.197

FSP-060

2.36

0.46

0.394

0.93

0.7

0.236

FSP-070

2.76

0.51

0.45

1.13

0.85

0.236

FSP-080

3.15

0.61

0.51

1.29

0.85

0.315

FSP-100

3.94

0.77

0.63

1.63

1.2

0.394

FSP-120

4.75

0.77

0.63

2.04

1.3

0.394

FSP-135

5.32

0.9

0.709

2.25

1.5

0.5

FSP-150

5.91

1

0.787

2.54

1.63

0.5

FSP-180

7.09

1

0.787

3.15

1.92

0.5

FSP-200

7.87

1.13

0.906

3.44

2.05

0.625

FSP-260

10.27

1.46

1.102

4.6

2.87

0.75

Do you use these hinges regularly? We would be happy to stock your specific hinges in Winnipeg, for quick, same-day shipment. Call us today at 1-800-318-1119 or use our Contact Form for pricing and lead time information!

Custom Hinges–We can do that!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Butt Hinges, Hinges

Where do you go for a hinge that cannot be found in any catalog? Steeves Agencies is the place!  Looking for a butt hinge, slip joint hinge or other type of specialty hinge with custom swaging, radius corners and countersunk holes?  You get the idea: CALL US!  We do this all the time.

Steeves Agencies, for over 30 years, has been sourcing specialty hardware of all kinds, whether it’s in our catalogs or not. Give us a try!  If we can’t help, or if we can’t make it in a cost-effective way, we’ll gladly point you in the right direction.

Send us a message via our Contact Form and we’ll respond immediately.   We hope to hear from you soon!