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  Frequently asked questions
  Can I get a friction hinge with a different mounting configuration?
Many manufacturers, including Reell, are able to produce custom configurations for mounting. The additional cost of a custom design must be considered.

Can I get a friction hinge with detent stops?
We are not aware of any standard friction hinges that currently offer this feature. Reell has developed custom applications with the detent feature in a friction hinge.

Are friction hinges available with lift assist?
Many companies offer non-friction hinges with this capability. We are not aware of anyone who offers this feature with a standard friction hinge. However, Reell can provide this feature in a custom hinge application.

Are corrosion resistant friction hinges available?
We are aware of one manufacturer that offers an all-plastic adjustable torque hinge. In general, most hinges have internal steel shafts and torque engines that are greased and must be sealed to prevent corrosion. Currently, Reell offers the model CTE hinge with o-ring seals to provide weatherproofing. This provides limited protection in an outdoor application but is not suitable for applications requiring submersion in fluids.

Are friction hinges available with different torque in opposite directions?
Reell offers a differential torque hinge with 100% of nominal torque in one direction and 65% of nominal torque in the opposite direction. This feature is generally desirable in high torque applications over 30 pound-inches.

Are friction hinges available with adjustable torque?
Several manufacturers offer friction hinges with adjustable torque. Reell does not currently offer a hinge with this feature.

Are friction hinges available that lock in place?
We are not aware of any standard products with this capability. Reell can provide this feature in a custom hinge application.

Are friction hinges available with a hollow shaft to allow wires or cable to pass through?
There is one manufacturer we know of that offers this feature in a standard product. Reell has designed this feature into custom applications but does not have a standard hinge with this feature.

Is there such a thing as a friction hinge that will allow you to remove one half from the other and reassemble it later? (Example: Remove a door from a cabinet and put it back together without removing the fasteners.)
We are aware of this feature in a non-friction hinge but not in a friction hinge.  Reell can provide this feature in a custom hinge application.

If I need fewer cycles (life) in a friction hinge, can I get a lower price?
Most manufacturers do not offer this flexibility. Reell friction hinges are based on a technology that provides consistent torque over the life of the product. We cannot adjust the life performance of this technology without adversely affecting the torque consistency over that life.

What is the operating temperature range for friction hinges?
You will have to contact the manufacturer of the hinge for this information.  At Reell, most of our life testing is performed at room temperature but we have successfully tested our hinges at 0 degrees Celsius and +60 degrees Celsius.

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