October 27th, 2014 at 10:35 am
Stop, In the Name of …… Hinge?

I always look at hinges no matter where I am and a doctor’s office is no exception. I now actually kind of enjoy when they leave you in the room for what sometimes feels like hours. What used to be time to just sit there patiently waiting has now turned into a Hinge Whisperer’s field day for hinge and hardware sightings.


Medical equipment is just full of hinge and hardware,especially stainless steel hinge and hardware. I’m pretty used to seeing a continuous hinge along the top of a metal box cover, but whoa, what’s this!  I saw the unmistakable hinge knuckles but stopped for just a second before jumping off the exam table to take a closer look.  Could it be?  Yes!  It certainly was.

The knuckle configuration is unmistakable.  Maybe some amateur Hinge Whisperers might miss it, but any seasoned one will know that this extra space and toothlike cutting on the knuckle can only mean one thing.  Stop Hinge.  The cuts on each knuckle are positioned so that when the hinge rotates, the knuckles actually hit each other and stop the rotation.  It’s hard to see it from a picture, and for once the doctor came in too quickly and I wasn’t able to take a video of it, but you can see it here on the Guden customs website


They’re a great way of internalizing a stop into a hinge without having to put an outside guard on the box.  The lid will only rotate to the intended stop position and stay there.  They’re available in two different versions; an inside stop hinge which stops the rotation in the closing arc, and an outside stop hinge which does the opposite for the rotation in the opening arc.   Guden has a version of each in stainless steel as a stock item, with other sizes also available.  Please see Guden standard stop hinges


Each is manufactured with a popular 90 degree stop angle built into the hinge.  Additional widths can also be supplied as can other stop angle degrees.


So next time you’re waiting and waiting for your doctor, why not do some exploring?  You never know what hinge treasures you might find.


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October 20th, 2014 at 11:10 am
The Not So Terrible Twos

We’ve all heard the sayings but are they really true. Is love really a two way street? Does it really take two to tango?  Two wrongs can’t make a right?  Are there just two sides to every coin?  In two shakes of a lamb’s tail?  Is a bird in the hand truly worth more than two in the bush?  But how about the most burdening question of all? Are two hinges better than one?  I think you’ll find that in this case, there are two sides to the story. Take for instance these two brochure boxes right next to each other.  One builder chose to put one hinge across the top of the door, and the other chose to use two smaller hinges.  The answer may just be a two edged sword.  On one hand, you can offer that one length of hinge is stronger because it supports more of the door surface area, It could be true, but in lighter situations two hinges could easily also support the door weight. Maybe in this case, they liked that two hinges covered less of the see-thru plastic door lending a better view of the brochures within?  It’s hard to really say. I just know that the size and thickness of the hinge needs to be matched to fit the weight and length of the door to insure it supports it properly. Whether or not you use one or two or even more hinges. I know you can find many hinges at www.guden.com, and  I also know that the best snorkeling must be found in Hanauma Bay.

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October 17th, 2014 at 10:03 am
Guden is THE Custom Hinge Source

The Guden custom hinge site is all about custom hinge! Everything you ever needed to know about the operations that can be done to a hinge and so much more.  Drawings, animated files, definitions and explanations for all things hinge.  Check it out and  choose the custom operations you’re needing and submit a file for quotation.  It’s that easy.   www.hinges.com.

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October 13th, 2014 at 12:30 pm
When Stainless isn’t so Stainless

One of the big misconceptions about stainless steel is that it doesn’t rust.  True, it offers a higher corrosion resistance than steel, but in outdoor applications, especially like salt water and salt air marine applications, there is that possibility you still get corrosion. Certainly the higher the grade of stainless steel, the more it will be able to resist heavy duty environments, but even when a high grade like 316 stainless is left soaking in salt water long enough, you’ll get corrosion.  In this case, it looks like the screws and not the hinge are the rust culprit, though I can’t completely be sure without a thorough analysis.   It certainly does look like they’re the cause of the staining. It might have been better to use stainless steel screws instead of zinc plated ones.   You can definitely see the red rings around each screw head and the stain dripping down from each screw.  So in this case, it looks like the hinge has held up it’s end of the bargain. At least from a visual sense.  Check out the Guden offering of polished stainless steel marine environment hinges here:  http://www.guden.com/ItemDisplay/Marine-Butt-Hinges-Polished-Stainless-With-Holes

Guden also stocks a complete line of hinge and hardware in stainless steel and also aluminum for all your corrosion resistance needs: http://www.guden.com/Control/Medical-Marine


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October 7th, 2014 at 8:46 am
American Made at Guden

We proudly showcase our numerous Made in USA products all over the Guden website.  Just look for the Stars and Stripes next to product categories to know which products are proudly manufactured in the USA.  It’s an important way we at Guden show our pride and we know it makes a difference when you Buy American.  You can see all our product offerings here:  www.guden.com

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September 28th, 2014 at 7:10 am
It’s a Wrap

Or when Extruded Aluminum hinges are concerned, it’s not.  Most hinges are made by wrapping a flat piece of metal around a pin. But with extruded hinges, the leaf is formed as a solid piece.  Chunks of the hinge are then milled out to create the knuckles and a hole is drilled down the “barrel” so a pin can be inserted. Then two leaves are meshed together and the hinge is created by sliding the pin through the knuckles.  This construction allows for a greater amount of strength and durability for the hinge because it eliminates the unwrapping issue that causes many hinges to fail.  Though of course an extruded aluminum hinge isn’t perfect under extreme stress and weight, but it can help make your application stronger without going to much heavier thicknesses and adding significantly more weight.  Guden carries the entire MS20001 extruded aluminum hinge line in full lengths and can supply cut to length or with modifications such as holes or half hinges for any military specification requirement.  But they’re not just for military use, and can be used in any application that require an extruded hinge.  You can see the wide array of Guden extruded aluminum hinge sizes here:  http://www.guden.com/ItemDisplay/Continuous-Hinges-MS20001

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September 22nd, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Guden Weld-On Hinges are Sleek and Smooth

Several things came to mind when I spotted this weld-on on the back of a trailer.  Well a pair of them, I just wanted detail on the hinge so you just get to see one.  First I noticed the nice clean low profile of the hinge due to the lack of leaves and the simple weld connection along the edge of each piece.  That’s probably the best reason to use a Guden weld-on hinge.  Second, on the end to the left there was a grease fitting attachment for lubricating the pin which makes assembling and disassembling easier.  And third, it was very unusual to see this in a horizontal mounting position.  But the trailer gate was locked in from the right side so it couldn’t slide off without disengaging.  Definitely an interesting find for any Hinge Whisperer!  You can check out the large selection of Guden weld-on hinges here.


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September 15th, 2014 at 9:55 am
Guden and Wagner Casters Just Keep Rolling

When you don’t go with a Wagner caster from Guden, you run the risk of an inferior axle assembly and get this.  And no one wants a caster that doesn’t do it’s job and roll across the floor but that’s exactly what can happen when threads, fabric, hair, or whatever else might be on the floor gets caught up in a low quality axle-to-fork connection.  Wagner casters from Guden feature a precision assembly which guards against this kind of problem which keeps them rolling smoothly and effortlessly.  Exactly what you want from a caster.  The selection of stock Wagner casters is available here on the Guden site http://www.guden.com/ItemDisplay/Casters and every single other Wagner part number is also available with just a short wait.

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September 11th, 2014 at 8:38 am
In Memory and In Honor

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September 8th, 2014 at 11:21 am
Guden Hinge Design 101 – Hinge and Knuckle Length

At Guden, there are several ways at looking at this hinge knuckle, and depending on your viewpoint, some of the opinions may be better than others.   When designing the length of the hinge, Guden will always recommend that the length be equally divisible by the length of the knuckle.  Or as in this case, you’ll get a partial knuckle that may be a little deformed from the shearing-to-length process. We can certainly have the hinge cut by a saw so the end is nice and neat and with just a little bit more cost, but if cosmetics are what your application is needing, it might be the way to go.  But on the other hand, this deformed partial knuckle may look a little ugly, but it allows for whatever length hinge is needed for the door length, AND as a bonus it also retains the pin so there’s no need to do an extra pin retention step like staking.  So which is it for you?

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