There’s still time to set your clocks ahead an hour! At least as far as most of the country is concerned. Though if you’re on the east coast, time is getting close to the usual 9am Monday morning start! I’m sure that if you’ve forgotten over the weekend, you might still be sleeping anyways. So hopefully you have a forgiving boss, or at least one that might have forgotten to spring forward as well.
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It’s always so easy to spot an MS20257 series hinge due to the imprinted part mark on both of the leaves. There needs to be a full part number on every 3 inch space, and the part number will also denote the series and size such as the MS20257-4 part mark above. They’re a popular MS hinge for use in the aerospace industry due to their tolerances and material strength and lightness. This hinge find was a almost a miss in the airplane lavatory, as I could only see the spine from the outside surface of the tissue box panel but after I pried the backing off the flip down door and removed all the boxes, there it was, in plain sight. The most curious things I found about the hinge were these metal studs sticking out from the hinge leaf. I thought maybe they were for mounting, but I’m not sure. Even after trying to pull the plastic door off, the hinge stayed connected, but for obvious reasons I really didn’t exert THAT much pressure….. I thought possibly that they were part of the hinge itself then as I rotated the hinge door closed and tried to look inside, they did touch the frame surface, so maybe they could be a standoff of some sort to keep the door from being pushed too far close? Just another hinge mystery that needs to be solved, but I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for this design on any prints that come in for quoting.
The extended length of a Guden gas spring is measured from center to center of the end fittings, whether they are socket or eyelet type ends. In the case when there are just threaded ends, the measurement should be taken from shoulder to shoulder of the thread. The other important length dimension is stroke of the gas spring. this is how far the gas spring will compress. And just to note, it’s never a great idea to be using the entire stroke length of a gas spring, and it’s recommended to not use more than 80% of an available stroke to avoid bottoming out the gas spring and possibly blowing the seals.
In celebration of current and past Presidents, Guden will be closed Monday 2/17/14. Please visit our website www.guden.com for pricing, stock status, product information, drawings and to place stock orders.
Unfortunately with visibility almost nothing, the snow is coming down quickly, with the forecast calling for a changeover to rain, then ice, then snow again over the next 24 hours. We’d like to make sure our employees are safe, and have called for another snow day today. Please be sure to visit our website www.guden.com for immediate pricing, stock status, and product information and drawings, and we’ll be back on track tomorrow.
Snow? What snow? I refuse to even think about it anymore. Ahhhh, the beautiful blue sky, warm temperatures and graceful swaying palm trees of Puerto Rico. Do I even need to say anything else? I think I’ll even skip a hinge post today as most of you are probably out shoveling. Oh, by the way, a 2 hour delay for Guden this morning, but check back here for more updates!
Of all the ways to attach a hinge, welding is the most secure. Like on this electrical box on a utility pole, the hinge is welded on its ends, and it appears tack welded along its length as well. Or maybe those are welded on studs, I’m not sure. but something for sure was welded every couple inches on both sides. But from the outside surface, no one is going to unscrew anything to remove this hinge. Of course a very destructive individual could break these welds, but for the most part, it’s a pretty secure piece of hardware.
The snow has started, and with the expected days snowfall and winter storm, Guden will be closed today, Monday 2/3/14. Our website is available for product information, pricing and drawings, and we will certainly be back open Tuesday, and crossing our fingers that the reports are wrong for the possible snow coming in on Wednesday!
Gas spring connections come in several different varieties, but one of the more popular types is a ball socket connection. I spied an example of this at my gym, and this gas spring was helping lower and raise the seat. The first thing I thought of was ”Gee, people are here to work out and they can’t even lift and lower their own seat without assistance?” OK, but I digress. So this gas spring is connected with a socket end fitting, in this case, our C end fitting, over what I will assume is a threaded ball stud. I didn’t want to actually take it all apart right then and there, so you’ll have to kind of imagine that there’s a silver ball inserted into the black plastic socket, and that silver ball is attached to a threaded stem that’s through the hole in the purple painted metal tab, and held in place with the nut on the bottom side of it. I guess I should get back to working out instead of searching underneath the machinery…..
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