Southco adds new bifold torque hinge for thinner fold-out tables

Southco has expanded its line of bifold constant torque hinges with a new solution designed for thinner fold-out tables used in passenger transit interior applications.

Southco’s AH-2E-12 Bifold Constant Torque Hinge uses friction to increase control of 180Ëš fold-out tables, preventing the flaps from falling open during operation and improving the end user experience.

This successful bifold constant torque hinge product line has been expanded to allow for installation in panels as thin as 12mm (1/2 inch). The new AH-2E hinges complement the existing AH-2E bifold hinges which were designed for 20mm (3/4 inch) panels. Many engineers are looking for solutions for thinner panels to reduce the size and weight of their designs.

Southco’s AH-2E Bifold Constant Torque Hinge provides consistent, smooth operation, allowing passengers to safely position fold-out tables on moving vehicles. Integrated constant torque allows the table to be held in position at any angle, preventing it from falling open while the vehicle is in motion. With improved aesthetics and enhanced reliability, the AH-2E is an ideal upgrade from traditional free-swinging hinges and dampening devices.

With its flush mount design, the AH-2E Bifold Constant Torque Hinge occupies minimal application space and allows a table to be deployed to a secure horizontal position and folded and stowed flat. Constructed of robust materials, the AH-2E delivers reliable, maintenance-free performance and delivers enhanced safety, with its controlled motion preventing trapped fingers and flush design eliminating pinch points along the joint.

Global product manager, Stewart Beck stated: “The AH-2E Bifold Constant Torque Hinge achieves a new level of safety and performance for fold-out tables in passenger transit applications. With its integrated constant torque technology, the AH-2E provides an upgrade from existing free-operating solutions by enabling controlled motion that keeps the table from falling open onto the passenger’s lap.”

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