Reell Precision Manufacturing’s dual-axis part is said to help engineers free up space in their designs

January 16, 2023

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new multi-axis hinge from Reell Precision Manufacturing enables tables and panels to fold and stow in narrower spaces, allowing for smaller designs, the company said in a release.

The DX100 Multi-axis hinge features a unique dual-axis design that permits full fold-over performance in panels as thin as 8mm—thinner than traditional bifold or articulating hinges. This makes the hinge suitable for airline and vehicle meal trays or fold-away work surfaces in applications such as medical carts and equipment, the company said.

The DX100 also features Reell’s ReellTorq™ technology, reported to provide long life, premium feel motion that holds solidly in any position along a full 180 degrees of rotation without rattle or position creep.

Reell said the DX100 is available in an equal torque profile with either 0.5 N-m, 1.0 N-m, or 1.5 N-m around both axes and a mixed torque profile with 0.5 N-m around one axis and 1.5 N-m around the other. This allows for sequencing in motion as the panel folds. The lower torque axis will rotate first, followed by the second axis after a stop is reached on the first axis, the company said.

Reell Precision Manufacturing Global Product Line Manager Jim Brown is excited about the introduction of the DX100.

“Customers tell us they need smaller torque solutions due to more compact designs. This trend is especially true in meal tray and work surface applications,” Brown said in the release. “The DX100 provides design engineers a proven, off-the-shelf solution in an ultra-small package size. It provides our easy adjustment, smooth feel, and secure holding power while allowing designers to free up space in their designs.”

Reell Precision Manufacturing is a small-package motion control specialist that designs and manufactures components to transmit torque, control angular position, and protect delicate components from excessive force. Reell has earned “more than 20 U.S. and international patents for motion control innovations,” the company said on its website.

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