Southco has published a free guide to positioning technology. This full-colour, 24-page, A5 publication, Enhancing the User Experience with Positioning Technology, outlines the options for reliable, precise positioning hardware, whether the application is in the industrial, medical, point-of-sale, automotive, electronics or almost any other industry.
Positioning technology, mainly in the form of friction hinges or stored energy devices, brings a number of benefits. These are explained in the guide but can be summarised as:
Numerous tips and guidelines and presented, as well as application parameters that designers should consider when specifying the optimum positioning technology and device for a given application. The guide explains the pros and cons of detent hinges, bi-stable mechanisms and alternative types of torque hinge, as well as stored energy mechanisms, damping devices and linear positioning devices. Also discussed is the use of combined technologies for multi-axis applications.