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A carbon-kevlar hinge

News International-French

6 Oct 2014

Talon launch material with the strength, flexibility and durability of a material usually used in bulletproof jackets and the rigidity and corrosion resistance of carbon fibre, this hinge system is light, ultra thin and quiet.

At 1.6mm thick the hinge is thinner than almost any metal hinge can be, and it is tougher and more reliable than a plastic “live” hinge.

Geoff Germon the CEO of Talon says, “The idea of a fabric hinge is actually quite old, what we have done is apply the latest in advanced materials and some clever fabrication techniques to create an OEM hinge option that will give designers a bridge to something new.”

Available in various size and length the company anticipate the hinge being used in applications such as personal electronic devices and some medical applications where size and weight are often important design considerations.

Even their smallest hinge can take a static load in excess of 100 kgs , and they have cycled the hinge through 500,000 cycles with no noticeable change in the performace of the kevlar flex unit.

Volume production will commence in late 2014 in the Yarnway Corporation facility in Xiamen, China.

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