Vectis Technology | Vectis® DYO Counterbalance Motion Control App

Vectis® Technology: Vectis® DYO Counterbalance Motion Control App

Use the Vectis® DYO App below to design your own counterbalance hinge. Click here if you’d like to see our step-by-step instructions on how to use the app or our quick reference guide.

 How To Use The Vectis® DYO App

1. Figure out Your Starting Specs

Use our proprietary DYO app above by simply plugging in your product’s three critical parameters of the load to be counterbalanced:

  • Lid weight 
  • Horizontal distance to the lid center of gravity from the hinge pivot axis in the closed position
  • Vertical distance to the lid center of gravity from the hinge pivot axis in the closed position

2. Pick a Vectis Hinge

Next select the model of Vectis and quantity desired. Use the slide bar variables to obtain the optimum torque curve and fine tune the open and close feel.

3. Determine How Many Hinges You Need

You should weigh several factors when deciding on a number of hinges for each lid. These include mounting considerations — for example, if your hinges must support the middle of an unusually long lid. Very large lids can require several Vectis hinges to counterbalance that weight.

4. Try out the Counterbalancing Action You Want

The orange Spring Torque Curve line on the app’s graph represents the spring-based opening torque applied by your hinges. By inputting or adjusting a few additional parameters on the app, you can position the orange line above, on, or below the black line at different angles. This helps you control the amount of spring-based torque that’ll be applied at each angle.

The lighter orange lines give you an idea of the controlled friction band built into your hinge. This friction helps hold your load in place. In areas where the black lid torque line is between the light orange lines, the lid or load will stay put.

Remember: All inputs are interactive. Changing one value in the app may alter or limit other values.

5. Designate the Built-In Open Stop Angle

In the Lid “open stop” Angle input box, simply type in the open stop angle desired.

You can instead specify an open stop angle between 45° and 90°.

Variable A and B represent geometry that’ll be permanently cut into the internal linkage of your hinges. The spring settings dictate the initial spring adjustment made at the factory. The unique result of these three numbers tailors the hinge to your needs. The result is reflected on the orange Spring Torque Curve line.

Downloadable STEP CAD model files:

Files will need to be saved in order to be downloaded.

V0200 Mounting Model STEP
V0600 Mounting Model STEP
V1200 Mounting Model STEP
V1800 Mounting Model STEP

This reference guide takes you in greater detail through the Vectis DYO app process, including step-by-step descriptions and graphics. We’ve also included the best ways to determine your lid’s weight and center of gravity.

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Use the steps and 3D diagrams on this document to correctly install your motion control hinge. And if you ever need to adjust its position, we’ve got you covered there too with plenty of instruction.

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