Applications

Applications

Concealed hinges have a range of uses. The Manfred Frank range is widely used internationally, and is accepted as the industry standard for premium heavy duty concealed hinges.

Not only can they be installed on any building material, their patented functionality ensures they are easily installed and adjusted with minimum effort. As a result, even very large and very thick panels can be installed with just two of our hinges.

Below are just a few of the ways our hinging solutions have been used around the world. Simply click on the area of interest to find out more.

Alternatively, contact us at support@manfredfrank.com. We will be happy to discuss how our hardware can benefit your project. Furthermore, we really love a challenge and can help develop custom solutions for tricky builds and designs.

Hidden Doors and Panels LED / LCD Screens
Ultra wide / High / Thick / Heavy panels  Residential Fit Outs
Commercial Fit Outs Cabinetry / Joinery / Millwork
Industrial Access Opening Panels in Facades – Smoke & Heat Ventilation and Extraction
Access Panels in Non-Glass Facades Marine Fit Outs
Illuminated Advertising, Wall Cladding, Signage Curtain Walls
Museum Gallery Displays Frameless Glass Lift Shafts

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Hidden Doors and Panels

All Manfred Frank hinging solutions are engineered to be concealed. Our products are ideal hardware for hidden doors or panels because the hinges themselves are not visible when closed. Seamless paneling is achieved every time.

Whether the design is for a secret room, storage, bunker, gun safe, panic room or any hidden area, Manfred Frank hinges are easily installed. We have a range of door and frame mounts available for all of our hinges. This means they can be installed on any building material, even glass or stone.

The multi pivot geometry of the hinges means they lift up out of the frame rather than straight out.  As a result, they require minimal gaps and achieve seamless paneling effortlessly, as can be seen here on the hidden doors from Hide-A-Way Doors.

Furthermore, because a single pair of our hinges can easily carry up to 400kg; even very tall, thick and wide panels can be used to create hidden spaces or discreet storage areas. Using just two hinges on very large panels is extremely cost effective, especially as the Manfred Frank range is designed to create perfect panel alignment every time, for a life time.

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Ultra-Wide / High / Thick / Heavy Panels

Ultra big panels are no problem for the Manfred Frank range of hinges. With the capacity to carry doors or panels that weigh up to 400kg (or over 800 pounds), the design possibilities are endless. Even the heaviest, tallest and widest ultra big panels can be installed with a single pair of hinges.

We are happy to help in the design planning stages and offer free technical advice and support. For example, our panel size charts help to determine the maximum possible dimensions of a panel based on the hinge model and building material.

For non glass materials, such as hollow or solid-core, doors up to a standard thickness of 51mm/2” can be installed with minimal gaps as close as 1mm. Greater door thicknesses are also possible. The patented technology of our range ensures easy installation. Furthermore,  perfect panel alignment can be achieved without the need for special tools or lifting equipment.

The usual restrictions for concealed hinged panels in height, width, thickness and weight no longer apply. The revolutionary two-part/snap-on MFH mortised door insert with  its indexed mounting feature is just one of the options available for ultra big panels. You can see it in action in this Case Study here. We have door and frame mounts to suit any design or application.

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Access panels in Non-Glass Facades

Panel access is often required for building maintenance and safety within both commercial and residential buildings. Manfred Frank hinges offer a truly hidden panel access solution for facades made from most construction materials. This is because our range of hinges are concealed by design, and not visible when the panel is closed.

Furthermore, our hinges are available with flexible mounting options and many different adapters for both the door and frame. As a result, timber, stone or metal cladding panels can be easily installed with Manfred Frank hinges. All fine-tuning occurs under full load by a single person without any support equipment, Once installed, perfect panel alignment is easily achieved. There is not usually any need for further maintenance of the hinges over their extensive lifetime.

Manfred Frank hinges are also highly-corrosion resistant. They are designed to withstand prolonged exposure to even the harshest environments.

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Illuminated Advertising, Wall Cladding, Signage - Panels

Manfred Frank hinges are ideal for illuminated wall cladding, advertising and signage panels, where access to the light source or imagery behind the panel is often difficult and required to be invisible.

Manfred Frank hinges have the capability to mount directly to glass, acrylic and any other transparent/ semi-transparent panel materials. Mounting options include tamper proof single point fixings, bonding to the rear of the panel, or into extrusions that leave the front of the panel clean and uninterrupted. Alternatively access can be provided by metal panels at the rear of units. Manfred Frank concealed hinges are maintenance free and provide the highest security with no exposed mechanism elements. Optimum weather proofing for external units is easily achieved.

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Commercial Fit Outs

Manfred Frank hinges are used across a diverse range of commercial and corporate environments, as their ease of installation and patented functionality allows for limitless architectural design. Glass applications as well as all other solid materials can easily be incorporated into any panel access design. The Manfred Frank range requires minimal gaps between doors, allowing for multiple doors to be installed in an unobtrusive manner. This is an excellent solution for shop fitting, hotel lobbies, transport terminals and offices.

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LED/LCD Screens

Many LED/LCD screens require a hinging system that allows technicians access to the rear of the panel for maintenance.

Manfred Frank hinges are well suited for ultra-thick panels. Hinges are often bolted into a metal sub-frame supporting the screen or bonded to the panel with a suitable adhesive. The large weight of the screen is supported by a single pair of hinges, requiring only a minimal hinge space at the rear of the screen.

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Industrial Access

Industries including oil & gas; wind, electricity & water generation; secure storage; panic/safe-rooms; mining; marine; exterior town lighting units as well as others have all chosen Manfred Frank hinges because they easily satisfy the usual requirements for industrial access doors and panels.

These requirements include:

  • Allowing for high security with no exposed mechanisms
  • Strong load bearing capacity
  • Perfect weather tight sealing for exterior applications
  • Zero maintenance
  • Perfect permanent alignment and
  • Safe and smooth operation

Manfred Frank hinges offer multi pivot functionality for both glass and non-glass panels. A single pair of hinges can be easily installed on panels weighing up to 400kg or over 800 pounds by one person, making them an ideal solution for industrial access projects.

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Opening Panels in Facades- Smoke and Heat Ventilation & Extraction

As the only glass-to-glass concealed hinging system worldwide, Manfred Frank Hinges provide unparalleled advantages for glass facades that demand maximum transparency.

The MFH 3D articulated panel mount effectively compensates for panel stresses and deformation caused by wind–loading. The heavy load bearing capacity together with true 3D instant adjustment under full load allows for even the largest glass panels to be installed and adjusted with ease and precision. The unique parallel hinge/panel movement achieves a superior panel seal and vastly reduces the wear and tear on seals. The parallel hinge motion also creates a ventilation gap around the full panel perimeter with an only slightly opened panel. This provides ideal aerodynamic ventilation conditions. Manfred Hinges can also be motorized for computerized facades.

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Residential Fit Outs

As a maintenance-free product with an extensive lifespan, Manfred Frank hinges are ideal for residential applications designed to stand the test of time.

Manfred Frank hinges are an ideal solution for hollow-core and solid-core doors in wardrobe and storage areas, and because they are concealed door hardware these areas can be easily hidden or made into secret rooms. The unique adjustment mechanisms enable effortless realignment (where necessary), effectively eliminating any maintenance costs throughout its lifespan. All panels are supported by a single pair of hinges. There is no longer the need for multiple hinges per panel with all their associated problems.

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Cabinetry / Joinery / Millwork

The common issue with cabinet doors is the frequent occurrence of misalignment after a period of use. This is now a problem of the past. Manfred Frank Hinges are guaranteed to maintain perfect permanent alignment no matter how frequent the use is.

Floor-to-ceiling kitchen pantry doors or wardrobe doors are installed with a single pair of hinges. There is no longer a need for multiple hinges per door regardless of weight, width or height. Manfred Frank hinges can be used for ultra wide & ultra thick panels.

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Museum Gallery Displays

Many museums and other institutions have accepted Manfred Frank hinges as their standard hinging solution for large glass panels and display areas.

As the only concealed hinge capable of glass-to-glass extrusion mounting and bonding,  Manfred Frank hinges are able to cater to the designs of most display cases and exhibits. The true 3D adjustment of Manfred Frank hinges enable the panel seal pressure to be precisely controlled, so that a hermetically sealed display case interior is possible. This is ideal for the display of precious objects that require specially controlled environmental conditions. The longevity of the product also results in significantly reduced maintenance costs over decades of use.

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Marine Fit Outs

Boats and large vessels across the world use Manfred Frank hinges in their design of hatches, frameless windows and interior fit outs because they are highly corrosion resistant and well able to stand up to tough marine environments. They also have virtually no maintenance costs, which is highly desirable in an industry where maintenance costs are usually substantial.

The correct alignment and the perfect sealing of any marine access panel is no longer a problem with Manfred Frank hinges. Simply installed in their mid range adjustment position, Manfred Frank hinges are instantly 3D adjustable in situ, under full load. The unique parallel movement achieves a superior panel seal and vastly reduces the wear and tear on seals. We also guarantee permanent perfect panel alignment.

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Frameless Glass Lift Shafts

Manfred Frank concealed hinges are designed with an emphasis on high performance and sleek aesthetic. This makes them an ideal solution for access panels within frameless glass lift shafts, required for maintenance and cleaning.

MFH 3D articulated point fixings incorporate the industry standard Ø 50mm mounting disc platform. This allows Manfred Frank hinges to blend perfectly into the overall design of the other point fixings for non opening panels. The mounting requirements for Manfred Frank hinges on the frame side are extremely simple and minimal. A small steel lug protruding from the floor or the ceiling can be all it needs. Perfect panel alignment and smooth panel opening/closing is guaranteed. Find the hinge for your specific application

Curtain Walls

Multiple doors of greater width and height can be installed with Manfred Frank hinges, creating aesthetically clean surfaces with minimal lines.

Doors can be installed with hinges mounted back to back regardless of frame thickness. The unique variable geometry of Manfred Frank hinges allows even the thickest doors to open simultaneously side-by-side without colliding, and in return close perfectly surface flush. The unparalleled 3D hinge adjustment eliminates the usual problems of perfectly aligning large numbers of doors.

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