Don’t Turn It Away; Turn It Around

  When work is flowing, turning down a small job here and there, or a adding a minimal delay may not seem like a big deal. However, in the long run, those type of decisions can be costly to your business.

An Explanation on Why Custom Hinges & Metal Fabrication Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Every hinge attaches to something, a door, hatch, hood, cover or access panel. Midlake knowing what the hinge is attaching to along with additional parts that make up the final assembly provides our customers a unique opportunity. This insight enables Midlake to provide alternatives and suggestions that ensure optimum performance and quality at a...

Why off-the-shelf usually costs more than custom

Why does an off-the-shelf $2 imported butt hinge cost more than a $5 American-made custom continuous hinge?   Consider this scenario one of our long-standing customers faced for their indoor application while under tremendous pressure to reduce costs.

How Midlake saved Vinyl Tech Kennels time and money with out-of-the-box solution

BACKGROUND: Vinyl Tech Kennels was using an off-the-shelf spring hinge purchased overseas. The Vinyl Tech team fabricated and installed the mating aluminum door and shim plate to complete the hinge solution they needed.

Concealed Hinges – Basic in Theory, Complex in Construction

A concealed hinge is any hinge that tucks into the product, rather than mount on the outside. Many customers utilize this hinge for aesthetic purposes, but some use this hinge because it prevents snagging or damaging to the hinge or surrounding products. Concealed hinges are basic in theory, but more complex in construction. Custom Concealed Glove...

Midlake by the Numbers

When you work with Midlake, you can expect: expertise, efficiency, quality, professionalism. 98: Midlake is proud to carry a 98% on time shipping rate.  We understand that our customers have to halt their productions if we don’t live up to our expectations. They depend on us, and we deliver.

What’s that Extra ¼” on Your Hinge Really Costing You?

One of the things that people rarely think about with their doors, lockers, and other enclosures is the hinges. So as long as they aren’t falling off, they do not seem to attract much attention.

How to Get a Quote for a Custom Hinge Project

One of the things we think makes us different than other manufacturers is that we don’t just spit out quotes when our customers want to know how much something will cost and how quickly they can get it.

Offset Hinges Help Navigate Narrow Spaces, But What Exactly Are Offset Hinges Anyway?

Offset hinges are a unique innovation that allows designers to expand doorways. Read more about what offset hinges are and how they are used. If you have ever had issues maneuvering through a narrow doorway using a walker, wheelchair or other mobile device, there is a solution. By installing offset hinges (a.k.a. swing clear hinges), you can...

4 Benefits of Stainless Steel Hinges

Before you decide on what type of steel to use for your hinges, read these 4 benefits of choosing stainless over other types of metal. There are significant long-lasting benefits to using stainless steel for hinges over other options. Stainless steel hinges have a significantly higher resistance to rust (oxidation) and corrosion against many...

What Is a Butt Hinge and Why Would You Need One?

As one of the more highly utilized recessed hinges, a butt hinge is typically manufactured to be about 6 inches or shorter. They have multiple uses and are installed for a variety of different applications. Generally, a butt hinge is used to mount and operate doors on commercial properties and residential homes.

Benefits of Using Continuous Hinges

Some manufacturers occasionally refer to a continuous hinge as a piano hinge. It is one of the more popular varieties of hinges and is utilized in numerous applications that require extensive use and intense wear and tear. It is designed as a way to evenly distribute weight and minimize stress on any component that it is attached to. A continuous...