Soft Close

Soft Close provides more comfort and quality of life

The soft close components and systems from Zimmer Group damping technology make gentle and quiet closing possible for a wide range of devices.

Our intelligent and innovative solutions enjoy enormous popularity, particularly in the furniture industry, and help make us one of the leading development partners for fittings and furniture manufacturers.

Our core focus is in damping drawers, hinges, lids, and sliding doors.

Whether you require pneumatic damping or hydraulic damping, individual components or a complete system, a standard solution or a customer-specific development – Zimmer Group damping technology offers the right product for every device and for every customer.

Our strengths lie in the unique quality of our products, which we guarantee by checking 100% of our products. And then there is the fact that extensive automation allows for mass production.

Soft close damping technology is gaining an increasing amount of attention even outside of the furniture industry. The range of potential applications for the Zimmer Group developments is huge and is ideal for expanding to additional fields of use. So why don't you take inspiration from our existing solutions for your own personal applications?

Discover the diversity of our individual components or learn more about our complete systems.

Pneumatic dampers – the classics

Zimmer Group's success story in soft close technology goes years back and has its origins in the development and production of pneumatic dampers. The primary distinguishing feature of our pneumatic dampers is their longevity. Many of our ideas have been tested and proven in real-world applications and are protected by patents.

Damping process
The damping process using a pneumatic damper is characterized by a braking phase with a short stop followed by transition to the return phase.

Characteristic curves
All pneumatic dampers have similar characteristic curves. They exhibit almost parallel movement at various load bearing capacities.

Loading options
The loading options are specified in kilograms. This figure represents the horizontally moved mass (such as the drawer weight including the load), which acts on the damper.

 

Fluid dampers – high performance

Fluid dampers have also been an integral part of Zimmer Group's product portfolio for many years. Our hydraulic dampers exhibit a high level of dependability and great load bearing capacity.

Damping process
The damping process using a fluid damper is characterized by an almost seamless transition from the braking phase to the return phase without stopping in between.

Characteristic curves
The characteristic curves differ between linear, linear-constant and S-curve characteristic curves depending on the fluid damper being used.

Loading options
The loading options are specified in newtons. This figure represents the axial load on the damper. The force depends on the speed acting upon the damper. We take our measurements at a standard speed of 50 mm/s (other speeds can also be measured to fit needs of customer).

 

Explanation of item numbers and free-run

Explanation of item numbers
The item numbers consist of the product group, the stroke (in mm), the diameter (in mm), and a sequential number.

This refers to a pneumatic (air) damper with a 42 mm stroke and a diameter of 10 mm; the product version is 001.

Product group/division:

A: Air (pneumatic damper)
B: Fitting
D: Miscellaneous
E: Self-closing return
F: Fluid
S: Set

Definition of free-run
In many cases, the damping process is interrupted in the last few millimeters to ensure that the system is securely closed. This is necessary, for example, when using brushes or if there are synchronization problems in the system. This closing support is called free-run.