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BioFit Solution Extends Life of Mobile Folding Cafeteria Tables

Mobile Folding Cafeteria Tables

BioFit’s adjustable torsion cap keeps older tables folding and unfolding like the day they left the factory at Monrovia Elementary School.

Monrovia Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., uses 27 BioFit 12-seat mobile folding tables in its cafeteria. As the 13-year warranty period for the tables was coming to an end, facilities manager Wayne Slater noticed the tables were becoming more difficult to fold and unfolded more quickly than they once had. Since the tables were in excellent shape otherwise, he contacted BioFit for help.

We informed Mr. Slater of a new, patent-pending component developed by BioFit to keep older tables folding and unfolding like the day they left the factory: the adjustable torsion cap. Regardless of the manufacturer, mobile folding tables use a lift-assist mechanism to facilitate safe and easy folding. Over time, these mechanisms lose torque, meaning it takes more force to fold a table and to keep it from unfolding too rapidly. Adjusting the torque level to original specifications alleviates this problem.

BioFit provided the caps needed to retrofit the Monrovia Elementary tables. Installation was fast, easy and effective. Afterward, Mr. Slater shared: “Since installing the adjustable torsion caps, I can close the tables with one hand. They work like new.”

Available on all new BioFit tables, the adjustable torsion cap eliminates an age-old issue with table lift-assistance devices. By enabling the re-establishment of the factory-specified lift capability, it facilitates safe operation through the life cycle of the product and allows customers to save money by avoiding costly repairs or delaying the need to replace failing tables. Additionally, due to the relative ease of retrofitting, the cap provides an economical way to refresh the lift on older tables in the field.

The adjustable torsion cap is another example of our mission to consistently improve the learning environment.

www.biofit.com

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.

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