Friday, May 23, 2014

Office Ergonomics: Top 11 Chair Mechanisms Explained

Office Chair Mechanisms Explained

When shopping for new office chairs, you'll be meet with common terms like task, tilter, synchro-tilter, and operator. But what do these terms mean? In order to make an informed purchasing decision, it's of value to know the benefits these versatile mechanisms. In today's post we'll share and define the top 11 types of office chair operating mechanisms and their individual benefits for you.  

1.) Task Mechanism The most commonly found mechanism on office chairs that adjust is the task mechanism. This style of operating system allows a chair to move up and down, the seat depth to adjust manually, the back height to adjust, and the chair to swivel via a single knob and lever.  

2.) Posture Task Mechanism The posture task seat mechanism offers a pneumatic seat height adjustment lever, back angle lever, and back height adjustment knob. The posture task mechanism also allows for your office chairs back height seat depth to adjust.  

3.) Tilter Mechanism Those shopping for a new ergonomic computer chair  in 2014 with find that the tilter mechanism has become one of the most popular options on the market. This chair mechanism allows for height adjustments and features a tilt lock feature that allows users to set a preferred back angle.

 4.) Knee-Tilter A highly preferred mechanism by industry professionals, the Knee-Tilter system offers features that include tilt tension, pneumatic seat height, chair tilt lock, back height, knee-tilt action, and swivel. Often, knee tilter mechanisms are offered with a custom sliding seat depth option for improved versatility. Chairs like the 2621-1 Global Ride Chair are a standard with a knee tilter mechanism that make adjustments very user friendly.  

5.) Multi-Tilter With a few more features than the Knee-Tilter system mentioned above, the multi tilter offers many of the same great adjustment capabilities but adds a forward tilt lock and infinite position seat tilt lock.  

6.) Synchro-Tilter Most high end and luxurious office chairs are standard with some form of Synchro-Tilter mechanism. This user friendly system offers adjustment features that include tilt tension, height adjustment, back angle adjustment, and an anti kick back feature that allows the chair to return to the upright position more smoothly.  

7.) Posture-Tilter The posture tilter chair mechanism is another system commonly used on top quality seating. Versatile, user friendly, and built to last, posture tilter mechanisms are hard to top. Adjustment features include tilt tension, pneumatic seat height, sliding seat depth adjustment, and an infinite position seat tilt locking attribute.  

8.) Function-Tilter Function-Tilter chair mechanism are a bit less common. They feature a tilt tension knob, pneumatic seat height adjustment lever, back angle lever, and upright position locking feature to prevent tilting.  

9.) Operator Commonly found on high quality task seating for professional office use, operator mechanisms are made to be user friendly and effective in the workplace. A long list of features includes height, back angle, seat angle, and back height adjustments. With a single lever, the operator mechanism allows the seat and back angle to be controlled with ease.  

10.) Synchro Knee-Tilter Used on models like the all new Arti Series 6673-2 high back office chair, the Synchro Knee-Tilter mechanism offers cutting edge adjustment capabilities. Attributes like tilt tension, anti kick back, knee-tilt action, tilt lock are all standard. Synchro Knee Tilter mechanisms feature 2 levers and 1 knob to control all chair adjusting.  

11.) Synchro-Glider Last but not least, the Synchro-Glider chair mechanism allows for a wide range of smooth adjustments. A tilt tension dial is easy for operators to use while working. The chair tilt lock lever is typically located on the left side of the mechanism and makes for smooth adjusting. Additional features include pneumatic seat seat, back angle, and seat depth adjustment.

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