An invisible innovation in marine door design

Antti Marine’s new e-hinge system is setting a new standard for online door cabling 

An invisible innovation in marine door design
Antti Marine’s doors have been installed on some of the world’s newest cruise ships, including Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda

By Rebecca Gibson |

Antti Marine, the marine door division of Antti-Teollisuus, has built its reputation on designing, manufacturing and installing marine doors and innovations that stand out from the competition in terms of quality, safety and design. The latest addition to Antti’s range is the e-hinge, an Ethernet-connected electronic door hinge. 

Standard Ethernet cable systems have a lead cover mounted into the door and an exposed wire between the door leaf and the frame. However, with Antti’s e-hinge, the Ethernet cable is completely concealed, which improves safety and the visual appearance of the door. 

“The e-hinge is the safest and easiest way to get all the features of an online system, without having to install a lead cover,” explains Markko Takkinen, commercial director at Antti-Teollisuus. “It’s a completely hassle-free and invisible system. Not having a lead cover also reduces weight within each hard-wired, Ethernet-connected door.” 

The e-hinge is identical to a standard door hinge but is able to transfer electricity and data between the lock and the ship’s system. It can be used to replace one or more hinges on a standard door. 

“Builders don’t need to worry about making modifications to the door during construction,” says Takkinen. “The doors can be built and  installed, or removed, without needing to disassemble the cabling between the frame and the door leaf. This is a real benefit to door installers – they can fit the door within minutes by simply sliding it into place.”  

Antti is constantly developing more innovations for shipowners. Its newest door type dB(LE+) was launched in December 2020 and comes with the e-hinge solution and a new platform for technical applications. “Innovations open up new doors for the future. Passenger ship operators will really see the difference,” says Takkinen. 

This article was first published in the 2021 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. 

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