Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

3 Types of Heavy-Duty Hinges: Essential Traits of Spring-Loaded Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 7, 2021 11:46:00 AM

The most durable and versatile products can turn out to be intimidating to the user if the wrong type of heavy-duty hinges are used. Ask anyone that lifts heavy lids all day -- spring-assisted hinges are necessary for the safety and efficiency of your entire staff.

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Topics: Motion Control, Gas Springs, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, Springloaded, Vectis

Ergonomic Essentials in Hub-and-Spoke Model Office Setups

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 31, 2021 10:21:00 AM

In the height of pandemic-related restrictions and work-from-home requirements ended, employees got used to the flexibility of working from home or on the road. Now, many businesses are considering the hub-and-spoke model to allow for multiple satellite offices to suit their employee’s needs.

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, office equipment, OSHA

6 Benefits of Computer Carts on Wheels for Hospitals

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 24, 2021 10:42:00 AM

The way health care is delivered in hospitals is changing. Yet every medical center must still meet the same standards of exceptional care.

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Medical Equipment, Safety

How Counterbalance Hinges Add Innovation to Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM

Customer expectations can certainly change in a 112-year span.

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinge, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, Industrial, Lid, Lid Support, kitchen

How to Replace Gas Springs With Mechanical Springs in a Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 17, 2021 2:08:00 PM

There are many ways to make something go from point A to point B. Not all of them are great long-term solutions.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Engineering, Industrial

5 Hotel Ergonomics & Furniture Design Trends for Post-COVID 2022

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 17, 2021 10:22:00 AM


With lighter COVID restrictions and an increase in travel, more people will be working from hotels. Is your business prepared to meet their needs for space, privacy, and ergonomic workspaces?

Remote workers are looking for spaces that are ergonomic, easy to clean, and spacious. As 2022 inches closer, is your hotel in line with new hotel ergonomics and furniture design trends?

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Hospatility Furniture, office equipment

How Do Gas Springs Work? | Heavy-Duty Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 12, 2021 4:15:00 PM

Gas springs and their close cousins are abundant in many industries and applications. From overhead bins in airplanes, and from cargo doors to armored vehicle doors, gas springs have a variety of applications. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Durability, Safety

Smokin' Ugly Drum Smoker: Ultimate Pulled Pork Recipe

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 10, 2021 2:00:00 PM
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Topics: Smoker, Smoker Grill, Employee Spotlight, Smokin' Ugly

Is an Ergonomic Mouse Tray Worth the Office's Cheese?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM


Have you created a healthy workplace for your employees? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advocates for a workplace that promotes good posture through ergonomic office furniture and equipment. Good posture leads to more productive employees with fewer aches and pains, healthier bodies, and fewer sick days. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Appliance, Safety, office equipment

Hinge Design: How to Find the Center of Gravity of Irregular Objects

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 23, 2021 12:00:00 PM


There are many reasons a design engineer would want to calculate center of gravity. One of the big ones? Keeping your lid, door, or cover from slamming into something -- or someone.

Designing a no-slam hinge won’t just keep your customers safer, it’ll also keep you safer … from lawsuits. On a lighter note (pun intended), a steady open/close also improves ease of use for customers.

Keep reading to learn how to find the center of gravity of an irregular object of mass. There are actually three ways:

  • The Easy Way
  • The Easier Way
  • The Easiest Way!
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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design