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Weber Knapp Counterbalance Hinges Help Your Industry Innovate

Weber Knapp Counterbalance Hinges Help Your Industry Innovate

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 22, 2022 8:46:00 AM

At first glance, you might suspect that the only place you’re going to see a Vectis™ Counterbalance is in an industrial setting, perhaps mounted on an enormous machine shield, or maybe some type of oversize industrial tank lid. 

Weber Knapp counterbalance hinges open a whole new world of potential applications, some in places you might not expect. Counterbalances are used in a variety of industries, including:

Want to learn more about these ordinary -- and extraordinary -- applications for counterbalances? 


Counterbalance Hinges for Outdoor & Professional Kitchen 

We’ve all seen barbecue grills, and chances are, you’ve cooked on them, too. Have you ever thought about what would make your grilling experience better (besides a cold beer)?

What about a grill lid that doesn’t slam shut and requires very little effort to open? Weber Knapp has just the solution. 

Motion control hinges are great for grills and BBQ smokers because they can hold a position with ease, letting you use both hands for the important stuff, like flipping burgers. 

That’s not the only way motion control improves the kitchen scene, however. It can also be applied to:

counterbalance hinges

Do you love finding new ways to improve outdoor and professional cooking equipment? Consider motion control.

Counterbalance Hinges for Hospitality Applications

countertop pass-through

Hotels and restaurants are always innovating and redesigning their setups, and many of them are incorporating counterbalance hinges for a unique user experience. 

But you wouldn’t just install a counterbalance hinge on a wall for the fun of it -- so what are the practical applications of these hinges?

Want to learn more about how counterbalance hinges improve the hospitality industry? Check out our new Hospitality resource page.

Motion Control Engineering for Office Ergonomics

The 1970s saw the office equipment industry take off, and customers required a wide variety of custom-designed counterbalance hinge systems. Most of these patented hinges were used on photocopiers. Companies like Xerox sought out Weber Knapp to design a solution for controlling the lid motion of their photocopiers.

The 1980s and 1990s brought new opportunities for motion control in the office: 

  • Check-sorting equipment
  • Computer printers
  • Overhead projectors

Then came ergonomic equipment. 

Motion control engineering already greatly improved the office environment, but now, it could be applied to improve individual worker experiences. Today, motion control hinges improve the user experience for equipment like:

Your One-Stop Shop for Motion Control Engineering

As you can see, you’ve probably already encountered a Weber Knapp counterbalance hinge before. And this blog post is only a primer for all the possibilities of motion control and counterbalance technology. 

Want to learn more about real-world applications for custom counterbalance hinges? Check out our case studies below:

Case Studies

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2016, and was updated in June 2022. 

Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Vectis