Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Capabilities of a Mechanical Motion Control Hinge Manufacturer

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 18, 2019 12:29:00 PM

mechanical motion control hinge manufacturer- man at controls-1There’s nothing like taking your idea to a full-service manufacturer and getting a complete solution, start to finish.

Mechanical motion control is a way to make your product innovative, safe, and convenient to use. But it’s a complicated thing, and you need more than just a “hinge manufacturer.”

Engineering teams need a fully integrated product design and manufacturing partner who will nurture their idea, design it, build it, test it and deliver it.

But what does that actually mean? The following is not just a list of Weber Knapp’s capabilities, it’s also a guide to the benefits you can squeeze out of a full-service manufacturer.

More Than a ‘Hinge Manufacturer’: Get the Most out of Mechanical Motion Control

For more than 100 years, Weber Knapp has designed, developed, and manufactured mechanical hardware and kinematic motion control devices for major companies worldwide.

Every motion control supplier promises quality. You can streamline your supply chain and communication channels by expecting much more than just that.

Our idea of end-to-end management includes:

  • Mechanical hardware design & manufacturing
  • Kinematic motion control device engineering 
  • Raw materials sourcing & processing
  • Prototyping & testing
  • Finishing
  • Assembly and packaging
  • Product warehousing & shipping

Nearly all of our manufacturing processes are performed in-house. This offers you further control over production and lead times.

 

Who Makes Sense for Full-Service Hinge Manufacturing?

Most of your motion control hinge needs can be met at Weber Knapp. If you need a custom solution engineered for your specific needs, we can innovate from scratch.

Industries Served

Weber Knapp products include custom multi-link hinge assemblies, counterbalances, lift mechanisms, and other mechanical motion control devices.

Motion control solutions can benefit many product types, including:

  • Hospitality
  • Medical
  • Ergonomics
  • Industrial
  • Outdoor & professional kitchen
  • Agricultural
  • Transportation (including marine)
  • Any product looking to stand out and innovate

Volume

We support low- and high-volume production quantities. We can provide a single prototype, or several. 

It’s all up to you, although our expert team will also make recommendations based on decades of experience.

Design Support Capabilities

Bringing a new product to market is a challenge. Solving legal issues in an existing product is an even greater one. We can cook up something innovative for your new design or solve safety issues with your current build.

By being vertically integrated, we become an extension of your team, sharing technology and contributing to the design of your product through collaboration.

Our engineers have extensive experience in designing and manufacturing mechanical hardware and motion control mechanisms. Your file type should be no issue -- we have the latest SolidWorks CAD software, capable of:

  • 3D solid modeling
  • Finite element analysis
  • Animations
  • Product renderings

Open communication should be a staple of any supplier-OEM relationship. We give feedback and expect it in return, and your concept is reviewed with you once it’s ready.

Weber Knapp provides a direct line of communication to the engineering team to foster a positive working relationship.  

 

Vectis Technology

For those who need patented, advanced technology, call on Vectis.

Maybe your application requires the absolute precision of counterbalance technology. Or maybe it simply needs a feather-light open or close feature on its lid. Our patented Vectis Technology will get you started on a solution.

For those who like to visualize their components as early as possible, try the Vectis DYO app on our website You can choose from our four models and fully customize them in our easy-to-use proprietary program.

Try Out the App

Machinery & Tolerances

CNC Fiber Laser Cutting

Our two 4kW CNC laser cutting machines provide you extreme precision at amazing speeds. The Prima LGf 4kW - fiber laser CNC cutting machine and the Prima Laser Platino CO2 laser CNC machine are capable of producing highly complex shapes and runs at a single axis speed of 170 m/min (6,693 in./min).

Their versatility allows for processing a great variety of materials and thicknesses:

Laser-Cutting Capabilities at Weber Knapp

Material

Maximum Thickness

Steel 1”
Galvanized steel 0.25”
Stainless steel 0.5”
Brass 0.375”
Aluminum 0.5”
Plywood 1”
Phenolic 0.25”
Acetal (Delrin) 0.25”
Acrylic 0.25”

 

CNC Hydraulic Press Brakes

Whether your components are large or small, a single-source manufacturer should be able to adapt. 

From our 10’-bed, 175-ton press, down to our small-but-mighty 40-ton press with its 40” bed, we have the industry-standard forming tools necessary to operate with precision and consistency.

From steel to aluminum, we can tackle a thickness range of 0.035” to 0.250” with limited acute tooling for thinner stock. We carry a large inventory of die sets to meet part bend requirements.

As in all engineering-driven products, accuracy is critical. Cincinnati press braking equipment affords us an incredible ram repeatability of +/- 0.0002 inch.

More stats on our Cincinnati equipment:

  • 175-ton press with 120” bed
  • 90-ton press with 96” bed
  • 40-ton press with 40” bed

The materials we most commonly form on this press are:

  • 1008 steel
  • 1010 steel
  • 4130 annealed steel
  • 304 annealed stainless steel
  • 6061 aluminum
  • 5052 aluminum

The presses’ stock thickness range is 0.035” to 0.250”. It uses standard 90° tooling. 

 

Progressive Die Stamping

Our 14 reciprocating presses span a tonnage of 300 to 32 tons and provide an efficient means to form complex parts for large runs, whether by punching, coining, or bending.

We handle a coil stock range thickness of 0.020” to 0.250” with a maximum width of 20”.

Production flexibility and cost minimization is the top goal of our in-house coil slitting operation.  We purchase steel coil stock gauges in standard widths and then slit in-house.

Coil-fed automatic presses

  • 1 300-Ton Minster E2-300-72-42
  • 1 100-Ton Minster P2-150-54
  • 3 100-Ton Minster P2-100-48
  • 1 100-Ton Minster P2-100-42
  • 1 75-Ton Minster No. 7
  • 1  60-Ton Minster No. 6

Manually-fed presses 

  • 1 110-Ton Bliss C110
  • 1 75-Ton Minster No. 7
  • 1 60-Ton Minster No. 6
  • 1 45-Ton Minster No. 5
  • 2 32-Ton Minster No. 4

Materials commonly stamped include:

  • Hot rolled steel
  • Cold rolled steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Acetal (Delrin)
  • Nylon
  • 260 brass, half hard

 

CNC Turning Centers

Our five Swiss-type CNC automatic turning lathes can process round stock up to 1.25” in diameter. We also have a CNC turret lathe capable of turning bar stock up to 2.5” in diameter.   

Both types of turning centers can produce complex parts with exceptional quality and surface finish.

More on the machines:

  • 2 Citizen L20 Series (7-axis) Swiss-type lathes
  • 2 Citizen A20 Series (7-axis) Swiss-type lathes
  • 1 Tsugami BO326-II (8-axis) Swiss-type lathe
  • 1 Okuma 762-SB (2-axis) turret lathe 

Materials commonly turned include:

  • 12L14 steel
  • 1215 steel
  • C1018 steel
  • 303 stainless steel
  • 416 stainless steel 
  • Acetal (Delrin)
  • Nylon 66
  • 360 brass
  • C932/SAE660 bronze

 

MIG Robotic Welding

Do you have high volume needs? We have three 7-axis MIG robotic welders. Their 48” dual tables allow separate programs to be run on each side. 

Robotic welding equipment is capable of coordinated motion and weave welding. It produces strong, consistently welded joints.  

mechanical motion control hinge manufacturer- welding-1-1We also have manual MIG welders to support low-volume products and prototypes. 

To maximize throughput, each robotic work cell includes a dual reciprocating rotary table, which allows operators to load and unload assemblies as the robots weld.  

The machines are:

  • 2 Fanuc ARCMate 100i with 54” reach
  • 1 Fanuc ARCMate 100iC with 64” reach

Commonly welded materials include:

  • Hot rolled steel
  • Cold rolled steel
  • Stainless steel

 

CNC Routing

Our Komo VR 510 CNC router, guided by GE FANUC 180i controls, can cut and profile a variety of materials.

The CNC router is equipped with a dual-head 16 HP motor, which operates at 18,000 RPM and can process sheets as large as 5’x10’.

Its 8-tool changer adds the flexibility to accommodate more complex projects.

The materials most commonly processed through CNC routing are:

  • Phenolic composites
  • Laminate
  • Wood
  • Plastic

 

Finishing

Hinge finishes are important to many applications. Finishing improves the surface of metal, which makes it more resistant to rust, corrosion, and wear for your extreme-temperature or chemically harsh product. It can also make a product look great!

Powder Coating

One plus about powder coating lines is that they’re incredibly environmentally friendly. Powder coating produces a finished surface that’s resistant to chipping and wear, and the technician can suck up stray coating for reuse.

Weber Knapp offers 1,000s of powder coating colors. Additionally, our color spectrophotometer helps ensure excellent color matches, every time.

 

Electroplating

We perform electroplating for small bulk process parts, using materials such as:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Black oxide
  • Nickel
  • Zinc

Antiquing options for brass and copper, as well as vibratory deburring, are available to enhance the quality of the finished product. A complete environmental water treatment system is housed within our facility.

Prototyping

Having our own model shop allows for fast prototyping during development of your motion control design. We provide you the prototype for your own use and internal testing.

Using a single-source partner for prototyping helps cut down on lead time and reduce backtracking to ID and fix issues.

Testing

It’s ideal that the same hinge manufacturer that’s making your parts tests them as well. It’ll understand the product better than a stranger, after all.

Weber Knapp operates its own test facility, equipped for both static and dynamic product validation. Our automated test lab runs 24/7 to validate and prove our solutions. 

Post-Production Services

When we said single-source, we meant it. Your hinge manufacturer should continue serving you after the counterbalances come off the line:

  • Assembly & value-added services: We offer an array of services to help our customers get to market, including product assembly, packaging, kitting and labeling.

  • Shipping: Customers rely on us to drop-ship their warehoused inventory.

  • Warehousing: Not everyone can store 10,000 components in their facility at the drop of a hat. We offer customers a way to maximize order quantity without worrying about holding excess inventory in their own facilities. 

Looking for an All-in-1 Motion Control Solution?

Weber Knapp helps manage every aspect of your design and manufacturing process, from initial prototyping through final production. Over 100 years of refining our processes into fewer, simpler steps will shorten your supply chain immediately.

Our team of design engineers boasts nearly 90 years of combined experience. If you’re looking to streamline costs or cut an unreliable link from your supply chain, contact Weber Knapp today. We’ll examine your entire production process and recommend design-for-manufacturability, finishing, and other supply chain solutions:

You can also download a free handbook to our capabilities and services below:

Learn More About Our Capabilities

 

Topics: Motion Control, Design, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, Finishing, Durability, Aesthetics, Testing & Prototyping