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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Choosing a Heavy Duty Lid Support Provider: The Best Choice for 2022

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 1, 2022 3:45:14 PM

From the retractable keyboard tray you use at work, to the industrial refrigerator door in the restaurant kitchen and the bar pass-through at the diner where you got breakfast today, hinges are a part of everyday life. They also factor into the various tasks at work and the product design of new must-haves for today’s society. 

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Topics: Design, Gas Springs, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support

Gas Spring Alternatives: Mechanical Spring Innovations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 1, 2022 3:22:15 PM

No one wants to have a heavy lid come down on their hand while they are focused on completing a project. Likewise, no one wants to see someone else injured when there are hinges available to help avoid these accidents. 

The hinge market includes a variety of motion control options, including both mechanical spring and gas spring hinges. While some prefer gas spring hinges, others opt for the mechanical spring alternatives. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Hinges, Manufacturing

Weber Knapp: An Industrial Hinge Manufacturer with CNC Expertise

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 1, 2022 3:08:31 PM

Thanks to the growing advancements and popularity of CNC machining, today's manufacturing process has become more streamlined and efficient than ever.

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Topics: Industrial, Cost, Manufacturing

Vectis™ Technology: Counterbalance Motion Control Video Tutorials

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 25, 2022 3:07:22 PM



Choosing the right motion control solution can involve some tricky elements. When it’s time to understand the type of counterbalance or spring-assist hinge you need and the best way to move forward with the installation, it helps to have a visual guide as a resource. The Vectis pages provide both written content and videos that do everything from explaining how a Vectis hinge can be a better choice than a gas hinge to how to install and adjust the hinge solution you choose. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, Vectis

12 Must-Have Outdoor Cooking Equipment for Summer 2022

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 25, 2022 2:28:22 PM

Sunshine and warmer temperatures mean outdoor cooking is on the agenda. However, your backyard might not be up to the task of hosting your coworkers, your group of close friends, or your book club for a nice dinner. 

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Topics: Grill, Lid Support, kitchen, trends, Smokin' Ugly

How to Use a Counterbalance Hinge for Pivoting Loads

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 20, 2022 8:13:00 AM

If you want to design a product with a heavy lid or door, it’s useful to research how engineers have solved similar problems with other products.

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Springloaded

Heavy-Duty Lid Support: Mechanical Springs or Gas Springs?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 19, 2022 11:00:00 AM

The user experience for a product with a heavy lid or cover can range from awkward to annoying to downright dangerous.

Picture holding an industrial toolbox lid in place while reaching in one-handed, maybe twisting your back in the process. Or what if it comes down suddenly when your arm or fingers are in the way? The bruises won't be pretty, and the damage might be much worse.

This is why many designers add gas spring lid supports to their lid design. Others lean toward using counterbalance spring mechanisms or other mechanical spring solutions.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Safety

Heavy-Duty Grill Hinge Options: Good, Better, Best

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 18, 2022 10:15:00 AM

Does the lid of that grill, smoker, or barbecue pit you designed fly backward or slam shut unexpectedly? Blame the cheap hinges!

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Grill, Hinges, Smoker Grill

Bar Lift Gate Innovations & Applications

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 11, 2022 2:07:00 PM


As a kid, you might have marveled at the flip-up bar countertop at your parents’ favorite restaurant. But a lot has changed since then, and bar lift gates have improved significantly. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance, Engineering, Hinge, Hinges, Lid Support, Manufacturing

Innovative Ergonomic Solutions: 22 Elements to Consider in 2022

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 6, 2022 2:03:28 PM

Today’s work environment is changing, and innovative ergonomic solutions are important to remember no matter where your workspace is located. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Safety, office equipment