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How Kitchen Appliance Hinge Design Opens Possibilities

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM

High performance is as important on the outside as it is on the inside when it comes to high-end kitchen appliance design.

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Food Industry, kitchen

Hotel Furniture Design | 5 Trends Sticking Around Post-COVID

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 25, 2022 10:24:57 AM

The post-COVID-19 traveler wants flexibility.

To keep up, hotel furniture design is trending toward multifunctional spaces and furniture. Gone are the days when a room or piece of furniture was used for a single purpose. Hotel rooms have become personal gyms. Hotel lobbies are meeting spaces. Even beds transform into a workstation. 

After the hard hits the hospitality industry took during the pandemic, hotels that thrive post-pandemic will be those that creatively evolve with changing health concerns and guest priorities.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, hospitality, trends, Hospitality Furniture

Modern Kitchen Design Down to the (Concealed) Hinge

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 14, 2022 3:20:58 PM

Sleek. 

Spacious.

Bright.

Clean.

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Topics: Applications, Hinge

[How to] Transform Outdoor Dining Spaces with Counterbalance Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 11, 2022 9:00:00 AM


Thanks to counterbalance hinges, which make moving pieces easier by using a countering torque, several space-saving measures can be integrated to enhance your outdoor furniture including:

  1. Hide-away picnic tables
  2. Fold-down benches and chairs
  3. Pass-through bars and counters
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Topics: Design, Counterbalance Hinge, Smoker, Food Industry, kitchen, Smokin' Ugly

Commercial Office Furniture: Durability, Sustainability, & Ergonomics

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 6, 2022 11:49:00 AM

The way people work is changing, so the modern office (or home office!) should change to accommodate employee habits. 

If you’re considering new office furniture, it's essential to think about what your office needs. Do you need durable pieces that will last for years? Do you want to prioritize comfort and ergonomics?

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Topics: Durability, Aesthetics, office equipment

7 Industries That Should Spring for Custom Hinge Solutions

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 5, 2022 10:35:00 AM

Industries That Benefit From Custom Hinge Solutions 

While most industries could benefit from custom hinge solutions, these seven are prime candidates: (click to jump to the section) 

  1. Food service manufacturing
  2. Hospitality 
  3. Ergonomic furniture manufacturing
  4. Automobile & boat manufacturing 
  5. Industrial 
  6. Medical
  7. Ceramics manufacturing

Product improvement and differentiation should be a priority for anyone involved with an ongoing project.

One of the best ways to do that? Do something the other guys don’t have the know-how or big-picture vision to do.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design

VIDEOS: Motion Control Engineering Solutions for Complex Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 4, 2022 9:30:00 AM


Today “motion control” implies automation, robotics, and electronics. But you’d be amazed at what you can achieve when you combine old-fashioned mechanical engineering with a creativity-minded manufacturer.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Lid Support, Vectis, Durability, Safety, Food Industry, kitchen, hospitality, office equipment

9 Engineering Design Guidelines For Heavy Duty Industrial Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 4, 2022 12:00:00 AM

So your next design – be it a dishwasher, smoker, tanning bed, refrigerator, or another piece of equipment – needs the support and reliability of heavy duty industrial hinges. You’re working on your hinge design calculations and material specs, and things are getting complicated.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Hinges, Lid Support, Finishing, Durability, Aesthetics, Safety

The Ergonomic Furniture Your Office Needs for Happy, Healthy Workers

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 3, 2022 9:16:50 AM

What’s an uncomfortable employee like? 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, office equipment

Labor Shortages: Why Office Ergonomics Has Never Been More Important

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 23, 2022 12:00:00 AM

4 Reasons Why Office Ergonomics is Important

  1. A healthier staff
  2. More productive workers
  3. Fewer workplace injuries/fewer workers’ compensation claims
  4. Boosted employee satisfaction and morale

 

The Great Resignation has forever changed the workplace. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiring for an office environment, a healthcare setting, or a manufacturing floor, many employers are facing labor shortages. In fact, more than 40 percent of the workforce is weighing employment options. 

Keeping employees happy and healthy may be more important than ever.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Safety, office equipment