Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

How a Kitchen Appliance Door Hinge Opens Your Design Possibilities

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 25, 2021 2:30:00 PM

When it comes to high-end kitchen appliance design, great performance is as important on the outside as it is on the inside.

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

Outdoor Ergonomic Workspace Design Ideas for a Post-COVID World

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 12, 2021 1:30:00 PM

After a year-plus of being cooped up indoors due to the coronavirus, both customers and employees have been anxious to spend as much time as possible outdoors. They’d probably enjoy just sprawling anywhere outdoors in public simply because they finally can. However, you'll still want to provide ergonomic furniture and equipment for their long-term health and comfort.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Hospatility Furniture, office equipment, trends

5 Hinge Design Guidelines for Medical and Science Equipment

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 7, 2021 1:32:22 PM

Heavy-duty hinges are all about doing a job smoothly and repeatedly without compromising the quality of the overall product. Particularly in medical and scientific applications, hinges are critically essential to the continued functionality of often-expensive equipment. 

As a result, there are many hinge design guidelines specific to these industries that can make or (literally) break your project's success. Below, we'll discuss five considerations for heavy-duty hinges, and the guidelines that ensure they function perfectly.

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Medical Equipment

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design: How Hinges Open Doors to Innovation

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 7, 2021 1:14:34 PM

Summer is the season of grilling, sun, and -- for a growing number of Americans -- fancy backyard fun.

After living the hermit life in 2020, the entire world was ready to kick back and relax around the grill. However, innovation doesn't take breaks, and you've got work to do. Especially since 82% of American homeowners say they are more interested in updating outdoor living spaces than they were prior to the pandemic.

There are many opportunities to improve and innovate the functionality of an outdoor kitchen. Shoring up safety, reliability, and convenience will ensure that your designs don't just help an end-user relax, but also enhance the safety and convenience of entertaining and outdoor fun. If you’re a professional looking to take a custom outdoor kitchen design to the next level, hinges are pivotal for making the ordinary incredible.

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Topics: Design, Hinges, kitchen

Ergonomics in Manufacturing: How to Improve Shop Floor Safety

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

In manufacturing, safety is always a major concern. Hazards that come with the territory of a manufacturing line or shop floor can pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of your employees.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Safety, Manufacturing

EPA Indoor Air Quality Certification + Your Office Furniture

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 28, 2021 3:33:00 PM

Having the best ergonomic products in your office is important for employee health, safety, and comfort. However, poor indoor air quality can offset the benefits of those products by exposing your employees to toxic fumes from that same furniture and equipment. Those toxic fumes are VOCs  (volatile organic compounds) introduced during the manufacturing process. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Hospatility Furniture, standards & certifications, office equipment

Hotel Ergonomics Design: Building for Visitor & Staff Safety

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 21, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Unlike most offices, a bustling hotel has to keep the safety and comfort of both its employees and guests in mind during the design phase. You'll want to be as cognizant of hospitality ergonomics behind the front desk or in the laundry room as you are in the guest rooms.

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Hospatility Furniture, Safety

Heavy-Duty Hinge Design Guide: Heat Resistance & Cold Storage

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

Much like IoT has invaded just about every household, commercial, and industrial device, more and more markets are making use of motion control and lift assist technology. Buyers in a growing number of industries not only appreciate, but also expect motion control to take their product to another level, whether it’s:

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Design, Gas Springs, Grill, Industrial, Smoker, Finishing, Durability, kitchen

Bad Ergonomic Design, & How to Spot It in Your Product

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 14, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Ergonomics is the practice of creating a comfortable and safe working environment. But it’s more than just going on Amazon and searching for “ergonomic products.” You have to make sure the products you’re buying are actually going to improve your workplace’s ergonomics. 

But how do you avoid imposter products? Here are some tips for figuring out which products have bad ergonomic design.

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Topics: Ergonomics

What Is ANSI/BIFMA-Compliant Furniture?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 7, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Distributors and dealers of ergonomic products and office furniture often look for proof that what they buy backs up its claims. They want their own customers to have that level of trust, too.

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Topics: Ergonomics, standards & certifications