Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

5 Industries That Should Spring for a Better Hinge Solution

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 14, 2019 9:55:30 AM

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

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

Counterbalance Springs or Heavy-Duty Gas Springs? Cost Vs. Lifetime

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 6, 2019 10:30:59 AM

When it comes to weight and motion control, developers certainly have their options. Two of the most popular options in high-stress, high-performance applications are gas springs and counterbalance spring hinges. Like with many other competing technologies, there’s a debate over which is the better value.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Gas Springs

Hinge Design: What Is Motion Control?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 31, 2019 11:12:47 AM

Motion and perceived quality are closely linked. When a lid, cover, or door moves smoothly with just the “right” amount of effort, users can tell it's a high quality product.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design

What Is a Counterbalance System?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 16, 2019 4:11:35 PM

Like so many other manufacturing technologies, counterbalance systems make life easier for the end customer. Matched with the right application, they can be a game-changer for user experience and safety.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications

Over 950 Kids Join the STEM Wars

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 13, 2019 9:48:04 AM

Weber Knapp was able to connect with over 950 middle school and high school students at this year's STEM Wars, held March 14 at Jamestown Community College's Jamestown campus.

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Topics: News

Weber Knapp and Kamado Joe Celebrate Partnership With Company-Wide Block Party

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 27, 2017 11:25:34 AM

Over the years, Weber Knapp has had the opportunity to collaborate with so many great companies! We pride ourselves on our ability to become an extension of our customers engineering departments – helping them enhance their products with our decades of counterbalance experience. We value each and every one of our customers and are always working hard to make sure they feel the same way about us.

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Topics: News

Summer Grilling with our Kamado Joe Grills

Posted by Leila Bell on Aug 1, 2017 3:28:46 PM


I’m sure by now you all know how we feel about Kamado Joe and what our Vectis™ Custom Counterbalance Hinge did to enhance the user experience on their Big Joe and Classic grills. But what you don’t know is that quite a few of us loved the grill so much that we just had to have one of our own! It’s been a few months since the shiny red grills arrived and we took them home and found the perfect spot to set them up on our back decks, patios, and porches. What we all soon discovered was that we couldn’t get enough of grilling on them! We’ve worked on fine tuning temperatures, getting the perfect amount of charcoal, learned how to vent just the right amount, and best of all, we’ve learned how to grill some amazing food! And, as much as we’ve enjoyed these tasty treats we’ve spent months perfecting, what fun would it be to keep what we’ve learned to ourselves? So, in the spirit of spreading our love for the Kamado Joe Grills, we’re going to share a few of our favorite recipes with you and tell you some of the reasons why we love our Big Joe and Classic grills! Because, after all, it’s summer and summers were made for grilling!

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Topics: Uncategorized

Vectis™ at the NRA Show 2017

Posted by Leila Bell on May 25, 2017 9:55:22 AM


We just returned from an exciting weekend at the NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show 2017. This show is the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Just like they do every year, the NRA packed McCormick Place in Chicago with over 2,000 exhibitors and countless non-exhibiting attendees. The place was buzzing with people making new contacts, learning about new and innovative products, greeting old friends, and inhaling the aromas from all the amazing food that was being prepared by the celebrity chefs in attendance.

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Topics: Uncategorized

Vectis™ Imagined Applications

Posted by Leila Bell on Apr 28, 2017 9:18:28 AM

If you’ve been following our blog you’re already familiar with Vectis™ Springloaded Counterbalanced Hinges and what they can offer but, maybe you still aren’t sure what applications they can really be used for or, maybe you’re just landing on our website and getting to know Vectis™. So, in the spirit of sharing our counterbalance knowledge, we’ve tasked our very creative Design Engineers with imagining an application using Vectis™ Hinges and bringing that application to “life” in order to show you some of the countless applications these counterbalance hinges can be used on. Following you’ll find four applications that are perfect for Vectis™ hinges as imagined by our engineering thinkers, dreamers, and inventors:

The Dresser with a Hidden Surprise

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Topics: Motion Control, Appliance, Counterbalance, Counterbalance Hinge, Draw Bridge, Engineering, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, Industrial, Lid Support, Push Cart, Springloaded, Vectis

HPBExpo - What a Show!

Posted by Leila Bell on Mar 15, 2017 11:06:07 AM


Just two short weeks ago, the Vectis™ team traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the annual Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Associations HPBExpo – North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living showcase.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Appliance, Counterbalance, Engineering, Grill, Hestan, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Kamado Joe, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Springloaded, Uncategorized, Vectis