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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

7 Benefits of a Counterbalance-Hinged Countertop

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 3, 2022 12:15:00 PM

Flip-up countertops and other counterbalanced hinge solutions offer multiple advantages for hospitality spaces and other business applications.

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Topics: Applications, Counterbalance Hinge, Durability, Aesthetics, kitchen, hospitality

What Are Restaurant/Bar Countertop Hinges? How Do They Work?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 2, 2022 8:51:00 AM

Lift assists for bar and countertop openings are essential features in modern taverns, kitchens, and restaurants. Beyond just looking cool, they have many functional purposes.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Hinge, Lid Support, Food Industry, kitchen

7 Use Cases for Custom Heavy Duty Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 29, 2022 9:51:56 AM

While not always visible to the naked eye, custom heavy-duty hinges are hard at work in various industries every day. 

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

Replacing Heavy-Duty Gas Spring Hinges with Mechanical Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 29, 2022 9:32:31 AM

Heavy-duty gas spring hinges may be currently installed on your product. However, now the hinge is malfunctioning because the strength of the gas spring has weakened over the lifespan of your product.

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Center of Gravity, Hinges, Lid