Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

How to Replace Gas Springs With Mechanical Springs in a Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 17, 2021 2:08:00 PM

There are many ways to make something go from point A to point B. Not all of them are great long-term solutions.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Engineering, Industrial

Hinge Design: How to Find the Center of Gravity of Irregular Objects

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 23, 2021 12:00:00 PM


There are many reasons a design engineer would want to calculate center of gravity. One of the big ones? Keeping your lid, door, or cover from slamming into something -- or someone.

Designing a no-slam hinge won’t just keep your customers safer, it’ll also keep you safer … from lawsuits. On a lighter note (pun intended), a steady open/close also improves ease of use for customers.

Keep reading to learn how to find the center of gravity of an irregular object of mass. There are actually three ways:

  • The Easy Way
  • The Easier Way
  • The Easiest Way!
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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design

6 High-End BBQ Smoker Grill Design Ideas for Professionals

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 30, 2021 1:45:00 PM

Today’s outdoor and backyard living enthusiasts treat grilling almost like a religion. They’re not afraid to drop down four-figure amounts on your latest BBQ or smoker grill design idea -- if you can convince them it’s worth the price.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Grill, Smoker, Aesthetics, Food Industry, trends

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 2, 2021 9:30:00 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

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

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

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 17, 2021 9:48:00 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

Motion Control Solutions for Ceramic Studios

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 12, 2021 8:30:00 AM

While some industries have been using motion control solutions for years, other industries could still benefit from modern hinge designs – ceramics being one of them. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Hinges, Lid, Lid Support, Safety

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 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

7 Industries That Should Spring for a Better Hinge Solution

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 16, 2020 8:15:00 AM

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 knowhow or big-picture vision to do.

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