Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 27, 2020 8:15:00 AM

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

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

5 RV Design Ideas for Maximizing Space

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You might as well just call RVs "tiny houses on wheels." After all, while they present a luxury camping solution, it goes without saying that space is at a premium. 

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

Weber Knapp Counterbalance Hinges Help Your Industry Innovate

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 1, 2020 7:30:00 AM


At first glance, you might suspect that the only place you’re going to see a Vectis™ Counterbalance is in an industrial setting, perhaps mounted on an enormous machine shield, or maybe some type of oversize industrial tank lid. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Vectis

Commercial & Restaurant Kitchen Door Design Considerations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 28, 2020 8:51:24 AM

If there’s one thing that commercial and restaurant kitchen appliances need to be, it’s durable. Ovens, grills, sinks, freezers, and microwaves all have to stand up to regular, repeat use. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Appliance, Hinges, Food Industry, kitchen

6 Grill & BBQ Smoker Design Ideas to Get Your Customer to Go High-End

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 10, 2020 3:04:44 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 grill or BBQ smoker 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

VIDEOS: Motion Control Solutions for Complex Industrial Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 20, 2020 12:24:00 PM

Today “motion control” implies automation, robotics, and electronics. But you’d be amazed 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

6 Grill & BBQ Smoker Hinge Design Guidelines to Chew On

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

The summer season is synonymous with nice weather, long days and -- of course -- barbecues. More than ever, people are looking for a peaceful escape outdoors, and willing to spend big money on a high-end grill or smoker.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Gas Springs, High End Grill, Hinges, Smoker Grill, Food Industry, kitchen