Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

6 Design Details to Bring to your Counterbalance Spring Manufacturer

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 5, 2019 4:53:39 PM

We manufacturers would love it if we could design your component first and have you build your product around it. Of course, that’s usually not possible -- you have certain specs you want to meet, and we understand our design has to fit those parameters.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Design, Engineering, Vectis, Durability, standards & certifications

How Does Torque Affect a Heavy-Duty Lid Support Hinge?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 28, 2019 1:00:00 PM

When trying to include an innovative or safety-minded motion control design in your product, there’s a sneaky-confusing word you should know: torque. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Hinges, Lid Support

Motion Control Basics: A Glossary of Terms

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 6, 2019 11:31:56 AM

Modern product design is heavily influenced by motion control. Many of today’s flashy or high-end products take advantage of innovative hinge mechanism design to stand out from the crowd.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Center of Gravity, Engineering, Hinges

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 15, 2019 2:04:04 PM

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

Hinge Design Guide for Extreme Temperatures

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 1, 2019 10:06:00 AM

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 an:

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

5 Motion Control Hinge Solutions That'll Charm Your Customer

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 17, 2019 10:26:46 AM

Product makers who want to take their design to another level have more motion control options than ever.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Engineering, Grill, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support

How to Build a Custom Spring Counterbalance Hinge With the Vectis App

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 15, 2019 3:33:00 PM

Off-the-shelf solutions don’t fit every design. To improve user experience, resolve a safety issue, or stand out from competitors, everything you put into your product design should fit like a glove.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Center of Gravity, Engineering, Vectis

Hinge Design: How to Find Center of Gravity of an Irregular Object

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 27, 2019 5:03:40 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.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design

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