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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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The Importance of Prototyping Your Motion Control Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 28, 2022 12:51:00 PM

 

Motion control design prototypes offer a fairly long list of benefits. Some are obvious, others not so much. The advantages of motion control prototyping include:
  1. Makes the product cheaper in the long term
  2. Cuts down on lead time
  3. Proof of concept
  4. Hands-on lesson in design and assembly
  5. Helps with large-scale, full-product prototyping
  6. Helps get product certification before investing in tooling
  7. Early buy-in from sales and marketing
  8. Enhance safety

 

Prototypes validate designs. Just as -- or possibly more -- important, they validate designs before they go into production.

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Testing & Prototyping

Heavy-Duty Industrial Hinges: Time to Upgrade From a Standard Hinge?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 14, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Engineers and designers often ponder over what type of hinges to use on their products. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Durability, Manufacturing

How Kitchen Appliance Hinge Design Opens Possibilities

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM

High performance is as important on the outside as it is on the inside when it comes to high-end kitchen appliance design.

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Food Industry, kitchen

[How to] Transform Outdoor Dining Spaces with Counterbalance Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 11, 2022 9:00:00 AM


Thanks to counterbalance hinges, which make moving pieces easier by using a countering torque, several space-saving measures can be integrated to enhance your outdoor furniture including:

  1. Hide-away picnic tables
  2. Fold-down benches and chairs
  3. Pass-through bars and counters
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Topics: Design, Counterbalance Hinge, Smoker, Food Industry, kitchen, Smokin' Ugly

7 Industries That Should Spring for Custom Hinge Solutions

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 5, 2022 10:35:00 AM

Industries That Benefit From Custom Hinge Solutions 

While most industries could benefit from custom hinge solutions, these seven are prime candidates: (click to jump to the section) 

  1. Food service manufacturing
  2. Hospitality 
  3. Ergonomic furniture manufacturing
  4. Automobile & boat manufacturing 
  5. Industrial 
  6. Medical
  7. Ceramics manufacturing

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 know-how or big-picture vision to do.

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

VIDEOS: Motion Control Engineering Solutions for Complex Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 4, 2022 9:30:00 AM


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

9 Engineering Design Guidelines For Heavy Duty Industrial Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 4, 2022 12:00:00 AM

So your next design – be it a dishwasher, smoker, tanning bed, refrigerator, or another piece of equipment – needs the support and reliability of heavy duty industrial hinges. You’re working on your hinge design calculations and material specs, and things are getting complicated.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Hinges, Lid Support, Finishing, Durability, Aesthetics, Safety

Ergonomic Office Solutions & More ‘Mobility’ at Work

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 21, 2022 11:45:00 AM

With the entire millennial generation now in the workforce, the modern office is changing. “Wellness” and “mobility” have new meanings. Workers’ expectations are evolving, especially in light of the increased remote work movement after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design

Design Guide for Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Marine Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 14, 2022 12:00:00 PM

 

No matter where you live, work, or play, there are hinges around. Cabinets, fridges, grills, cars, and airplanes all have hinges that we interact with on the day-to-day

Boats in particular offer an interesting opportunity for implementing kinematic motion control, mechanical spring counterbalance, and spring assist technologies. Marine hinge design takes into account factors ordinary hinge design might not, including weather condition, humidity, and corrosion. 

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Finishing, Durability, Manufacturing

Hotel Design Trends | Minimalism, Luxury, & Motion Control Solutions

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 2, 2022 12:17:07 PM

Ask any hotel guest what one of the most important design considerations is for the room they stay in, and there’s a good chance they’ll say “cleanliness.”

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Topics: Applications, Design, Hinges, Aesthetics, Hospitality Furniture