Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

5 Benefits of a Single-Source Custom Hinge Manufacturer

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 18, 2019 12:21:02 PM

Industries over all the map -- hospitality furniture, outdoor and professional kitchen appliances, ergonomic office equipment, medical equipment, and more -- need motion control solutions. Sometimes, the path to their end result zigs and zags several times.

Whether you’re looking to consolidate production of an existing product or improve the design of a new one, single-source manufacturing makes sense.

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Topics: Design, Safety, Supply Chain

Advantages of Prototyping Your Motion Control Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 4, 2019 5:31:01 PM

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

Hidden Door Hinge Design: 5 Aesthetic & Functional Considerations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 22, 2019 2:29:44 PM

If you’re designing a product with a hinge, there’s a decent chance you want it hidden away from the world.

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Topics: Applications, Design, Appliance, Engineering, Hinges, Durability, Aesthetics, Food Industry

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

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

Hinge Design: What Is Motion Control?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 31, 2019 11:12:47 AM

Motion and perceived quality are closely linked. When a lid, cover, or door moves smoothly with just the “right” amount of effort, users can tell it's a high quality product.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design