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

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

5 Jobs That Call for Computers on Wheels: Schools, Hospitals, & More

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 30, 2021 11:18:30 AM

Changes in the way we learn, take care of others, and problem-solve have resulted in demand for more flexible tech at school and work. Computers on wheels (COWs) accomplish just that. 

To the uninitiated, computers on wheels are desktops or laptops situated on a powered mobile cart.

Computers on wheels enable professionals in various industries to expand their services, improve patient experiences and outcomes, increase revenue, and transform learning experiences.

Here’s how they can become a viable solution for profitability and efficiency in your office or school!

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Topics: Engineering, Push Cart, Medical Equipment, Safety

Office Hot Desking Essentials for Ergonomic Workstations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM

Are you looking for office furniture that can serve multiple people of all sizes, at all times of the day? Hot desking (aka “hoteling”) is a growing trend that allows business owners or office managers to reduce overhead by not letting desks sit idle. Instead, employees reserve a desk as needed for their in-office days. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Engineering, Hinges, Safety, office equipment

Top 8 Spring-Assist Hinge Applications for Product Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 17, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Picking the right hinge for the right application can often seem like a difficult puzzle. You have to consider the cycle life, environment, and cost, which can often leave you at a standstill. 

But, there’s one hinge option that balances all three factors to provide a reliable and cost-effective hinge solution: spring-assist hinges. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Engineering, Hinges, Springloaded

Heavy-Duty Industrial Hinge Installation Guide for Professional Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Incorporating kinematic motion, mechanical spring counterbalance, and spring assist technologies into product design is no small task. Engineers and designers need to pay special attention to factors like:

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, Hinge, Industrial

Weber Knapp: How a Manufacturer Can Survive & Thrive for 110+ Years

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 5, 2021 9:01:00 AM

Not all manufacturers get to boast that they’ve been around for a century. But Weber Knapp can, and it’s thanks to our dedication to innovation and diversity. The technology has transformed since the 1900s, and so has the way we optimize your product. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, Hinges, Industrial, Vectis

Where to Use Different Types of Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 22, 2020 12:30:00 PM


Today’s hinges make life much easier and more comfortable. We have progressed so far from just a plain old door hinge to advanced solutions for kinematic motion, mechanical spring counterbalance, and spring assist technologies. 

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Testing & Prototyping, Manufacturing

Behind the Scenes of Making Hinges for BBQ Smokers

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 17, 2020 12:30:00 PM

When it comes to manufacturing BBQ smokers, proper hinge design is vital. Smoker lids are often extremely heavy, which can make them a safety hazard. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Counterbalance, Engineering, Hinge, Hinges, Smoker, Testing & Prototyping, Manufacturing

Bar Lift Gate Innovations & Applications

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 10, 2020 4:00:00 PM


As a kid, you might have marveled at the flip-up bar countertop at your parents’ favorite restaurant. But a lot has changed since then, and bar lift gates have improved significantly. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance, Engineering, Hinge, Hinges, Lid Support, Manufacturing