Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

7 Tips for an Ergonomic Workstation Setup

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 14, 2019 10:51:00 AM

Anyone who’s spent an extended time sitting at a computer, whether for school or work, has probably experienced some form of strain. What once was the exception is now the norm -- desk jobs are more common than ever, and so are the related health risks.

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Topics: Ergonomics

The Best Position for a Computer Screen in an Ergonomic Desk Setup

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 10, 2019 8:51:54 AM

When it comes to ergonomics and computer screens, it’s all in how you look at it. One thing is beyond dispute: If you want an ergonomic desk setup at the office or in a university setting, there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it.

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Topics: Ergonomics

The Importance of Office Furniture to Workplace Posture and Ergonomics

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 25, 2019 1:53:07 PM

The importance of office furniture in terms of workplace posture and ergonomics is becoming more apparent than ever.

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics

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

Where to Purchase Ergonomics Office Furniture: How to Find a Supplier

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 19, 2019 12:52:00 PM

So you’ve read up on the benefits of ergonomic office products. You’ve heard rave reviews about the top ergonomic office chairs, ergonomic computer solutions (i.e. advanced keyboard mechanisms and adjustable monitor arms), and desktop components for training desks. 

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control

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

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

HPBExpo - What a Show!

Posted by Leila Bell on Mar 15, 2017 11:06:07 AM


Just two short weeks ago, the Vectis™ team traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the annual Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Associations HPBExpo – North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living showcase.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Appliance, Counterbalance, Engineering, Grill, Hestan, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Kamado Joe, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Springloaded, Uncategorized, Vectis

Vectis™ Technical Considerations - Effects of Vertical Distance to the Center of Gravity

Posted by Leila Bell on Oct 28, 2016 4:43:41 PM


So, you’ve decided that a springloaded counterbalance hinge is the ideal way to take your project to the next level. And, you already know that a Vectis™ Counterbalance Hinge can address your specific design challenges and that a Vectis™ counterbalance hinge will outperform and out last a gas spring. But, what technical considerations do you need to make before you click the DYO tab?


To help prepare you for your visit to the DYO app, over the next several months we’ll be discussing some of the technical decisions you’ll need to make in order to design the perfect counterbalance for your project. This month we’re going to discuss the effects of vertical distance to the center of gravity and what that could mean in regard to the ultimate function of your project.


The vertical distance to the center of gravity can have a big impact on how your lid acts near the open position. The greater the positive vertical distance the greater the tendency for the lid to self-open at larger open angles. Conversely, a negative vertical distance allows the lid to be potentially counterbalanced up to the maximum 90° opening angle. If you do not want the lid to coast open at larger angles, consider reducing the maximum opening angle to something close to the balance angle of the lid. The balance angle is the angle of the lid at which the center of gravity is directly above the pivot. If you are looking at the torque chart on the Vectis® DYO app, the balance angle is the point where the lid torque drops to zero.


For applications where the vertical distance to the center of gravity is sizeable, a large opening angle is required, and minimal coast towards the full open position is desired, rest assured that we can meet your needs with a Vectis® Counterbalance Hinge or a Vectis™ Custom Counterbalance.


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If you’re having trouble specifying a Vectis™ Counterbalance Hinge for your project, give us a call, our engineers are ready to assist you!


Jeremy Redlecki

Product Design Manager

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Leila Bell

Business Develop Manager

Weber Knapp Company

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Appliance, Center of Gravity, Counterbalance, Engineering, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, Smoker Grill, Springloaded, Uncategorized, Vectis, Medical Equipment