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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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Revolutionizing Smoker Hinges With Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM

Have you ever looked at your grill design and thought, “I wish this lid wasn’t so heavy and didn’t slam whenever I let go?” 

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Grill, High End Grill, Hinges, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Food Industry, kitchen

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

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

Bar Lift Gate Assist: Improving Staff Traffic Flow in a Restaurant

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 22, 2022 5:14:40 PM

A busy restaurant with every table full and each bar stool occupied is a restaurant owner’s dream. However, a full house comes with a significant risk of injury to staff and patrons.

Imagine this: A waiter fills a large drink order from the bar. They carefully balance the tray of drinks with one hand as they start toward a table of expectant patrons. Working quickly, the waiter attempts to lift the pass-through with their free hand but has difficulty lifting the 45-pound countertop. While straining to lift with one hand, the waiter loses control of the carefully balanced tray of drinks. 

The mix of broken glass and liquid on the floor creates a significant safety hazard and takes a bite out of the restaurant’s profits. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Counterbalance, Engineering, Food Industry, kitchen

Hidden Door Hinge Design: 5 Aesthetic & Functional Considerations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 15, 2022 8:14:00 AM

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

What Are Restaurant/Bar Countertop Hinges? How Do They Work?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 2, 2022 8:51:00 AM

Lift assists for bar and countertop openings are essential features in modern taverns, kitchens, and restaurants. Beyond just looking cool, they have many functional purposes.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Hinge, Lid Support, Food Industry, kitchen

Small Hotel Design + Motion Control: 8 Details a Vendor Needs

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 16, 2022 10:07:00 AM

Driving down a country road, you’re probably going to see more small hotels and motels than huge chains. Even around major cities, new small hotel room design ideas are trending left and right.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Appliance, Center of Gravity, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, Hinge, Durability, Aesthetics, Safety, Food Industry, Testing & Prototyping, kitchen, hospitality, office equipment, Manufacturing, Hospitality Furniture

Designing a Space-Saving Hinge for Heavy-Duty Applications

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 10, 2022 3:15:00 PM

Today’s buyers want more features integrated into their products. They also want something that doesn't take up a lot of space on their property or in their store. So, how does a product designer balance the two?

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Topics: Applications, Design, Grill, Aesthetics, Food Industry, Cost, kitchen

Commercial & Restaurant Kitchen Door Design Considerations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 1, 2022 1:08:00 PM

If there’s one thing that commercial and restaurant kitchen appliances need to be, it’s durable. Ovens, grills, sinks, freezers, and microwaves all have to stand up to regular, repeat use. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Appliance, Hinges, Food Industry, kitchen