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Choosing a Heavy Duty Lid Support Provider: The Best Choice for 2022

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 1, 2022 3:45:14 PM

From the retractable keyboard tray you use at work, to the industrial refrigerator door in the restaurant kitchen and the bar pass-through at the diner where you got breakfast today, hinges are a part of everyday life. They also factor into the various tasks at work and the product design of new must-haves for today’s society. 

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Topics: Design, Gas Springs, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support

Gas Spring Alternatives: Mechanical Spring Innovations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 1, 2022 3:22:15 PM

No one wants to have a heavy lid come down on their hand while they are focused on completing a project. Likewise, no one wants to see someone else injured when there are hinges available to help avoid these accidents. 

The hinge market includes a variety of motion control options, including both mechanical spring and gas spring hinges. While some prefer gas spring hinges, others opt for the mechanical spring alternatives. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Gas Springs, Hinges, Manufacturing

Heavy-Duty Lid Support: Mechanical Springs or Gas Springs?

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 19, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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

Replacing Heavy-Duty Gas Spring Hinges with Mechanical Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 29, 2022 9:32:31 AM

Heavy-duty gas spring hinges may be currently installed on your product. However, now the hinge is malfunctioning because the strength of the gas spring has weakened over the lifespan of your product.

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Center of Gravity, Hinges, Lid

Motion Control Basics: A Glossary of Terms

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 22, 2022 11:31:00 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

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, Hospatility Furniture, Durability, Aesthetics, Safety, Food Industry, Testing & Prototyping, kitchen, hospitality, office equipment, Manufacturing

3 Types of Heavy-Duty Hinges: Essential Traits of Spring-Loaded Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 7, 2021 11:46:00 AM

The most durable and versatile products can turn out to be intimidating to the user if the wrong type of heavy-duty hinges are used. Ask anyone that lifts heavy lids all day -- spring-assisted hinges are necessary for the safety and efficiency of your entire staff.

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Topics: Motion Control, Gas Springs, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, Springloaded, Vectis

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

How Do Gas Springs Work? | Heavy-Duty Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 12, 2021 4:15:00 PM

Gas springs and their close cousins are abundant in many industries and applications. From overhead bins in airplanes, and from cargo doors to armored vehicle doors, gas springs have a variety of applications. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Durability, Safety

Heavy-Duty Hinge Design Guide: Heat Resistance & Cold Storage

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 15, 2021 12:15:00 PM

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:

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Design, Gas Springs, Grill, Industrial, Smoker, Finishing, Durability, kitchen