Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

Counterbalance Springs or Heavy-Duty Gas Springs? Cost Vs. Lifetime

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 17, 2021 9:48:00 AM

When it comes to weight and motion control, developers certainly have their options. Two of the most popular options in high-stress, high-performance applications are gas springs and counterbalance spring hinges. Like with many other competing technologies, there’s a debate over which is the better value.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Gas Springs

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 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

6 Grill & BBQ Smoker Hinge Design Guidelines to Chew On

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

The summer season is synonymous with nice weather, long days and -- of course -- barbecues. More than ever, people are looking for a peaceful escape outdoors, and willing to spend big money on a high-end grill or smoker.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Gas Springs, High End Grill, Hinges, Smoker Grill, Food Industry, kitchen

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