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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Bar Lift Gate Innovations & Applications

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 11, 2022 2:07:00 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

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

6 Types of Heavy-Duty Hinges & Where to Use Them in Commercial Designs

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 18, 2022 6:45:00 AM

Today’s hinges make life much easier and more comfortable. We have progressed so far from just a plain, 'ol 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, Engineering, Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Aesthetics, Cost, Testing & Prototyping, kitchen, Manufacturing

What Is A Hidden Hinge On A Refrigerator?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 4, 2022 12:30:00 PM

A quick look at a few higher-end refrigerators will show you how prevalent hidden hinges are in top-tier appliances. As the name suggests, these hinges are invisible to the casual glance and therefore create a more seamless look in the kitchen. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Testing & Prototyping, kitchen, Manufacturing

How Counterbalance Hinges Add Innovation to Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM

Customer expectations can certainly change in a 112-year span.

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinge, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, Industrial, Lid, Lid Support, kitchen

How to Buy the Best Ergonomic Keyboard Tray for Your Office Setup

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 15, 2021 9:18:00 AM

Do your employees spend a lot of time at their computers? At this point, who doesn’t?

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Counterbalance, Hinge, Safety

Standard or Heavy-Duty Industrial Hinges: Is It Time to Upgrade?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Engineers and designers often ponder over what type of hinges to use on their product. “Should we go with standard hinges or invest in heavy-duty industrial hinges?”

In most situations, a standard hinge is a cost-effective motion control method that will perform acceptably. However, if you’re looking for that next level of efficiency and safety, upgrading to a heavy-duty industrial hinge solution is the way to go. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Durability, Manufacturing

Design Guide for Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Marine Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 26, 2021 12:00:00 PM


No matter where you live, work, or play, there are hinges around. Cabinets, fridges, grills, cars, and airplanes all have hinges that we interact with on the day-to-day

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Finishing, Durability, Manufacturing

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