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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Counterbalance Hinges: Safety and Injury Reduction in the Workplace

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 24, 2022 3:24:00 PM

Workers deal with a lot of equipment and applications that can cause trauma to their hands. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 102,350 total hand injuries occurred in 2020. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, kitchen

Weber Knapp Counterbalance Hinges Help Your Industry Innovate

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 22, 2022 8:46:00 AM


At first glance, you might suspect that the only place you’re going to see a Vectis™ Counterbalance is in an industrial setting, perhaps mounted on an enormous machine shield, or maybe some type of oversize industrial tank lid. 

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Vectis

Vectis Spring Assist Hinges Are Customized to Your Needs

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 15, 2022 2:46:00 PM

Hinge installation does not have to be the same as it was decades ago. In fact, more than 10 decades of mechanical motion control research and engineering design efforts have led to the introduction of a new line of hinges that provide precise control and reliable results every time you open the lid they are installed to manage. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Hinges, Vectis

Smokin' Ugly: Creating a Drum Smoker to Your Specs

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 15, 2022 2:41:40 PM

For fans of smoked meat, investing in a Smokin’ Ugly Drum Smoker makes a lot of sense. Enjoying prime rib, brisket or turkey smoked in your backyard - preferably in a drum smoker that can be set and checked on minimally until the cooking is complete - sounds like the ideal summer meal plan. 

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Topics: Design, Grill, Hinges, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Smokin' Ugly

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

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

Vectis™ Technology: Counterbalance Motion Control Video Tutorials

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 25, 2022 3:07:22 PM



Choosing the right motion control solution can involve some tricky elements. When it’s time to understand the type of counterbalance or spring-assist hinge you need and the best way to move forward with the installation, it helps to have a visual guide as a resource. The Vectis pages provide both written content and videos that do everything from explaining how a Vectis hinge can be a better choice than a gas hinge to how to install and adjust the hinge solution you choose. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support, Vectis

How to Use a Counterbalance Hinge for Pivoting Loads

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 20, 2022 8:13:00 AM

If you want to design a product with a heavy lid or door, it’s useful to research how engineers have solved similar problems with other products.

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Springloaded

Heavy-Duty Grill Hinge Options: Good, Better, Best

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 18, 2022 10:15:00 AM

Does the lid of that grill, smoker, or barbecue pit you designed fly backward or slam shut unexpectedly? Blame the cheap hinges!

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Grill, Hinges, Smoker Grill