Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Vectis Technology: The Future of Hideaway Tables

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 14, 2021 9:04:00 AM
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Summer time means eating outside on the picnic table, surrounded by family and friends. But who loves moving the heavy table once the meal is done? No one.

Cue Weber Knapp's Vectis Technology counterbalance hinges - the future of hideaway tables, work benches, seating, and more. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, Vectis

7 Ideas for Wall-Mounted Furniture Systems That Save Space

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jul 8, 2021 10:30:00 AM

One of the goals when improving a living or commercial space design is to save space while adding functionality and flair. It’s quite the challenge to balance ergonomics, functionality, convenience, and comfort while saving space. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, hospitality

Office Hot Desking Essentials for Ergonomic Workstations

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM

Are you looking for office furniture that can serve multiple people of all sizes, at all times of the day? Hot desking (aka “hoteling”) is a growing trend that allows business owners or office managers to reduce overhead by not letting desks sit idle. Instead, employees reserve a desk as needed for their in-office days. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Engineering, Hinges, Safety, office equipment

Weber Knapp’s Smokin’ Ugly™ Drum Smoker Accessory Kit Earns Sizzling Review

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 18, 2021 3:30:00 PM
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Topics: Counterbalance Hinge, Grill, Hinges, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Food Industry, Manufacturing

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

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 2, 2021 9:30:00 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

5 Hinge Design Guidelines for Medical and Science Equipment

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 7, 2021 1:32:22 PM

Heavy-duty hinges are all about doing a job smoothly and repeatedly without compromising the quality of the overall product. Particularly in medical and scientific applications, hinges are critically essential to the continued functionality of often-expensive equipment. 

As a result, there are many hinge design guidelines specific to these industries that can make or (literally) break your project's success. Below, we'll discuss five considerations for heavy-duty hinges, and the guidelines that ensure they function perfectly.

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Medical Equipment

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design: How Hinges Open Doors to Innovation

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 7, 2021 1:14:34 PM

Summer is the season of grilling, sun, and -- for a growing number of Americans -- fancy backyard fun.

After living the hermit life in 2020, the entire world was ready to kick back and relax around the grill. However, innovation doesn't take breaks, and you've got work to do. Especially since 82% of American homeowners say they are more interested in updating outdoor living spaces than they were prior to the pandemic.

There are many opportunities to improve and innovate the functionality of an outdoor kitchen. Shoring up safety, reliability, and convenience will ensure that your designs don't just help an end-user relax, but also enhance the safety and convenience of entertaining and outdoor fun. If you’re a professional looking to take a custom outdoor kitchen design to the next level, hinges are pivotal for making the ordinary incredible.

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Topics: Design, Hinges, kitchen

4 Advantages of Heavy-Duty Hatch Hinges for Armored/Military Vehicles

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

If you’ve ever been to a military museum, you may have taken a tour of a tank or an armored truck. The huge hatches on those vehicles are very heavy -- if you’ve lifted one, you know what we’re talking about. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Hinges, Lid Support, Durability, Safety

Top 8 Spring-Assist Hinge Applications for Product Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Feb 17, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Picking the right hinge for the right application can often seem like a difficult puzzle. You have to consider the cycle life, environment, and cost, which can often leave you at a standstill. 

But, there’s one hinge option that balances all three factors to provide a reliable and cost-effective hinge solution: spring-assist hinges. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Engineering, Hinges, Springloaded

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