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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

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

7 Use Cases for Custom Heavy Duty Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 29, 2022 9:51:56 AM

While not always visible to the naked eye, custom heavy-duty hinges are hard at work in various industries every day. 

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

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

7 Types of Mechanical Spring Designs

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 25, 2022 11:20:00 AM

Why bother with chemistry and electronics when you can get great performance from sturdy, reliable mechanical motion control?

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Hinges, Lid Support

How Integrating Custom Concealed Hinges Can Class Up Your Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 31, 2022 9:25:29 AM

When designing a modern and luxurious kitchen or bathroom, the last thing a homeowner wants is an obtrusive piece of equipment disrupting the flow and appearance of the room. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Hinges

5 Motion Control Hinge Solutions That'll Charm Your Customer

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 30, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Product makers who want to take their design to another level have more motion control options than ever.

Your manufacturer can now apply hinge solutions in a variety of innovative ways, making your product easier to use and safer at the same time. The right hinge design can, among other things:

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Engineering, Grill, Hinges, Industrial, Lid Support

9 Heavy-Duty Industrial Hinge Design Guidelines for Engineers

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 22, 2022 1:00:00 PM

So your next design -- be it a dishwasher, smoker, tanning bed, refrigerator, or another piece of equipment -- needs the support and reliability of heavy-duty industrial hinges. You’re working on your hinge design calculations and material specs, and things are getting complicated.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Hinges, Lid Support, Finishing, Durability, Aesthetics, Safety

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