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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Ergonomic Assessment Checklist for Manufacturing Safety

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 28, 2021 4:15:00 PM


From chronic back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome, we've all seen how much damage bad ergonomics can do. Bad ergonomics, in short, are bad for business.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Industrial, Push Cart, Safety, OSHA

3 Mechanical ‘Universal’ Motion Control System Design Elements for UX

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 28, 2021 3:59:06 PM


User experience is essential to positive customer interaction, and mechanical motion control is essential to UX in many settings. From the hotel room to the manufacturing floor, motion control systems have fundamental impacts on how customers perceive a purchase or experience. 

If your business is in any industry where customers regularly interact with moving parts, here are three near-universal tips for good mechanical motion control design.

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Topics: Motion Control, Hinges, Industrial, Manufacturing

Tips for Implementing Ergonomics in the Workplace

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 20, 2021 2:33:19 PM

We’ve all heard of the nightmare situations that improper ergonomics and training can bring to the workplace -- whether it’s chronic pain for your workers, short staffing, or even costly workers comp claims, bad ergonomics can be a big hindrance to any business, regardless of industry. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Hospatility Furniture, Industrial, OSHA

6 Heavy-Duty Ergonomic Hazards in Construction

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 20, 2021 12:12:00 PM

When most people hear “ergonomics,” they think of office workers in cubicles. But ergonomics – designing or modifying the working environment for the worker’s health and comfort – is crucial to the construction industry, too. 

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Industrial, Safety

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 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 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

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

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

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