Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

What Are Restaurant/Bar Countertop Hinges? How Do They Work?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 9, 2021 8:49:00 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

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

Motion Control Solutions for Ceramic Studios

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 12, 2021 8:30:00 AM

While some industries have been using motion control solutions for years, other industries could still benefit from modern hinge designs – ceramics being one of them. 

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

Weber Knapp Employee Spotlight: Director of Manufacturing Engineering

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

When people think of the term engineering, things like rockets or skyscrapers come to mind. But not all engineering is about building massive structures or traveling into space. 

Some engineers focus on the little details that take a customer’s product from ho-hum to high-end.

We spoke with Erik Dahlgren, the Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Weber Knapp, to find out how those little details can be a game-changer for a customer’s product.

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Topics: News, Applications, Ergonomics, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid, Lid Support, hospitality, Employee Spotlight

Where to Use Different Types of Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 22, 2020 12:30:00 PM


Today’s hinges make life much easier and more comfortable. We have progressed so far from just a plain old 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, Counterbalance Hinge, Engineering, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Testing & Prototyping, Manufacturing

Bar Lift Gate Innovations & Applications

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 10, 2020 4:00:00 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

VIDEOS: Motion Control Solutions for Complex Industrial Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 20, 2020 12:24:00 PM

Today “motion control” implies automation, robotics, and electronics. But you’d be amazed what you can achieve when you combine old-fashioned mechanical engineering with a creativity-minded manufacturer.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Lid Support, Vectis, Durability, Safety, Food Industry, kitchen, hospitality, office equipment

Industrial Hinge Design Calculations: Door & Lid Torque

Posted by Weber Knapp on Apr 8, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Complex hinge design is a staple of many high-end, high-performing products. The math required to make your lid, cover, or door work as advertised can be wildly different depending on your application.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Center of Gravity, Engineering, Grill, Industrial, Lid Support, Smoker, Safety, kitchen