Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

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

Ergonomics in Manufacturing: How to Improve Shop Floor Safety

Posted by Weber Knapp on May 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

In manufacturing, safety is always a major concern. Hazards that come with the territory of a manufacturing line or shop floor can pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of your employees.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Safety, Manufacturing

6 Signs Your Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Is Letting You Down

Posted by Weber Knapp on Mar 19, 2021 2:15:34 PM

The key to a successful business is being surrounded by competent people, whether that’s your employees or your third-party partners. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Durability, Safety, Cost, Manufacturing

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

Design Guide for Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Marine Hinges

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 26, 2021 12:00:00 PM


No matter where you live, work, or play, there are hinges around. Cabinets, fridges, grills, cars, and airplanes all have hinges that we interact with on the day-to-day

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Finishing, Durability, Manufacturing

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

What Is A Hidden Hinge On A Refrigerator?

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 15, 2020 12:30:00 PM

A quick look at a few higher-end refrigerators will show you how prevalent hidden hinges are in top-tier appliances. As the name suggests, these hinges are invisible to the casual glance and therefore create a more seamless look in the kitchen. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Design, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Hinge, Hinges, Lid, Testing & Prototyping, kitchen, Manufacturing

5 Tips for a Dedicated Remote Workstation That Beats Winter Blues

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 19, 2020 4:51:42 PM


With the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect and winter fast approaching, it’s crucial to be prepared for the work-from-home holiday. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Hinges, Hospatility Furniture, Safety, office equipment, Manufacturing

Behind the Scenes of Making Hinges for BBQ Smokers

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 17, 2020 12:30:00 PM

When it comes to manufacturing BBQ smokers, proper hinge design is vital. Smoker lids are often extremely heavy, which can make them a safety hazard. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Design, Counterbalance, Engineering, Hinge, Hinges, Smoker, 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