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Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

Industrial Hinge Design Calculations: Door & Lid Torque

Posted by Weber Knapp on Dec 7, 2021 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

Identifying Bad Ergonomic Design in the Workplace

Posted by Weber Knapp on Nov 22, 2021 10:32:16 AM

As more companies and industries realize the benefits of implementing ergonomic equipment, more and more equipment claims to be “ergonomically” designed. And since ergonomic equipment is beneficial everywhere from the grocery store to the construction site, it’s important (and ever-more challenging to weed out the posers. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Push Cart, office equipment, 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

6 Benefits of Working With Onshore Motion Control Manufacturers

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 29, 2021 1:32:00 PM

Whether you’re seeking ergonomic equipment, counterbalances, or spring-assist hinges, ensuring your motion control manufacturer has your best interest and success in mind is of top priority. 

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Topics: Motion Control, Cost, Supply Chain, standards & certifications, office equipment, Manufacturing, OSHA

3 Features of Heavy-Duty Spring-Assisted Hinges in Product Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 27, 2021 10:13:33 AM

When designing industrial-grade, heavyweight products, factoring in motion control is crucial to both the product’s longevity and the end user’s safety. When used correctly, gas, spring-assisted, and counterbalance hinges significantly reduce the risk of injuries that can result in insurance claims or liability issues.  

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Topics: Motion Control, Design, Hinges, Springloaded

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

Ergonomic Essentials in Hub-and-Spoke Model Office Setups

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 31, 2021 10:21:00 AM

In the height of pandemic-related restrictions and work-from-home requirements ended, employees got used to the flexibility of working from home or on the road. Now, many businesses are considering the hub-and-spoke model to allow for multiple satellite offices to suit their employee’s needs.

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Topics: Applications, Ergonomics, Motion Control, office equipment, OSHA

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

How Do Gas Springs Work? | Heavy-Duty Hinge Design

Posted by Weber Knapp on Aug 12, 2021 4:15:00 PM

Gas springs and their close cousins are abundant in many industries and applications. From overhead bins in airplanes, and from cargo doors to armored vehicle doors, gas springs have a variety of applications. 

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Topics: Applications, Motion Control, Design, Gas Springs, Durability, Safety