Motion Control Engineering & Manufacturing Resources

6 High-End BBQ Smoker Grill Design Ideas for Professionals

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jun 30, 2021 1:45:00 PM

Today’s outdoor and backyard living enthusiasts treat grilling almost like a religion. They’re not afraid to drop down four-figure amounts on your latest BBQ or smoker grill design idea -- if you can convince them it’s worth the price.

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Topics: Counterbalances, Applications, Motion Control, Design, Engineering, Grill, Smoker, Aesthetics, Food Industry, trends

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

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

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

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

Revolutionizing Smoker Hinges With Motion Control

Posted by Weber Knapp on Oct 14, 2020 10:18:15 AM

Have you ever looked at your grill design and thought “I wish this lid wasn’t so heavy, and didn’t slam whenever I let go?” 

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Topics: Motion Control, Counterbalance Hinge, Grill, High End Grill, Hinges, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Food Industry, kitchen

3 Small Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas for Professionals

Posted by Weber Knapp on Sep 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The outdoor kitchen is quickly becoming a popular addition to the modern home. Where homeowners used to simply flip burgers, they’re now adding smokers, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, wine coolers, and more to their outdoor setup. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Appliance, Counterbalance Hinge, Grill, High End Grill, Hospatility Furniture, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Aesthetics, kitchen

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

First-Timer's Guide to the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Expo

Posted by Weber Knapp on Jan 31, 2020 12:02:20 PM

Ready for that summer feeling?

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Topics: News, Grill, Lid Support, Smoker, Vectis, Food Industry, kitchen, hospitality

HPBExpo - What a Show!

Posted by Leila Bell on Mar 15, 2017 11:06:07 AM


The Vectis™ team traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the 2017 Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Associations HPBExpo – North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living showcase.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Motion Control, Appliance, Counterbalance, Engineering, Grill, Hestan, High End Grill, Hinge, Hinges, Industrial, Lid, Lid Support, Smoker, Smoker Grill, Springloaded, Uncategorized, Vectis