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When a catalogue spring just will not do the job you have in mind

18 December 2018

Industrial springs are often seen as just a component or forming part of a sub assembly. For the potential user or equipment designer there appears to be a simple choice to start the selection process.

Nick Goss of Goss explains; “there are essentially just two ways for a customer to look for and select the appropriate spring for his job: either he looks in a standard spring catalogue and selects the spring which mostly meets his requirements, if possible. 

“Or, turn to a specialist manufacturer who will offer a complete design advisory service.”

Long life expectancy is a must – choice of material crucial

The type of application that the spring is to be used in will determine life expectancy and performance. Generally, says Nick Goss, “the more expensive the material we use, the longer the life of the component”. A typical application for a compression spring in an engine valve might involve 8,000 cycles per minute and the best material to guarantee this sort of performance is chrome silicon. 

Read the full article in the January issue of DPA

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