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Need a bespoke spring, wire form, pressing? Goss Springs can help

26 May 2015

The 60 year old family owned and run British business, Goss Springs, manufactures small, high precision components and assemblies from metal sheet and wire with diameters ranging from just 0.1mm to 8mm.

From left: Daniel Goss and Nicholas (Nick) Goss

The company has been manufacturing springs, wire forms and metal pressings since its formation in 1954 by Thomas and Edward Goss, and the business continues to thrive in the hands of its current family management team, namely managing director, Nicholas (Nick) Goss and his son and fellow director, Daniel Goss.

Goss Springs supplies customers not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and, indeed, throughout the world. Industries served include aerospace, automotive, defence, marine, electrical component manufacturers, the electronics industry, medical device manufacturers, security systems builders, sports & leisure goods producers, the hobbies and toy suppliers industries, and oil & gas.

Goss is not a traditional 'manufacture-to-stock-and-catalogue' type enterprise. Its products are almost exclusively manufactured to customer specifications and range from simple helical springs to complex multi-stage pressings, some with precious metal contacts or exotic materials, virtually all custom made in close consultation with customers.

And that 'close consultation' doesn't just stop at an initial design meeting with 'phone and email follow-up. Goss' design and technical advisory capabilities extend to a dedicated prototyping workshop where customers are invited to work alongside in-house specialists during the product development and testing stages.

The company is able to offer advice to customers from the outset on both materials selection and materials processing techniques, and follow it through with advice on the most cost effective manufacturing route to completion.

The products that Goss Springs manufactures at its Epping, Essex site embrace a variety of spring types, including compression, extension/tension and torsion, in a variety of forms, including barrel, conical, double-torsion, double-conical and bespoke wire forms. Moreover, a full range of pressings can be supplied through affiliate company, Press & Multi-slide Tooling Limited.

Despite its specialist custom approach to manufacturing, Goss' production volumes are high, ranging from the 'one-off special’ to individual customer batches of hundreds of thousands of pieces. Overall, many millions of parts are produced per week, with an average annual total approaching 365 million parts.

A wide range of materials is used in the manufacture of these products, including annealed and pre-hardened carbon steel, stainless steel, non ferrous alloys, silver, nickel silver, gold, the latest generation of thermo-bimetals and high nickel alloy material for applications subject to corrosive and high temperature environments.

Quality management

Goss has developed a highly efficient quality management system that is appropriate to the broad range of industries it serves, and which meets the specific and specialist demands of these industries. This system is both foolproof and adaptable, and will meet almost any individual customer specific requirements.

Product quality is of paramount importance to Goss Springs, which has long been ISO9001:2008 accredited. Serving the defence, aerospace and automotive markets has entailed a good deal of work in terms of quality systems development, and the company’s achievement of ISO/TS16949 Automotive and AS9100 Rev C Aerospace accreditation clearly mark it out as a supplier led by quality.

The company is also accredited to AS9100 Rev C, the Aerospace Standard for aviation, space and defence organisations, and is one of very few UK spring companies to have both AS and TS accreditations.

In terms of its AS9100 Rev C Aerospace sector accreditation, Goss can supply a FAIR (First Article Inspection Report) on request, while in the case of medical devices, cleaning and inspection is carried out to appropriate medical standards in a clean room facility, with the provision of Full Certificates of Conformity if required by the customer, plus a detailed spring analysis report.

Recent investments in quality monitoring hardware include two new MicroStudio vision based spring measuring systems, which are capable of providing full statistical process control of parameters such as spring diameter and squareness, and concentricity.

Manufacturing

Goss Springs takes pride in its ability to conduct virtually all necessary manufacturing processes and product testing in-house, which helps customers achieve overall economies of production and thus value for money. Moreover, having all manufacturing and testing contained under one roof ensures much closer control over product quality during the production process.

The company has a broad range of manufacturing machines and processes at its disposal, including grinding, ultrasonic cleaning, barrelling and plating, heat treatment, stress-relieving, calibration, assembly and tooling. An in-house plastic injection moulding facility is also available for customers who require over-moulded parts. Components can be supplied bare polished or coated with a variety of protective or plating finishes, applied either to the whole or to specified areas of the component.

Sub-assembly is also part of the Goss offering. Value-added services, such as the assembly of springs and contacts in electrical components, are at the disposal of customers. The company also helps customers to integrate assembly at the earliest point of manufacture, thereby reducing transport and handling costs and speeding up turnaround. Moreover, assembly of medical devices in the company’s clean room facility will avoid cross-contamination at a later date.

And for those customers who are just seeking a spring of standard size and dimensions, Goss will endeavour to provide a product manufactured to the same exacting quality standards – with all necessary statistical information – at no extra cost.

So, if your current project needs a special spring, wire form or pressing – and you are seeking a supplier – Goss Springs can help, and could even be your product development partner.


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