Industrial Components – Springs
Springs are elastic components that store mechanical energy when at rest and resist forceful deformation. Spring manufacturers often use tempered steel, or stainless-steel springs, made with chromium alloys, and are found in food service and medical applications as they are durable, contaminate resistant, and readily sterilized. Other metals, including copper, bronze, and titanium, as well as plastics may be used in the manufacture of custom springs.
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Applications of Springs
From the paperclip to complex electronic lock systems, springs are found in a wide range of places around the home, in all industries, and in nearly all factors of transportation. A custom spring can be designed to suit any specific purpose, from precision springs in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), medical devices, and Nano-technology, to industrial springs that provide earthquake-proof foundations for high-rise buildings.
Although springs employ very simple, mechanical principles, their function within equipment and machinery across consumer and manufacturing industries is extensive and nuanced. Springs, such as constant force springs, can provide kinetic energy to other pieces of equipment without any external power source. Compression and leaf springs provide essential shock absorption in suspension transportation applications, while extension and torsion springs provide doors, windows and many types of equipment with necessary resistance. As metalworking and heat-treating technologies have improved, spring manufacturing has improved as well, turning out springs with more durable elasticity and greater load resistance. All springs are defined as devices that store potential energy by using an elastic material. The potential energy is at a minimum when the spring is at its relaxed length. Carefully pairing a spring with its intended application will help to ensure the spring’s effectiveness and longevity.