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Simple Devices, Big Problem Solvers

One day, I was talking to a new customer on the phone. As I started asking him questions on the specifics of the spring he needed, I could tell he was getting a bit frustrated with all the questions. He’d finally had enough and stated, “It’s only a bendy piece of...

Sweat the Small Stuff

I started my career in the spring business pressing springs and operating several stress relief ovens. I worked another 13 years doing just about everything there was to do, including an eight year stint in a hot coil plant. After I changed employers to seek work in...

Square and Rectangular Wire — The Good, The Bad, and…

I have had many discussions in this column about the attributes of non-round wire shapes. Virtually every type of spring design has been formed from square or rectangular material. And, the basic question is: “Why?” What do I gain or lose from using shaped wire?...

When Worlds Collide

I went through my early years in the spring industry without knowing the meaning of “spring rate,” because no one explained it to me. And that’s too bad, because a fundamental knowledge of spring rate is a key factor to understanding other concepts. I have dealt with...

The Human Factor in Quality Assurance

Virtually everyone in the manufacturing world has been exposed to quality standards. ISO is a popular worldwide standard that Wikipedia defines this way: The International Organization for Standardization (Organisation internationale de normalisation), widely known as...

Spring Essentials – Torsion Springs – a little primer

In the world of springs, one type stands out as the answer to many applications. As with any mechanical device, it has its uses — and its limits. I’m talking about the one and only “torsion” spring. The word “torsion” implies something that twists or rotates —...
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