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Tips from Lee Spring - Matching your spring to your application

When specifying a spring or fastener, it is fundamental that the type, size, materials and properties of the spring are considered in terms of meeting the specific application demands.

“No matter how large or how small a spring may be, as a component, it can be of the utmost importance to the form or functionality of a product” says Chris Petts, Managing Director of Lee Spring.  “Selecting the incorrect type of spring, such as a spring that is not manufactured to withstand particular conditions of the application, or that does not offer the strength required, could result in disaster.”

For structures and equipment operating in harsh environments for example, springs and spring fasteners must be able to withstand different types of extreme conditions including underwater, outdoors and in very high or low temperatures.

“It is important to select the correct materials for a specific application when manufacturing springs” says Chris Petts. “For instance, stainless steel is a tough and corrosion resistant alloy, but for a spring required to face vey high temperatures, stainless steel does not offer the properties required to withstand extreme heat and is likely to distort at a high temperature. It is therefore important to understand the environment it is likely to be used in.”

Lee Spring offers nickel and cobalt ‘superalloys’, which provide excellent mechanical strength as well as resistance to corrosion, oxidation and deforming at high temperatures or under extreme pressure. 

Lee Spring supplies springs and fasteners to a range of industry sectors many of which require high quality springs and fasteners, manufactured to strict legislative standards, such as the automotive, aerospace and medical sectors. It is imperative that springs are correctly specified and of high quality.

In any industry sector manufacturing a product with the incorrect or low quality spring or fastener components will, at the very least, result in a poor quality finished product, which would not be good for business.

Lee Spring offers an extensive range of over 19,000 springs and fasteners including compression springs, extension springs, die springs, plastic springs, wave springs and torsion springs, to suit a wide and varied range of products and applications.

A custom spring design service is available to ensure that springs will meet the specific needs of virtually any application.

 

 

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