When selecting a spring it’s important to know what to look for. Aspects like the material, size and strength of your component are vital when selecting the correct spring to suit your application requirements.
Depending on the environment in which your spring will be used, the material you choose is hugely important. For example, medical industries require non-magnetic and non-toxic materials like plastic for X-Rays and MRIs. Lee Spring offers a range of materials to suit any use, from music wire, and stainless steel 302 or 316, to elgiloy, inconel, berilium copper, and plastic, amongst other materials.
If you’re looking for something even sturdier, Lee Spring’s Superalloy range is made from nickel and cobalt combined. Designed to withstand high temperatures and pressure, and resistant to corrosion and oxidation, Superalloy is the ideal choice for industry sectors such as Aerospace, Nuclear, Valve Manufacturing, Medical, Offshore and Sub-Sea, Turbine Manufacture and General Engineering, or any application where equipment is at risk of deterioration.
When it comes to springs, size does matter. If you’re looking for components for precision tools or for use in medical equipment, musical instruments or automotive parts, Lee Spring’s wire sizes begin at around 0.1mm in the compression range, going up to 6.35mm. The Bantam Mini Spring is just a little thicker than a human hair at 0.01mm, and at the opposite end of the scale the die spring range extends up to a wider size of 9.98 mm, for use in aerospace and other sizeable applications.
Of course, in some situations you may need something small yet strong, and the new 'Skinny & Strong', low index, High Pressure Compression Springs and REDUX Wave Springs are great options. Both are designed to fit into small spaces, with smaller compression sizes, yet they don’t sacrifice any of the pressure and strength of a larger spring.
Lee Spring’s catalogue features around 22,000 stock springs, but if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, our custom spring design service will allow you to create the perfect component in whatever size, shape and material you desire – no spring is too far for Lee Spring!
Contact us to find out more about what to look for in a spring.