Compression Springs

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Kathysia Industrial can produce high-grade, cylindrically-shaped compression springs in the world. A compression spring is an open-coil helical spring that offers resistance to a compressive force applied axially. They are usually coiled at a constant diameter, though they can be coiled in other needed forms such as conical, concave (barrel), convex (hourglass), or various combinations of these. They are typically manufactured from the round wire in a cylindrical shape and are extremely customizable, square, ovate, rectangular and other non-round cross-section wire can be fashioned to meet differing requirements. Compression springs are used to resist force and/or store energy, depending upon the application.

Characteristics

By far the most widely used type of spring, compression springs are designed to oppose compression and return to its uncompressed length when the applied force is removed. A variable pitch between the coils provides different spring rates throughout the operating range of the spring and aid in minimizing resonate surging and vibration.  Because of the number of compression spring characteristics that can be tailored to specific circumstances, this type of spring represents a flexible design approach to force resistance and energy storage.

Dimensions Measurement Guide

compression spring

  1. Hold the base of the spring in one hand, and the calipers in the other hand.

  2. Place the calipers on the outside of the last coil, measuring the largest dimension. This is called the Outside Diameter (O.D.).

  3. Place the calipers on the wire in the center of the spring. This is called the Wire or Material Size. You should also measure the wire toward one end for comparison and accuracy.

  4. Place the calipers on the full length of the uncompressed spring. This is called Free Length.

  5. Count the total coils, beginning at one end, just next to where the wire has been cut. Be sure you count all coils, including any portion of a coil. (see diagram for example)

Service life

It should be noted that if critical force-versus-deflection linearity is required, only the center 60-80% of the available deflection range should be employed. Thus, reserve at least the first and last 15-20% of the range for potential spring-end and adjacent coil-contact effects. These effects can be largely ignored for the majority of spring applications.

The "Suggest Maximum Deflection" used in our online and print catalog reflects the recommended inches of travel to obtain a statistical service-life of approximately 100,000 cycles(deflections) with infrequent breakage. This can be realized if the spring in question is not subjected to shock loads, rapid cycling, temperature extremes, corrosion, or stress values above those recommended. If the spring is statically loaded (not cycling), a near-infinite life can be expected. Extended spring service-life can be achieved through shot-peening. Our custom spring department can advise you regarding this procedure.

Materials

The highest grades of spring wire are used when fabricating our springs. To create cost-effective warehousing of our stock spring inventory for our customers, we offer material certification as custom springs only. Certifications of conformance for geometric tolerances set by the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) are available for our stock springs upon request.

The term "spring steel" is a stock inventory term covering music wire, hard-drawn(MB) wire, and oil-tempered wire. Additionally, stock compression spring materials may include stainless steel (300 series), beryllium copper, and phosphor bronze.

Tolerances

Kathysia Industrial manufactures the springs to commercial tolerances, as defined by the SMI. Calculated rates and loads based on SMI geometric tolerances have an approximate +/- 10%. Low or high-index springs will have higher values. Compression springs characteristically have an hourglass shape when coiled on an automatic coiler; therefore, outside/inside tolerancing is applied to end coils only. This is an improvement consideration when selecting a spring that fits over a rod or inside a cylinder. Call us if tighter tolerance values are required for your application.

Direction of Helix(Wind)

The wind direction of our springs varies, both right-hand and left-hand wind. Our springs are usually for right-hand wind direction. To order spring-wound a specific direction, please contact our custom spring division.

Ends

Both the online catalog and the print version provide data on end configuration for our compression springs. Available configurations include:

Finish

Our compression springs usually with the finish of the spraying plastic, also you can select the following requested finishes:

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