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Conical Compression Springs

May 10th, 2017
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Conical-Compression-Springs-.030-302-Stainless-Valves

 

Conical COMPRESSION SPRINGS are open-coil helical springs wound or constructed to oppose compression along the axis of wind. Helical Compression Springs are the most common metal spring configuration. Generally, these coil springs are either placed over a rod or fitted inside a hole. When you put a load on a compression coil spring, making it shorter, it pushes back against the load and tries to get back to its original length. Compression springs offer resistance to linear compressing forces (push), and are in fact one of the most efficient energy storage devices available.

Magazine Springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

April 20th, 2017
magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

The History of Katy Spring

April 13th, 2017

 

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “So you want to sell springs?”

Many people have thought about going into sales, probably not spring sales, being that it’s such a specialized niche business, however like a lot of sales positions there are some similar comparisons; prospecting, presenting, following up and closing all require similar skills sets not matter what the product or service is that’s being sold.

The truth is, everyone will sell at some point if their life.  Every time my kids tried to borrow money, they were selling me on the reasons why the money was “needed.”

Dating is probably the most common form of selling.  Two people meet and during the courting process, everyone is putting their best foot forward, trying not to mess up the opportunity for a long-term relationship.

So what makes spring selling different from other types of selling.  The first thing; there’s tons of opportunity (which is great) because ninety percent of all mechanical things have a spring or spring device in it.  That vast use of springs also can make it a little overwhelming sometimes for a spring salesman to decide on the best place to focus his or her efforts to find the best fit for the company they are working for, which a lot has to do with knowing your company’s capabilities.

The other attribute of spring selling is the wide range of where business is located.  For most spring manufacturing companies, the core of business is within a 300 mile, geographical radius of the plant location.  Usually more than half, and then 75% of that business are usually within 20 miles.  Still, many good customers that require a visit, calls need to be made via air or driving long distances.

A spring salesman can expect to spend a few nights away from home and put about 40,000 to 50,000 miles per year on a car…that’s lots of windshield time.  It’s not for everybody.

The reward is that spring salesmen get a front-tor seat to see some of the finest products made right here in the USA.  It’s a privilege that not all sales position provide.  The people in manufacturing are typically very nice and there’s an understanding as well as mutual respect since the customer and the spring salesmen are really in the same business of making stuff.

Selling springs is a very rewarding and fun career.

Compression Spring 2017

March 6th, 2017

Compression Spring 2017

Ordering Compression Springs

The basic information needed by Katy Spring in order to assist our customers with compression springs is material, wire size, free length, number of coils, travel, diameter, end types, finish, works over, works in, and maximum solid height. Katy Spring can assist our customers in determining design parameters for compression springs if only partial data is available.

Music wire, hard-drawn MB, oil-tempered MB, and stainless steels are the most popular materials. Alloy steels such as chromium-silicon and chromium-vanadium are often used. Copper-based alloys such as beryllium-copper, phosphor-bronze, and spring brass are occasionally required, as are the proprietary nickel-based alloys such as Inconel, Monel, Ni-Span C, Elgiloy and so on.

Determining wire size is part of the design method process for compression springs. The methods used for design evolved from trail-and-error method observations all the way up to today’s modern methods of spring design software which is incorporated by Katy Spring to assist our customers with wire size selection.

Compression springs 2017

Compression springs 2017

Compression Spring Design

March 3rd, 2017

Press Release 3-1-17 Compression Spring Design Video:

Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is an ISO certified, custom spring manufacturer, wire forming and metal components company. Contact us today 281-391-1888 or visit our website http://katyspring.com

.080 Spring Brass Door Fixtures Double-body- Torsion Spring

February 23rd, 2017

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.080 Spring Brass Door Fixtures Double-body- Torsion Spring

.080 Spring Brass Door Fixtures Double-body- Torsion Spring

 

.080 Spring Brass Door Fixtures Double-body- Torsion Spring

.080 Spring Brass Marine Wire Form Spring

February 23rd, 2017

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Wire Form Spring

.080 Spring Brass Marine Wire Form Spring

.080 Spring Brass Marine Wire Form Spring

Extension Springs 2017

February 16th, 2017

Extension Springs 2017.   For more information contact Katy Spring today:  Please send inquiries to: sales@katyspring.com
Ph. 281-391-1888

 

Extension Springs 2017

Extension Springs 2017

Extension Springs .040 Zin plated music wire extension for marine products

Extension Springs .040 Zin plated music wire extension for marine products

Extension Springs

Extension springs are closed-coiled helical springs that extend under a pulling force. Many design considerations must be made with extension springs including; initial tension, stress and deflection of hooks, hook end types.

There are a variety of extension spring end types. Machine loop and hook over center, side loop, full loop over center, no hook, extended hook, hook end with swivel, v-hook over center, double twisted full loop over center, and many more.

Compression Spring Load Testing 2017

February 13th, 2017

At Katy Spring, various springs are tested for load.

Compression Spring Load testing

Compression Spring Load testing

Here is a list of notes in addition to the above to keep in mind when ordering compression springs from Katy Spring:

1. The normal square ness tolerance for ground ends is 2-3 degrees.
2. Use conical compression springs when a short, solid height is needed to reduce buckling and surging.
3. Leave the wind direction optional for compression springs. Use right hand wound when the compression spring is being threaded on a bolt, one right and one left when two springs are being used inside the other to avoid meshing coils.
4. Specify a force with a tolerance (+/- 10 percent) at an exact compressed height rather than a definite deflection. Spring rate is the difference of two forces divided by the amount of deflection between those forces.
5. Make Katy Spring aware of unusual conditions such as temperature, corrosive environments, impact force, and fatigue life.
6. Specify the mandatory requirements only to Katy Spring. Leave the exact wire size and number of coils to the discretion of Katy Spring whenever possible.
7. Make Katy Spring aware of the spring travel and any solid height requirements.
8. After the parameters are determined, view Katy Spring’s online catalog for a possible match to your compression spring need.

Spring Manufacturer History

February 11th, 2017

The History of Katy Spring

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “Grab It.”

One of our favorite projects is to take a spring or wire form assembly and make it better, safer, less expensive or perhaps…all of the above.

Katy Spring is involved in a project right now in which 4 separate spring and wire form configurations are being used in an assembly that customers in the field are installing on their products.

These installations can be costly and so are the components that perform the function needed.  Katy Spring has found a way to combine all four spring and wire form components into one part; a huge savings is possible from this new design!

The key is that the assembly must be easy for the installers and that part of the equation is yet to be resolved.

Katy Spring makes prototypes for many customers, and the prototypes can be expensive due to allocation machine set-up times over just a few pieces can cause unit prices to be relatively high compared to an economical production run.

With that in mind, Katy Spring offers a discount for samples and prototypes in which the product needs to be tested for fit and function as is with the above-mentioned spring.

If the product trial is successful and a production order is placed, a fifty percent credit is applied to the production order helping Katy Spring customers save money on sometimes expensive samples and prototypes.

 

Please send inquiries to: sales@katyspring.com
Ph. 281-391-1888

Custom Compression Springs 2017

February 8th, 2017

Custom Compression Springs 2017   Seeking Custom Compression Springs?

Compression Springs Manufacturers | Katy Spring:

A compression spring is an open coil helical spring that offers resistance to compressive force applied axially. Compression springs are commonly coiled as a constant diameter cylinder, below are several types of compression springs including:

 

Custom Compression Springs 2017

Custom Compression Springs 2017

Compression Springs Heavy Duty

February 5th, 2017

Compression Springs Heavy Duty   Contact Katy Spring today for more information

Compression Springs Heavy Duty

Compression Springs Heavy Duty

Compression springs should be stress relieved to remove residual forming stresses produced by the coiling operation. Depending on design and space limitations, compression springs may be categorized according to stress level . Please view the categories below.

  • There are compression springs which can be compressed solid without permanent set, so that an extra operation for removing set is not needed. These springs are designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid and they do not exceed about 40 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

  • Another type of compression spring are those which can be compressed solid without further permanent set after set has initially been removed. These may be pre-set by the spring manufacturer as an added operation. These are springs designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid that usually do not exceed 60 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

  • Lastly there are springs which cannot be compressed solid without some further permanent set taking place because set cannot be completely removed in advance. These springs involve torsional stress levels which exceed 60 percent of the minimum, tensile strength of the material.

Compression Springs 2017

February 5th, 2017
Compression Springs 2017

Compression Springs 2017

Compression springs should be stress relieved to remove residual forming stresses produced by the coiling operation. Depending on design and space limitations, compression springs may be categorized according to stress level . Please view the categories below.

There are compression springs which can be compressed solid without permanent set, so that an extra operation for removing set is not needed. These springs are designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid and they do not exceed about 40 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Another type of compression spring are those which can be compressed solid without further permanent set after set has initially been removed. These may be pre-set by the spring manufacturer as an added operation. These are springs designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid that usually do not exceed 60 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Dallas Spring Manufacturers

January 27th, 2017

Are you seeking Dallas spring manufacturers?   Contact Katy Spring at 281-391-1888  or sales@katyspring.com

 

Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is committed to helping our customers with their custom formed metal component requirements.  We make it our business to help your business succeed by offering excellent quality, service, and competitive pricing.

 

Conical Compression Springs

Conical Compression Springs

Katy Spring looking into powder coat

January 25th, 2017

The History of Katy Spring

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “Time for Coffee.”

Patience is a virtue.  At Katy Spring we are continually looking for ways to improve and offer better ways, and more cost-effective ways to help our customers.

It’s tempting to jump at ways to improve, especially in a business where technology is king.

Katy Spring never jumps into something without a full review, which is one of the reasons our company has been successful in my opinion.

Case and point; a powder coat line.  We have been looking at adding a powder coat line for many years, mainly because frankly we haven’t been fully satisfied with local suppliers.

Katy Spring doesn’t have enough powder coating business to support the expense of most powder coat lines.  We like to have enough existing spring business to support any equipment we invest in; then add more work to further support the investment.

So over the years, Katy Spring has never found a powder coat line that made sense to purchase.

That changed this week.

 

While looking at a company that was offering a wire form machine and oh and by the way, we have a small, very affordable powder coat line.

It won’t be long until Katy Spring will be offering powder coat services both to support Katy Spring and outside services.

Compression Spring Load Tester

December 16th, 2016
Compression Spring Tester

Compression Spring Tester

Compression springs should be stress relieved to remove residual forming stresses produced by the coiling operation. Depending on design and space limitations, compression springs may be categorized according to stress level . Please view the categories below.

There are compression springs which can be compressed solid without permanent set, so that an extra operation for removing set is not needed. These springs are designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid and they do not exceed about 40 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Another type of compression spring are those which can be compressed solid without further permanent set after set has initially been removed. These may be pre-set by the spring manufacturer as an added operation. These are springs designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid that usually do not exceed 60 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Lastly there are springs which cannot be compressed solid without some further permanent set taking place because set cannot be completely removed in advance. These springs involve torsional stress levels which exceed 60 percent of the minimum, tensile strength of the material.

Press Release 12-6-16

December 6th, 2016

Press Release 12-6-16. Katy’s Spring Safety Video. Safety is priority one.

http://www.katyspring.com/

The History of Katy Spring -Compression Springs

November 13th, 2016

The History of Katy Spring

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “Time for Coffee.”

I love to write stories about helping customers that have an idea, seeing that idea come to fruition, especially when it’s hugely successful!  Katy Spring has helped many customers turn their ideas into a product that makes the world a little bit better.

One of the most exciting projects came in the early years of Katy Spring’s growth.  A company in Massachusetts found Katy Spring, via the web, and sent a few drawings to bid on…this kind of thing happens every day at Katy Spring, especially with Katy Spring’s website still being the number one marketing tool for Katy Spring.

Before the request for quote, Katy Spring was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which is something else that’s very common in the spring manufacturing business.  What happened next was not so common.

After the non-disclosure was signed, the company revealed to Katy Spring that Katy Spring, along with several manufacturing companies, were working on a product that had something to do with coffee, and that was all they said.  Oh, and every quote request and order was going to be “hot” (pardon the pun).

It was curious to us why a project of this nature had such a rush-type nature to it.  It’s nothing that is uncommon to Katy Spring.  We serve customers with rush orders all the time, especially in the oilfield industry, where frequently the supplier that can get it done first is the winner.  Katy Spring was also involved in a project where the spring allowed a nuclear power plant to stay running.  The part was made and delivered to the end user, in Vermont, the same day.

The spring quotes, spring design assistance, and quick-turn prototype orders for this coffee project went on for several months.  Then, an invitation came to Katy Spring.

Katy Spring was invited to the product roll-out event, not in Massachusetts but in Alabama.  We eagerly accepted the invitation, and a few days later, we were in a small conference room holding about twenty five or so attendees at a manufacturing facility.  Most of the attendees were component manufacturers like Katy Spring.  Only about five or six worked for the company we were visiting or they were from the design group out of Massachusetts.  And there was something else unusual in the conference room.

Against the one of the walls were several odd-looking devises that had the resemblance of some sort of small, kitchen appliance.  Even stranger were the small canisters neatly stacked in front of the devises with popular coffee brand labels on the canisters which are now commonly referred to as “pods?”

After a brief introduction and demonstration, we all were invited to choose a pod and make a cup of coffee.  Over the next few minutes, we all agreed that the coffee was one of the best and freshest cups of coffee we’d ever had and today many agree; as this type of coffee maker and their pods are in stores and kitchens everywhere around the world.

One never knows what can develop from these types of inquiries which is why we treat every project as if it’s our own personal project.

 

Compression Springs- Extension Springs, Flat springs

 

Compression Springs

October 18th, 2016
compression springs

compression springs

Compression Springs Manufacturers | Katy Spring:

A compression spring is an open coil helical spring that offers resistance to compressive force applied axially. Compression springs are commonly coiled as a constant diameter cylinder, below are several types of compression springs including:

conical compression springs

concave compression springs

convex compression springs

These are used individually or in conjunction with each other. Round wire is predominant in compression springs because it is readily available and adaptable to standard coiler tooling.

Compression springs should be stress relieved to remove residual forming stresses produced by the coiling operation. Depending on design and space limitations, compression springs may be categorized according to stress level . Please view the categories below.

 

Please send inquiries to: sales@katyspring.com
Ph. 281-391-1888

The History of Katy Spring Oct

October 14th, 2016

The History of Katy Spring

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “Springs are Everywhere.”

When I first got into the spring business over twenty two years ago, I was told that springs are in about ninety percent of every mechanical assembly.  Now that I’ve been doing this for a while, I think it may be higher than ninety percent.  They literally seem to be in almost every mechanical product.

Why is that?  First, the definition of a spring is very broad; “a device that stores energy.”  A tree limb is a spring.  A screw driver is a spring.  Most people see a spring as a coiled wire configuration, and that simply is not the case.  They come is a vast variety of materials and configurations.  Mechanical assemblies also include plastics now which further places springs in many other devices and assemblies.

That said, when one is looking for potential customers to help improve their spring purchasing strategy, one can find leads in many places.  I have personally contacted many future customers by simply finding products out and about that have the company name on the label, and the product of course has a spring device on it. It can be a little overwhelming sometimes how much opportunity there is in the spring business.

In casual conversation, when I’m asked about our industry, the person gets a curious look on their face and wants to know what we make springs for or who would need them.  I start to point out springs or wire forms that they are wearing; a watch, ear rings, bracelets, wallet clips, metal-framed glasses, etc. and they are astonished and begin to nod in agreement that yes, there is a large market potential for springs.

But just like most things that are in demand, the demand for springs is there, the demand for excellent spring manufacturing companies is even higher.

I’m often asked; “What makes Katy Spring different form other spring manufacturing companies?”

First is that Katy Spring is run by not just one, but three generations of spring makers.  Many spring makers, when they retire, sell their spring company to a holding company and the art and personal touch of running the company is lost along the way.  Katy Spring’s owners know how to make springs and have years of experience in running a spring company.  The second thing is that Katy Spring puts a huge emphasis on customer service and always has.

As long as springs continue to be everywhere, Katy Spring will be there helping customers fill their unique requirements.

 

Types of Wire Springs We Make

October 11th, 2016

Compression Springs Suppliers 2016

October 4th, 2016

Compression Springs Suppliers 2016

 

Compression Springs Suppliers 2016

Compression Springs Suppliers 2016

Compression springs should be stress relieved to remove residual forming stresses produced by the coiling operation. Depending on design and space limitations, compression springs may be categorized according to stress level . Please view the categories below.

There are compression springs which can be compressed solid without permanent set, so that an extra operation for removing set is not needed. These springs are designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid and they do not exceed about 40 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Another type of compression spring are those which can be compressed solid without further permanent set after set has initially been removed. These may be pre-set by the spring manufacturer as an added operation. These are springs designed with torsional stress levels when compressed solid that usually do not exceed 60 percent of the minimum tensile strength of the material.

Lastly there are springs which cannot be compressed solid without some further permanent set taking place because set cannot be completely removed in advance. These springs involve torsional stress levels which exceed 60 percent of the minimum, tensile strength of the material.

 

Please send inquiries to: sales@katyspring.com
Ph. 281-391-1888

The History of Katy Spring

September 18th, 2016

The History of Katy Spring

The history of companies is built by many short stories; some boring, some not. We’re going to try and tell the not-so-boring ones (in our humble opinion) about Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.; a company in Katy Texas that started with a conversation that ended something like this; “Why not.”

These are the stories about Katy Spring, small bits of a bigger story that started in 1999. The stories are still unfolding new chapters every day, thanks to our wonderful customers. It’s written for our customers and future customers so that they can get to know our company, our employees, some historical background and philosophy a little better.

The stories are not told in chronological order. This blog is more of a “Readers Digest” about Katy Spring, written in whatever random order they appear. So without further ado, let’s get started with the next read which is titled; “A Spring History Lesson.”

Non-coiled springs were used throughout human history, e.g. the bow (and arrow), a tree branch for a catapult.  In the Bronze Age more sophisticated spring devices were used, as shown by the spread of tweezers in many cultures. Ctesibius of Alexandria developed a method for making bronze with spring-like characteristics by producing an alloy of bronze with an increased proportion of tin, and then hardening it by hammering after it was cast.

Coiled springs appeared early in the 15th century,[1] in door locks.[2] The first spring powered-clocks appeared in that century[2][3][4] and evolved into the first large watches by the 16th century.  Later, in the late 1800’s, coiled compression springs were developed and used in buggies and carriages.

In 1676 British physicist Robert Hooke discovered Hooke’s law which states that the force a spring exerts is proportional to its extension.

There’s much more to come about spring history.  Please check back with us.

Stainless Wire Form Cookware

August 17th, 2016

Stainless Wire Form Cookware

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Spring Manufacturer

Spring Manufacturing Institute

stainless-wire-form-cookware

Stainless Wire Form Cookware

 

Wire forms come in endless varieties of shapes, sizes, and materials. Several materials used to manufacture wire forms include; high carbon spring steel, phosphor-bronze, brass, beryllium-copper, stainless steel, nickel-silver, high-nickel specialty alloys, and non-tempered wire. Wire forming companies such as Katy Spring can bend wire into fabricated shapes such as clips, pins, springs, rings, hooks, and wire racks to name a few.

 

 

Torsion Spring Music Wire Lawn and garden

August 5th, 2016

Torsion Spring Music

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Torsion Spring Music Wire Lawn and garden

Torsion Spring Music

Torsion Spring Music


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