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The History of Katy Spring

December 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; “Springs in Space”

Outer space is not completely empty. It consists of a hard vacuum containing a low density of particles, predominantly a plasma of hydrogen and helium as well as electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields, neutrinos, dust, cosmic rays and yes, springs. Katy Spring is proud to say we have springs in space.

In a recent tweet from the space station taken circa early 2017, an engineer at NASA mentioned that a product assembly which included Katy Springs was sent from space. The picture showed the ISS Captain, Peggy Whitson floating in front of lockers that contained Katy Spring springs in the hinge assembly according to a NASA engineer.

Katy Spring has also made springs for a privately-held rocket manufacturer that has used many springs on the rockets launched into space.

As Katy Spring General Manager, Jason West put it, “We make springs that go miles into the earth and miles above the earth,” making reference to Katy Spring customers that include downhole-oilfield tool customers as well as customers in the outer space business.

Another common outer space product that springs have frequent applications is in space equipment that uses batteries for power. There is no oxygen of course, in space so power must come from an electrical power source; either batteries or solar power.

Springs used as battery contacts are typically conical springs or flat spring made from materials with high conductivity; mainly high-strength beryllium copper have many applications that are developed by NASA engineers that specialize in the design and build of battery-powered equipment.

Katy Spring continues to manufacture springs used in space that will probably outlast the machines that helped to make them. As space technology and technology in general continues to develop, who knows where Katy Spring-produced springs will find their home in the new frontier…perhaps even one day Mars?

Wire form made from .062, 302 stainless steel.

December 7th, 2017

Video features a wire form made from .062, 302 stainless steel.
This wire form is used in the firearms industry.
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flat form annealed strip, twisted uniformly into 7 foot strips.

November 27th, 2017

This week’s video features a flat form annealed strip, twisted uniformly into 7 foot strips.
This product is used in fluid processing equipment.
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Load Check Color Code Springs

November 16th, 2017

This week’s capability video shows a multi-process; color code and load check. http://www.katyspring.com

Some inspection requirements, like this one, require 100% load check.
Because the springs are handled one by one, we also perform the color code process which is normally completed in our high-production paint department.

The History of Katy Spring

November 15th, 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; “Spring University”

If one does something long enough, one gets pretty good at it.  In fact, it’s been said that a person can master anything if they do it for ten thousand hours minimum.  Two examples are The Beatles and Bill Gates.  The Beatles are very talented musically; they developed their talent by playing at small bars in Hamburg, Germany, gigs that could last up to fifteen hours a day.

Bill Gates had special computer programming access in the early seventies; that was hard to get computer access and was able to spend many hours programming.

Both the Beatles and Gates became masters at their craft…did they stop when they became masters?

And so when three owners have been in the spring business for a combined eighty plus years (and that goes three generations deep), Katy Spring can confidently say that we are “masters” in the spring business.  And masters also know, the more one thinks they know, the more there is to learn.

In the Beatles and Gates examples, it holds true, there’s always new music to write as is there are computer programs to write.  The spring business is endless in technology developments and the uses for springs and spring applications.

Katy Spring knows that we must continually explore new technology, develop and train employees, and keep educated in all aspects that support the spring industry; tooling, wire, coatings, etc. to continue to ne masters at our craft.  Learning never stops.

Katy Spring continues to attend trade shows that support our industry, specifically the CASMI (Chicago Area Spring Manufacturers Institute) Show which happens in Chicago every two years.  At CASMI, spring equipment makers and vendors that support the spring industry come together to demonstrate and sell their latest technology.  Katy Spring always attends the CASMI show and sends new employees each time to broaden the knowledge base.

.072 music wire compression spring

November 8th, 2017

The end user is a foundry. This spring is an MRO item for the foundry’s production equipment.

This spring is being ground on a pedestal grinder. Pedestal grinders are used for short-run jobs (typically under 50 pieces) that require virtually no set up time.

.105” stainless steel spring, used in welding products.

October 12th, 2017

The spring is being wound on a spring lathe, Katy Spring’s third equipment purchase in 1999.
Spring lathes are used for short run jobs (under 50 pieces typically) and is how coil springs were originally produced in the 1800’s.
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Torsion Spring Design Press Release 10-10-17

October 10th, 2017

Torsion Spring Design Press Release 10-10-17

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Compression springs used in a computer keyboard are also called buckling springs

October 4th, 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; “Spring Applications”

There are many applications of springs; we will start with one application that curious customers ask about from time to time…the computer keyboard.
Compression springs used in a computer keyboard are also called buckling springs
The name refers to the fact that the coil spring tensed between the keycap and a pivoting hammer buckles, i.e. kinks or collapses, at a certain point in its downward traverse, providing auditory and tactile feedback to the keyboard operator. Upon buckling, the hammer is pivoted forward by the spring and strikes an electrical contact which registers the key press. In a Model M, the electrical contact is a membrane sheet similar to that of a modern dome switch keyboard. On the older Model F design, a capacitive contact was used instead.
We will cover other spring applications that are commonly asked about in further blogs.

.080 yellow zinc plated torsion spring used in boating industry

September 27th, 2017

.080 yellow zinc plated torsion spring used in boating industry

.080 yellow zinc plated torsion spring used in boating industry

.080 yellow zinc plated torsion spring used in boating industry

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are helical springs that exert a torque or rotary force and are subject to bending stresses. Torsion springs should always wind up from the free position – never to unwind from the free position. As they wind up, torsion springs reduce in diameter and their length becomes longer. Such springs should be supported over a rod whenever possible. Some spacing should remain between coils to minimize friction which can alter torque and deflection.

.156” Titanium Extension spring used on Boeing Aircraft

September 27th, 2017

.156” Titanium Extension spring used on Boeing Aircraft.

156”-Titanium-Extension-spring-used-on-Boeing-Aircraft.

156”-Titanium-Extension-spring-used-on-Boeing-Aircraft.

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.

Flat Spring form that we make for a components distributor

September 26th, 2017

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This is a flat form that we make for a components distributor, made on a Di-Acro former; used for short-run wire forms and flat forms.
It takes a lot of metal forming talent to create set ups like these that repeat quality parts.

Hurricane Harvery Storm

September 21st, 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; “Harvey”

So many individual stories coming from our area about one of the costliest storms to ever hit Houston, Katy and the entire area as Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall over 100 miles from here, dumped more than 25 inches of rain on a very widespread area of Houston.

The Katy Spring is a very fortunate one.  The plant and offices did not receive any water.  Thankfully, our detention pond was just recently doubled in size as a new building was constructed on the other side of Katy Spring’s 20 acre property just this year.  The water did come up to the foundation of the shop.

Employees could not get to work because of impassible roadways; however Katy Spring resumed full operations after just being closed 2 days.  In comparison, Katy schools did not resume operations for 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, 2 Katy Spring employees were displaced because of flooding and Katy Spring quickly acted to help both families.

Most of Katy took on over 30 inches of rain and was considered one of the higher-impact areas mainly in what’s considered “New Katy” which is close to the 2 reservoirs; Addicks and Barker dam.

Many of homes were affected by the dam’s reservoir backing up because the spillway could not empty water fast enough.  These areas are still cleaning up and will be for quite some time.

Katy Spring experienced 16 inches or rain during the “tax day flood” in 2015.  That amount of rain fell in just 2 days.  The detention was smaller and still allowed the plant and offices to be spared of flooding.

A single-end CNC grinder used for large wire and large OD, short-run grinding.

September 11th, 2017

A single-end CNC grinder used for large wire and large OD, short-run grinding.
Requires very little set up time and can run unmanned for most of run.
Phone: 281-391-1888 http://www.katyspring.com

.625 inch, Chrome Silicon Compression spring wound on a CNC coiler

August 25th, 2017

.625 inch, Chrome Silicon Compression spring wound on a CNC coiler

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Carbon Wire Form, Tight Tolerance Trim Operation

August 25th, 2017

Music wire, half-ring wire form is being trimmed on a manual press due to the very tight tolerances required for this part.

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.125 stainless steel chemical industry

August 19th, 2017

.125 stainless steel chemical industry    http://katyspring.com

.125 stainless steel chemical industry

.125 stainless steel chemical industry

In Line Oven for Stress Relieving Carbon, Compression Spring

August 18th, 2017

In Line Oven for Stress Relieving Carbon, Compression Spring

This is an in-line stress relief oven that is stress relieving or a.k.a, “normalizing” a compression spring.
Springs come straight off the automatic coiler, into the oven. Larger springs are stress relieved in larger, batch-type ovens.
All carbon and 300 series stainless springs are normalized after winding. The normalizing process allows the spring to maintain its physical dimensions.
Because springs are by definition, a material that has memory and wants to return to its “free” position, normalizing prevents this for occurring.
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The History of Katy Spring

August 17th, 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; “Expansion.”

Expansion is a good thing.  When a company is expanding, it is growing.  For years, Katy Spring has been two companies in one; a distribution company and a manufacturing company.

Katy Spring stocks spring for its customers when it makes sense.  Customers that order springs on a regular basis will order a higher quantity that typically brings down the unit cost or their standard cost.

Stocking springs can also reduce lead times and inventory cost, as well as improve cash flow.

Katy Spring has recently opened an additional thirty seven thousand square feet, using some of the space for finished goods and raw material.

Since its humble beginnings, starting off in a rented twelve hundred square foot building, Katy Spring has grown to nearly fifty thousand total square feet on twenty acres owned by the company.

 

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

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.100 stainless steel spring fishing industry

August 15th, 2017

.100 stainless steel spring fishing industry  http://www.katyspring.com/

 .100 stainless steel spring fishing industry

.100 stainless steel spring fishing industry

.062 music wire compression spring wire form combination, marine industry

August 9th, 2017

.062 music wire compression spring wire form combination, marine industry

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.062 music wire compression spring wire form combination, marine industry

.062 music wire compression spring wire form combination, marine industry

Wire Form Manufacturers | Custom Wire

July 13th, 2017

 

.050 music wire firearms industry

.050 music wire firearms industry

magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

 

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.

Several methods to manufacture wire forms are used depending on the size of the part and quantity run. Secondary operations, bending, drilling, tapping, machining, welding, heat treating, grinding are used for short-run quantities. Fourslide, multislide, stamping, and progressive die operations are used for long-runs (usually 20,000 + pcs.), and require special tooling. Many times wire forms are fabricated and welded into assemblies such as baskets or other material handling components.

.050 music wire firearms industry

July 13th, 2017

Katy Spring is your custom wire form company.

 

.050 music wire firearms industry

 

.050 music wire firearms industry

.050 music wire firearms industry

Concial spring, .072 302 stainless valve industry

July 13th, 2017

concial spring, .072 302 stainless valve industry

 

concial spring, .072 302 stainless valve industry

concial spring, .072 302 stainless valve industry

Concial spring, .030 music wire chemical industry

July 11th, 2017

Concial spring, .030 music wire chemical industry

 

Concial spring, .030 music wire chemical industry

Concial spring, .030 music wire chemical industry

Conical Compression Springs

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.

Configurations: The most common compression spring, the straight metal coil spring, has the same diameter for the entire length. Other configuration options for compression coil springs include hourglass (concave), conical and barrel (convex) types. The straight coil spring configuration is the standard coil type for Stock Compression Springs.


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