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Spring Manufacturing Quality |Katy Spring Announcement

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Spring Manufacturing Quality |Katy Spring Announcement

Katy Spring Announcement 5-22-12
Spring manufacturing utilizes various spring testing devices to check compression, extension, and torsion springs for compliance. The spring manufacturing testing devices measure such properties as the hardness of the spring-tempered metal and the amount of the compression, extension or torsion spring’s deformation under a known force. Custom manufactured springs that do not meet the specifications are scrapped. Statistical analysis of the spring test results can help spring manufacturers identify spring production problems and improve processes so fewer defective springs are produced.
About one-third of defective springs result from spring production problems. The other two-thirds are caused by defective spring wire used to manufacture the springs. In the late nineties, researchers reported the development of a spring wire test (FRACMAT) that could screen out inadequate spring wire prior to manufacturing springs.

Computer-operated spring coiling machines improve quality in two ways. First, they control the spring diameter and spring pitch more precisely than manual spring operations can. Second, through the use of piezoelectric materials, whose size varies with electrical input, CNC coiling heads can precisely adjust in real time to measurements of spring characteristics. As a result, these intelligent spring manufacturing machines produce fewer compression, extension and torsion springs that must be rejected for not meeting specifications.

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The Future of Spring Manufacturing | Spring Manufacturer | Your Spring Manufacturer USA

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Future of Spring Manufacturing | Spring Manufacturer | Your Spring Manufacturer USA

Katy Spring Announcement 5-18-12
The Future of Spring Manufacturing
Demands of the rapidly growing high-tech industry, including computers and cell phones are pushing spring manufacturers to
develop reliable, cost-effective techniques for making very small compression and extension springs. Springs that support keys,
for example, on touch pads and keyboards are important, but there are less apparent applications as well. For instance, a manufacturer of
test equipment used in semiconductor production has developed micro-compression spring contact technology. Thousands of tiny compression and extension springs are bonded to individual contact points of a semiconductor wafer.
When this wafer is pressed against a test instrument, the compression springs compress, establishing highly reliable electrical connections.
Medical devices also use very small compression and extension springs. Coiled springs that have been developed for use in the insertion end
of a catheter or an endoscope are one example. This product uses spring-tempered stainless wire about the same size as human hair.

Spring manufacturers that developed these springs are attempting to make them even smaller.
The ultimate miniaturization of compression springs so far was accomplished in 1997 by an Austrian chemist. The chemist built a molecular spring by stringing 12 carbon atoms together and attaching a vitamin B12 molecule to each end of the chain by means of a cobalt atom. In the relaxed state the chain has a zigzag shape; when it is wetted with water, however, it kinks tightly together. Adding cyclodextrin causes the chain to return to its relaxed state. No practical application of this spring has yet been found, but research continues.

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Springs Manufactured for the Fastener Industry

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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Katy Spring Announcement 5-8-12
Katy Spring BlogSprings Manufactured for the Fastener Industry

“Fasteners” is a general term used for components that hold things together, while “Springs” are components that have memory. However, for years springs; such as compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, flat springs and mechanical spring assemblies are categorized by many companies as a fastener-type item. Another general term used is simply “hardware.”
Companies that use a large amount of springs, and a wide variety will have fastener companies management their spring inventory for them along with other hardware-type items. The strategy to outsource components can potentially save companies large amounts of money in terms of inventory and processing purchase orders.
The choice to buy direct from a spring manufacturer or go through a fastener distributor is a case by case decision for companies that is typically decided by thorough financial analysis.
One of the largest fastener shows occurs in Las Vegas annually and is called the “National Fastener & Mill Supply Expo.” Companies interested in learning more about fasteners, springs, and other components like these should make plans to attend this show, which is held in the fall.

Spring Manufacturer | Your Spring Manufacturer USA | Katy Spring

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Katy Spring Announcement 4-11-12
Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest CNC spring-making machine.
Katy Spring will now have the capability to automatically manufacture springs and wire forms
from .312” – .625,” dramatically increasing our capacity for larger wire sizes.
Please contact Katy Spring today for additional information on this and all the latest in Katy Spring news:
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Compression Spring Manufacturer | Spring Manufacturer USA

Monday, May 7th, 2012
Compression Spring Manufacturer | Spring Manufacturer USA

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How Springs are Manufactured | Spring Manufacturer

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

How Springs are Manufactured
 
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How Springs are Manufactured
For springs manufactured up to 0.75 in diameter in a cold-wound environment two techniques can be used.

One consists of winding the wire around a shaft or arbor. This can be done on a spring-manufacturing machine, a spring lathe, even an electric hand drill with the mandrel secured in the chuck, or a hand-winding spring manufacturing machine with a hand crank.
A guiding mechanism for example a lead screw on a lathe, is used to align the wire into the desired pitch as it wraps around the arbor
The wire may also be coiled without a mandrel. This is generally done with a central navigation computer (CNC) spring manufacturing machine.

Springs made on Automatic Spring Manufacturing Machines
Spring-tempered wire is pushed forward over a support block toward a grooved head that deflects the wire, forcing it to bend. The head and support block can be moved relative to each other in as many as five directions to control the diameter and pitch of the spring that is being formed.

For extension or torsion springs, the ends are bent into the desired loops, hooks, or straight sections after the coiling operation is completed.

Hot winding is a spring manufacturing technique used for thicker wire or bar stock. The spring material can be coiled into springs if the metal is heated to make it flexible. Standard industrial coiling machines can handle steel bar up to 3 in diameter, and custom springs have reportedly been made from bars as much as 6 in thick. The steel is coiled around a mandrel while molten hot. Then it is immediately removed from the coiling machine and plunged into oil to cool it quickly and harden it. At this stage, the spring steel is too brittle to function as a spring, and it must subsequently be tempered.

Scott Pitney
Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.
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