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Springs Manufactured for the Fastener Industry

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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“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.

Compression Spring Manufacturer | Spring Manufacturer USA

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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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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Friday, April 13th, 2012

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Shipping and Billing Address:
3535 Schlipf Rd
compression
Katy, TX. 77493

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Spring Manufacturers | Extension Spring Manufacturers

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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Shipping and Billing Address:
3535 Schlipf Rd
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Katy, TX. 77493

Phone: 281-391-1888
Fax: 281-391-0666

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Spring Manufacturer News 4-10-2012 | Katy Spring Announcement

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Spring Manufacturer News 4-10-2012 |  Katy Spring Announcement
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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Quality Automotive Spring Wire | Spring Manufacturer:

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Quality Automotive Spring Wire

Spring-tempered wire is used in a variety of industries, and everyone needs quality spring-tempered wire.

One industry in particular is the automotive industry. The automotive industry has requirements for quality valve-spring wire,
stainless spring wire, and flat and shaped spring-tempered wire.

In these categories are sub categories in for automotive spring wire requirements. These subcategories are oil-tempered spring wire, which consist of valve spring wire, clutch spring wire, and spring wire.
The next subcategory is oil-tempered valve wire, which include alloyed, high-tensile wire, and alloyed wire. Finally there is clutch and transmission wire, Oil-tempered chrome silicon, flat and shaped wire, carbon and stainless to round out the typical automotive spring needs.

Scott Pitney
Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.
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Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc | Spring Manufacturer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
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Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is a custom manufacturer of springs and wire forms, located in Katy Texas.

A few weeks ago, I was taking a customer through the shop, and as we were observing compression, extension, torsion, flat and other springs being manufactured, I started to share a story or two of some of the early days of Katy Spring.

This customer, who uses compression springs in their valve components, got a kick out of one story I told about the first time we received half-inch chrome silicon spring wire for a draw-bar spring assembly job.  This customer suggested I share this story with our other spring customers, so as I think of them I will share them.

Eleven years ago Katy spring & Mfg. had only been in business for a little over a year.  We have spring lathes that can cold wind springs up to .625” spring-tempered wire diameter.  The draw-bar spring required .500 inch diameter spring material so no problem, except most spring manufacturing requires support equipment. Spring lathes use wire reels for larger-diameter spring wire to contain and safely feed the wire into the spring lathe… and we did not have one, because the largest diameter spring wire we previously ran was .250”.

When we received the chrome silicon spring wire, we unloaded the roll of wire, and like a lot of spring manufacturing, started to get creative.  The spring wire roll was banded with metal bands and if we were to just cut the bands with no reel, it could be very dangerous as the spring-tempered wire roll would unravel like a mad octopus of spring wire, damaging or injuring anything in its circumference.

So we drug the roll of wire out to the yard with a fork truck, wrapped it with rope, cut the metal bands (the rope held the roll together… thank goodness) threw gas on the rope, lit the rope, ran way, and a few minutes later we had a heap of half-inch spring wire.  We took a torch out and cut the wire into its developed lengths and ran the draw-bar spring job.

Soon afterwards, we got a spring lathe reel, and today no worries.

It’s just another example of “doing whatever it takes” at Katy Spring.

 

Scott Pitney

 

Katy Spring Sheet Metal Expansion Update | Spring Manufacturer

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Thank you to everyone who responded to our sheet metal expansion survey. The response was very favorable and the information will help us in deciding on whether Katy Spring will be complimenting its current product lines of springs, wire forms and light stampings. Currently Katy Spring manufactures small flat springs which can be considered sheet metal parts. The expansion would include capabilities to manufacture larger sheet metal components such as enclosures, thicker sheet metal materials and secondary capabilities including punching, bending and welding. Katy Spring will be posting further up0dates to the sheet metal expansion project and is progresses.

Katy Spring Sheet Metal Expansion Update | Spring Manufacturer

Katy Spring New Testimonial

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Casey gives me great service. He is fast and I like fast. You guys also make very good springs for me. Po will go out early next week.”

THANKS
JDW Specialty Valves

Spring Manufacturing and ISO Quality

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

ISO (The International Organization for Standardization) is an international organization where representatives from various bodies set quality standards. Many spring manufacturing companies today are ISO certified, including Katy Spring & Manufacturing (a Houston, Texas-based spring manufacturer), which became ISO certified in 2002.

Though ISO is a good tool for setting spring manufacturing quality standards, ISO does not ensure quality; that’s where the human factor comes into play. A spring manufacturer’s quality assurance department defines the quality standards, which are largely based on ISO standards, and modified to fit the unique needs of the spring company and their customer’s requirements. The spring quality assurance department then regulates that the standards are being followed on the shop floor.

ISO certification alone does not guarantee quality products will be produced by spring manufacturers. Quality is everyone’s responsibility. Good communication between spring makers, the quality department and management is crucial to the over-all success of the spring manufacturer’s quality in relation to the product produced. If and when a quality problem occurs, the problem should be identified and corrected to prevent future quality problems.

Katy Spring Introduces New Spring Manufacturing Blog

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

By-Scott

Welcome to the Katy Spring new manufacturing blog.


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