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The History of Katy Spring

Monday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

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

Wednesday, 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.

Hurricane Harvery Storm

Thursday, 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.

Monday, 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

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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

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.125 stainless steel chemical industry

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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 

Spring Manufacturer  

 

.100 stainless steel spring fishing industry

Tuesday, 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

Wire Form Manufacturers | Custom Wire

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Katy Spring Seeking Manufacturing Reps

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Katy Spring Manufacturer’s Rep Job Posting

Steel Springs & Wire Forms Spring Manufacturer seeks manufacturers’ representatives in:
All domestic US territories except Texas and Oklahoma.

Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is committed to helping our customers with their custom formed metal component requirements including; springs and wire forms. We make it our business to help your business succeed by offering excellent quality, service, and competitive pricing.
Compression, extension, torsion, and flat springs come in endless varieties of sizes, shapes and materials that serve many markets including; oil and gas, medical, agricultural, automotive, aerospace, lawn and garden, recreational, chemical, refining, electronics, robotics, marine and high-tech, and food services, just to name a few.

Visit our website at www.katyspring.com for more information.

The Successful Agency will be:

  • Internally motivated and dedicated to growth
  • A proven performer that is highly successful in their area
  • Results oriented, numbers focused, self- accountable
  • Of high principle-guided character that aligns with Katy Spring values: truthful, selfless, integrity, mutual respect

Preferred agency:

  • Four agent minimum
  • Industrial or metal component sales experience

Why choose Katy Spring?

  • We are committed to the rep way of selling.
  • 4X growth in next 5 years
  • 18 years of financial success and stability
  • High-end, quality driven custom spring and metal components manufacturer
  • Performance and quality leader in the industry
  • Unique, strong competitor differential and selling proposition.
  • Privately held by 3 generations of spring-industry leaders
  • Continuous investment into the latest spring and wire-form manufacturing technology
  • ISO Certified.
  • Excellent customer service and satisfaction ratings
  • High customer and employee retention rate
  • Diversified industry customer base
  • A leader in the latest B2B marketing strategies
  • Katy Spring testimonials; www.katyspring.com/test.htm

Compensation:

  • 5% Commission for the territory
  • Established revenue base
  • Unlimited commission potential
  • No house accounts
  • New account bonus

Katy Spring Expectations:

  • Open new accounts and develop existing accounts
  • Attend weekly group sales meetings (15 minutes via phone/skype).
  • Two plant visits per year
  • Attend two day start-up training
  • Post call follow-up emails

KATY, Texas – June 6th, 2017- For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Press Release 6-6-17

Contact: Scott Pitney
Title: Sr. VP
Company: Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.
Phone: 281-391-1888
Email: scottpitney@katyspring.com
KATY, Texas – June 6th, 2017- For Immediate Release
Katy Spring is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Thorpe to Operations Manager.  The Operations Manager position was created to enhance Katy Spring’s key customer service departments; Quality, Estimating/Design Assistance, Shipping/Logistics, and Supply Chain.

Ryan Thorpe
Mr. Thorpe served as Katy Spring’s Quality Manager, playing a vital role in further improving Katy Spring’s well-respected quality reputation as well as Katy Spring’s ISO certification and standards.
We first look to promote from within our organization.  It’s a long-time philosophy that we believe serves Katy Spring, and ultimately our customers and employees well.”  James West-President.
“It was very exciting to see the applause from his staff when the announcement was made.  It further validated that we made the right decision and chose the right person for the job.” Jason West – General Manager.

  
Throughout his career with Katy Spring, Ryan Thorpe has eagerly taken on new projects with positive results.  Recently Mr. Thorpe was named Katy Spring’s HSE Chairman after effectively serving on the committee as Safety Coordinator.

Additional Information
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About Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc.
Katy Spring & Mfg., Inc. is an ISO-Certified, custom spring manufacturer, wire forming and metal-components-company.

The emphasis and company philosophy is built on offering outstanding customer service.
Katy Spring is a full-service manufacturer that can assist with compression springs, extension springstorsion springsflat springs and wire forms in an endless variety of shapes, sizes, and material types.
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Conical Compression Springs

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Conical-Compression-Springs-.030-302-Stainless-Valves

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.

The History of Katy Spring

Tuesday, May 30th, 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; “The Next Generation.”

Spring companies are built to sell.  At least that’s why most entrepreneurs build any business, is in hopes of selling it down the road or even airing it to a family member.  Some spring businesses are purchased by holding companies that invest in a business and let it run as usual.  There are many ways spring companies continue on after the original owner or owners move on in life.

The problem that occurs with many spring owners or any small business owner is the amount of knowledge they carry with them.  This can cause problems with new ownership if this knowledge is not transferred down throughout the organization.

Spring manufacturing in particular can be a problem because making springs is about sixty percent art.  There are many small nuances obtained over the years of spring making that the owner has, not just in manufacturing springs, it also applies to running the business itself, customer relations, employees and all areas of the company.

This is why a spring business owner should always leave a good trail.  Documentation of systems and processes is essential in manufacturing, operations and sales so that new owners do not have to “figure out” what was done or needs to be done to continue the business’s success.

Of course, the new ownership will have ideas more than likely, to improve the company, however for the new ideas to be implemented successfully, the proven ways of the running the business must be understood too.

Documentation of procedures should be clear to understand and easy to locate.  There should be centralized electronic files, on a server for example, that has instructions how every part of the business is operated, not just for new owners, also for the new employees to minimize training time.

Don’t forget the fun stuff too.  Pictures, photo albums, a company social media page, and copies of company event invitations all can be useful to a company’s story and history for many generations.

Magazine Springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

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

magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

The History of Katy Spring

Thursday, 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.


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