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The History of Katy Spring | Leaf Springs & Coil Springs

April 10th, 2018

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 History of Automotive Springs”

We make springs for many types of industries. Quite often, we’re asked if we make springs for the automotive industry. The short answer is, “yes.” The long answer is to follow. While automotive springs are not Katy Spring’s main industry that we serve, the history of automotive springs is an interesting topic.
The modern automobile suspension system was developed in 1904. Automobile suspension was quickly upgraded in 1906 when front coil springs were mounted on a flexible, hickory axel that dampened spring bounce.

Leaf springs were first used on carriages. In 1804, the stackable leaf spring was invented and used primarily in rear suspension systems.
Coil springs were experimented with further, but car makers stood behind leaf springs, because leaf springs were less costly and could support varying weights by simply changing the roundness of the leaf spring.

Coil springs were first invented in 1763.

In 1908, Henry Ford used leaf springs mounted on each axel as opposed to having one mounted to each wheel. Ford later discovered he could gain more strength by using vanadium steel in the Model T.

Coil springs were not used in the front suspension again until 1934 when all the major auto makers reintroduced coil springs into the front suspension, this time with each wheel having its own, independent spring. Around the same time, cars also begin to use shock absorbers and low pressure tires to further improve suspension systems and lessening spring bounce.

Rear-end coil springs were first introduced by Buick in 1938. The larger cars generally had leaf springs, while smaller cars had coil springs.
Even today, car suspension systems are being constantly improved and the leaf and coil spring still plays a vital role in the automobile suspension system.

Wire form cotter pin made from .042” 316 stainless steel wire.

April 9th, 2018

This week’s capability video features a wire form cotter pin made from .042” 316 stainless steel wire.

316 stainless is a good, lower tensile corrosion-resistant material. This part is being used for an offshore application.

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Punch press operation for a carbon steel, flat form.

April 4th, 2018

This week’s capability video features a punch press operation for a carbon steel, flat form.

The flat form is part of an assembly, used in the commercial trucking industry. For safety purposes, two hands are required to activate the punch paddles

Blue Powder Coated Compression Springs

April 2nd, 2018

Blue Powder Coated Compression Springs

.625 Rectangular Wire Compression Spring

March 20th, 2018

This week’s capability video features a rectangular-wire compression spring , running on our largest CNC….capable of running the largest produced cold-wound wire size; .625″. Rectangular-wire compression springs are typically used in applications that have a higher load requirement than the space allows for, using a round-wire compression spring. Rectangular-wire is more expensive to produce due to raw material, specialized tooling required and longer set-up times therefore when it’s feasible, round wire is recommended.

.030 music wire spring, a deep-draw stamping, a zinc-plated pin

March 18th, 2018

This week’s capability video features a spring assembly. The assembly includes a .030 music wire spring, a deep-draw stamping, a zinc-plated pin and a lock washer.
The assembly allows the spring to be preset, further relieving spring stress. As a safety feature, the operator must press both paddles with both hands which compresses the spring and allows the washer to secure the internal pin.

.030 music wire spring, a deep-draw stamping, a zinc-plated pin

.080 17-7 stainless steel torsion spring used in butterfly valves

March 18th, 2018

.080 17-7 stainless steel torsion spring used in butterfly valves

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. 

 

.080 17-7 stainless steel torsion spring used in butterfly valves

.080 17-7 stainless steel torsion spring used in butterfly valves

The History of Katy Spring- manufacturing rectangular-wire springs.

March 14th, 2018

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; “We’ve Always Done it That Way.”

It’s one of the most rewarding things we do in this business; help a customer redesign a spring that truly has a high impact on improving their business in terms of profitability, safety, and in some cases peace of mind. It also takes a lot of courage for a customer to agree change a design and not be satisfied with the status quo that just because “We’ve always done it that way,” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best way. Change does involve risk.

There was one customer in particular that has a well-known brand and history in the U.S. who took that very risk to improve their position. Katy Spring was fortunate enough to be asked to take on the project, which we eagerly did, because assisting customers with spring design is one of the best things we do; mainly due to our “three generations of spring maker” knowledge that continues to be past on to current and future Katy Spring employees.

For this particular project, a rectangular-wire compression spring was being used for an application that was for the automotive market. The spring assisted in the braking mechanism so safety was an important factor and concern in moving forward with a design change.

The reason the design change was requested was due to the expense and difficulty involved in manufacturing rectangular-wire springs. The reason rectangular-wire compression springs are generally used in the first place; is when a lot of power is needed in a small space. In this case, the space required was not that small and there was room to use round music wire, a common, readily-available material that requires much less set-up time and run time to manufacture. The original rectangular spring turned out to be overkill in terms of force required and when we worked on a round-wire design, Katy Spring came to the conclusion that round wire will be more than adequate to do the job.

After several months of testing, the new spring design passed inspection and today, is one of this customer’s highest-volume springs used.

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March 12th, 2018

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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 with lateral legs

March 6th, 2018

This week’s capability video features a torsion spring with lateral legs, made from .062 music wire. This spring is being made on Katy Spring’s CNC wire former, then stress relieved in the in-line oven at 550 degrees F for thirty minutes. The application for this spring is for downhole-oilfield technology.

.312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

March 1st, 2018

.312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

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:

312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

 

.312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

The History of Katy Spring

February 26th, 2018

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 Tractor.”

In a start-up business, almost everything is done internally that can be done internally, in order to save on costs and simply, because there’s no one else to delegate to when starting a business.  This includes tasks such as cleaning the restrooms, emptying trash cans, packaging products, painting springs with a spray paint can in a shoe box (because the customer wanted red springs) to less meditative tasks such as interviewing, meetings with customers and vendors, assisting with a spring design, running capability studies and so on; all of which Katy Spring owners have happily participated in throughout the course of Katy Spring’s existence.  Even some of these tasks that can be outsourced are handled by the owners now, such as mowing the grass…what?

Yes, the twenty acres that Katy Spring occupies is mostly coastal grass and needs to be mowed, in the summer about once a month or so.  In 2017 the landscape changed quite a bit though when Katy Spring owners decided to develop about five acres of the property into two businesses; an RV and Boat Storage facility called; “West Katy RV and Boat Storage,” http://westkatyrvboatstorage.com/.  The other business is a business park, featuring business space for small businesses, starting at about thirty seven hundred square feet of build-to-suite spaces.  Katy Spring was the first tenant of the “Schlipf Road Business Park,” leasing out ten thousand square feet for finished goods storage to support customers that utilize Katy Spring’s Stocking Agreement;  http://www.katyspring.com/KS-Web-Stocking-Agreement-Option2.pdf.

Even though Katy Spring has a landscaping service to mow the grass, occasionally it’s fun to jump on the tractor and take a ride, enjoy the outdoors and cut some grass.

All sounds fun, right?  And it was, until the tractor got stuck. Ouch!

When one usually gets something stuck in a field, what’s used to pull it out?   A tractor is typically the answer of course.   So getting one’s only tractor stuck is like driving in a small town and being hit by an ambulance in a town that has only one ambulance.

The area the tractor was stuck in was wet.  The obvious solution is to wait for it to dry up then simply drive it out of the rut.  However, it rained more, a lot more and the tractor sunk even deeper, all the way up to the axel.

So what now?  Of course, wait for it to dry again and get a bigger tractor to pull ours out, which we did and we love our neighbors for it.

No lessons to be learned from this story really, unless I should state the obvious; mow when it’s dry or, if not, avoid the mud.  Stuff happens; we deal with it and move on as we have for almost nineteen years.  Summer’s almost here and mowing season begins soon!

.312 stainless steel torsion spring, shot peened for added life and reduced stress

February 15th, 2018

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.072 300 series stainless compression spring used in valve actuators

February 10th, 2018

.072 300 series stainless compression spring used in valve actuators

 

.072 300 series stainless compression spring used in valve actuators

.041 music wire, wire form used in the military AR weapons

February 8th, 2018

041 music wire, wire form used in the military AR weapons http://katyspring.com/

 

041 music wire, wire form used in the military AR weapons

.177 plated music wire used in the medial industry

February 4th, 2018

177 plated music wire used in the medical industry http://katyspring.com/

 

177 plated music wire used in the medial industry

.050 oil tempered, double body torsion spring used in an instrumentation application

February 2nd, 2018

.050 oil tempered, double body torsion spring used in an instrumentation application


.312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

February 1st, 2018

.312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

312 oil tempered compression spring, shot peened and color coded with an orange stripe

Magazine Spring Packaging

January 24th, 2018

This weeks capability video features a .042 music wire, magazine spring.

Custom packaging allows for faster assembly by the end user and reduces the possibility of part distortion during transit and handling.

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The History of Katy Spring

January 16th, 2018

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;Investing in Growth.

It,’s really amazing to look back eighteen-and-a-half years from where we started with just one W-11 Torrington spring coiler to now owning over forty two, what we call
Centers. Work Centers are basically pieces of equipment where we make springs, wire forms, and flat, formed metal components. The support equipment list for these Work Centers are too many to mention, the point being, we’ve come a long way from only making springs in a wire size range from .020 to .072and with no grinding requirements.

This very narrow capability in the early days put us in a position of subcontracting the majority of our orders, which was roughly ninety percent of all processing. Once we purchased a grinder (the first check bounced by the way) this allowed us to bring much of the work we currently had back in house, however we continued to subcontract well over half of our jobs for the first few years.

As time went on, the business grew along with the customer base and so did our capabilities. Katy Spring has never bet on the come in terms of buying equipment. Every capital investment has been the result of an immediate need for the equipment and that holds true today.

The decisions are also made based on current and historical work load, the support equipment and training demands required when purchasing a machine. We have a good idea of the equipment capabilities prior to purchasing, however we work closely with the equipment vendors to ensure we completely understand the capabilities, maintenance requirements, and training needed to make the equipment productive from the start.

We even go as far as sending drawings to the vendor to inquire about run speeds and set up times so that we are making good, informative decisions about the investment we are making.  So far this strategy has worked, as we have never made a purchase for new equipment that has turned out to be a flop.

Katy Spring will continue to invest in the latest spring and wire form technology as it continues to develop and change every year. The CASMI show, held every two years in Chicago is a great showcase for spring equipment vendors to demonstrate the latest in spring technology. Katy Spring sends a team to every show to make sure that our employees stay informed and are on the front lines of the decision making process, bringing the best the industry has to offer, to our valued customers.

Magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

December 17th, 2017

Magazine Springs
A compression spring with oval or rectangular shaped coils placed inside of the magazine or charger of a firearm. A magazine spring’s function is to push up the bullets or rounds to be placed into the chamber.
Magazine springs .032 thick 1095 Guns and Ammo

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.062 thick 1095 medical spring

December 14th, 2017

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

.062 thick 1095 medical spring

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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 weeks 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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