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Archive for October, 2017

.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 1800s.

Torsion Spring Design Press Release 10-10-17

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Torsion Spring Design Press Release 10-10-17 281-391-1888

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.