Spotlight on: Less Common Types of Springs
Springs are everywhere; if you want to turn your light on, sit on your comfortable settee or even go for a drive in your brand new car, then springs are involved. They have been around for hundreds of years and they aren’t going away anytime soon.
We at European Springs Ireland understand the importance of all types of springs, from the popular extension and compression springs to the weird and wonderful array of wire forms. To help you understand what we do a little more, here is a great selection of less commonly known springs and their uses.
Constant Force Springs
The most important thing in regards to a constant force spring is that it is a spring for which the force it exerts over a period of time is constant. Because of this, the spring does not obey Hooke’s Law, where the force applied or exerted by a spring is proportional to the extension that is applied to the spring.
The anatomy of a constant force spring is traditionally a rolled ribbon of carbon steel that, when fully rolled up, is relaxed. This means that when the spring is unrolled, the centre of the roll tries to force the spring back to its original position.
Constant force springs are typically used in applications where a smooth return is required, counterbalancing, tension and loading applications. Some industries that would use constant force springs include industrial tools, window counterbalances and point of purchase machines.
Wave springs are one of the most uniquely designed springs present within the industry. In essence, a wave spring is made of a coiled flat wire that have ‘waves’ or minute turns added to give it an overall spring effect.
The main advantage that wave springs have over other varieties of coiled springs, is that they can offer the same amount of extension and compression as traditional compression springs, but they can be as much as 50% of the axial height of normal compression springs.
This means that wave springs are essentially the same as compression springs but just smaller. This is great for applications where the load is relatively large but it is constricted by space. Wave springs help with that by being able to provide a great load and minimise the space that is required.
Possibly one of the most unique products that we at European Springs Ireland are able to manufacture is wire forms. When it comes to the bare bones of it, a wire form is a technical name for a metal rod that has bends incorporated to it to create a unique design that can be used in many different scenarios.
The reason why they have become increasingly popular is due to the advancement of technology, especially in the manufacturing industry. With computer technology becoming more and more accurate, CNC machines can create the most exquisite wire forms for anything from use in headphones to computing.
It is important to understand the technical aspect of the things that we take for granted; how they work, what they are made of, and what they are used for. At European Springs Ireland, we are leading constant force springs, wave springs, and wire form manufacturers, so we know how important it is to know as much as you can about the springs that we use in everyday life.
If you would like to know more, then please contact us today on 048 9083 8605 and we will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.