The Difference Between Tension and Torsion Springs

Torsion springs and tension springs sound similar but they are quite different. On a garage door, for example, torsion springs will extend less than a tension spring, as torsion springs turn and tension springs fully expand and contract.

Lasting longer due to their sturdiness, torsion springs are typically able to last from between 15,000 to 20,000 cycles but tension springs only around 10,000 cycles. Unlike torsion springs, tension springs need more parts to fully function.

Torsion Springs

Through our 14 torsion coiling machines we are able to manufacture bespoke torsion springs of any size and shape, from wire of 0.3mm to 26mm dimensions. The manufacturing process of torsion springs is extremely fast, even with bespoke designs. These springs are typically finished off the machine, which allows for maximum productivity and efficiency.

Working through twisting, torsion springs store mechanical energy and exert torque force in the opposite direction, in a proportional amount to the angle they are twisted at. Torsion springs are commonly used on mousetraps and clothespins, but they can also be found on garage doors.


Tension Springs

Also referred to as extension springs, tension springs are created to work with tension. When extended, tension springs are specifically designed to give an exact pull force to an exact length. At European Springs and Pressings Ireland we manufacture tension springs with our 18 tension coiling machines, from 0.1mm to 26mm dimensions. Depending on your needs, we can manufacture both close wound and loose wound helices of equal aptitude.

Our process involves both cold and hot coiling methods and a wide range of materials, with steel and stainless steel being more common. End types can be coiled hoops, hooks, and screw-in variants, or bespoke end designs for your specific requirements. Tension springs can be found on garage doors’ counterbalances or lever based mechanisms.

Through our innovative procedures machines using the latest technology, we utilise a wide variety of sturdy materials that allow for the highest quality of spring manufacturing. Our team of experts is highly trained in the latest technologies that permit for optimised spring design and efficient manufacturing. From standard spring sizes to bespoke solutions that are sure to fit all of your requirements, at European Springs and Pressings Ireland we always ensure that we not only meet but also exceed your expectations.

Your satisfaction is one of our top priorities, and we always guarantee a quick and high-quality delivery of springs, in any quantity your project requires. We supply a wide variety of industries with springs made to specific requirements.

Get in touch our team today by giving us a call on 048 9083 8605; we’re always happy to help and to answer any query you might have. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to see our latest news and updates.

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