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Category Archives: Wire Spring Design

Toys with Spring: Help With Last Minute Shopping

Whether you are searching for a last minute holiday gift or simply hoping to take a walk down memory lane, this list of popular toys with springs should bring a smile to your face:

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  • Jack-in-the-box:
    Did you know that (according to legend) the very first Jack-in-the-Box was actually called a “Devil-in-the-Box?” As the story goes, in the 16th century, a German clock maker, commissioned to craft a gift for a young German prince, decided to make the toy’s name more child friendly.
  • Mouse Trap (The Game):
    Since the mid-70s, Mouse Trap, the board game, has been teaching children about the power of cause and effect. But did you know, without the power of a tension spring the ball would never have “hit the pole, and knocked the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which flips the man into the pan?” And thus, those pesky mice would never have been trapped.
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The Most Famous Helical Spring of Them All … The Slinky®

Did you know: The Slinky was originally intended for Naval Battleships?

68 years ago this month, one of the most famous helical springs of all time, The Slinky, made its public debut.

slinkyMaking its debut at Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia, PA, the toy was an instant hit, selling out its entire stock in less than 90 minutes.1 Since this time, the Slinky has become arguably the most recognizable spring of all time, tumbling its way into the hearts and homes of children all around the globe.

But did you know that originally the Slinky was never intended to be a toy. In fact, if it wasn’t for a young Naval Engineer, Richard James, the Slinky may never have been born.
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Spring Manufacturing: How Do They That?

If you’re like my husband, you watch a lot of “how to” shows.  Whether it’s landscaping, flipping houses, home repairs, cooking or even rescuing bars, there’s a program showing viewers how to do everything.

Initially I thought these shows exist because people want to repair and create stuff on their own.  However, after living with my husband for nearly 2 decades without a replica of Stonehenge in our yard, waterfall feature, or even pond I now think that people simply like to watch how stuff is made.
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Blueprint Basics: Avoiding Over Dimensioned Prints

More Blueprint Basics: Over Dimensioned or Overdone Custom Spring Prints?

Working at Master Spring for many years allows you to see the impact of technology in the workplace.  Particularly noteworthy is the evolution of auto-cad and its effect on how we exchange information, increase efficiency, and store important information.  Personally, we’ve gone from receiving carbon copy blueprints for springs and wire forms via regular mail, to exchanging ideas via facsimile, to today’s “click and send” method.
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How to Achieve Short Lead Times on Prototypes and Production Orders: Part 2

In the previous post, we described just a few of the ways Master Spring achieves competitively short lead times on prototype and production orders. As promised, here are a few more ways we get your custom spring and wire form orders out the door.

Investment in Inspection Equipment

Investing in the latest inspection equipment, such as digital video inspection machines, can also help reduce lead times.  An inspection program with all of the blue print’s tolerances is saved so it is easy to change from inspecting one job to another.  Any out-of-tolerance dimensions are highlighted and quickly noticed.
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How to Achieve Short Lead Times on Prototypes and Production Orders: Part 1

Original Equipment Manufacturers are demanding shorter and shorter lead times on prototypes and production orders.  Contract manufacturers have to make a number of changes in order to serve these customers.  Master Spring is a good example of a contract manufacturer that has made changes to shrink its lead times on rapid prototype orders and production orders. In this two-part series, we’ll explain how we do it.

Competitive Strategy

First, Master Spring made short lead times its main competitive strategy.  Most contract manufacturers would probably say that having short lead times is part of their strategy.  Truly embracing this strategy and using it to guide all of your decisions is different from rushing and expediting jobs through your shop.
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