Compression springs are open-coiled helical springs designed to resist a force applied axially. While this may seem like a loaded definition, compression springs are quite simple. The image that comes to mind when you think of a spring is probably a type of compression spring.
Four Quick Facts About Compression Springs
- Compression springs oppose compression; they push back when they are pushed on.
- Compression springs are helically wound; they are in the shape of a cylinder/spiral.
- Compression springs are open-coiled; they have pitch/space in between them.
- Compression springs have the most common metal spring configuration.
How Compression Springs Work
In order to do their job – resist linear compression – compression springs are installed over shafts or rods or into round holes. When the spring experiences pressure from a force pressing on its axis, the spaces between the coils constrict and the entire spring becomes shorter. The more pressure or weight that is placed on the spring, the more energy or strength the spring has to push back. Compression springs respond to the weight suppressing it with unwavering strength in an effort to return to its initial height.
Common Compression Spring Applications
Compression springs are extremely powerful and can be designed and manufactured in countless sizes. Because of this, compression springs are ideal for a diverse range of applications – most living in your everyday, such as: 1. Pens 2. Pogo sticks 3. Couches 4. Mattresses 5. Locks 6. Button operated devices or mechanisms 7. Automobile suspension 8. Medical devices
Custom Compression Springs
Master Spring manufactures made-to-order helical, conical, barrel and hourglass compression springs for OEMs. Our ability to produce various types of helical springs other manufacturers simply can’t produce is what sets us apart. Our custom spring manufacturing capabilities include:
- Compression springs with wire diameters from 0.006″ up to 0.276″
- An array of material types, including music wire, stainless steel, hard drawn, and more
- A selection of finishes, including passivate, zinc plate, black oxide and more
Custom spring designs to match your specific requirements and tight tolerances Let us partner with you in your custom spring and wire form needs.