With devices getting smaller, spring technology has had to follow suit. Lee Spring has responded by bringing its smallest Bantam mini compression springs into the company's standard catalogue range that lists almost 19,000 items (follow the link to view a short movie on YouTube about Bantam mini compression springs).
Lee Spring describes the Bantam mini compression springs as a unique line of miniature springs in wire diameters of 0.102, 0.114, 0.127 and 0.140mm (0.0040, 0.0045, 0.0040 and 0.0055inch) with external diameters of 0.635, 1.02 and 1.45mm (0.025, 0.040 and 0.057inch). They are available in a range of free lengths from 0.127 to 15.88mm (0.005 to 0.625inch). In order to maximise the performance for a diverse range of applications, particularly in the medical industry, Lee Spring chose Elgiloy as the most suitable alloy.
Elgiloy is a nickel-cobalt alloy known for its durability, being 10 per cent stronger than type 316 stainless steel. It also benefits from better resistance to corrosive environments including lactic acid, ammonium chloride, citric acid, sodium chloride and sodium sulphate. This material performs well in temperatures up to 450degC (850degF) and is non-magnetic.
Bantam mini compression springs are used for applications in diverse industries such as:
As well as the standard catalogue range, custom Bantam mini springs can also be designed and manufactured to other dimensions and utilising alternative materials. Follow the link for more information about Bantam mini compression springs. [Catch Lee Spring on stand 18 at the Med-Tech Innovation-Conference, Brunel University, 11 September 2012 - Ed.]