Chris Petts, Managing Director of Lee Spring UK explains the importance of selecting the correct fastener or spring to suit application requirements.
From concept to delivery it is important to consider all aspects of spring installation and usage including configuration, e.g. cylindrical, barrel or cone, as well as the optimal choice of material from a selection of steel, stainless steel, alloys and super alloys, each with its own possibilities for surface treatments.
It may be that a standard ex-stock spring is exactly right for the application or that the mating components may require only a small adaptation to enable its use. Otherwise, a custom design can fully optimise functionality and (if required) aesthetics.
Chris Petts of Lee Spring explains: "No matter how large or how small a fastener or spring may be, as a component, its importance might be paramount to the form or functionality of a product. Reliability and precision are essential. Selecting the incorrect type of spring, or a spring material unable to withstand particular application conditions, could be catastrophic."
Lee Spring is an ISO 9001 Registered Company, delivering high quality fasteners and springs to various sectors, such as auto sport and automotive, medical and aerospace. Springs should always be high quality, but it is especially important within these sectors, as they often require components manufactured to meet strict, legislative standards.
The auto sport market, in particular, is an interesting sector for Lee Spring. Chris Petts says: "Professionals or hobbyists involved in the restoration of classic cars, for example, often approach us requiring specialist, quality components either from our extensive stock range, or custom-made products."
High-performance nickel and cobalt "˜super alloys' are offered by Lee Spring for applications involving harsh conditions, such as high temperatures or extreme pressure.
Chris says: "The reliability of the finished product in its application hinges on the correct material selection to meet the specific application requirements."
Super alloys offer enhanced performance properties including excellent strength and durability, and resistance to oxidation, or corrosion. Due to these properties, super alloys make the best spring materials for demanding working conditions, which can be encountered across various industry sectors. If springs not made from super alloys are used in applications with harsh conditions, they are at risk of becoming deformed or damaged, as they will not be strong enough.
Lee Spring's stock range includes over 23,000 different types of spring. For applications requiring specialist springs, a comprehensive custom spring design service can help customers to meet any application demands.
Further information on Lee Spring products can be found on their website at www.leespring.co.uk.