Types and Common Uses of Compression Springs

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Are you a manufacturer in need of compression springs for your products? Or maybe just a consumer or entrepreneur looking to learn more about compression springs?

In this article, we provide an overview of compression springs, their styles, their common uses, and why Spring Dynamics should be your compression spring maker of choice.  

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What Are Compression Springs?

Compression springs supply a pushing force. The helical bodies of these springs can be either left or right-hand wound and are generally cylindrical in shape. In addition to cylindrical bodies, other shapes such as tapered, barrel, hourglass are also possible.

What Are Compression Springs Made Of?

Compression springs are generally made from round spring steel, but can also be made from square or rectangular spring steel for higher efficiency designs. There are several different end configurations which can be applied to compression springs.

Open Ends

With open ends, the coil pitch is the same throughout the body and end coils of the spring. In a compression spring with open, ground ends, the end coils are ground flat, perpendicular to the body’s axis.

Closed Ends

For a compression spring with closed, unground ends, the coil pitch is reduced to zero at each end. For compression springs that have closed, ground ends, the coil’s pitch is reduced to zero at each end, and the ends are ground flat perpendicular to the body’s axis.

Types of Compression Springs

There are various types of compression springs, and the type determines the use the spring is put into:

  • Magazine springs
  • Conical springs
  • Barrel springs

Industries That Use Compression Springs

Compression springs can be found in nearly every industry, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Aeronautical
  • Petrochemical
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials handling

Common Uses of Compression Springs

The automotive industry makes extensive use of compression springs. As do manufacturing and aerospace. Any industry that needs to absorb force needs compression springs.  

Here are common manufacturing uses of compression springs:

  • Industrial equipment
  • Mining and drilling equipment
  • Precision instruments and tools
  • Cars, trucks, SUVs
  • Stamping plants
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Construction (think of earthquake-resistant foundations)

On the consumer side, compression springs are used in items such as:

  • Mattresses
  • Trampolines
  • Pogo sticks
  • Shock absorbers
  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • Medical devices
  • Pens or notebooks
  •  Automobile suspensions
  • Couches
  • Pacemakers
  • Pens
  •  Hydraulic
  • Lawn equipment
  • Firearms
  • Marine industry
  • Underwater oil rig piping
  • Watches

Be Surprised. Choose Spring Dynamics for Your Compression Springs

Spring Dynamics manufactures compression springs for many industries and applications. Each spring is engineered to function in whatever assembly you need. We work to understand the end-use for your springs so we can incorporate that knowledge into your design.

Your product development team is welcome to work with our engineering group to identify which compression spring will work best for your application. You might be surprised — in many cases, we are able to suggest advantages not previously considered.

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