Every day we encounter springs, even though you may not realise it. The springy mechanisms are used in everyday objects, and are surrounding you more than you think. There’s probably a spring in your sight right now. From the watch you wear, to the bike you cycle and the car your drive; even down to the pen you use; springs are everywhere, and we rely on them to power ordinary items. Here is just a few of the fascinating yet common uses of springs in our day to day routines.
We may take the sofa we sit on every day for granted. We would buy it in one piece and indulge in the comfy upholstery. However, after the initial build of the chair base and arms, there are at least another fifteen stages to build a sprung, stitched and stuffed seat.
Although not the most common practice used today, this traditional method can still be found in many sofas. Consisting of a resilientfilling and springs; this is what gives a seat the comfort and durability. Believe it or not, three types of springs go into the common sofa: coil springs, zig-zag springs and pocket springs. If your sofa is a recliner, there’s even more springs! It’s not just your sofa with plenty of bounce, your mattress has an abundance of springs underneath you. Who would’ve thought that steel springs would be so comfortable?
Whether a motorbike, a car or even a bicycle, springs are there! Normally, in wheeled vehicles a leaf spring is the most common spring used for suspension. This is the oldest form of springing, dating back to the medieval times. It acts as a linking for holding the axle in position, making construction of suspension simpler and stronger.
The most conventional suspensions use passive spring techniques to absorb impact and dampers (shock absorbers, which controls spring motions). More traditional springs and dampers are referred to as passive suspensions, the way in which most vehicles are suspended Most of land vehicles are suspended by steel springs; either a leaf spring, torsion bean suspension or a coil spring.
Springs of Fun!
In the world of springs, there is no limitation to everyday stuff, we love a bit fun too! One of the most well-known original springs is the slinky – a pre-compressed helical spring which was invented in the early 1940’s. The springy toy can perform many tricks and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity. Another one is the pogo stick, which is an example of compression springs. These springs are naturally at rest in an extended position and contain the most amount of potential energy at their natural position.
Another main way that springs are involved in the fun in our lives is in a trampoline, which couldn’t work without the use of them all around it. This type of movement requires the use of extension springs which are naturally at rest in a compressed position of tight coils. They release energy when someone jumps on the trampoline and causes them to extend.
Many pieces of jewellery use springs in their clasps, as well as all watches, taking advantage of the wonders of springs. The end of many necklaces and bracelets use a coil spring. A mechanical watch also uses mechanisms driven by mainsprings. Its force is transmitted through a series of gears to power a wheel. This is what makes the sound of the tick in your watch! In the 17th century, this mechanism was evolved into spring powered clocks!
Around the House
To add to the surprising amount of common springs in our lives, the list doesn’t stop at what you’ve already seen. Even walking from your kitchen to your bathroom, you will meet spring mechanisms. Light switches, door hinges and many other objects.
Commonly used in the household, torsional or compression springs can apply pressure onto a door hinge as well as a small spring storing mechanical energy in a light switch, helping the snap action of the switch. If you think about it, springs are everywhere in your home. Your washing machine door will hold springs, your toaster tray is spring loaded and your vacuum may even have a spring-loaded cord re-winder.
European Springs supply springs to many different industries, and we understand the high demand for springs; as they are in almost everything! Even though they are manufactured from simple wire, they hold ingenious structure and purpose. If you would like to know more about our spring expertise and what we make springs for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.