Here at European Springs, we’re lucky enough to work closely with businesses from an extensive range of industries, including the rail sector.

Fast moving train on tracks

The use of springs in the rail industry may not be immediately apparent, but they play a crucial role in ensuring safe and efficient rail travel. Springs are used in a variety of ways in this sector, from controlling the movement of train carriages to ensuring that rail tracks stay in place.

So, today we’re exploring the different types of springs used in the rail industry and their applications, highlighting their vital role in rail safety and reliable operations. Whether you are a rail enthusiast or a springs enthusiast, we’re providing a fascinating insight into the use of springs in rail travel and the work we do at European Springs.

Suspension Systems

Springs are an essential component of suspension systems in the rail industry as they ensure passenger comfort and safety by absorbing shocks and vibrations caused by the movement of trains on the tracks.

There are several types of springs used in suspension systems, but of course, the main spring type is a suspension spring. Suspension springs support the weight of the train carriages and passengers and are designed to compress and expand to absorb shocks and vibrations caused by bumps or irregularities in the track.

Springs at the bottom of trains

Railway Signalling

Springs are also used in railway signalling systems, which ensure signals are displayed correctly and reliably. For example, tension springs are used in railway signalling equipment, such as track circuits and relays. These springs guarantee the reliable operation of the signalling equipment. In a track circuit, for example, tension springs are used to maintain tension on the electrical contacts that detect the presence of a train. The contacts need to be firmly in place to ensure they make good electrical contact with the rail, and the tension springs provide the necessary force to achieve this. If the tension is insufficient, the contacts may become loose and cause false readings or unreliable detection of trains.

In relays, tension springs maintain tension on the relay contacts, ensuring they make good electrical contact when activated. The tension springs help ensure that the contacts remain in place even when subjected to vibration or shock, ensuring reliable relay operation.

Pantographs and Current Collectors

Pantographs and current collectors provide electrical power to trains by transferring power from overhead wires to the train’s electric motors and the springs ensure the reliable and efficient collection of this electrical power. For example, contact springs maintain contact between the pantograph and the overhead wire, applying consistent pressure to ensure that the pantograph collects the maximum amount of electrical power possible.

In addition, suspension springs help to support the weight of the pantograph and current collector assembly. By providing the necessary contact pressure and reliably returning to the default position whilst supporting the assembly’s weight, springs help trains operate safely and efficiently, even in adverse weather conditions.

The bottom of a train

Brake Systems

Springs are also commonly used in the brake systems of trains in the railway industry. In this application, springs apply force to the brake shoes or pads, pressing them against the train’s wheels to slow or stop the train. They are also used to return the brake shoes to their resting position after the brakes have been released, ensuring the brake shoes do not drag on the train’s wheels, which could cause excess wear or overheating.

Springs also apply force to the brake shoes or pads when the brakes are activated. So, when air pressure is applied to the brake cylinder, it compresses the brake cylinder springs, forcing the brake shoes or pads against the train’s wheels.

Railroad Maintenance

A variety of railroad maintenance equipment depends on springs to help perform a range of tasks; let’s take a look:

  • Rail anchors. These are devices used to hold the rails in place, designed to resist the lateral and longitudinal forces that act on the rails as trains pass over them. Springs are used in rail anchors to provide the necessary resistance to these forces and to ensure that the rails remain firmly in place.
  • Rail joints. In a railroad track, the rails are joined together using metal plates and bolts. Springs are used in these joints to maintain the proper tension on the bolts, ensuring that they remain securely fastened even as the temperature and other environmental factors change.
  • Track maintenance machines. Many machines maintain railroad tracks, including tampers, ballast regulators, and tie-inserters. Springs are used in these machines to absorb shock and to provide the necessary force for the machines to perform their tasks effectively.

European Springs’ Work with the Rail Industry

As mentioned, we’re lucky in the sense that we get to work closely with people and businesses from a range of fascinating industries, and the rail sector is just one example of this. We have a wide range of products specifically designed to meet the unique demands of this industry, including bespoke springs.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of quality and reliability in our products and use the latest technologies and manufacturing processes to ensure that our springs and pressings meet the strict requirements of the rail industry.

If you’re involved in this sector and are interested in our products or would like more information about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Exhibitions are incredibly important for manufacturing companies such as ourselves for several reasons. For example, they are excellent networking opportunities and allow manufacturers to connect with other businesses in their industry. This can lead to partnerships, collaborations, and other beneficial relationships.

European Springs team at their stand at an exhibition

In addition, exhibitions allow us to showcase our compression springs, flat springs, and other products and services to a large number of potential customers, hopefully leading to valuable leads and new business opportunities. They are also the perfect chance to improve brand awareness, offer market research opportunities, and conduct competitor analysis.

Because of their long list of advantages, we make sure to have a jam-packed calendar of exhibitions and travel across the world to showcase what we do and connect with those in the industry. So let’s take a look at what we have planned for the year and where you can visit us.

The Security Event – 25th-27th April

The Security Event is an annual trade show and conference dedicated to the security industry. It features exhibitors from various security industry sectors, including access control, fire safety, CCTV, cybersecurity, perimeter protection, and more.

We’re thrilled to attend this important event and can’t wait to speak to industry experts and customers alike. So visit us at The Security Event this week at the NEC in Birmingham; you can find us at stand 4/J42.

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition – 23rd-24th May

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is an annual event held in Ireland that brings together manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss and showcase the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in the field. The exciting event features a wide range of industry experts and keynote speakers offering unique perspectives.

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is a great opportunity for professionals in the manufacturing and supply chain industries to connect, collaborate, and gain insights into the latest innovations and trends in their field.

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Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) – 6th-8th June

European Springs stand at an exhibitionThe Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) is an annual event focused on the latest developments and innovations in aircraft interior design, technology, and equipment, so as spring manufacturers for the defence and aerospace industry, we’re always excited to get involved. The expo, held in Germany, brings together suppliers, manufacturers, designers, and industry professionals from around the world to showcase their products and services across a wide range of topics.

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Subcon – 7th-8th June

Subcon is an annual UK-based manufacturing and engineering trade show that brings together professionals and companies involved in the manufacturing supply chain. The event showcases the latest innovations, technologies, and services in many of the industry sectors we supply our springs are pressings for, such as aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, medical, and rail.

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Machine Building.Live – 4th October

Machine Building.Live is an exceptional opportunity to connect with the largest gathering of machine-building experts ever assembled in the UK. This one-day event features a unique format designed to maximise your access to information in a minimal time.

We’re thrilled to be attending this fascinating exhibition and showcasing our exceptional products that go into producing an endless list of machines.

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Engineering Design Show – 11th-12th October

Established in 2012, the Engineering Design Show is an annual event connecting engineering professionals showcasing their latest engineering design, manufacturing, and electronics innovations. The show is aimed at engineers, designers, and decision-makers involved in designing and developing new products, systems, and technologies, making European Springs and our spring design experts an ideal fit.

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UK Manufacturing & Supply Chain Glasgow – 25th October

The UK Manufacturing & Supply Chain Glasgow is designed to provide a platform for businesses to showcase their products, services, and technologies, as well as network with other professionals and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Featuring a range of exhibitors from different manufacturing industry sectors, visitors can expect to see demonstrations of new technologies, equipment, and processes, as well as attend seminars and workshops on topics such as automation, sustainability, and digitalisation.

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Advanced Engineering – 1st-2nd November

The 14th edition of Advanced Engineering will feature several interactive zones, including a startup zone, a connected manufacturing zone, and a composite engineering hub. These areas showcase the latest innovations and provide attendees hands-on experience with new technologies. Here at European Springs, we’re always looking for new ideas and fresh solutions, and this event is all about looking to the future and embracing important change.

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Tips for Visiting European Springs at an Exhibition

If any (or all) of these events have piqued your interest and you’d like to visit us at one of the exhibitions, we’d like to offer some of our top tips. After decades of attending these events, we’ve become quite the experts!

  • Plan ahead. Before attending the exhibition, research the exhibitors, the products they offer, and the topics that will be covered. This will help you identify the most relevant booths and presentations to attend and make the most of your time at the exhibition.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Exhibitions are usually quite large, and you may need to walk around for several hours, so wearing comfortable shoes can make a big difference in your experience.
  • Take notes. Whether you’re attending on behalf of your business or as a customer, bring a notebook and pen or use your smartphone to take notes about the products, technologies, and ideas that interest you. This will help you remember what you learned and make it easier to follow up on opportunities after the exhibition.
  • Engage with exhibitors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and engage with the exhibitors. We are there to showcase our products and services and are always more than happy to answer questions and offer our expertise.

For more information and a full calendar of our upcoming events, please visit our Exhibitions page. And as always, feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

The whole manufacturing industry has embraced reaching net zero and becoming more sustainable. This is no small feat, as the industry is responsible for an estimated 20% of UK emissions.

European Springs is committed to supporting a more sustainable and ecological industry, developing strategies to ensure future generations have a greener future. We’ve collected some ways the spring manufacturing industry can help companies reach their net-zero goals.

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1. Sustainable Materials

One of the most critical ways spring manufacturers can help other companies reach their net zero goals is using sustainable materials. Sustainable materials, such as recycled steel and other metals, reduce the energy consumption required to make a product by up to 40%. Options such as these help minimise a company’s carbon footprint and are much more environmentally friendly. It will also reduce the need for mining, depleting an already limited source of metals and destroying the habitats of animals and wildlife.

Another example of a sustainable manufacturing process is the closed-looped industry. It is an optimised process that minimises the negative environmental impacts and conserves energy and natural resources. It also enhances employee, community and product safety.

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2. Energy-Efficient Processes

Energy efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to reaching net-zero goals. Due to the increasing knowledge of the industry’s environmental impact, the focus has shifted to creating more energy-efficient processes. The benefits of energy-efficient processes include lowering greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants and decreasing water usage.

Additionally, manufacturers are intensive energy users that can gain significant savings by decarbonisation. Switching to low-carbon technologies, such as solar panels and biomass systems, supports both the net zero strategy but can also support the financial optimisation of a business. Renewable energy, such as solar or wind power, can help eliminate additional toxins and gases expelled into the environment. Toxins like these can harm vegetation and life, causing health implications and adding to the greenhouse gases. By reducing your facility’s output, you can assist in maintaining a healthier environment for future generations and create more energy-efficient processes.

3. Lifecycle Analysis

In the manufacturing industry, a product’s lifecycle needs to be analysed. A life cycle analysis measures the environmental impact of a product or service throughout its life cycle, from the resources used to create the product or service across its use by the user to its end-of-life destination. Analysing a product’s life cycle helps us compare products, materials, and methods used, providing helpful information to make decisions that could help the environment. It is a standardised method to assess environmental impacts quantitatively.

Energy efficient lifecycle

The lifecycle assessment can be used for different products by different people. But it is all about the environmental impact and performance. What can you discover by using the lifecycle analysis?

  • Design. What changes can you make to the product to lessen its environmental impact?
  • Purchasing. Which product has the most negligible ecological implications?
  • Marketing. Is this product ‘greener’ than a competitor?
  • Benchmarking. How’s our company doing next to all the others in our industry?
  • Tracking. How’s our environmental performance this year compared to last year?
  • Policy. What initiatives will help improve overall ecological outcomes?

4. Innovative Technology Which Reduces Waste

Reducing the amount of waste a product produces is an innovative way to help the environment. As a UK spring manufacturer, we know that one of the most successful ways that improvements can be made in your company includes the waste hierarchy in your work process. While not a piece of technology, the waste hierarchy can be used as a stepping stone for your company to manage the waste it produces effectively. These steps are:

  • Prevention. Preventing materials from becoming waste means preventing any problems pre-emptively.
  • Reuse or recycle. Reusing applies to refurbishing and repairing objects to extend their life. Recycling waste materials focuses on ensuring that any materials designated for waste are recycled for new uses.
  • Recovery. Recovery is the process of incinerating waste materials to regain some of the lost energy used in the collection. Often, these materials are burned to produce electricity and, in turn, reduce the number of fossil fuels burnt.
  • Disposal. The lowest step in the hierarchy and arguably the worst option environmentally. This choice means that all of the waste produced from manufacturing will end up in a landfill site.

Additionally, many manufacturers invest in innovative technology, such as air source heat pumps, for their building heating and cooling needs. These new alternatives to conventional systems are significantly more environmentally friendly. By choosing these alternatives, manufacturers can open more possibilities for using green electricity tariffs, which many energy suppliers offer.

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5. Collaboration With Sustainable Companies and Initiatives

The future of the manufacturing industry is green. As the UK’s 2050 deadline for net zero approaches, it is essential that companies and eco-initiatives can collaborate and are committed to sustainable strategies. In many ways, we can only reach this net zero goal by working together to achieve it.

The net zero strategy’s overall essence is to balance the carbon emissions produced and the carbon removed from the atmosphere. This balance makes it net zero. It will benefit the environment, society, economy, and your business individually. By promoting a collaborative environment, you are driving and enabling sustainable practices.

Some examples of current and ongoing ecological initiatives that you could use:

  • Using circular manufacturing to save energy and reduce waste
  • Implement safety measures by utilising automation tools
  • Digitise internal communication

European Springs is a leading manufacturer of custom springs in the UK. We are constantly working to improve our high-quality spring manufacturing process so that they continue to have a minimal environmental impact. Contact us to discuss our working methods or any bespoke spring designs you need for your next application.

A supply chain within manufacturing is an essential element for sourcing raw materials for final products. In order to create a final product which is both reliable and profitable, the entire supply chain must be consistent and strong. This process may include various services from many areas of expertise, so when choosing which suppliers you work with, you must ensure you make the best choice for your business. As spring suppliers, we explore the various elements of a strong supply chain and the issues faced without one.

manufacturing supply chains

What Makes a Strong Supply Chain?

A strong supply chain is a system of companies and businesses that deliver goods to customers consistently, with excellent communication and promptly. There are some key elements which make a supply chain strong and successful:

Transparency. A strong supply chain is transparent to all involved. This means there is a clear path and visibility of goods from raw materials to finished products. Transparency is vital for shareholders, business plans and operations for all the businesses involved to make informed decisions about changes to their companies, which may have a knock-on effect on others in the chain.

Reliability. Delays at the start of a supply chain significantly impact the entire system, which could prevent others in the chain from meeting their own deadlines. So having reliable trust in the businesses to supply their goods on time and in the required condition is crucial for a strong supply chain.

Flexibility. Having companies in a supply chain is vital for the success of each of the businesses involved. Adapting to changes quickly allows companies to grow to the demands of a varying market and respond rapidly to unexpected events.

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Communication. The most vital element of a strong supply chain is communication. Being able to successfully communicate with each of the stakeholders in the supply change allows them to share industry knowledge, expectations and demands which could affect the production rates of companies in the chain and enables them to grow and develop products to meet the needs of the chain.

Efficiency. A strong supply chain provides efficiency throughout, which minimises waste, keeps manufacturing costs down, and allows each stakeholder to provide competitive products and services, increasing profit margins and allowing a company to grow with further investment up the chain.

The Advantages of Having a Strong Supply Chain

A company or product is only ever as good as the suppliers, so ensuring a strong supply chain is vital for the success of any final product and service your business offers. A strong supply chain will offer consistency of high-quality raw materials. If a supplier is inconsistent with its raw materials, this will create a weak link in the supply chain which will cause issues in the final installation. For example, as experienced bespoke spring manufacturers, we work closely with our supply chain to ensure that our product sees the exact quality required whilst meeting the needs of our customers. We make recommendations based on our years of expertise to guarantee the materials used will perform as expected for long periods. To do this, we also require high-quality raw materials consistently to provide reliable services.

Quick turnaround on products is essential to meet supply and demand needs. Having a supply chain which is timely in their delivery also puts a company at an advantage over competitors. If a supplier cannot provide products or services promptly, it can cause significant delays in the outcome. For instance, if a supplier is delayed by a day, it will also postpone the next chain in the link by a day, and eventually, the service which is further along in the supply chain could be delayed by a more significant time as the rest of the chain has to delay their work to accommodate the original supplier. This can impact the supply chain’s finances, reliability and ability to provide the excellent reputation they have spent time building. So ensuring you have a strong supply chain ensures your business has the opportunity to remain reliable and consistent, allowing for expansion and success.

Strong Management Within a Supply Chain

Supply chain management is the coordination of the processes and operation involved in the production and delivery of products. Each chain link requires strong management to be a successful element within the supply chain. Managing the logistic within a manufacturer can be challenging, but each individual responsible must be able to problem-solve efficiently to meet demands. In addition, efficient management will pre-empt events which will affect the delivery of goods.

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For example, during the pandemic of 2020, there was a significant impact worldwide on the manufacturing supply chains as factories closed to protect the health of their staff. This caused a ripple effect on the manufacturing industry, which is still catching up in 2023. Although events like these are unforeseen, being able to adapt and manage the demand for products quickly was something many supply chains had to develop. This includes assessing the risks and adjusting staff on rotation to ensure that output remains as close to expected consistency as possible. Companies that can manage their logistics and processes to adapt to events like these are examples of strong links in a good supply chain.

Managing Good Relationships in a Supply Chain

Relationships within a business are essential to the success of a supply chain. It allows for good communication and collaboration to help each stakeholder in the chain work to the best of their capabilities efficiently. Good relationships help to promote trust and open communication, which can lead to better collaboration, more effective problem-solving, and improved coordination between all parties involved. In addition, it can help to minimise risk amongst the supply chain and prevent unforeseen events, which can then be managed and adapted to prevent letting other links in the chain down with delays.

Communication and regular collaboration within the supply chain allows it to be resilient and maintain all the elements which make it stronger. Furthermore, it increases the efficiency of the processes and logistics and can even be a component of a business expanding into unknown territories. For example, suppose a company wishes to enter a new market with its products. Having a good relationship with the supplier may allow cooperation between the two businesses for them to share the knowledge they may already have in the area due to other customers.

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For instance, as compression spring manufacturers, we know that our products can be used in various applications and being aware of the intended application makes us able to produce high-quality products. Suppose our customer wishes to trial these compression springs in an unfamiliar area. We can provide them with expertise from our experience with other customers. This relationship allows both companies to grow and demonstrates the importance of having a transparent and strong supply chain.

What to Look For in a Supplier to Create a Strong Supply Chain

Overall, the main elements to build on and seek out from a supplier are excellent communication, high-quality materials or services, good management and reliability. These can usually be found through a company’s testimonials, reviews and even by asking around within the industry through networking and recommendations. So, before choosing your new supplier, it is always essential to make the time to do your own research to ensure that adding them to your supply chain will only strengthen it instead of weakening it.

For any information on our products or how we can help you strengthen your supply chain as tension spring manufacturers, feel free to contact us. We have various products to suit different requirements and many years of expertise in producing high-quality springs.

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If you’re considering a career in engineering, knowing the best route for getting qualified can be difficult. Whether you want to earn while you learn or experience a student lifestyle while studying, choosing between an apprenticeship or a degree can be challenging, so we’re here to help.

Here at European Springs, we offer incredible apprenticeship schemes for those interested in joining the spring manufacturing industry, so we thought exploring how this differs from degree learning would be interesting. Read on to learn more about both routes to engineering and what you should do to prepare yourself for deciding between the two.

What Does an Engineering Degree Consist Of?

An engineering degree will differ depending on the type of engineering you’re interested in and where you choose to study. You can expect to learn various technical and practical skills related to your chosen engineering field during an engineering degree. The technical skills learnt often include engineering-based maths, physics, and science, which are taught in a classroom environment and are often the bulk of the degree.

Regarding practical skills, during some degree courses, you may gain hands-on experience working with equipment, tools, and materials related to your field. For example, if you were studying a spring manufacturing module, you may experiment with different engineering processes for manufacturing compression springs. This is often taught in a workshop environment, although not all universities or colleges will have these kinds of facilities available. An engineering degree tends to focus on the written and technical side of engineering and less so on the practical side.

Graduation gap on top of a pencil in a pot

What Do I Need an Engineering Degree For?

Engineering degrees aren’t always necessary if you wish to pursue a career in the industry; however, they are favoured by some employees for several reasons, such as professional licensing opportunities. Obtaining some professional engineering licenses requires a degree from an accredited engineering program, so consider the degree route if you wish to acquire this type of license. Similarly, some employers require a degree as a minimum qualification for job candidates, so undergoing this qualification opens up your job opportunities and makes you appear desirable.

Finally, if you wish to go into teaching, a degree in your chosen field is required before you can complete your teacher training and get into the classroom, making this route preferable for budding teachers.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Engineering Degree

Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of engineering degrees is the best way to help decipher whether it would be the best choice for you.


Job opportunities. As mentioned, having a degree opens up job opportunities and makes you appear desirable to employers.

Technical knowledge. Engineering degrees are excellent for those wanting to gain classroom-based knowledge in their chosen field.

Professional development. Degrees are perfect opportunities for networking, internship opportunities, and general professional development.

Engineering tutor with degree students


Not much practical work. As mentioned, degrees mostly focus on the technical and written side of engineering, meaning you miss much of the necessary practical skills in working in the industry.

Limited flexibility. Engineering degrees are highly specialised and may not provide as much flexibility in career paths as an apprenticeship might.

High costs. A degree is a huge financial commitment and requires thousands to complete, and fitting in a part-time job while learning can be challenging due to the high workload.

What and How Will I Learn During an Engineering Apprenticeship?

You will learn technical and practical skills during your engineering apprenticeship, but the specifics will vary depending on your chosen course. For example, at European Springs, you may learn about the technical side of our surface treatment in a classroom environment and study the different material finishes available to our clients. Similarly, when it comes to the practicalities, you may get the opportunity to experiment with said surface treatments, and see, first-hand, the differences each option makes to specific metal components and their uses.

Unlike a degree, the split between practical and technical leans much more toward practical, with a unique learning experience while working.

Engineering apprenticeship mentor with students

Where Can an Engineering Apprenticeship Take Me?

Employers favoured degrees more than engineering apprenticeships several years ago, but this has recently changed. Now, an apprenticeship is incredibly favourable and makes candidates desirable to employers because of the fantastic experience gained during the unique practical learning of an apprenticeship.

An engineering apprenticeship can open up many different career paths, depending on your interests and goals. By gaining practical experience and developing valuable skills, you can build a rewarding and fulfilling career in engineering or a related field.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Engineering Apprenticeship

There are plenty of benefits of engineering apprenticeships, and as a leading provider of apprenticeship schemes for the spring manufacturing industry, we ensure that all our students experience the long list of advantages this route offers.


Valuable hands-on experience. Apprenticeships provide a unique, real-life working experience, allowing apprentices to work with the tools and equipment they will use once qualified.

Real-world projects. In the ever-changing engineering industry, the chance to work on real projects is extremely valuable as it allows apprentices to understand the complexities and challenges of engineering work.

Paid training. Unlike degrees and other educational programs, apprenticeships are paid positions. This is incredibly advantageous, especially for young students, as it allows them to earn while they learn without worrying about juggling a part-time job to make money.

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Limited availability. Engineering apprenticeships are incredibly sought-after, meaning they are highly competitive and often have limited availability. Therefore, it is essential to get in quickly and apply as soon as you decide it’s right for you.

Low starting wage. While you have the outstanding opportunity to earn while you learn, an engineering apprentice’s starting wage is often low. However, it’s more than what your friends completing a degree will earn while studying!

As mentioned, if you think an engineering apprenticeship is the right path for you, applying as soon as possible gives you the best chance of getting a place in your desired company. Here at European Springs, we take on apprentices every year and are always looking for dedicated, driven individuals to join our team. Apply now to kickstart your career in this fascinating industry.

Someone working at height using spring-operated equipment

With over 70 years of experience, we have worked with an extensive list of companies from a wide range of industry sectors. One of these sectors is construction, as our products are used in almost all mechanical equipment used within the industry.

So, today, we’re looking at just how our springs are used and the types of equipment and technology they are part of within the construction sector. Read on to discover more about our working relationship with construction businesses and what we can do to help your company with safety equipment, manufacturing machinery and more.

Types of Springs Used in the Construction Industry

Many of the springs we manufacture here at European Springs are used within the construction industry, but a few spring types are used much more frequently in machinery and other equipment across the sector; let’s take a look.

Compression Springs

Compression springs are one of the most commonly used spring types in the construction industry used in a wide variety of applications, for example:

  • Doors and windows. This spring type is used in the hinges to ensure they close properly and maintain a tight seal. They are also used in window balances to help lift and hold windows open.
  • Elevators and escalators. Compression springs are used to help absorb shock and vibration, provide stability, and ensure a smooth ride. They are also used in the braking systems of these machines.

Elevator construction in progress

  • Bridge construction. They are used in expansion joints to allow for movement of the bridge due to temperature changes, wind, and other factors. These springs help maintain the bridge’s structural integrity and prevent damage.
  • Building maintenance. Compression springs are used in various building maintenance applications, such as in the suspension systems for HVAC units and in the opening and closing mechanisms for large access panels and doors.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are essential in many mechanical systems used in the construction industry. They are used throughout the sector for various applications, primarily to provide torque or rotational force to various mechanical systems. For example, automatic doors such as in garages or warehouses. Torsion springs provide the necessary force and torque needed to move heavy objects, and they can be customised to fit the specific needs of each application.

Our bespoke spring manufacturing capabilities allow us to produce specific torsion spring configurations for an endless list of uses within the construction industry.

Clock Springs

Clock springs are used in the construction industry for various applications that require rotational force or torque. For example, they are used in various safety devices used on worksites, such as emergency switches or kill switches, activated by the clock spring being released.

In addition, clock springs are used to manufacture many of the retractable tools and equipment used by workers in the construction sector, such as measuring tapes, power cords, and hose reels.

Finally, like torsion springs, clock springs are used in automatic doors in construction warehouses and workshops.

Construction site workers looking at a crane

Construction Machinery that Relies on Springs

Many types of construction machinery rely on springs for their operation. Some examples include:

  • Excavators. Excavators use springs in their hydraulic systems to control the movement of the boom, arm, and bucket.
  • Cranes. Springs are used in the suspension systems of cranes to absorb shock and vibrations caused by the movement of the load.
  • Bulldozers. Bulldozers use motor springs in their undercarriage and suspension systems to absorb shock and vibrations while operating on rough terrain.
  • Pavers. Screed systems in pavers use springs to maintain a consistent level and provide a smooth surface for the asphalt.
  • Compactors. Compactors use springs in their drum systems to help absorb shock and vibrations while compacting soil or asphalt.
  • Loaders. Suspension systems in loaders use springs to provide a smooth ride while operating on rough terrain.
  • Backhoes. Backhoes use springs in their hydraulic systems to control the movement of the arm and bucket.

Overall, it’s clear springs are an important component in many types of construction machinery, providing a crucial role in their smooth operation and reliability.

Safety Equipment and Spring Technology

As mentioned, clock springs are used to manufacture a lot of safety equipment in the construction industry, such as kill switches activated as the spring is released. Also known as emergency stop buttons, kill switches are safety devices used to quickly shut down a machine or piece of equipment in the event of an emergency. The clock spring in the kill switch is released, quickly stopping the operation of heavy machinery and equipment, preventing accidents or injuries.

Spring-operated working at height equipment for construction workers

In addition, springs are used in retractable lifelines that protect workers from falls when working at heights. These lifelines use a spring-loaded mechanism to keep the lifeline taut while the worker moves around. As a result, if the worker falls, the lifeline will deploy, and the spring will absorb the shock, reducing the force of the fall and preventing injury. Using similar logic, springs are also found in safety harnesses for construction workers working at height, such as on scaffolding or roofs.

In all of these applications, springs help reduce the risk of injury to workers in the construction industry, making them a vital element in the manufacturing of equipment and tools. This makes our job as spring manufacturers incredibly important too. We work closely with those in the construction industry to design and manufacture springs used in all sorts of equipment and take each customer and their needs incredibly seriously.

We do so by listening to their order’s requirements and the intended use of the spring to ensure complete accuracy in delivering the springs they need.

So, if you work in the construction industry and need springs to help with your business’ safety equipment, tools, or any other application, we’re here for you; get in touch today.


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