As an experienced spring manufacturer, we see many uses for our springs throughout the agricultural industry. Our high-quality springs are frequently used within equipment and machinery that helps to cultivate plants and livestock.

In this blog, we’ll discuss why springs are so important in the agricultural industry and look at some of the most common types of springs used within this sector. 

Types of Springs used in Agriculture

Here at European Springs, we design and manufacture different types of springs to meet your every need, including springs for agricultural equipment. The main focus of our products within this industry is spring tines for grassland harvesting and tillage machinery.

We have the capability to prototype any custom agricultural equipment spring you may need, from large load-bearing tractor springs to tiny springs for irrigation timers.

Here is a list of some of the springs we can manufacture: 

  • Torsion springs and extension springs for the opening of overhead garage or warehouse doors
  • Compression springs with resistance to axial compressive force
  • Valve springs for opening and closing valves 
  • Barrel springs to prevent buckling
  • Valve springs for keeping valves open or closed
  • Motor springs for vehicle components 
  • Custom wire forms made to your exact technical specifications

Spring Requirements 

Springs are created to absorb and redistribute force which makes them perfect for applications in the agricultural industry. The heavy-duty machinery and equipment used throughout this sector require great power, and our springs help support the suspension systems of vehicles in particular. 

Most farming and off-road vehicles are fitted with standard coil springs made of steel. High-quality suspension systems are created by a strong spring absorbing the shock forces while driving on uneven surfaces. 

Many farming vehicles carry heavy loads and use a repetitive motion, which requires quality springs to function. When you choose us as your agricultural spring manufacturer, you can do so with the highest confidence in the best products with quality guaranteed. 

Common Applications for our Springs 

Springs make up some of the most important mechanisms within agricultural equipment, and you may be surprised at how significant spring components are. Let’s take a look at some examples of where you can find our springs in action: 

  • Hydraulic systems
  • Suspension systems within vehicles 
  • Irrigation equipment, such as hoses, sprinklers and sprays
  • Planting and harvesting machinery, like ploughs, tillers and tractors
  • Secure gates and fences
  • Landscaping tools
  • Bailing equipment
  • Quad bikes, wagons and trailers 
  • Fluid control machineries, such as liquid and air control 

Agricultural Equipment Spring Manufacturer

With over 70 years of experience as a spring manufacturer, we have the expertise to create a whole host of springs perfect for any application within the agricultural industry.

If you require an agricultural equipment spring supplier, then European Springs is both professional and reliable. We’re confident in meeting your business and product needs, so please contact us to start a conversation or look at our spring brochure for more details of the items we stock.

We’re proud to be industry leaders in spring manufacturing, and being at the forefront of the current technological revolution is key to our success. 

The emergence of smart factories, machine learning and connectivity, has added a new dimension to manufacturing facilities worldwide. Here at European Springs & Pressings, we continue to invest and advance how we manufacture to prepare for the industry’s future. 

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, “Smart Factory” has quickly adapted from an initial concept to mainstream manufacturing. In this blog, we’ll look at the impact and benefits of Smart Factories, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and tell you all about our recent Bruder press investment. 

What is a Smart Factory? 

Smart Factories are the driving force of digitalisation in modern-day manufacturing. A Smart Factory can refer to a digitalised shop or facility that operates by connected machines, production systems and devices.

You can use the data collected by these intelligent and automated machines to create reports on areas for improvements, ongoing issues and being proactive to live demands.

A combination of technologies connects Smart Factories, including Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, AI, and Industrial IoT. Each plays a part in combining physical and digital tasks so that the Smart Factory process can oversee and fully integrate every system to streamline performance and operations. Below we will look into more detail of some of the most common technologies:

  • Industrial IoT – Connected machines, processes, or devices linked through data communication, allowing data to be exchanged by people and machines. 
  • Sensors – Built into machines to collect unique data at the various stages of the manufacturing process. Sensors are beneficial for offering live visibility. 
  • Cloud Computing – The processing, storage and sharing of data. Cloud computing gives a cost-effective and flexible solution that allows you to focus on key metrics and solve ongoing issues. 
  • Big Data – Collecting data over time gives you insight into the bigger picture of processes and key metrics. In particular, big data helps identify recurring errors.

Our Bruderer Press Investment

Continuing our investment in manufacturing over the years, we recently installed a BSTA 410-110B2 and high precision servo feeder to help increase our press shop capacity and target more than £1m of new opportunities.

This automated press and tool monitoring technology give us production speeds of up to 1600 strokes per minute and a fully adjustable stroke between 16 and 47mm. The high-speed press is an ideal addition to our facility and is used for almost every product we manufacture.

Stuart McSheehy, Managing Director of European Springs & Pressings, commented saying “Our relationship with Bruderer UK goes back more than 15 years, and this will be the third new machine we’ve taken from Adrian Haller and his team.

“The Swiss stamping technology is the best in the world when it comes to precision, achieving tolerances and delivering flexibility, and this new BSTA 410-110B2 will be the real jewel in the crown of our new press shop.”

Our investment in automated machinery has undoubtedly streamlined our processes and allowed us to remain fully operational throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Installing this new equipment in the press shop is critical to our expansion and long-term investment in the latest machinery and technology. 

Adrian Haller, Managing Director at Bruderer UK, commented saying “The installation of the BSTA 410-110B2 is a clear indication of the precision markets the company is going after. In particular, the control technology added to the press provides automatic ram shut height adjustment while the machine is under acceleration and deceleration loads, giving it guaranteed process stability and pinpoint repeatability.”

Impact, Visibility and Access

By implementing the technologies required for a Smart Factory, you can better understand your overall processes throughout the production chain. You can combine various sets of data and use them to improve and boost your capacity.

Another benefit of data collection and analysis is that you can get the most from your resources, equipment and employees. Smart technology provides a high degree of efficiency and allows you to act immediately.

Here at European Springs and Pressings, we’re dedicated to investment and are in the final stages of a bespoke £700,000 project involving the construction of our 6000 sq ft press shop. We project that it will deliver approximately 20% efficiency gains, along with a more streamlined production process. 

As reputable spring manufacturers, we’ve seen the benefits of smart technologies and upskilling our employees, and we’re optimistic about our vision for the future.

Keep up to date with our blog page and be the first to see the latest information on the manufacturing industry, as well as expert sector insights.

As an industry leader in spring manufacturing, automation plays an important part in the process that continues to advance the way we manufacture.

The future of manufacturing is heading toward a more automated approach, but what does this mean? In this blog, we’ll look at what automation is, the benefits, machinery and practices, as well as opportunities for training and development within your business. 

What is Automation and How is it Used?

Automation is the use or introduction of automatic equipment in manufacturing or other process or facility. Using machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensors and much more, you can boost efficiency, reliability and use computer devices to control operations.

In most cases, it is assumed that automation replaces labour or physical people in your workforce. However, we believe that there are opportunities to upskill, as well as job functions that can support and improve automation processes.

The Benefits of Automation and Technology  

Some obvious benefits of automation are higher production rates, increased productivity and the efficient use of materials. There are also other less obvious benefits, including the safety of your workforce, reduced factory lead times and less manual labour, which are highly sought after. 

By investing in smart technologies like sensors, machine learning, robotics, and cloud computing, you can certainly grow your supply chain, as well as cater to online consumers and identify areas for machine investment and growth.

Machinery and Practices 

Our well-equipped manufacturing plants allow us to offer a wide range of custom products and services. We train our experienced engineers and invest in the latest automated equipment, which means we can repeatedly meet the ever-changing requirements of our customers and the market we operate in.

We use the latest CNC automated spring coilers and wire-forming equipment to deliver both generic wire form and bespoke orders. In total, we have over 20 coiling machines, including the likes of Wafios FUL and FES.

Training and Development 

Here at European Springs, we’re constantly focusing on the development of our employees. It’s essential to strengthen our knowledge and introduce more diverse skillsets into our workplace, including preparing for future growth within manufacturing.

Recently our next generation of engineers achieved either CITY & GUILDS or BTEC qualifications following a nationally recognised manufacturing apprenticeship framework. Find out more about our apprentices by reading our blog on developing people for the future

Stuart McSheehy, Managing Director of European Springs & Pressings, says, “The value of apprenticeships can never be underestimated. Training the next generation of our people is crucial to ensure the business has the skills in its people for the future”. 

Investing in the Future  

AI and Smart Factory tech has been established for a while and those who chose to invest are seeing a growing return from online sales and much more. Automation facilitates a more agile way of working, including streamlining processes and working at normal capacity under most circumstances.

In our previous blog, Does Online Shopping Boost Manufacturing? We touched on the impact of consumer behaviour, online shopping and working practices going forward. 

The demand for online shopping has had a lasting impact on companies and their investment in automation. If you are able to install these new systems and technologies now, you can focus on the upskilling of employees and streamlining your processes.


Here at European Springs & Pressings, we’re continuing our focus on stability and growth. As reputable spring manufacturers, we’ve seen the benefits of investing heavily in automation, upskilling our employees and technology, which means we are positive about our vision for the future.

Keep up to date with our blog page and be the first to see the latest information on the manufacturing industry, as well as expert sector insights.

UK manufacturing is set to double in growth throughout 2021 following an unpredicted rebound in production.

Many manufacturers have invested heavily to ramp up production and are emerging stronger due to an increase in demand. Despite the challenges and limitations of Covid-19, here at European Springs, we were able to work at close to full capacity.

As leading spring manufacturers, we see the value of investing in the right areas of our business. Now that restrictions are being lifted, we want to discuss the effects of the pandemic and look at what the future holds for our industry.

 

A Growing Economy with the Rise in Export Business

Manufacturers have reached a record increase in new business as both domestic and overseas demand continues to revive. Businesses reacted to Covid restrictions and vaccination timetables by using the information to inform decisions of growth, tapping into different economies.

 

Growth in 2021

 

The IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose from 60.9 in April to 65.4 in May, the highest in the survey’s three-decade history, and economists suggest that the PMI surveys are a benchmark for future growth.

MAKE UK have also updated their growth forecast for manufacturing from 3.9 per cent to 7.8 per cent, above its forecast for GDP of 7.5 per cent.

 

High-level Output Volumes

Throughout the course of the pandemic, manufacturers had to work under pressure to produce high-quality items in larger volumes. The Independent recently reported that “surveys of manufacturers in Germany and France also pointed to strong growth as businesses ramped up production to meet rising demand.”

Make UK have predicted that with the ongoing results of vaccine effectiveness, manufacturing output levels should return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022, which is approximately six months earlier than previously suggested.

 

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As a result of this new demand, manufacturers are turning to data-driven insights to inform operational strategies and consumer behaviour. This shows that the relationship between suppliers, manufacturers and customers is becoming more important.

In our recent blog, does online shopping boost manufacturing, we discussed the positive impact of consumer behaviour, new norms and the increase in demand online. By shifting to a more digitally-led approach, we believe that you can improve your global reach and build your business for the future.

 

Inflation on Materials and Job Surges

IHS Markit announced that businesses are reporting supply problems due to the rising demand for products, causing a rapid rise in the cost of materials. Freight costs have also increased after the UK left the EU in January 2021.

In particular, manufacturers have experienced shortages of electronics, plastics and metals. Severe delivery delays have also been prominent throughout Covid-19. In many cases, businesses have had to increase their costs to counteract the setbacks.

 

Delivery truck on motorway

 

This new delivery demand and the backlog of items forced businesses to employ new staff at the fastest rate on record.

Group director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, Duncan Brock, commented saying that “we haven’t seen this level of price inflation on materials for decades. The ongoing boost in job numbers was an attempt to build capacity to meet this surge as backlogs increased steeply and delivery times grew to unsustainable levels, pulling back on further progress in fulfilling orders”.

Rob Dobson, director at IHS, said: “The UK PMI surged to an unprecedented high in May, as record growth of new orders and employment supported one of the steepest increases in production volumes in the near 30-year survey history”.


As one of the most reliable and highly praised spring manufacturers in Europe, we’re excited to see what the future of manufacturing has in store.

We’re confident that we will go from strength to strength as the manufacturing industry evolves. If you have any questions about our products and services, do not hesitate to contact us.

As leading spring manufacturers, we keep our fingers on the pulse with everything going on in the manufacturing and engineering industries.

We regularly update our news page with industry roundups, so it’s the best place to find out about current trends, announcements and information on the future of our industry.

We’ve just completed our half year figures which show an impressive 20% growth on last year. Over the last 12 months, we have endured tough, restrictive lockdowns, however we’re delighted to have recorded nearly 10% growth over 2019, which makes it a record breaking year!

Here’s a look at what’s been happening in manufacturing from January to June 2021.

“UK manufacturing growth at 30-year high”, says PMI survey

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According to the survey, UK manufacturing is growing at its fastest rate for almost 30 years as the easing of lockdown unleashes new demand.

The IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reached a high last month of 65.6, up from 60.9 in April. Any reading above 50 signifies growth, and April’s statistics were the highest on record since the survey began in 1992.

IHS director Rob Dobson comments that “growth is being boosted by the unlocking of economies from Covid restrictions and ongoing vaccination programmes. This is being felt across the globe, as highlighted by a record rise in new export business during the latest survey month”.

Businesses have highlighted shortages of electronics, plastics and metals, and there were also delays in transportation. This has led to the highest rise in the cost of supplies since 1992, forcing manufacturers to increase prices.

The number of online transactions and the demand for products has also been record-breaking since lockdown, but what does this mean for manufacturing? While smart manufacturing has already enabled streamlined processes, demand and growth in online shopping have certainly boosted the manufacturing industry, but there are also signs that suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand.

Find out more about the impact of online shopping on manufacturing in our blog, which looks into the positive effects of this consumer behaviour, new norms, and increased demand online.


Manufacturing industry calls for targeted sectoral approach on Apprenticeship funding

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the Government to adopt a rethink on how apprenticeship levy money can be spent to boost essential skills in rapidly growing industries like manufacturing and engineering.

47% of manufacturers recruited an engineering or manufacturing apprentice during the pandemic, with 57% saying they will do so again next year.

Engineer Showing Apprentice How To Measure CAD Drawings

However, the latest figures show that £1,039 million of levy funds expired unused in the nine months from May 2020, wasting investment money that could have been spent providing vital training following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This money must be unlocked to train apprentices with the necessary skills to create well-paid jobs across the UK.

By welcoming apprentices every year, we see the benefits of having a development plan in place, and many of our qualified apprentices continue to develop their skills as spring technicians. It’s essential to strengthen our knowledge and introduce more diverse skillsets into our workplace, including preparing for future growth within manufacturing.


The Engineer: Modern engineering needs AI

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) plays an integral role within design, extending beyond structural validation to predict every aspect of physics, including the behaviour of constituent materials and the suitability of manufacturing processes.

AI is shifting the focus and role of engineers as they have more data at their fingertips than ever before! The Future of Jobs report (2020) noted that employers see skill groups as rising in prominence in the lead up to 2025, including critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and skills in self-management — such as active learning and resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility.

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When thinking about integrating AI into engineering, you must consider a complete set of steps that includes data preparation, modelling, simulation and test, and deployment.

At European Springs, we’ve implemented automation into our process in a considerable way. Using the latest CNC automated spring coilers and wire forming equipment in the industry, we can create bespoke solutions for pressings, wire forms and stampings. Take a look at our blog on the future of engineering.


UK the second-largest defence exporter in the world

The UK is the second-largest defence exporter globally after the US, accounting for 16% of the global market and with 207,000 jobs supported by the industry.

According to the Make UK and Raytheon UK report, global defence and aerospace exports are valued at around £12bn. This is equivalent to almost 5% of total UK manufacturing output.

Here at European Springs, we’re proud to offer our services to the defence industry. We design and manufacture various parts for next-generation airborne smart decoys, high spec electrical connectors, Eurofighters and much more.

Take a look at our blog, how European Springs work with the defence industry to find out more about the parts we create for these high powered systems and equipment.


‘Green jobs windfall’: Government hails £180m investment in offshore wind manufacturing hubs

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The UK’s offshore wind industry has received a significant boost, with two leading suppliers announcing plans to expand their manufacturing capacity in the North East — it’s a move that will create and safeguard over 1,000 green jobs.

Offshore wind components manufacturers SeAH Wind Ltd and Smulders Projects UK confirmed they are to invest over £180m in expanding their production capacity after securing grant funding from the government’s £160m Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme.

SeAH Wind Ltd will receive funding towards a new £117m monopile foundation factory at the Able Marine Energy Park on the Humber, which will create up to 750 direct jobs by 2030.

Meanwhile, Smulders Projects UK are to receive funding towards a £70m investment for new equipment and infrastructure, enabling the manufacture of offshore wind turbine transition pieces, creating up to 325 direct jobs.


We frequently update our news page with industry roundups, so check in regularly to find out what’s been going on in the UK manufacturing industry.

We’re dedicated to offering the highest level of service at competitive prices, and with a planned expansion on our current operations, the future for European Springs and Pressings looks bright.

Take a look at our stock catalogue for more information on our range of springs and forms. Alternatively, if you’d like to make an enquiry, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

As spring manufacturers, we must keep up with the latest news, movements and events within our industry.

We’re delighted to announce that we will be attending the DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) from 14 – 17 September 2021 at ExCeL London. The decision to proceed follows close consultation and discussions with the UK Government and industry stakeholders.

The DSEI is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It’s hosted in London Docklands every two years and is attended by arms company representatives and military delegations from around the world.

In preparation for European Springs attending the show in September, we’ll provide you with information about the show, what to look out for this year, as well as our involvement.

If you’re interested in attending the event as a visitor, register now.

Excel Centre, East London January 2 2021: exterior view of the Excel Centre.

European Springs Powering Progress at DSEI 2021

Attending events and exhibits each year is important to us. We’ve been established as an industry leader for over 70 years, so we need to continue learning and building relationships to prepare for future growth within manufacturing.

Here at European Springs, we manufacture our high standard products to work with a range of customers across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, off-shore, the defence industry, electric power and much more.

At our stand, you can expect to gain insight into one of the largest stamping and spring manufacturers in the UK. We’ll be happy to answer any questions on our in-house facilities, including the design, prototyping and assembly production manufacture of our products.

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We see considerable benefits in networking with others to develop our knowledge and integrate with other businesses across various industries.

Multi-Domain Integration Focus for 2021

DSEI 2021 will centre around integration as the UK Ministry of Defence, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and UK Strategic Command work to develop and maintain organic integration at all levels across all domains.

As British forces continue to modernise and meet the demands of the information age, they do so with the understanding that the future battlefield requires integration across land, sea, air, cyber and space. Under the theme of ‘Integrated Response to Future Threats’, DSEI 2021 will spotlight supporting this strategic shift with input from industry, academia, international partners and delegates.

As the only event to integrate each pillar of national security and defence, DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence and security supply chain on a global scale.

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The exhibit will be split into zones for aerospace, land, naval, security and ‘the joint zone’ which will feature the latest products and innovations servicing the whole Defence and Security Community. The show offers a valuable networking opportunity, as well as a unique platform for business through live-action demonstrations.

You will also have access to four hubs, including the new future tech hub, manufacturing hub, medical and space hub. The complete DSEI exhibitor list is available to view here.

Why should you visit the DSEI?

Attending the DSEI gives you access to the global marketplace. With a 95% visitor satisfaction rate, the show is an essential opportunity to explore international business opportunities.

Here at European Springs, we believe the exhibition is a great opportunity network with peers and industry professionals and learn from other like-minded exhibitors and sponsors.

It’s no surprise that 94% of visitors say DSEI is important for their business. You can meet with suppliers and talk one-to-one with industry experts, as well as gain access to equipment, products, and the latest technologies.


You can find more information about how to attend DSEI and what to expect on their website. We hope to see you there!

As part of the Lesjöfors Group, Metrol Springs will also be attending the event.

 

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