Types of Stainless Steel Finishes for Spring & Wire Fabrication

Metal Finishing

Types of stainless steel finishes are made available after forming for a number of reasons. Though the alloy is well-known for its high corrosion resistance, finishing can provide an added layer of protection against oxidation, corrosion, rusting, and staining. Finishes are also added to meet certain design requirements that may call for an architectural aesthetic,… Read more »

How the Pandemic Has Affected Spring Manufactures

Spring Manufacturing

By now, how the Covid-19 pandemic affected every industry and aspect of life worldwide, is old news. Unfortunately, though improving, the effects of the pandemic persist. The coronavirus first brought ordinary lives and daily routines to a grinding halt in an attempt to slow the spread of the highly infectious disease.

ISO 9001 – 7 Principles of Quality Management

ISO 9001 Certification Logo

ISO 9001 principles are the international standard that promotes and defines the criteria for the development, implementation and effectiveness of a quality management system for companies, businesses, and organizations around the world. As ISO 9001 is focused strictly on the standard for quality management systems, its principles apply to a wide range of industries, suppliers,… Read more »

Types of Stainless Steel Grades

Stainless Steel Pots

There are many types of stainless steel grades. In fact, over 150 grades have been designated for one purpose or another. Though the many grades of stainless steel share some characteristics, it is the near-endless combination of alloying metals that differentiates one grade from another. Still, of all the types of stainless steel grades available… Read more »

Understanding ITAR Compliance


What is ITAR Compliance? Knowing and understanding the answer to these questions is important for any company involved in government contracting and international trade that’s related to the defense industry, whether directly or indirectly. Though not well known by firms outside of government contracting circles, ITAR is the acronym for International Traffic in Arms Regulations,… Read more »

Advantages of Stainless Steel for Springs

Stainless Steel

Selecting the correct material for the design of a spring is one of the first and most important considerations in its application. Stainless steel used for springs, for example, has many advantages and favorable properties—above all, corrosion resistance—which makes the material ideal for many applications.

The History of the Slinky

Rainbow Slinky

The history of the Slinky, and its humble origin, is one of innovation, imagination, and perseverance as much as it is chance. Richard James, the founder of James Spring & Wire Company, invented the much-loved precompressed helical spring toy in 1943 while serving as a naval engineer at the William Cramp & Sons shipyards in… Read more »

5 Types of Specialty Springs & Their Common Uses


Specialty springs are custom-designed springs manufactured to fulfill a specific mechanical function in a particular mechanism. Specialty springs will vary in design in relation to the spring requirements and spring force—compressive, tensile, or torsion—needed for the application. Because specialty springs are uniquely designed for a specific application—they are not a stock item found on shelves—spring… Read more »

The Science of Springs & How They Work

Torsion Springs

How do springs work in real-world applications? For manufacturers, the answer to that question is directly related to understanding the science of springs. In doing so, manufacturers such James Spring & Wire Company can accurately predict exactly how its extension, compression, or torsion springs will function within a mechanical device or mechanism even before the… Read more »

What Is a Wire Form?

Various Wire Forms

Wire forms or, more specifically, wire forming, is a fabrication technique that utilizes blanks of metal wire which is manipulated into standard or customized shapes for a variety of applications. The wire is typically drawn from blank strips or coiled spools of flat or round wire, rolled and tempered, and then formed into different configurations… Read more »