Differences Between 304 vs 316 Stainless Steel

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At first glance, in comparing 304 vs 316 stainless steel, the lines between the two grades may seem fine. Each has more properties in common than not—both have very good corrosion and heat resistance, strength, and excellent welding and forming properties. In fact, 304 and 316 are two of the most popular grades of stainless… Read more »

Corrosion Protection of Metal Springs


In the design and fabrication of a metal spring, corrosion protection is essential to ensure the application performs as required over its intended service life. The materials selected and the environmental conditions in which the application will function are prime design considerations to protect the spring from corrosion and its harmful effects on the metal… Read more »

4 Common Types of Metal Springs

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Though there are many types of metal springs engineered for products and applications, the majority of them are designed to serve one of 4 functions when a mechanical force is applied—compressive, tensile, torque, or counterbalance. As a result, it’s more than likely that designers and engineers will look for a custom solution with a compression,… Read more »

Types of Stainless Steel Finishes for Spring & Wire Fabrication

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »