Springs have been used for many years now, with the first uses of these mechanisms tracing back to the Bronze Age. It is inevitable that the manufacture of springs has developed since then, as technology has greatly improved, and now specialists like us at Airedale Springs manufacture an extensive variety of springs.
These modest mechanisms have become highly depended upon, making modern society unimaginable without these flexible products. Yes, they are everywhere, and it is correct to assume that almost every individual encounters a spring mechanism at least a few times a day. Springs manufactured by different companies all have many functions, and one of the most common uses of springs is in garage doors.
Overhead garage doors are a great example. The typical overhead garage door is equipped with either extension springs or torsion springs. In this mechanism, the extension springs’ main task is to facilitate door movement. During the design process, extension springs are loaded with tension, as they are wound to oppose any force applied to them. Therefore, garage door manufacturers use the ‘hook-ended’ springs to assist with door closure, as their tension force will pull the door back into position. Extension springs are a great choice when the headroom of the garage is a determining factor.
While extension springs are a very suitable option, many manufacturers choose to use torsion springs in garage doors, as experts say they offer added safety when compared to extension springs. Torsion springs are wound differently to extension springs. However, they similarly use stored energy to facilitate door closures. Manufacturers indicate that torsion springs offer more balanced resistance, meaning that the door will move in a smoother motion.
It is the simple everyday things such as garage doors that make us realise just how much we rely on springs. There are also many other everyday examples of where we encounter springs on a regular basis. As mentioned earlier, at Airedale Spring we are proud manufacturers of these increasingly paramount mechanisms. We have an extensive range of springs that we produce through our modern machinery.