How Design Impacts Cost: Springs and Wire Forming

design impacts cost

With the twin pressures of inflation and supply chain challenges continuing to impact manufacturers, keeping cost in mind for spring and wire forming services remains a high priority for our customers.  At Gifford Spring Company, we are here to support you. — Here are a few factors that directly impact the cost of your parts.…

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Plan Ahead to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges

supply chain challenges

At Gifford Spring Company, meeting (and exceeding) our customers’ expectations is our top priority. That means making sure we can provide the parts you need today—as well as six months or a year from now.  It is no secret that supply chain challenges have significantly impacted the manufacturing industry since 2020. While recent indicators show…

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5 Design Considerations for Torsion Springs

Torsion Springs

Do you need a custom torsion spring for your assembly? Torsion springs are an excellent choice for mechanisms that require rotational force or resistance (torque). With legs extending from both sides of the spring’s coils, the torque is transferred from the spring’s coils, through the legs, then to the component attached to the legs. Depending…

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The Importance of Load Testing in Custom Spring Manufacturing

load testing

Customers often think the best way to ensure their custom spring functions as intended in an application is to carefully define the spring’s physical dimensions such as free length or number of coils.  While that information is important, there is a tried and true way of simulating a spring’s function in its end-use environment: a…

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Material Options for Custom Wire Forming Services

material options

At Gifford Spring Company, we can form just about any round material into a custom wire form. But we like to dig deeper with our customers so that they feel confident they are using the best material possible for their specific applications.  When selecting a material for your wire form, it is critical to look…

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9 Questions Your Custom Spring Manufacturer Should Ask You

Custom Spring Manufacturer

When preparing to produce a custom spring or wire form, a great custom spring manufacturer will initiate a conversation with you to gain a thorough understanding of the component’s end use.  Even if you have provided comprehensive specs and part documentation in your quote request, this initial dialogue helps ensure that both parties—customer and manufacturer—are…

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6 Tolerance Guidelines for Wire Forming Services

Tolerancing

Tolerancing standards for custom wire forming applications are different from those used for precision machined parts, as well as custom springs. Most methods of machining (such as turning, milling, and drilling) can hold exceptionally tight tolerances. Machining tolerances typically cannot be applied to springs. Instead, springs have well-defined tolerance criteria put forth by the Spring Manufacturers…

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Design Tips for Wire Forming

Wire Form design

Curious about how to optimize your wire form design?  At Gifford Spring, we’re committed to helping our customers save time and money on custom springs and wire forms. Today, we’re sharing Design for Manufacturability (DFM) tips for wire forms so you can enjoy faster quotes, shorter lead times, and lower costs.  We can summarize most…

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