The History of Springs & Background to Spring Making
Redditch has a long history of producing springs
Redditch has a long and proud history of mass producing springs stretching back over a 100-years.
The spring industry was an off shoot of the needle industry which was a major
consumer of wire. The readily available supply of wire lent itself to the
development of the spring industry in Redditch. The needle industry has diminished in importance but
today Redditch remains the
centre for spring manufacturing in the UK. Today Davies Springs is situated
in the home of Redditch spring making namely Millsborough House.
A spring is a metal object which changes shape in response to an external force and returns to its original shape when that external
force is removed.
If a spring is subject to excessive force in relation to the spring it will not return to the origianl shape.
Extension Spring Definition
An extension spring is a coiled spring whose coils usually touch each other; as a force is applied to stretch the spring the coils separate and the spring lengthens. Typical examples include: - weighing scales, springs supporting a trampoline.
Compression Spring Definition
This is the opposite to an extension spring. The coils are open and are compressed as a pressure is applied. Typical examples are
suspension springs in cars, on motor bikes or pedal cycles.
Torsion Spring Definition
A torsion spring works by twisting. - the classic example is the traditional mouse trap. Another familiar example is the counter
balance in garage doors. Electronic devices with pop out doors and drawers frequently rely upon a torsion spring.
Conical Springs Definition
A cone shaped compression spring typically found on batteries.