Springs

Springs are one of the most ubiquitous tools of our modern society. They can be used for a number of different purposes, ranging from holding things together to making them easier to open. Some act to cushion objects while others make it easier to keep something in motion. For example, on a rotary kiln there is a spring that helps keep the main drum rotating while in an industrial kiln a spring allows for the opening of the lid wide enough so that anything can be fit inside. By fitting the right spring to the right job a wide variety of jobs can be accomplished. It is just a matter of finding the right spring for the job.

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A spring can be any item that allows another to return to a given state. A shock absorber can be used to keep a vehicle at a general height so as to ensure a smooth ride while an industrial kiln spring can ensure that a lid can open wide and then close tight. It can also be used to help keep the motion of something smooth, such as the drum of a rotary kiln. They do not need to be necessarily coiled, as there are leaf springs which are basically flat. In short, a spring is whatever form it needs to be in order to make sure that the job gets done.


Springs are usually made of some sort of metal, but plastic has been used. For coiled springs the metal is beat into a wire of the appropriate thickness and then coiled at the right tightness and diameter. The wire does not need to start at the thickness we usually associate with wire, as some springs can be really thick. They also do not need to be tight, as some springs have a definite distant between the different spirals. Complicating the issue is that some springs are not what we would thing of springs; leaf springs are a classic of a spring that is not necessarily coiled.


As noted, springs have a wide variety of uses, and people sometimes use them without realizing it. Some people wind their watches, for example, without realizing that winding the spring, so as to create tension that keeps the hands moving, is actually literal. Cars are filled with a variety of springs for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from the springs in the shock absorber to the leaf springs used to keep the car going. There are even springs in beds to give them some bounce. The rotary kiln uses springs to maintain its movement and industrial kilns use springs to open and close the lid securely. Screws are even used to dig into mountains and then help carry away the dirt.


All told, this makes springs one of the more ubiquitous tools man currently uses. They are simple to make, easy to apply, and generally make for an easy to repair tool. It is just a matter of finding the right spring for the right job in order to get things done, and there are a lot of options out there.