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Spring Profile: Compression Springs


The most commonly used type of spring, compression springs come in a multitude of sizes and shapes, with cylindrical being the most widely specified shape. Compression springs can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the temperature, stress, and corrosion resistance characteristics needed for the application.

Compression Springs

Compression Spring Characteristics:

While compression springs do not look significantly different than other spring types at first glance, compression springs are actually engineered quite specifically for the job they need to do.

  • Compression springs are designed to keep components from coming together.
  • The coil of a compression spring is open, and not as tightly wound as other types of springs.
  • They are often fabricated from a larger gauge of wire for strength to resist compressive forces.
  • Compression springs are at rest when they are extended.
  • Compression springs are usually coiled at a constant diameter, but can be conical, concave (barrel), convex (hourglass), or other configurations, depending on specific application requirements.

Compression Spring Applications

Used in many different types products and assemblies, compression springs are commonly found in clothes pins, electronic devices, watches, switches, compressors, door locks, mattresses, and ink pens. Compression springs work to resist force and store energy in a wide array of applications.

Varying sizes of compression springs are used in a diverse range of industries including:

  • Consumer Goods
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Automotive Assemblies
  • Medical Devices
  • Appliances
  • And more

Buying Compression Springs

W.B. Jones has over 100 years’ experience providing quality compression springs, both stock and custom to meet your needs. When you need custom compression springs, our design specialists will assist you in ordering the spring that will meet all of your needs and work within your budget. As industry leader in the manufacture of compression springs, W.B. Jones can work from new or existing custom designs to deliver the springs you need on time and within budget.

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