Help Centre

We’re here to answer all your questions around the correct application of gas struts and dampers. From key terminology, an introduction to gas struts and our series of how to videos, to selecting the right product, sizing, customisation and our range of FAQs, our Help Centre contains all of the information you’re looking for. You can also ask an expert through our adjacent contact form, with our designers and engineers on-hand to answer questions specific to your product or application.

Click here to download and complete our Gas Spring Sizing Form or here to download our Gas Spring Application Enquiry Form and submit either when completing our Ask The Expert form to help our designers and engineers with your query.

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    Introduction to a Gas Spring Construction of a Gas Spring Gas Spring Terminology Forces and Spring Rates Gas Spring Standards
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    Tailoring your Gas Spring
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    Do’s and Don’ts Mounting Position Terminology Mounting Orientation Mounting – Other Considerations Mounting – Practical Considerations Whitepaper – Understanding the Basics Whitepaper – Gas Spring Overview Whitepaper – Gas Spring Overview (Part 2) Whitepaper – Gas Spring Mounting
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    Frequently Asked Questions
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    General Range Overview Camloc Motion Control ISO 9001 Certificate Gas Spring Application Enquiry Form Vari-Lift Instruction Safety Leaflet Gas Spring Disposal Advice MSDS Gas Springs Ref:112 MSDS Blocklifts Ref:126 MSDS Dampers Ref:125

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I mount my gas springs on my application?

Standard gas springs should always be mounted rod down to prevent premature seal failure and in addition to provide end of stroke damping. It is also recommended that gas springs are mounted in pairs to prevent side loading. Please see our page on gas spring mounting positions for a detailed guide.


Can you assist me in the location of the ideal mounting positions for my gas springs to give the best possible action on my application?

Please see our Typical Applications page for information on gas spring applications, including a link to our ‘Application Enquiry Form’ where we provide a service to aid in the mounting of gas springs on your application.


Is there any literature about the products that you offer?

Please see our Downloads page to view our range of literature that you may download.


I currently purchase a gas spring from one of your competitors, would you be able to match our current supplier’s gas springs to one of your own?

If you send the details on your current parts to us we will look to match your gas spring as closely as possible using the information given, for a better match please send us a sample of your gas springs and we will use our in house testing equipment to collect detailed information on your current gas springs. Using this information we can produce a gas spring that will fulfil all of your needs.


Can I have my company logo and branding on the gas springs or my own part numbers?

We can print alternative symbolising on our gas springs, this includes different part numbers and different artwork. The symbolising must contain the health and safety information, as well as the parts’ batch number and the date stamp to allow traceability of the parts. To discuss the symbolising options available to you please contact one of our gas spring experts at +44 (0)116 274 3600 or by visiting our contact us page.


What colour options are available?

Our carbon steel gas springs come as standard in a black satin finish and our stainless steel gas springs come in a natural finish. White is a popular colour for Blocklift gas springs and white is also available for our standard carbon steel gas springs.


Is there a minimum batch size?

We manufacture gas springs in a large range of batch sizes, our standard minimum order quantity is 50 pieces. However, talk to us about your requirements and we’ll see what we can do. We do have distributors who are able to supply batches smaller than 50 as well as distributors that stock a standard range of parts that can be ordered straight off the shelf.


Do you keep a stock of ready made parts that I can order off the shelf?

Unfortunately we do not offer a selection of standard gas springs that we keep in stock available for instant dispatch, as every gas spring we manufacture is custom designed and made to your bespoke requirements. We do however have a standard range of parts available through our distributors. Please refer to our distributor page to contact your local distributor.


What end fittings are the most recommended to give the longest possible life available during service?

The most recommended end fitting available to be used on a gas spring is a ball joint, as this gives the gas spring a large degree of freedom to move around and prevent the gas spring from being side loaded.

 

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