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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  • Getting Started
    Introduction to a Gas Spring Construction of a Gas Spring Gas Spring Terminology Forces and Spring Rates Gas Spring Standards
  • Selecting The Right Product
    The Two Key Questions Standard Gas Spring Sizes Which Product is right for me? Technical Data
  • Customisation
    Tailoring your Gas Spring
  • Want to Know More?
    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
  • Show Me How
    How to fit and de-gas a Vari-Lift valved gas spring (gas strut) Stop & Stay Multi-Positional Gas Springs Cam-Stay – Multi-Positional Telescopic Stay
  • Troubleshooting
    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Datasheets
    General Range Overview Camloc Motion Control ISO 9001 Certificate Gas Spring Application Enquiry Form Gas Spring Sizing Form Vari-Lift Instruction Safety Leaflet Gas Spring Disposal Advice MSDS Gas Springs Ref:112 MSDS Blocklifts Ref:126 MSDS Dampers Ref:125

Which Product is right for me?

Confused by which of our products is right for you? The following will help guide your selection, if you’re still unsure you can refer to our products page for each one, or alternatively contact one of our experts on + 44 (0)116 274 3600 or send an enquiry through our Contact Us page. 

Swift & Sure – Our standard range of compression gas springs, these are the most popular model in the Camloc range and are available in the widest range of sizes and forces. 

Vari-lift – The Vari-Lift valve is an option that can be fitted to all the standard gas springs in the Camloc range, it is a small brass valve fitted to the end of the tube that allows the force of the spring to be adjusted downwards. This adjustment can be carried out in-situ, which saves both time and effort and allows individual applications to be adjusted exactly as required. They are ideal for prototyping and initial set-up of new applications. 

Stainless Steel – Our Stainless Steel range is the same as the Swift & Sure range, but as the name suggests the springs are manufactured from stainless rather than carbon steel. We use 316L grade stainless steel in the manufacture of our springs and this range is intended for use in harsh environments, such as marine, food, pharmaceutical and chemical, to name but a few. 

Econoloc – The Econoloc is a compression gas spring fitted with a safety locking shroud, the shroud engages automatically when the spring is fully extended and prevents the spring from compressing. This provides protection for both operators and bystanders in the event of overload or misuse, for example on catering vehicles where you need to protect customers in the event of high winds. One Econoloc is fitted per pair of springs. 

Stop & Stay  Our Stop & Stay range are fitted with an adjustable friction lock nut, as the nut is turned it increases friction on the rod and enables the spring to be set to hold the application in any position. Once the lock nut is set the operator will push or pull the application to another position and it’ll hold in this position exactly as it did in the initial one. These parts are typically used for low volume or prototyping purposes due to the requirement to set each spring individually, they are used on applications such as sunbeds, monitor arms, welding or acoustic hoods. 

Stop & Stay+ – The Stop & Stay+ is a development of the Stop & Stay range, they serve the same purpose but rather than using a friction locking nut they utilise a factory set, internal valve mechanism, they require no periodic setting or maintenance. Whereas the Stop & Stay is intended for low volume and prototyping the Stop & Stay+ is intended for high volume manufacturing environments. These products are used for passenger information systems, monitor arms, recliner footrests and service flaps. 

Dampers  These are Camloc’s range of hydraulic damping units designed to absorb, meter and control kinetic energy. Each damper is designed specifically for the application it’s intended for and are available in a number of configurations including compression and extension damping, through dampers, gassed (emulsion) dampers and separator piston types. 

Blocklift  Blocklift springs allow the application to be locked in position at any point along the stroke length, this is achieved by using a internal piston arrangement actuated by a button at the end of the rod. Blocklift springs can be rigid or spring blocking type, spring blocking allow slight movement under load whereas rigid types do not. Blocklift springs have many different uses where infinite control of the position of the application is required, for example seat height and back adjustment, steering columns and medical beds. 

Cam-Stay – The Cam-Stay is a multi-positional telescopic stay, it is a low cost alternative to a gas spring and does not provide any form of lift assistance. Examples of use include medical bed and chair footrests. 

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