Tips for Choosing the Right Valve Springs Manufacturer
Valve springs are critical components of compressor valves, and therefore the entire manufacturing process. With so many valve springs manufacturers in the marketplace today, how do you find one that will meet the needs of your business? Here are some ideas for finding the best fit valve springs manufacturer for you.
Valve Springs Manufacturer Reputation
It is important to consider a company’s reputation in the market. Ask around, conduct an online search for valve springs manufacturers and don’t forget to look for customer comments as well. Don’t feel uncomfortable about picking up the phone and interviewing a manufacturing representative from each of the companies you are interested in. Before making a commitment, ask about:
- Customer service and reliability. This should be at the top of everyone’s list. It is important to know your manufacturer will be there for you after your purchase, when you have a problem, or want some more information.
- Customization. Is the manufacturer able to make custom-designed springs to fit your specifications? What are the steps in this process? Conversely, do they have ready-made springs that you can “plug in” for standard machines?
- Longevity. Has the company been around long enough for you to feel comfortable about its continued presence?
- Technology. Is the manufacturer an early adopter of new technologies and materials and how important is that for you?
Look for expertise in types and uses of materials, such as stainless steel, beryllium copper and music wire in the making of valve springs. A reputable manufacturer should be able to advise you on about the properties of each component and its applications to your unique environment.
Does the company offer engineering support for helping you design the right spring for your needs? Are engineers available to take charge of the design process? Experts will be able to advise you about the benefits of flat wire springs versus round wire springs and what grinding and other processes such as painting, magnetizing and heat treatment can be used to ensure the spring is a good fit for you.
Does the spring manufacturer have the capability to run simulations and tests once the design and material have been chosen? Will the company make a prototype for testing? Some manufacturers offer a series of tests and will provide you with the results of stress analysis, force calculations, deflections, fatigue and more tests. Blueprints are also provided by some companies. This is a huge assurance for client companies that the spring will work well when they get it back to their “real-world” environment.
Make Your Choice
It is to your benefit to choose a valve springs manufacturer who will help you design, test and produce your springs, no matter how big or small the production runs. Make a list of the qualities and services you expect from a company you are doing business with. Are employees professional in their business dealings? Are their prices competitive? How long does it take to receive the first samples and then the finished components?
Ask your questions and make sure you have the right partner to produce your valve springs before taking the plunge. This will help you know you have chosen the right company and you will actually enjoy the process.
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