Basic Recommendations

DO'S

  • Do use standard gas springs rod down
  • If springs are to be stored prior to use, the spring should be stored rod down to lubricate the seal
  • Do try to use ball joints to help avoid side load forces. If eye (clevises) are used ensure a sloppy fit to allow lateral movement
  • Do ensure that the end fittings are in line so that side load forces are not applied as a result of misalignment
  • Do try to use shorter springs close to the hinge rather thanlong stroke springs away from the hinge
  • Do provide physical stops to limit the spring’s extremes. i.e. ensure that undue force is not applied to over compress or over extend the spring
  • Ensure the gas spring’s end fittings are fully screwed home
  • Where ball joints are used ensure the ball stud is flush with the surface and tightened

DON'TS

  • Do not scratch, dent, chip, bend or paint the rod
  • Do not puncture or incinerate. IGS provides a disposal service at minimal cost
  • Do not lubricate the gas spring
  • Do not cycle more than 15 times per minute
  • Under no circumstances attempt to regas a spring.This is an extremely hazardous operation
  • Do not allow external objects to exert side load forces on the gas spring or on the end fittings

HEALTH & SAFETY

When gas springs are fitted to support loads where people are in danger should the load fall, a locking shroud should be employed. In addition, care must be exercised with regard to mounting position strength and end fitting suitability. It is critical to ensure that the end fittings are correctly installed both in the housing and to the spring to avoid additional loading on the fittings during use.