The Institute of Spring Technology is heading to the States for the SMI Metal Engineering eXpo.

Updated: May 20

We are delighted to be exhibiting at the SMI Metal Engineering eXpo in Las Vegas in September this year, our first overseas exhibition since 2018! Not just to connect with our growing customer base in the U.S. but also to support the comeback of live events essential to our industry.

The expo is taking place at the South Point Hotel & Casino on the 28th - 30th September; it will be host to products and companies from all aspects of the engineered spring and precision metal components industry.

Exhibiting at booth 709, we will be running live demos of our spring design and validation software - Spring Calculator Professional (SCP). If you have ever wanted an in-person demo or are interested in SCP's capabilities, this is your chance to come and chat with our spring experts. Additionally, we will be on hand to assist you with any other technical concerns you have related to wire, springs and testing.

Also, not to be missed, our resident Metallurgist, Dr Conor McCaughey, will be presenting a keynote at the technical symposium: Design Life Measurement and Prediction for Nitrided Compression Springs.

Dr Conor McCaughey tells us, "Over the last couple of years, the Institute of Spring Technology has been increasing focus on research and development, a cornerstone of the company in its long history. This paper will primarily look at our work to predict the life of nitrided compression springs. Nitriding is designed to increase the surface hardness of metallic components by forced diffusion of nitrogen, a significant benefit to components where the maximum stress is at the surface. In this work, we looked at the improvement that nitriding two Suzuki Garphyttan alloys could gain: OTEVA 91 and OTEVA 101, using a commercially available nitriding process. The work not only looks at examining the improvement of a single compression spring design but, using experimental fatigue data, model and predict the life of any compression spring design made using these materials to a high degree of certainty. Results show nitrided + shot peened springs have up to twice the fatigue life for certain deflections compared to shot peened springs. This will give manufacturers and end-users data they can rely on to produce optimised spring designs without the need for extensive testing.

I will also talk briefly about projects currently being undertaken, such as our Music Mire Modernisation project. This aims to bring statistical confidence to current data provided on the life of music wire. IST aims to continue our work in research and development and will also present plans we have for future projects to bring in collaborators."

Times and dates of the presentation are yet to be confirmed; we'll keep you up to date with the newest developments.

We'll be there throughout the event so stop by booth 709 for a coffee and a chat! For extra information about the SMI Metal Engineering eXpo, please follow this link.

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