Springs ensure operator safetyThe commercial print market is evolving rapidly. Pre-press businesses need to respond quickly to their customers' demands for better quality and faster processing - and require affordable and reliable equipment that allows them to achieve that. HighWater Designs is using a bespoke gas strut solution from Industrial Gas Springs (IGS) for safe operation of its latest computer to plate (CtP) imaging system.
HighWater uses gas springs in the design of its digital integration and creative imaging products for the pre-press and related graphic arts industries. "As leaders in this technology, we source only the best quality components," explains product manager Tony Lambert. "Although relatively simple in operation, the gas struts are a safety critical element in the very high tech systems we develop - which are usually required to meet stringent global compliance regulations." IGS assessed HighWater's needs, based on the specification provided and supplied samples for the company to prove out on the lid of its new Cobra 8 manual load/unload engine. The 150mm stroke size 6 gas spring features metal eye end-fittings and is pressurised to meet certain criteria.
The gas strut is required to provide a push and pull effect, so that the lid will remain secure in the open position with the spring at full extension. The application demands minimal operator closing force, relying on the weight of the lid to ensure that it shuts firmly.
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