Spring designs are not all the same and different situations require different spring solutions. 60 plus years of experience have given us the unique position to solve spring application issues for our customers. Over the years we have seen more designs and unique applications than most design engineers will see in a lifetime.
A few years back one of Titan’s customers was experiencing a high failure rate with his springs and asked us to help. When Titans engineering staff viewed the way the customer was using the spring the problem was obvious.They were using the wrong type of spring in their high speed fruit labeling machine.
The machine looked like an old movie projector with a reel on top containing labels on tape. Another reel on the bottom coiled the tape as the machine removed the labels sticking them onto the fruit. A torsion spring as pictured below was being used with the small arm anchored to the machine body. The large arm with the loop instead of rotating toward the coils the way torsion springs work it was moving away. The large arm controlled the device sticking the labels to the fruit. Because of the poor spring application it was traveling so far it was over stressing the spring causing spring failure. This resulted in unlabeled fruit and a irritated customer.
Titans engineers suggested using an extension spring which is better suited for the application.
One end was still anchored to the body of the machine. The other end traveled with the moving part of the machine on a vertical plane in a very low stress application.
Spring Problem Solved
Substituting the extension for the torsion spring extended the working life of the spring virtually eliminating the failures. The customer was ecstatic with the solution but the down side for Titan was he never ordered any more replacement springs.
Christmas is a special time for everyone at Titan Spring Inc. For each of the last 11 years we have challenged our employees to submit an entry into the Christmas Ornament contest. They compete for cash prizes based on a theme selected by Titan’s management team and must be made from scrap parts. The winners are announced and the prizes given at the company Christmas party.
Titan Spring’ Inc. has been making various custom configurations of this seat springs for several customers who manufacture aircraft interior seats. We have been serving this industry going on 40 years so think of us the next time that you reach for the magazine in the pocket.
WIRE FORMED LITERATURE POCKET SPRING INSTALLED ON SEAT BACK
At Titan we call them FRAMES to differentiate them from other springs because they are somewhat unique, This product has both a wire form component as well as a coiled spring. The coiled portion of the spring looks like a torsion spring but does not function as one. The purpose of the coils act more like an extension spring opening slightly as the passenger opens the seat back pocket then springing back when released. The small loops or eyes as we refer to them are for mounting the FRAME to the seat.
Formed wire parts are used in many places on, in and around commercial airliners. Over the years we have made them for cockpit and galleys installations. Some wire forms are welded assemblies for specific uses which Titan makes complete in house.
Titans in house capabilities for manufacturing assemblies include CNC machining, metal stamping, flat metal forming, wire forming, wire welding and of course coiled wire products.
We also outsource components that are part of customer assemblies we do not have the in house capacity or capability to manufacture. All requirements of the AS 9100 Rev. “C” Standard are flowed down to any subcontractor that we contract with.
Tamarack is making history with their winglet concept for jet aircraft. Tamarack started with the Cessna CJ1 but have recently developed a commercial airline version for Boeing and Airbus. I have known these guys for about 7 years and just love this product. It is truly amazing and developed in Northern Idaho. You will be seeing this winglet on major airlines very soon being built under license from Tamarack by Boeing and Airbus.
More recently they have received certification for the Cessna CJ3 and CJ3+ Business jets.
Tamarack Aerospace Group is located in the northern Idaho resort town of Sandpoint near Lake Pend Oreille. Not exactly where you would expect to see aircraft products being made but there are a number of companies in the area. Across the runway at Sanpoint airport is Quest Aircraft where the manufacture the Kodiak turboprop aircraft. The Kodiak is a short runway aircraft capable of taking off in 1,000 feet.
A few miles west of Quest is Aerocet where they manufacture a revolutionary composite float system for water landing. Pictured below is the Quest Kodiak aircraft equipped with Aerocet composite floats.
Just an hour south in Hayden Idaho there are more aircraft industry suppliers like Titan Spring Incorporated. Titan is a 60 year old AS9100 family owned aerospace manufacturing company. Unitech Composites is just a mile away where they manufacture aerospace products for Boeing and other defense companies.
North Idaho College has an Aerospace Center near Unitech where they have an aircraft composites program in addition to an aviation maintenance program. Students are taught airframe and powerplant courses in preparation for licensing. The college offers CNC mill operation in addition to non destructive testing and inspection in support of the local industry. The college will be adding additional aerospace classes in the future as needed.
The Boeing Company awarded its silver level Preferred Supplier Certification to Titan Spring, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho.
Boeing congratulated Titan on achieving superior supplier performance.
Titan maintained a minimum Silver composite performance rating for each month of the performance period from October 1, 2012 to September 30,2013. Silver is the second highest level in the Boeing Preferred Supplier Certification process, a tool to identify and recognize high-performing suppliers strategically important to Boeing.
Boeing has established three levels of certification — bronze, silver and gold — with gold being the highest. To achieve preferred supplier status, suppliers are evaluated against specific performance standards in three categories: statistical process control, business processes and performance. Suppliers who meet or exceed the standards in these categories are identified and recognized as preferred suppliers.
Titan Spring, Inc. is a AS9100 Revision “D” Certified Company and is ITAR Registered with the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
Titan is proud to be selected for this achievement that we worked very hard for. We have always made the quality of the parts that we make for our customers a priority. Many of the parts we are selected to make on mission critical with some having loss of life as an extra consideration. Ejection seats come to mind along with parachutes both of which we have made parts for. When we sign off on a part to be shipped it is correct or it does not go to the customer, no exceptions.
That practice is applied to every part we make regardless of its use because that is what the customer is paying for. The AS9100 standard applies to everything in the company including commercial parts. It is a system for running a company from the top down and touches every thing that happens in the certified company.
Precision tight tolerance springs for the aviation, defense, and space industries for over 60 years.