A Camloc Gas Strut Makes Light Work of a Heavy Lid
We worked with our customer, deploying a Camloc Gas Strut to create a functional and cost effective solution. The customer describes their business as ‘market leaders in versatile packaging solutions’, but this is packaging at a very technical level.
The finished product is a stillage used to transport car panels on the back of a vehicle travelling to and from a paint shop. The stillage has to protect the panels from damage and keep them dry. A feature of the design is a 65kg lid. This is where Camloc Gas Struts come in.
Technical challenges around Gas Struts
A Bespoke Camloc Gas Strut
You can specify a Gas Strut with a standard gas pressure. Then you will have to carefully calculate the forces involved and the position of the strut to make sure it performs to meet your needs. Alternatively, a Camloc Vari-Lift Gas Spring can be adjusted after you have installed it, by letting out gas. But this takes time and skill to get it right. If you let out too much gas, the gas strut is useless.
A third option is to give the problem to us. Our customer gave us the opening requirements (in this case 90°) and the weight of the lid. We did the rest. First we calculated that approximately 680 Newtons were required, calculated the mounting points and created a pair of test Vari-Lift gas struts. Then we took the test struts to the customer and fine-tuned the gas to exactly the correct pressure.
We took the adjusted test struts back to Camloc who measured the pressure. Camloc then prefilled all the Gas Struts to the precise requirements. The customised Camloc Gas Strut works well with an open force of 3kg and a close force of 5kg. After opening 10° the lid lifts itself. This ensures all the stillages open and close perfectly every time.
Our customer now saves time during the manufacturing process and no gas struts are wasted as a result of error.
A Choice of Camloc Struts
For help with selecting the best Camloc Gas Strut for your application please call to speak to one of our experts on +44 1623 551 800 or contact us by email. Our team is always happy to help you find the best Gas Strut for your application.