Learn how to do it Tips and info regarding the proper handling of gas springs

The technical design of a gas spring must be aligned with its specific application – everything is based on drawings and specifications. But if you’re looking for replacement parts and something about the technical specifications is unclear, just get in touch with us.

We have also put together some handy tips and tricks for the correct installation and handling of gas springs. These instructions are essentially universal and should make your job a little easier.
 

Mounting

Gas springs are preferably installed with the piston rod oriented downward in the idle state. This will ensure optimal lubrication of the guide and sealing systems. 

Proper alignment

To ensure a long service life, gas springs should not be subjected to bending or transverse forces or misalignment. We offer suitable end fittings, such as ball socket end fittings, to ensure alignment in the linkage. 

Functional safety

The functional safety of a gas spring is primarily ensured by the smooth piston rod surface as well as the seals, which maintain the pressure of the gas in the spring’s interior. Therefore, it is unsafe to subject a gas spring to bending forces. Never install gas springs that have been damaged by subsequent mechanical processing. Welds on the gas spring as well as contamination or paint on the piston rod can lead to equipment failure. Do not allow alterations, distortion, impacts, tensile stress, heating, application of coatings, or removal of printed or embossed information. Always be on the safe side: Do not install products that are defective or damaged.

Temperature range

Gas springs produced by Stabilus expert brands are designed for a standard temperature range of -30°C to +80°C. Models designed for temperature extremes are available upon request.

Service life and maintenance

Gas springs are maintenance free and do not need to be oiled or lubricated. They are always designed to meet the requirements of their respective application and will last for many years without any issues.

Transport and storage

Do not ship gas springs as bulk cargo, as this may result in damage. Ensure that gas springs will not become contaminated as a result of adhesives or thin packaging film. If possible, do not expose our gas springs to contamination. That’s also why we recommend storing them in a sealed outer package.

Disposal

Once a gas spring is no longer needed, it should be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. It should be properly drilled out as part of this process in order to release compressed nitrogen gas and the oil contained in the spring. Please refer to STAB Spec. 1000 9375 for more information.