Installing Gas Struts: The do’s and don’ts for optimal performance

Gas struts play a crucial role in various applications, providing controlled and smooth motion. However, improper installation and handling can compromise their functionality and lifespan. To ensure the best performance and longevity of your gas struts, it’s important to consider the best way to install and look after them. In this blog post, we will explore some do’ and don'ts when it comes to gas strut best practice.

Do's for installing gas struts:

1. Mount gas struts in pairs: To prevent side loading, it is recommended to mount gas struts in pairs, ensuring balanced forces and improved stability.

2. Install with the rod down: Mounting the gas struts with the rod down allows proper lubrication of the main rod seal, ensuring long-lasting performance. This also helps optimise the end-of-stroke damping functionality. Additionally, during storage, keeping gas struts rod down is advisable.

3. Ensure proper tightening of end fittings: Make sure all end fittings are fully screwed down onto the gas struts. This reduces the risk of threaded studs breaking off during operation, enhancing safety and durability.

4. Use ball joint end fittings: Whenever possible, utilise ball joint end fittings. They help reduce the risk of side-loading the gas struts. Remember to screw the ball joint studs into the application until they reach the spanner flats.

Don’ts for installing gas struts:

5. Avoid applying solvents: Applying solvents to gas struts can wash away the lubricating oil on the piston rod, leading to premature seal failure. Avoid using solvents and ensure proper care during cleaning and maintenance.

6. Refrain from painting the gas struts: Painting the gas struts can result in the transfer of paint onto the piston rod, potentially causing damage to the main rod seal and ensuing seal failure. Keep the gas struts unpainted for optimal performance.

7. Do not grip the piston rod: Gripping or damaging the piston rod can cause leaks in the gas strut, resulting in diminished performance. Handle the gas struts with care and avoid any direct pressure on the rod.

8. Avoid applying substances to the piston rod: Applying any substances to the piston rod can compromise the integrity of the main rod seal, leading to seal failure during operation. Keep the piston rod clean and free from external agents.

9. Never pierce or heat gas springs: Gas struts act as pressure vessels and piercing or heating them can be extremely dangerous.

Proper installation and handling of gas struts are crucial for maximising their performance and lifespan. Always adhere to proper usage guidelines and refrain from any actions that might compromise the integrity of the gas struts. By following this guide, you can ensure safe, reliable, and efficient operation of your gas struts.

For more information and technical guidance, feel free to reach out to the team. We are dedicated to providing exceptional support for all your gas struts needs.

Why choose Camloc for your gas strut needs?

Camloc Motion Control is a trusted name in the industry, renowned for our expertise in designing and manufacturing high-quality gas struts. With our extensive experience and commitment to excellence, we take pride in providing customised solutions that meet the unique requirements of our clients.

Our range of engineered gas springs, struts and dampers are meticulously designed and manufactured to ensure reliability, durability and efficiency. Whether it’s the door of a specialist vehicle or the hidden mechanisms of an operating table, our gas strut solutions will help you achieve the desired range of motion essential for the proper functioning of your application.

With Camloc at your side, you can be confident in obtaining high-quality, customised gas strut solutions that meet your project requirements. Explore the possibilities and experience the benefits of gas struts in your applications today.

For guidance on installing, mounting or maintaining gas struts, please see the Help Centre section of our website.

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