Reflecting on a memorable 2020

Every year as a team, we place tremendous value in looking back on what we’ve achieved together and reflecting on our performance as we start to look to the year ahead.

Coronavirus has certainly played its part within our industry and made the previous 12 months a rollercoaster ride we will never forget. However, despite the changes we’ve witnessed in that time, we’ve very much remained operational throughout – ensuring that our wide range of gas springs, dampers and struts safely reach customers in every corner of the world.

We announced earlier this year the importance we were placing on products for the medical sector in order to support the NHS in its fight against coronavirus. We hope this focus from our team helped in playing our own part in the battle against the virus. At the same time, maintaining our commitment to all of our customers by providing a quality service and product has remained a constant – as has our short delivery lead times, quality control methods and dedication to mass customisation and continued product innovation.

The numbers behind this year have been fantastic despite the uncertainties surrounding coronavirus, and only go to highlight how we’ve performed and responded given the current climate. Here’s a summary of the standout figures from a positive 2020.


Achieving on-time delivery

Making sure that our gas spring products reach their end destination on time is crucial. Customers plan around these deliveries when manufacturing their own applications and products – so it’s essential that we play our part in keeping the cogs of commerce turning efficiently.

A statistic we always place significant emphasis on is our on-time delivery percentage figure. For ourselves this is a very straightforward figure and measures whether we dispatch the parts from our Leicester factory to our customer on the day we said we would, or not. Last year we were delighted to achieve a 99.1% on-time delivery rate and this year has proven no different, after we achieved the same percentage score once again across our gas strut and damper range.

Given the disruption experienced within supply chains across the world from coronavirus, we’re incredibly proud to have achieved this figure in 2020. This impressive statistic reflects the hard work that’s gone in from not just our team, but our suppliers and partners too.


Customer Satisfaction

After receiving parts on time, the next most important criteria for our customers is whether the products perform as they should. This is one area of the business we’ve worked extremely hard on in recent years and the amount of manufacturing and engineering resources we’ve committed to ensuring our customers receive the most reliable products, has certainly paid off. 

Last year we recorded a fantastic PPM (Parts Per Million) defect rate of only 144 across all gas springs and dampers manufactured. This figure not only demonstrates the significant resource investments made, but also the benefits of having products that are designed, manufactured and dispatched in Britain.


Keeping our workforce safe

One number we keep a close eye on every year is Lost Time Incidents (LTI). This is when a member of the team is injured in the workplace and unable to finish their work for the day. The health and safety of our workforce always comes first and the practices and processes we have in place are there to protect our team and keep our LTI figure down.

We never compromise on anything other than a 0 LTI figure at the end of each year and we’re delighted to say that thanks to our collective efforts, we have achieved that number in 2020! A brilliant result and testament to everyone’s collective efforts in keeping one another safe.


Maintaining our culture for improvement

Over twenty years ago, we launched our continuous improvement scheme. This innovative idea provides a way for all of our employees to make suggestions and recommendations about how we operate, as well as the practices and processes that ensure the smooth day-to-day production of Camloc products.

Suggestions range from how we organise our factory and manufacturing spaces, to efficiencies in how we process orders and shorten our delivery lead times. Improvements can result in the smallest margin of gain and come from any area of the business – whether that be office staff, engineers, designers or technicians. Collectively, when we bring these improvements together, they make a big difference – allowing us to remain agile and continually finesse what we do and how we do it.

In 2020, we received 225 suggestions from the team and we’ve implemented 86% of them. Since we first launched our continuous improvement scheme, we’ve implemented over 7,791 ideas – that’s over 85% of the total suggestions we’ve received in its lifetime. We would like to say a big well done and thank you to everyone for their valued contributions to-date.

Ultimately we’re a people business, and we could not hope to achieve the numbers we’ve highlighted in this roundup without the fantastic team behind them; constantly working hard to keep Camloc at the forefront of gas spring manufacturing in the UK.

Our 458 years of combined experience across all of our departments means we have access to a wide range of talent, resources and expertise and it’s these factors that continue to set Camloc apart as a reputable name within the industry.

Once again we would like to say thank you to everyone in our team for their dedication and hard work as well as a special thank you to our customers, partners and suppliers for continuing to work with us in what’s been a challenging and memorable year for us all. We very much look forward to sharing what we hope will be a bright and prosperous 2021 with you.

FAQs: answering the most common gas spring questions

When choosing the right gas spring for your application, there’s inevitably a number of crucial questions that need to be asked before committing to one spring over another.

From how the application needs to move and the force behind it, to its mounting position and orientation, key considerations need to be thought through to deliver a precise, safe and controlled motion of the object.

We’re able to offer a wide range of customisation options across our product range, as well as over 30 years of knowledge, support and advice through our specialist in-house team of design engineers. All of this means that we’re perfectly placed to solve common problems for product manufacturers across a diverse range of industry sectors.

To help you with your initial decision-making process and answer some of those inevitable head-scratching questions, we’ve compiled a useful list of FAQs below to help you select the perfect gas spring for your application.


  • What orientation should gas springs be mounted?

Gas springs should always be mounted with the rod pointing in a downwards direction. This is so that the oil within the spring sits in the correct place in order to lubricate the internal seals and maximise the damping characteristics – providing safe and smooth movement.

  • Where on my application should I mount my gas spring?

The performance of any gas spring is heavily dependent on where it is mounted on an application – and this position is determined by the application and its use. For example, the spring that opens a storage hatch on the side of an ambulance will be mounted in a different position to the spring that controls the motion of a lighting arm in a hospital ward.

Our design engineers can work with you to suggest the best mounting positions for your application after you’ve completed our gas spring application enquiry form, which can be found here.

  • Am I able to change the force of my gas spring?

The force of our gas springs can be altered using our VARI-LIFT valves. These clever valves can be used to release pressure in-situ on your application.

For a demonstration of how to operate our VARI-LIFT valves, click here.

  • What’s the best way to store my gas springs?

Camloc Gas springs should be stored in a clean, dry environment at room temperature – between 10°C and 25°C. To ensure they remain in prime operating condition, springs must be stored with the rod facing downwards at all times.

For further information, visit our Help Centre.

  • Is the force constant throughout the stroke?

Gas spring forces are non-linear throughout the stroke and increase as the spring is compressed. This is often referred to as either the P2/P1 ratio, k factor or progression rate and can be controlled by either the dimensions of the gas spring or its oil level.

Our team will advise you on the P2/P1 ratio of your spring when selecting the right Camloc product for your application.

  • What is your standard product range?

All Camloc gas springs are made to order and come in a minimum batch size of 25. Our standard size springs are available through our global distribution network covering Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and India. To find your nearest Camloc product distributor, please click here.

  • What is the typical life cycle I can expect from my Camloc gas spring?

Camloc gas springs are expected to achieve 50,000 cycles on average however in some instances, depending on the specification required and in ideal circumstances, many customers have successfully exceeded 200,000 cycles from their gas springs.

Our commitment to quality materials and manufacturing processes means that our products are optimised to not only hit but often exceed their expected life cycles – providing application longevity and value for customers.

  • What force do I need from my gas spring?

The force required for your application is very much dependent on a number of different factors. For example, you will need to consider the mounting position, application weight, hinge friction, tolerances and handling preference of your application before knowing the exact force. 

For pre-production parts we suggest using our VARI-LIFT valve – allowing you to adjust the pressure and find the ideal force for your application. 

  • Do you have any online technical support available to assist me?

We have an ever-growing library of online technical support available for design engineers. Information such as gas spring technical data, material certificates, warranty information, how to videos and much more can be found by visiting our Help Centre.

  • Will my gas springs require any ongoing maintenance?

Camloc gas springs are a closed system which once manufactured, require no ongoing maintenance.

  • What are the dimensional tolerances of Camloc gas springs?

Our standard dimensional tolerances are:

  • ±1mm on the stroke and tube
  • ±2mm on the extended length

Please speak to our engineers for any specific tolerances when working with us on your individual product requirements.

  • What are the force tolerances of Camloc gas springs? 

To give you a guide as to the tolerance for our standard compression gas springs, we’ve compiled a handy table below itemising P1 force tolerances across our size range.


Gas Spring Size Force Range (N) Tolerance <100N Tolerance >100N
6-15 50 – 400 +/- 10N +/- 5N
8-18 100 – 850 +/- 10N +/- 5N
10-23 150 – 1200 N/A +/- 5N
14-28 200 – 2500 N/A +/- 5N


  • Can I control the extension speed of a gas spring?

The extension speed of your gas spring can be controlled through several means. These include the size of the piston opening and the thickness of the oil within the gas spring. Our team can advise you on these variables when it comes to selecting the right gas spring for your application.

  • What type of gas is used within Camloc gas springs?

All of our gas springs use nitrogen gas because it is inert and non-flammable. Ultimately, this means that the gas does not react with any of the internal components of our gas springs – increasing their lifespan and making them safe to use.

  • What colours are Camloc gas springs available in?

Our standard carbon steel gas springs come in black but we can also produce white powder coated tubes upon request as well as stainless steel 316L gas springs in a natural finish. Please specify the finish you’re looking for when speaking to our team. 

  • Do my gas springs need to be protected from contamination or damage?

It is always important to protect the spring from possible impacts, scratches and contamination. Damage or contamination to the rod will compromise the seal and result in premature failure of the product and its application. We have a variety of shrouds available to protect rods where necessary – please speak to our team to find out more about these. 

  • Are Camloc gas springs suitable for food-safe environments?

Our standard product range is not suitable for food-safe environments due to the type of oil used within the springs. However, we’re able to use food-safe oils upon request across our range so please speak to our team if this is an essential requirement for your application.

  • What size do your gas springs come in?

Camloc gas spring strokes can be configured in 5mm increments, whilst tubes can be configured in 1mm increments. Please see the table below for the dimensional range available.


Parameters 6-15 8-18 10-23 14-28
Stroke – Min/Max (mm) 60 | 200 60 | 300 60 | 400 60 | 500
Tube – Min/Max (mm) 90 | 350 95 | 580 100 | 580 115 | 580
Closed Length – Min/Max (mm) 90 | 350 95 | 580 100 | 580 115 | 580
Extended Length – Min/Max (mm) 150 | 550 155 | 880 160 | 980 175 | 1080


Hopefully this article has answered any burning questions you might have about the gas spring that’s right for you. More advice and support can be found on our website via our Help Centre – including a dedicated form for you to ‘Ask the Expert’ and speak to our dedicated design engineers.

New Sales Manager appointed, as customer engagement remains our focus

We have strengthened our customer-facing team with the appointment of experienced Sales Manager, Ian Sinclair.

Ian joined the business just as the UK’s lockdown began to take effect and has spent his first few months getting up to speed on Camloc’s global customer and distributor base in very different circumstances to those he might originally have anticipated.

Fortunately Ian’s extensive sales expertise spanning seventeen years covering military and automotive sectors, as well as working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and the export customers in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US has stood him in good stead.

Ian is looking to grow our customer base whilst ensuring that existing customers continue to receive the best possible service and quality products that meet the needs of specific applications. He’s excited by the challenge in front of him and sees strong potential for the business in a number of areas.

“For me it’s about strategic planning and researching the sectors where there’s opportunity for growth across the UK and within the export market – working with OEMs and distributors to build long-lasting relationships and grow our brand and reputation further,”

“Alongside this strategic approach for new business, our focus also remains on making sure that current customers continue to receive quality, bespoke products and attentive service. All the things that make us great at what we do must remain, such as our short delivery lead times, our capacity for mass customisation and the specialist support, resources and technical advice available in-house,”

The unconventional start to life at Camloc has been a challenge for Ian, with coronavirus initially preventing him from meeting his team face-to-face and delaying his ability to get to grips with the factory set up, processes and ways of working. Despite these hurdles, he is delighted to be part of the team and already feels settled and confident for the future.

“My start to life at Camloc was interesting!” says Ian. “Naturally my induction programme was delayed and I had to work remotely from day one – so getting to know my team has been an unusual process involving many video calls and emails. Despite all of this, the team has been fantastic with me and helped me settle in incredibly quickly. The situation has meant that we’ve needed all hands on deck and as a result, I’ve been involved with customers from day one. This has allowed me to see all sides of the business, not just sales – and learn quickly about our products and network in a short space of time,”

He continues, “I love how Camloc is an open and transparent company. Every day we hold start up meetings and I’ve made sure that my own team has two sales meetings per day. Communication is vital, more so than ever before – and everyone appreciates this need for transparency,”

“Suggestions for how we can continue to improve internally are encouraged and people are made to feel valued and appreciated. A content and rewarded team is more likely to thrive to the benefit of the business and its customers and this remains vital as part of our continued success and growth.”

Speaking about Ian’s appointment, company Director Matt Warne has been impressed with how quickly he’s settled in and knows the team has made the right appointment to drive the business forward.

“When we first interviewed Ian, we immediately saw the potential. His wealth of expertise across numerous sectors, all of which we see as growth areas for us, as well as his experience with global distribution networks and OEMs, gave us the reassurance we needed that he would be best placed to take us to the next level,”

“As a business we’re really focusing on how we engage with customers within a changed environment. We’ve always used the phone and face-to-face meetings as the way we communicate and build relationships with our customers. This approach remains important to us, but in this new environment where remote working is the norm, Ian understands how we must adapt to new technologies while maintaining the high levels of customer service we expect from ourselves. Remote meetings via video calls, a flexible approach to accommodating customer needs and a digital-first way of working have all been implemented by Ian and the team to ensure we adapt and continue to meet customer requirements.”

Lockdown learning improves in-house engineering skills

The UK-wide lockdown might not have been everyone’s ideal start to 2020 but at Camloc, we embraced the evenings and weekends spent at home as an opportunity to upskill our engineering team to better serve our customers in the future.

We’re big believers in continually investing in our people to ensure that they have access to the latest personal development and training opportunities. A constructive use of the additional time we found ourselves with both at home and in the office has seen our engineering department benefit from industry-specific training that will help them deliver superior customer service in the future.

Training was primarily focused on improving CAD skills, with the team completing different levels of the only industry-recognised SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorksXpress certification exams available in order to help with the development of new gas spring products in the future. These have included:

CSWA is the starting point and classed as an associate examination, which enables the holder to begin their journey towards a new CAD qualification. The related CDWXA exam then builds on this by expanding the holder’s knowledge further and demonstrating their expertise as a Certified DriveWorksXpress associate. For Camloc, the long-term benefits include helping the business reduce the turnaround time to customer enquiries, eliminating errors and allowing us to innovate in new and exciting ways. 

CSWP is the most recognised and sought after SOLIDWORKS qualification. Passing this demonstrates the holder’s ability to use the software to a professional level while CSWPA recognises advanced levels of competence in sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, mold tools and drawing tools.

Company Director Matt Warne is delighted to see so many members of the team committed to continuing their personal development during lockdown and sees significant benefits for the business and its customers by making this investment in the team.

“Gaining these accreditations demonstrates our competencies across various areas of SOLIDWORKS and associated products,” says Matt. “This includes advanced part and assembly modelling skills as well as the ability to design and analyse parametric parts and moveable assemblies,”

“Not only has the team committed to this training in work time, but everyone has also chosen to commit a significant amount of their own time to this too, showing how seriously as a team we all take our continued professional development and desire to better serve our customers,”

“Having these accreditations will allow the team to better serve customers in the future and answer a range of queries in relation to their specific applications. All of this recent training simply reinforces our company-wide commitment to delivering bespoke gas spring solutions that meet the needs of engineers across a range of industries,”

When not undertaking formal qualifications, the team has also attended numerous training courses and webinars relating to both SolidWorks and Microsoft Office products to further enhance and develop skills in these areas.

Well done to everyone that’s completed training to-date and we look forward to seeing the results of all of this hard work in the coming weeks and months!

To speak to our specialist team of engineers about a gas spring or application enquiry, visit

Mass Gas Spring Customisation since 1989

At Camloc Motion Control, we’re more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers. Our team of expert designers and engineers are here to solve head-scratching problems associated with a wide range of specific customer applications.

As a result of our many years of problem solving knowhow, when it comes to designing any new product, mass customisation and being able to adapt to thousands (if not millions) of uses for common and uncommon applications is often at the forefront of our technical minds.

More often than not, our products have to be as flexible as possible so that they create viable solutions for a variety of industries and sectors. From medical environments such as hospitals and doctors surgeries, to hatches on trains, access panels on planes, signage and even safety mechanisms on military vehicle seats, our gas springs are manufactured to be agile enough to perform critical functions for numerous scenarios.

When considering our standard fixed force 8-18 Swift & Sure product in isolation as an example, the below illustration demonstrates just how flexible this humble gas spring really is.

P8325 What Makes Camloc Different Infographic V3 A scaled - Mass Gas Spring Customisation since 1989

It’s only when we sat down to crunch the numbers on the 8-18 Swift & Sure’s many uses that we realised the significant number of product combinations we can actually produce.

The numerous thread options to accommodate a long list of end fittings, stroke and tube lengths, end plugs, oil levels and types, piston options and force settings mean that from a single gas spring, we can produce 8.6 billion possible combinations!

This variety is not unique to the Swift and Sure, with eyewatering statistics common across our growing product range. So when we say that our designers and engineers are here to solve problems, we mean it.

This commitment to meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of our customers time after time, coupled with over 30 years of expertise in the manufacturing of bespoke gas struts and dampers, is what continues to set Camloc apart.

Discover more about how gas springs are made, their uses and answers to a wide range of frequently asked questions over in our Help Centre. You can also email our team of specialist designers and engineers with any questions relating to your specific product or application.

Gas springs – the secret support keeping the NHS moving

When visiting a hospital ward, doctors surgery, dentists or physiotherapy studio, it’s easy to focus on the big items in the room and the basic functions they contribute to a patient’s procedure or recovery. However, there’s one vital component within all of these that people commonly overlook, unless you’re us, and that is the role that gas springs play in keeping everything moving like clockwork.

Gas springs, or gas struts depending on the terminology you use, allow for the smooth movement of applications in a range of scenarios and environments. We’ve been dedicated to manufacturing such products for over 30 years, with our wide range of gas powered springs supporting sectors including the military, speciality vehicles, signage, rail and aerospace. 

With the current Covid-19 pandemic changing the way we view the world, it’s time the humble gas spring received some recognition for the role it plays in ensuring that doctors, nurses and medical professionals can successfully treat patients during an unprecedented time of crisis.

Hospital Wards

When you enter a hospital ward, there’s a range of applications that require smooth motion control in order to operate effectively. The most obvious is a patient’s bed. When a doctor or patient operates the bed controls to adjust a back or leg rest, side rails or the bed lift/tilt function, these movements are often assisted by a gas spring, damper, cam-stay or hydraulic lift.

The same is applicable when operating overbed tables, with the height adjustment and tabletop angles all controlled by either locking or multi-positional gas springs.

Other applications reliant on gas springs and dampers include drugs cabinets and mobile workstations to control lid opening and closing, height adjustment and the position of screens/tablets, as well as wheelchairs and patient handling chairs which require the seat to be tilted to provide optimum patient comfort and support.

Operating Theatres

Granted when you step into an operating theatre, the last thing on your mind would be gas springs. But without the power of motion control, surgeons and their support staff would struggle to complete successful procedures.

The operating room table uses dampers to control the back rest, along with multi-positional stays for the leg rests and hydraulic height adjustment systems to tilt and lift the bed itself. Without these mechanisms, procedures would be complicated to perform and add unnecessary risk for the patient.

As with hospital wards, workstations use gas springs to control height adjustment and the position of displays. There’s also a need to control the movement of lids, hatches and panels on the range of medical storage units around the theatre – with gas springs providing assisted opening and hold functionality for easy access.

The final application within this environment that relies heavily on gas springs is the arms that control lighting and monitor screens. Typical examples include the lighting arms that hang over patients and staff around the operating table, as well as x-ray/live camera TV screens mounted to an arm for easy viewing throughout a procedure. Without the multi-positional gas springs within these applications, the life of a medical professional would become very complicated and again risk patient safety during procedures.

General Healthcare

When we say general healthcare, this can include a doctors or dentists surgery, a physiotherapy room or a range of other applications needed within hospital environments. All of these have their own tools that require careful movement to improve efficiency and make them as safe as possible to handle for both the medical professional and the patient.

Similar to hospital beds, treatment beds and couches typically found in a physiotherapy studio require both back and leg rests to be moved slowly and precisely to make treatment easier for the patient. At the same time, the bed needs to be tilted and lifted in the same way, to provide simple manoeuvrability into the right position for both the patient and carer.

Dentists and opticians, like doctors and surgeons, always have a range of applications at their disposal. The main ones are lighting arms above a dentist’s chair or a wall-mounted arm for opticians with eye-testing tools at one end. Gas springs control the movement of these arms to minimise the effort needed to operate them and ensure they can be ideally positioned for both patient and user. A dentist’s chair is another common place to mount a gas spring – controlling both the back and leg rests as well as the height and tilt of the chair.

Some healthcare scenarios require more bespoke gas springs in order to overcome specific challenges.

One such example of this is MRI scanner beds. In this environment, the springs must be non-magnetic in order to avoid interfering with the machine itself while it’s in operation. Such solutions require a more tailored approach, with designers and engineers working together to create a product that meets the needs of the specific application.

There’s also a number of alternative applications that require gas springs to ensure patient comfort, especially in hospitals. Namely, multi-positional arms and mounts for TV screens or dampers to control the movement of bin lids. More functional than critical, but all part of providing patients with a comfortable experience within a hospital environment should they need to stay there for an extended period of time.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our team is working closely with the NHS and healthcare providers to ensure that our products are readily available and supply chains remain open. We’re committed to playing our part in supporting this sector in its hour of need, with all of the above applications crucial to supporting staff in successfully fighting the virus.

If you manufacture medical sector applications and wish to speak to a member of our team about how our gas springs can support your product range, please visit our contact us page to get in touch. For more bespoke product solutions, visit our Help Centre where you can email our designers and engineers with information about your specific application.

Camloc is proud to be supporting the NHS

At what is an understandably difficult time for many across the world, we remain committed to playing our part in supporting the UK’s NHS and healthcare organisations across the globe in their fight against Covid-19.

We are incredibly proud of our in-house team and the way everyone has adapted to the constantly changing situation in recent weeks – it’s at times like these that you get to see how great your team really is. Production of our range of gas struts and dampers remains unaffected at this time and everyone has stepped up the capacity of their work in order to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of each and every customer – especially those in the healthcare sector.

Our central location in Leicester enables us to supply products UK-wide and react quickly to changing customer needs, as well as to key locations for distribution across the world. Both material and stock levels remain healthy and supply chains are open and free-flowing.

Whilst we are doing everything we can to ensure that product manufacture and delivery remain unaffected for all of our customers, the healthcare sector must take priority for us at this difficult time should we see an influx of orders. We hope that all of our customers can appreciate this and should anything change from our side in terms of timescales and manufacturing capabilities for specific projects, then we will be in contact with you individually to find a workable solution.

Our gas spring product range, which includes the Stop and Stay, Cam-Stay and locking gas strut range, provides motion control solutions for a number of medical sector applications including operating tables, hospital beds, lighting and monitor arms and overbed tables. Keeping these products operational at this time more than any other, is proving essential for hospitals and medical staff in their battle against coronavirus. We recognise that the priority for healthcare organisations is to keep supply chains open. Fortunately, our UK manufacturing location and on-site engineering teams allow us to react quickly to customer needs and take a flexible approach to in order to meet specific requirements.

We hope that all of our customers, suppliers and distributors remain safe and well. We would like to stress that the health and wellbeing of our team remains our highest priority and all appropriate measures have been taken internally to safeguard both employees and their families. We will continue to monitor and follow the latest guidance from both the government and Public Health England.

Above all, we will continue to work closely with healthcare providers in the UK and across the globe – ensuring that no one goes short throughout this unprecedented situation. Tackling Covid-19 is a worldwide collective effort and we are more than ready to play our part.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team via phone or email should you have any questions.

Wishing you all the best,


Matt Warne

Director at Camloc Motion Control

Improved Help Centre makes answering your gas spring questions even easier!

We have recently invested in significant improvements to our website’s Help Centre (formerly Technical Support), to make answering your questions and providing up-to-date support significantly more straightforward.

As part of the changes we have incorporated an Ask The Expert section, allowing you to direct specific queries straight to our team of trusted designers and engineers. You can download our Gas Spring Sizing and Gas Spring Application Enquiry Forms from the text to the left of Ask The Expert, complete the information relevant to your enquiry and then submit your form within Ask The Expert.

Once your enquiry is received, a member of the team will come back to you as soon as possible to work through the best solution to your motion control query.

The user journey and content has also been refreshed throughout the Help Centre, with a more concise navigational menu calling itself home to a range of hints, tips and tricks. These include how to get started, covering the basics of gas springs and terminology, as well as information on how to select the right product, customisation options and a series of handy ‘How To’ videos under Show Me How.

Within Want to Know More?, we’ve expanded on specific mounting positions and the do’s and don’ts of gas springs alongside our series of specialist whitepapers. If you’re looking for bite-sized answers to questions then be sure to check out our FAQs in the Troubleshooting section while for technical documents and accreditations, downloads are available within Datasheets.

Our team is always on hand to provide free technical advice for projects from our central head office in Leicester, alongside dedicated engineering support. Our Help Centre is part of our unwavering commitment to you to make sure that we can best support you with your next application, using our 30+ years of expertise to deliver quality, made-to-order products.

The statistics behind a successful 2019!

Last year marked another successful year for Camloc and its team as we continued to build upon the foundations that have established us as a trusted, go-to name for gas struts and dampers.

Read on and check out some of the numbers behind our successes!

Statistics V2 - The statistics behind a successful 2019!

We are nothing without our customers and the feedback we receive on a regular basis is incredibly positive. Of the 410,558 products we manufactured in 2019, only 100 were returned as faulty – that’s a customer satisfaction score of over 99%!

Over the last 25 years, we have also taken great pride in the short lead times we can deliver for the manufacture and distribution of our gas struts – and last year was no different. Over 99% of our deliveries were on time – not too shabby if we say so ourselves.

We also know that our people make us who we are, with our team continuing to set us apart within the industry. We ensure that everybody feels part of the bigger picture so that they become invested in our ethos and can visualise exactly how we plan to move forward as a business.

Twenty years ago we launched our continuous improvement scheme – allowing our employees to make suggestions and recommendations towards how we operate. These suggestions can range from how we lay out our office space, to efficiencies that can be made when manufacturing products on the shop floor. Since its launch, we have implemented over 7,400 of these ideas, that’s over 85% of the total suggestions we’ve received! As you can see, our people really are at the heart of everything we do and they continue to lay the foundations for our achievements.

Speaking of our fantastic team, we have now clocked up 519 years of combined experience across all of our in-house departments. So you can rest assured when working with us that you’re in safe hands, with expertise on offer throughout our team – from the sales team through to our highly skilled designers and engineers.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about our range of gas struts and dampers and explore how we could work with you on your next project and application.

We’ve expanded our international distribution network with PSM CELADA Fasteners partnership

We have expanded our distribution network after partnering with Milan-based supplier, PSM CELADA Fasteners.

With over 30-years industry experience, we design and manufacture a range of gas springs, struts and dampers – including bespoke made-to-order products – from our factory in Leicester. We have already established a global network of distributors covering the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in Italy in 1986, PSM CELADA Fasteners is a market-leader in the distribution of innovative fastening systems, quick closings and assembly equipment. The company prides itself on providing clients with economic growth through improved performance by providing designers, engineers and manufacturers with technical solutions to their assembly problems and applications.

This new relationship will see PSM CELADA Fasteners stock and distribute a range of our stainless and mild steel adjustable force gas springs, fasteners and accessories online. 

For Julie Barker, Director at Camloc Motion Control, adding PSM CELADA Fasteners to the company’s global distribution network brings significant benefits for both businesses.

“We are always looking for the right partnerships and we highlighted the need to increase our presence in Italy,” says Julie.

“As with any new distributor, we wanted to ensure that we found a partner with the same values as Camloc – putting quality products and customers first. As an ISO 9001:2015 accredited company, PSM CELADA Fasteners has quality at its heart and the team prides itself on putting its customers first in order to find the right solutions and build successful, long-term relationships,”

“We felt that they would be the perfect team to represent our products and for the team at PSM CELADA Fasteners, they saw a need for our range of mild steel and adjustable force products in the Italian market and are confident that a real demand exists there,”

Ben Taylor, Export Sales Executive at Camloc added, “As part of the relationship, PSM CELADA Fasteners will provide technical support and value-added engineering to its customers both through our bespoke product offering and through discussions with our team of specialist in-house engineers. It’s an exciting time for both parties and we can’t wait to see where this partnership will take us!”

Stefano Chiodini, Commercial Director of PSM CELADA Fasteners is delighted to be working with Camloc Motion Control, adding, “We pride ourselves on working with industry-leaders, adding to our products proposition another Premium Quality partner committed to delivering effective engineered solutions for clients across a range of sectors,”

“We are proud to stock Camloc’s specialist range of gas springs, struts and dampers and we look forward to working together on a variety of projects and seeing how our relationship grows and flourishes.”

To find out more about PSM Celada, visit

Construction of a gas strut infographic

Our made-to-order gas struts and dampers provide engineered motion control solutions for a range of applications – solving complex product issues that can turn cloudy visions into reality.

Product designers often know that they need a gas strut to support and move their product or application, but not everyone knows and understands exactly what goes into making a gas strut in order to achieve the desired outcome.

We’ve put together this useful infographic and supporting content to break down how a gas strut is constructed and provide a quick overview of what its constituent parts do when applied to an application.

P8199 Social Inforgraphic 1 scaled - Construction of a gas strut infographic

Gas struts are used for the lowering of weights as well as the lifting, damping and general safe manoeuvring of applications. Our range of gas struts have been used across sectors including aerospace, military, signage, medical, specialty vehicles and rail.

A gas strut is the same as a mechanical coil spring in so far as it’s a device for storing energy. However, where a coil spring’s energy comes from straining the material that makes up the spring, a gas spring’s energy comes from compressing the Nitrogen gas contained within it.

Gas struts are closed systems that are charged with inert Nitrogen gas and require no external energy source in order to operate. The pressure on either side of the piston remains equal irrespective of its position, which differs to a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder that requires a pressure differential across the piston in order to move.

So, if this is the case, how does it work when no further gas is introduced, and the internal pressure remains equal? The answer lies in the small cross-sectional area of the rod where the gas is unable to exert any pressure. It is the difference between the gas pressure acting on the internal cross-sectional area of the rod, and the atmospheric pressure acting on the external end side of the rod that causes the rod to extend.

As the rod is pushed into the tube the available gas volume is reduced and the gas contained in the spring is compressed. This increases the pressure (or resistance to force applied) and this compression of gas creates the spring-like behaviour. A small path through the piston enables the gas to flow across the piston and also provides the means of controlling the speed of the spring as it is depressed and extended.

The strut is sealed with the end plug, preventing the gas from escaping and providing the attachment point for the end fitting.

Thumb through our technical support section to find out more along with FAQs, terminology and a series of how to videos.

If you would like to find out more about our range of gas struts and dampers and how we could work with you on your next application, contact our in-house team of expert design engineers.

We’re spreading extra festive cheer with our gas strut Christmas tree!

After hanging our stockings on the wall and preparing the end-of-year office Christmas lunch, we’ve well and truly got into the Christmas spirit at our Leicester HQ. To top it all off, we’ve added one final decoration to the office – a Christmas tree manufactured out of gas struts!

This latest festive addition has taken pride of place in our main reception to welcome visitors and is made entirely from Camloc products.

Our team of highly-skilled engineers was tasked with creating something festive using only Camloc products and it’s safe to say they went above and beyond in creating an early slice of Christmas magic.

The tree brings together a range of gas struts, dampers and end fittings and took 6 hours to make, incorporates 46 individual products, and would certainly be the envy of any engineer. To top it off, we’ve added a gas strut angel and some on-brand tinsel.

After such a great year for the company, our beloved tree is very much the icing on the cake as we look forward to the festive season.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of our customers and partners for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in 2020 and beyond. From the entire Camloc team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Our new range of UK manufactured locking gas struts is officially unveiled

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve officially launched our range of UK manufactured Blocklift locking gas struts.

The Blocklift is the latest UK manufactured product within our extensive range of gas struts and dampers and features an internal locking mechanism – allowing the strut to be locked in any position along the length of the stroke.

An adjustable force version has been developed whereby the struts force can be adjusted down using a 2mm Allen key to suit the application requirements. 

The Blocklift range includes four products suited to different applications, the BL1 which is rigid in extension, the BL2 which stays rigid in compression, the BL3 with elastic locking and the BL4, which remains rigid in both extension and compression.

Common applications for the Blocklift range include the height and angle adjustment of seats for the aerospace, bus, train and specialist and military vehicle sectors. It also provides controlled adjustment on hospital beds, physiotherapy tables and wheelchairs for the medical sector.

Company Director, Andy Hubbard, is excited by the solutions on offer to businesses with the Blocklift range.

“Our team of design engineers has been working to develop the Blocklift after we saw the opportunity to reduce lead times by up to two-weeks and improve overall product performance. We are also looking forward, in the coming weeks, to launching a selected range of adjustable force Blocklifts that will be available through online distributors on a next-day basis” says Andy.

The Blocklift range will be available both direct and through selected distributors. For businesses looking to incorporate Blocklift on their next project, the benefits of product customisation are a real plus – as Andy goes on to explain.

“Our Blocklift products can be tailored to meet the most exacting customer requirements. Customisation is key. We are able to manufacture Blocklifts in 1mm rod and tube increments and 5 Newton force increments.

“We pride ourselves on our customer service and provide free UK-based engineering support for customers as standard, with complete technical advice from our skilled team of designers and engineers. Our design engineers work closely with our customer’s engineering design teams to understand their requirements, timelines and budget, and provide the right solution for their specific application needs.”

To find out more about our Blocklift range, click here.

We recently celebrated the dedication of our long-serving Production Operative, Andy Knight!

Twenty-six years is a long time to spend with one company and such dedicated service is becoming increasingly rare in today’s working world.

Our Production Operative, Andy Knight, joined Camloc in a temporary role 26-years ago before progressing into a series of permanent positions across the shop floor. We recently caught up with him to hear his thoughts about the last 26-years, what his highlights have been and what’s changed.

What first attracted you to Camloc?

I’d previously worked in similar roles within manufacturing, but I was keen to secure a job within a larger company with a solid reputation for creating high-quality products. When I saw that Camloc was advertising for a temporary role, I thought that it would be great experience if nothing else, and luckily for me they offered me a permanent position!

What has changed since joining Camloc 26-years ago?

The improvements in the machinery we use have been incredible! At the start of 2019, we invested in a second CNC Lathe machine to help increase production capability and flexibility. The willingness to invest in both our equipment and the team makes a huge difference – making you feel valued and part of the bigger picture.

It’s not just the equipment either if there’s something that will improve the quality of our working life, it’s always considered. Last year, the company replaced the entire roof to increase the natural light in the factory – making it brighter and easier for us to do our jobs.

What do you enjoy most about working at Camloc and why have you stayed for 26-years?

I think what I enjoy the most about Camloc is how well we are all treated. The company really looks after you – so much so that you would think it was a family-owned business.

One of my main reasons for staying is the people. The team that I have seen built over the last 26 years is fantastic! I think it’s very rare for a large team to communicate across all levels but everybody pulls together at Camloc, making it feel like one big family. 

On behalf of everyone at Camloc Motion Control, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Andy for his 26-years of dedicated service and we look forward to the next 26!

We have continued the growth of our worldwide distribution network with Appian Fasteners partnership!

We are expanding our worldwide product reach after appointing Ireland-based Appian Fasteners to our global distribution network.

With 30-years industry experience, we design and manufacturer a range of gas springs, struts and dampers – including bespoke made-to-order products – from our factory in Leicester. We have an established global network of partners and distributors across the UK, Europe, North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

The new partnership will see Appian Fasteners stock and distribute a range of Camloc’s stainless and mild steel adjustable force gas springs and accessories through its online webshop, offering next day delivery from stock. In addition, Appian will also provide gas spring and damper technical support and value-added engineering to its customers through our experts and bespoke product offering.

Founded in 1967, Ireland-based Appian Fasteners is a leading distributor of industrial fasteners, mechanical components and access hardware. The company has locations in Dublin, Belfast and Scotland – servicing customers in both and Ireland and the UK as well as mainland Europe.

For our company Director Andy Hubbard, adding Appian Fasteners to our global distribution network presents a fantastic opportunity for both businesses.

“Appian Fasteners is a perfect fit for us. Like Camloc, the team at Appian are experts in their field and offer friendly technical advice when it’s needed most. With over 52-years experience they understand OEMs, contract manufacturers and local customers alike.” said Andy.

He continues, “Appian provides us with fantastic opportunities in new and existing sectors that are ideally suited to our product range whilst adding to our global distribution footprint.”

Des Broderick, Managing Director of Appian Fasteners said “Appian prides itself on working with leading Global manufacturers to support our highly technical markets. We are delighted to team up with Camloc Motion Control whom we view as innovative partners to offer their excellent range gas springs, struts and dampers to the Irish and UK market.”

He added “As a technical distributor, we look forward to working together on many varied projects and achieving the growth and increase in market share to which we both aspire. This opportunity will add to our extensive range of products that allows us to continue to support our key customers with the level of customer service they expect.”

To find out more about Appian Fasteners, visit

5th Anniversary of Made in Britain Membership!

We are proud to announce that we have signed up to our fifth consecutive year with Made in Britain.

The Made in Britain mark is accredited to businesses selling goods that are manufactured in, or have undergone a substantial final change in Britain before sale.

Many industries still place high importance and value on products manufactured in the UK; so we are delighted to have secured the accreditation for another year as we continue our mission to be more than a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

Paired with free UK-based engineering support from concept design through to completion, as well as first-class after-sales care, the Made in Britain accreditation adds additional security and peace of mind to our customer base through the knowledge that they will receive a quality product.

“We know that consumers from the UK and further afield hold products manufactured in the UK in high regard,” says Director, Andy Hubbard.

He continues “The membership means that we remain part of an exclusive group of manufacturers working in line with the principles of the Made in Britain mark. This evokes a real sense of solidarity and promotes and encourages UK manufacturing as something to be proud of and to be invested in.”

To find out more, visit the Made in Britain website or if you have any questions regarding Camloc gas springs, feel free to get in touch.

99.4% On-Time Delivery For Your Gas Spring Solutions

Consistently delivering quality gas spring and damper solutions on-time and around the Globe is what we do.

As a leading UK manufacturer of gas spring and damper solutions we know the importance of delivering our products to you on-time, wherever in the world you need them. With this in mind, we are proud to have a world-class On-Time Delivery record of 99.4% – this being a factor which sets us apart from the competition.

Do you have tight deadlines to meet? This is not a problem, we are here when you need us and are used to working with customers who have tight deadlines. Working with customers around the world from concept design right through to completion, we offer practical solutions to suit your gas spring and damper requirements.

Understanding there is often a number of stakeholders in any given project, we recognise it is crucial our customers work with reliable additions to their operation – we can, and do, confidently state we are a reliable addition to our customers’ operation – with this customer-centric approach spanning across all aspects of our business.

These qualities further solidifying what makes us more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

We’ll deliver a quality engineered solution to you on-time.

  • FY19 YTD (Oct ’18 to Feb ’19 inc.) OTD – 99.4%
  • FY18 OTD – 98.0%
  • FY17 OTD – 99.1%

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High-Quality Content Written for the Discerning Design Engineer

Understanding the importance of answering commonly asked industry questions regarding gas springs and dampers, we have teamed up with numerous publications across engineering and manufacturing to provide high-quality content to the discerning design engineer.

This continuing our mission to be more than just a manufacturer of gas springs and dampers.

Often finding the same questions regarding gas springs, dampers and motion control solutions being asked, we have teamed up with leading publications to put our content answering these questions in front of design engineers world-wide.

To begin with, we have compiled four whitepapers. The first of these whitepapers has been written as a guide to understanding the basics of gas spring application; providing the reader a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs and dampers. This whitepaper also describes the differences orientation and damping expected dependent on the mounting position chosen.

The following three whitepapers have been written by engineers, for engineers. These technical whitepapers include a two-part technical overview, discussing ‘forces’, ‘effect of rod diameter’, ‘effect of rod insertion’ and ‘effects and limits of temperature on gas springs’ – with the second of the technical overviews covering ‘damping’, ‘metering and extension speeds’, ‘friction and P1 – P4 charts’, ‘force and force ratios’ and ‘oil levels’.

Following on from our technical overview guides, Technical Director Matt Warne has provided an in-depth technical whitepaper on gas spring mounting. This whitepaper covers a wide variety of areas including ‘handling forces’, ‘mounting positions and gas spring sizing’, ‘mounting orientations’, ‘mounting – crossover, self-rise and self-close’, ‘mounting – practical application’ and ‘mounting – dampers’.

If you would like to offer any feedback on our content or have any questions you feel need answering around gas spring, dampers and motion control, please email Any feedback or content ideas are greatly appreciated.

You can access and download our whitepapers here Technical Support.