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We’re here to answer all your questions around the correct application of gas struts and dampers. From key terminology, an introduction to gas struts and our series of how to videos, to selecting the right product, sizing, customisation and our range of FAQs, our Help Centre contains all of the information you’re looking for. You can also ask an expert through our adjacent contact form, with our designers and engineers on-hand to answer questions specific to your product or application.

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    • Getting Started
      Introduction to a Gas Spring Gas Strut Mounting Positions Construction of a Gas Spring Gas Spring Terminology Forces and Spring Rates Gas Spring Standards
    • Selecting The Right Product
      The Two Key Questions Standard Gas Spring Sizes Which Product is right for me? Technical Data
    • Customisation
      Tailoring your Gas Spring
    • Want to Know More?
      Dos and Don’ts Mounting Position Terminology Mounting Orientation Mounting – Other Considerations Mounting – Practical Considerations Whitepaper – Understanding the Basics Whitepaper – Gas Spring Overview Whitepaper – Gas Spring Overview (Part 2) Whitepaper – Gas Spring Mounting
    • Show Me How
      How to fit and de-gas a Vari-Lift valved gas spring (gas strut) Stop & Stay Multi-Positional Gas Springs Cam-Stay – Multi-Positional Telescopic Stay
    • Troubleshooting
      Frequently Asked Questions
    • Datasheets
      General Range Overview Camloc Motion Control ISO 9001 Certificate Gas Spring Application Enquiry Form Gas Spring Sizing Form Vari-Lift Instruction Safety Leaflet Gas Spring Disposal Advice Safety Data Sheet – Gas Springs Safety Data Sheet – Blocklifts Safety Data Sheet – Dampers

    De-gassing a Vari-Lift™ Gas Strut

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    When gas struts are used, hinge friction, perceived speed of action, weight of application and where the gas strut is positioned on the application will have a bearing on calculations; leading to forces predicted prior to testing (theoretical forces) being incorrect.

    Camloc’s Vari-Lift™ gas strut has been designed to save the end-user time and effort, offering the capability of being de-gassed whilst in position.

    The gas springs are charged to their maximum force during manufacture. Using the standard 2mm Allen key provided, gas can be gradually released via the Vari-Lift™ valve. To do this; insert the Allen key into the Vari- Lift™ valve found at the end of the tube and make a quarter-turn. Once gas can be heard, make a quarter-turn back to close the valve prior to checking whether the application is running smoothly. If not, repeat the process.

    Release of gas must be done on a gradual basis, to ensure too much is not released from the gas spring.




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