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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

    Mounting – Practical Considerations

    Unused Stroke 

    Camloc’s preference when positioning is to allow 10mm of unused stroke. The reason for this is to allow for the stack up of manufacturing tolerances in the application and prevent the gas spring from bottoming out before the lid is fully closed. 

    Mounting 2.0 Figure Sixteen 163x300 - Mounting - Practical Considerations

    Preventing Instant Lift 

    Positioning the moving mounting point so that it creates an over-centre condition when the lid is closed will aid in reducing instant opening of the lid. 

    The images below show examples of spring positions that will lead to instant lift (on the left) and one that is over-centre and will reduce the potential of instant lift (on the right). 

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    Reducing Handling Forces 

    To help reduce handling forces, the following strategies can be used: 

    • Move the mounting point Y1 closer towards the pivot by reducing the stroke. 
    • Consider whether the opening angle could be reduced. 
    • Move fixed mounting point Y2 to a more suitable location.

    Mounting 2.0 Figure Eighteen 81x300 - Mounting - Practical Considerations

    For more technical information on mounting and other commonly asked queries, head over to our whitepapers section. For information on our product range, please visit our Products Page. 

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