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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Revolver - The Most Reliable Handgun Because of Reliable Springs

Diagram of a revolver pistol.
Though technology has made many things nearly unrecognizable from their original versions - such as a cellphone from the first telephones or laptops to the original computers that would take up entire rooms - firearms technology seemed to have gotten many things right almost from the get-go. Since the 1810's, the revolver pistol has been the firearm of choice for everyone from the cattle ranchers of the American West to many police officers today working in a different kind of field. Few people stop and think about how a revolver works and are surprised to find out that it's mostly springs! From the trigger to the strength of the hammer, the world's most reliable handgun wouldn't have been as successful as it is today without the help of some reliable springs. Even the most technologically advanced firearms used by civilians, police, and military personnel alike are all utterly dependent carefully crafted springs such as the one's available from Ebsco Spring in Tulsa, OK. The custom spring manufacturer is proud to make military weapons-grade springs that assist our police, military, and other firearms owners protect the freedoms we all enjoy. When the difference between a weapon firing properly and failing, weapons makers trust Ebsco Spring to deliver the finest springs available.

Friday, December 14, 2012

EBSCO is Lean and Green

Recycling and waste management are huge in American society today.  Consumers care about how businesses are managing their waste and impacting the environment.  So how about your business?  Waste management and recycling can not only impact the environment, but it can also help you to save money in the long-run.  What are you doing in order to reduce waste in the office?  Here is a list of several things you can implement into your business to have a more positive effect on the environment and save some cash!

EBSCO Spring Company is a company that does not just care about recycling and being environmentally friendly because that is what consumers want.  EBSCO Spring Company genuinely cares about the environment and properly managing waste.  EBSCO Spring Company has launched their Lean and Green Initiative, which is both environmentally and fiscally responsible.  The goal of lean is to reduce waste and the goal of green is to recycle what waste exists so that more cash can be put into driving additional green efforts.  EBSCO has also come up with green activities such as the Recycle Olympics in order to raise awareness and get employees in the habit of recycling. Check out their website to see further information on how they reduce waste and recycle!

EBSCO Spring Company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of the top spring manufacturing companies in the industry today.  EBSCO services a broad range of industries, so if you are in need of springs, don't hesitate to call or visit EBSCO Spring Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma today!  Who better to trust than EBSCO, who cares about the quality of their springs, customer satisfaction, community, and environment!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How It's Made: Springs


Are you one of those people who enjoys watching how things are made?  You know, one of those people who sits on their couch watching countless hours of the show "How It's Made" on the Science channel?  From baseballs to candy to silverware, you get to take a look inside the factory and see how common foods and objects are made in mass production.  Well, how about springs?  Did you know that springs are a vital asset to making many of the common objects you use daily function properly?  It takes a manufacturing and mass production process to create these many different springs that play a part in many of our daily activities.

At EBSCO Spring Company, the spring manufacturers and specialists have given customers a peek inside their shop with their new Spring Design Workshop videos!  Whether you are simply interested in how things work and want to take a peek at how springs are created, or you are actually a spring manufacturer or engineer, EBSCO Spring Company wants to give you insight and help you become more efficient by taking a look at their manufacturing techniques.  The series of videos takes you through the entire process of creating high-quality springs.  So why not sit back and learn something new and interesting?

EBSCO Spring Company is proud to be an industry leader in spring manufacturing, providing customers with the finest springs in the market.  If you work in the medical industry, electronic industry, construction industry, sports industry, or agricultural industry and are in need of springs, bring your service to EBSCO Spring Company!  The spring experts will be delighted to take your service and help you find what you are looking for!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spring Decor



A spring is an item that is commonly overlooked and unnoticed.    However, did you know that you can actually create awesome decor for your home with this simple object?  Most people never think about taking common items like coil springs and turning them into something trendy.  Check out these candles woven into springs for outside decor! What a creative and unique thing to add to your humble abode!  However, why go out and spend money on these decorations when you can make them yourself?  Simply go out and by some wire, turn it into a spring, and place a candle in it!  Then you can attach some string and hang it from your fence!  A super easy process that will give the outside of your home a cool look.  Plus, when people ask you where you got them, how cool to say that you made them yourself?

Or, you can save time and simply buy some coil springs from EBSCO Spring Company!  EBSCO Spring Company is based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a custom coil spring manufacturer.  EBSCO Spring Company services a broad range of industries including aerospace, construction, medical, electronics, sports, and agricultural.  For your specific company, get the greatest and most convenient service today by partnering with EBSCO Spring Company!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A World Without Springs

When it comes to springs, most people don't really notice them or think about how involved they are in making things work.  Springs are involved in every day items like the ballpoint pens we use to take notes in class, the mattresses we sleep comfortably on at night, and the toasters we use to make breakfast before work.  Springs are even involved in the activities your kids enjoy like jumping on a trampoline.  Without springs, there would be no more clicking pens (which some of you would probably prefer) or break popping out of a toaster.  The mattress that you sleep on at night would be flatter and less comfortable and we would not get any laughs out of YouTube videos that have bulldogs jumping on a trampoline.  We would no longer be able to step up on a scale to see how much weight we've lost.  Vehicles, motorcycles, and bikes would not be the same as well because coil springs play a big part in their functionality.  There are many different types of springs and springs are a part of almost everything we use today.

EBSCO Spring Company is a company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma that is involved in custom coil spring manufacturing and has grown to be a leader in the industry.  To receive the most high-quality products and equipment in the fastest amount of time, choose EBSCO Spring Company today.  EBSCO Spring Company is dedicated to providing customers with the finest products and services.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spring Shoes: Definitely Putting Spring in Your Step

For those of you who remember the old days of the PF Flyers which claimed they could make kids "run faster and jump higher", you'll have special appreciation those who have actually created every kid's dream: spring shoes! While the makers of the acclaimed PF Flyers mainly only used their performance-enhancing claim to sell shoes, nobody is trying to make a buck off these next creations. Using springs cut out of old mattresses and whatever else they can find, these do-it-yourselfers have transformed their boring sneakers into items of bouncing footwear that are capable of helping them reach heights never before attained by the relatively non-athletically inclined. Check out the Cockeyed "Stuff I Made" page for more information on how to make your own homemade spring shoes. 

For the Tulsa spring manufacturer that produces some of the highest quality custom springs for use in fields ranging from aerospace to agriculture, EBSCO Spring Company is pleased to bring customers the very finest spring you can buy. 




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ebsco Spring Turns Pink

The staff of Ebsco Spring in Tulsa, OK is not only busy making the best custom springs, but also spreading cancer awareness! The team was out in full-force today sporting their pink Ebsco Spring t-shirts in support of the Turn Tulsa Pink event. Turn Tulsa Pink is a cancer awareness event spanning from October 20-27 which has Tulsa businesses and governmental departments wearing pink to raise cancer awareness as well as funds that go to Tulsa cancer charities. Judi's mission was to raise awareness of how cancer impacts Tulsa, but also went on to be named the Best Success Story in Urban Tulsa Weekly and Tulsa Business journal as they raised $46,000 to support ten different Tulsa cancer charities. 


Monday, October 15, 2012

Learning From The Best: Using Books As a Springboard

At Ebsco Spring, there is a constant dedication to innovation and utilizing the ideas of the team. Though there are a few higher-ups, the team is the most essential aspect of the entire spring manufacturing process. All members of the team at Ebsco Spring contribute to the process for increased efficiency, quality assurance, and overall customer and employee satisfaction. One of the tools used to utilize the effectiveness of the team are an assortment of books shared amongst departments. C.O.O. Todd P. lets outside folks know what's being read on the inside to help Ebsco Spring team members make the best custom coil springs on the market. Located in beautiful Tulsa, OK, Ebsco Spring Company provides a variety of industries with custom spring components. 



Monday, October 8, 2012

Spring-Propelled Fun: Extreme Pogo Stick Actions



Most of the time, springs are all business. Occasionally, springs can be strictly for fun! As the following pogo-stick experts show, the seemingly boring pogo-stick of yesteryear is anything but. Pogo-stick enthusiasts sail to dizzying heights and perform a variety of stunts before returning back to earth where, if their feet are not securely planted, disaster can occur. 

For the highest caliber custom springs made in America, Ebsco Spring Company in Tulsa, OK is pleased to bring the world some of the finest springs available at competitive prices. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Drumming Up Food


Are you a drummer who cares about your community? Come November 4, 2012, Tulsa-area drummers will unite in an attempt to set a world record for most drummers playing the same beat in one area as well as raising food for the food pantries in the area. Each drummer is required to bring along at least 10 canned food items to participate as well as their own drum kit. For more information, log on to Drum Day Tulsa's official website. Ebsco Spring Company in Tulsa is proud to promote this event in attempts fight hunger in the area and set a world record for Tulsa! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Positive Evaluation: Ebsco Helps Employees Reach Their Goals

How many performance evaluations have you been through in your life? How many of them do you feel were beneficial to you and the company aside from simply discussing a possible raise? What if you could turn the tables and evaluate your boss? At Ebsco Spring Company in Tulsa, OK, job evaluations are much more than simply deciding how hard someone worked and what kind of raise they should receive. Evaluations at the Tulsa spring manufacturer are a powerful means of employees expressing the goals they want to achieve in the coming year to their employers so they can work together to help those be reached in a way that benefits the employee as well as the company. In Ebsco Spring C.O.O. Todd P's latest blog post, he outlines the job evaluation process at Ebsco Spring Company as well as how it goes when the tables are turned and he goes under the magnifying glass himself. To read more, log on to the official Ebsco Spring blog as written by Todd P. For more information on the many quality from Ebsco Spring, log on to their official website. For custom springs made in America for many different industries, look no further than Ebsco Spring Company in Tulsa, OK.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Put a Lot of Spring In Your Seat



















For generations, springs have been used in mattresses, chairs, and sofas to provide a firm-yet-comfortable sensation for those laying or sitting upon such pieces of furniture. While some are substituting springs in seats for new types of form-fitting foams, one designer has decided to go in the opposite direction and make a chair mainly entirely from springs. For the those crazy about springs or just looking for a conversation starter, the Home Improvement and Knowledge Q & A Blog has a piece dedicated to spring furniture. 

For quality springs custom-made right in Tulsa, OK, Ebsco Spring Company manufactures custom springs for everything from the aerospace industry to springs for the medical field as well as agricultural equipment and beyond. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Giving Back to the Community

Of the four pillars of Ebsco Spring's mission statement, one of them is that Ebsco is dedicated to giving back to the community. A location is more than just a place to do business, but a home and the roots of an operation. Ebsco Spring is proud to have called Tulsa home since 1940 and has contributed more to the community than jobs for its residents, but has contributed many volunteer hours for many different charitable organizations. From lending a hand to help gather and package good for food pantries to blood donation, Ebsco Spring company are happy to help victims of natural disaster and help to feed the hungry when times are tough. Ebsco Spring company out of Tulsa, OK is proud to be the spring company with a heart. Not only contributing components to aerospace, medical fields,and beyond, but also giving back to the community, Ebsco Spring Company is proud of its community in Tulsa and is happy to give back. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spring-Powered Car: Did It Exist?

In a time when auto-innovators are looking for the next answer to alternative energy for the road, one blast-from-the-past comes to us in the way of spring technology. According to one newspaper article from 1933, supposedly the Japanese had developed a spring-powered car that could drive 40 miles on a single "wind up"; whatever that entailed. Little else is known about the car since it doesn't appear they were put into production, but pondering on whether or not the car actually existed and could they ever exist is half of the fun of this legend. For more information on this possible myth-mobile, check out Modern Mechanix's piece for the full scoop on this tightly-wound wagon. 

For more information on the use of springs and custom spring manufacturing, visit the offical site of Tulsa, OK's own Ebsco Spring Company. For the finest springs made in the U.S.A., look no further than the spring experts at Ebsco Spring. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thunder In a Can: Spring-Powered Thunder Tubes

How do you conjure thunder from a can? It's easy with a thunder tube! Coming up in the world of weather-sound mimicking instruments (such as the rain-stick) is the thunder tube. Also known as the thunder drum, this very simple device is used by orchestral percussionists, Native American musicians, and anyone else who wants to create the sound of thunder using a relatively simple design. Though varying by size, the design is typically always the same: one tube, a drum-head or other covering, and a long skinny spring attached to the center of that head. When held upside-down and shaken, the vibration of the spring resonates through the drum-head and is amplified by the tube. Below is a video of a thunder tube in action.



Because of the simple design of this instrument anyone can play, eHow has a fun tutorial on how to create a thunder tube of your own. 

For more information on the power and influence of springs as well as spring manufacturing, look no further than Tulsa, OK's premier spring manufacturer at EBSCO Spring Company

Monday, August 20, 2012

Springs For Fun: How Spring Airsoft Guns Work


Airsoft: How Do Spring Airsoft Guns Work? on Howcast
One sport/hobby that has taken off in recent years is that of airsoft weapons. Resembling actual firearms, airsoft guns use a combination of air and spring power to fire plastic pellets without the use of any form of explosive such as the gun powder found in tradition firearms. Airsoft weapons are used as a safer target-shooting alternative as well as for simulated gun fights with friends while wearing equipment that protects the eyes, face, and other sensitive regions. In this video, airsoft weapons technician Josh Meyer demonstrates how springs project the plastic bb's through the barrel of the weapon.

For the finest American-made springs, custom-made to order, look no further than EBSCO Spring Company in Tulsa, OK. Building springs for everything from the agricultural industry to springs uses in aerospace and defense, EBSCO is dedicated is proud of never having let a defective spring out of the door.  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Typical Items With Big Uses

From the eclectic pages of LifeHackery.com comes 99 left-field uses for items you can find around the house. From crafting custom ear-protection with an old tennis ball to spring-loaded chopsticks, readers are invited to discover the off use of ordinary household items. Head over to LifeHackery's website for more information.

For more information on high quality springs and their numerous uses within various industries, log on to EBSCO Spring's official website. Based out of Tulsa, OK, EBSCO is pleased to bring American-made springs customers can trust. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

EBSCO Springs Into Action

Every so often, the experts at EBSCO Spring Company get in a crucial order that gives them the opportunity to really show what they're made of. This last week, EBSCO Spring Company received a rush order for a spring component that was keeping a Sikorsky helicopter grounded until they could supply the proper part. Shifting gears, EBSCO Spring Company was able to churn out the necessary part and up to quality standards, a process that normally takes three weeks, in 2 days. Now, this essential helicopter is back in the air, all thanks to the hard work of the spring manufacturing experts at EBSCO Spring in Tulsa, OK. For more details on the order, from start to finish, visit EBSCO Spring Company C.O.O. Todd P's blog. For more information on custom spring manufacturing performed here in the Midwest, log onto EBSCO Spring Company's official website

Monday, July 30, 2012

EBSCO Teams

Including the different departments of EBSCO Spring Company are the different teams throughout the company. In order to make EBSCO Spring an safe, efficient, and enjoyable place to work for employees, EBSCO Spring Company COO Todd P and CEO Cheryl D worked together to create many different subgroups throughout the company. Included in these subgroups are the EBSCO Fun Team, EBSCO Safety Team, EBSCO Lean Green Team, EBSCO Community Service Team, and the EBSCO Healthy Living Team. To address all the aspects that go into what makes a company successful, efficient, and an enjoyable place to work, these different teams help round out the workplace atmosphere into more of a compatible community instead of just a business. For more information on each of these teams their function, check out the official EBSCO Spring Wordpress Blog written by EBSCO Spring COO Todd P. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tomorrow's Innovation Based On Yesterday's Craftsmanship

There once was a time when people wanted to know the time, they didn't look to the bottom right-hand corner of their computer monitor, push a button to light up their smart phone, or even look down at their wrist. The answer to their question was typically on the end of a chair connected to their vest, belt, or in the breast pocket of their jacket. According to an article by Mike Eggert, pocket watches have been in use since the 16th century and continue to have much of the same appeal as they did during the time of their first introduction; aesthetics. Yes, train conductors and other professions that required a precise measurement of time did popularize the utilitarian aspect of the pocket watch, but the first pocket watches were primarily a status symbol that only the elite could afford.


The reason for the steep price tag of early pocket watches were not only the materials from which they were constructed (many were crafted from silver or gold), but the craftsmanship that went into every watch to ensure accurate time keeping. A series of springs had to be very carefully calibrated to work with a series of gears in order to accurately reflect seconds in time. 


Though pocket watches have fallen in popularity with the onset of wrist watches and even more so because of the accurate and virtually maintenance-free electronic watches of today, many still collect pocket watches as a memento of days gone by or to remember their original owners who had passed on generations earlier. At EBSCO Spring Company in Tulsa, OK, we truly appreciate the craftsmanship and precision that went into the pocket watches of yesteryear and are dedicated to the same attention to detail in every spring we make. For more information on EBSCO Spring Company's variety of spring products used in various industries, log on to EBSCOSpring.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spring in Your Step? No, Spring in Your Seat!

Though primarily known for making smaller mechanical springs, the staff of EBSCO Spring Company are downright spring fanatics quite fond of clever uses for springs that go beyond the mechanic and can quite possibly be incorporated into design. As decorative design has grown to be companions with sustainable practices, more and more designers are looking to recyclable items not only for inspiration but also for the materials of their products and accessories. For put a spring in your seat, many have discovered that coil springs from automobiles or elsewhere, when fitted with a seat, make for splendid bar stools to be used indoors or outdoors. Not largely available from any single manufacturer, the popularity of such a design and the lack of availability has lead many designers, homeowners, and business owners to craft their own custom coil spring stools by affixing seats on the springs and additional work to make them steady. This picture came from the Cool Oddities blog for your viewing enjoyment. To get a up-close look at stools of this design, stop by the EBSCO Spring factory and take a seat on some of these coil spring stools that grace the exterior. 
 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Check Springs: How Springs Help Keep Your Clothes Together

Adding to the list of complex devices that require the use of a simple mechanical spring, today we're going to talk about the "check spring." What is the check spring? If you haven't used a sewing machine, you probably have no idea just how crucial this very simple device is to the machine that is responsible for keeping your clothes together.

Most people (even experienced sewers) do not know how a sewing machines works; it's just one of those inventions that people take for granted. You see a needle drive into a piece of fabric as the fabric is pulled through the machine and a stitched piece of fabric comes out on the other side. Though this seems like it is a tremendously complex machine, the way it works is quite simple. 

 As you can see from the animation, the real action of a sewing machine occurs out of sight; just below the stitch plate. The needle carries the thread through the fabric to meet up with another device called the hook (as represented in red in the animation). While the needle is carrying one supply of thread, the hook is guiding another supply of thread from a smaller spool known as the bobbin. As the upper thread is brought down by needle, the hook helps guide the lower bobbin thread to form a stitch with the upper thread. In space between where the needle and the hook interact is often measured in fractions of a millimeter to ensure proper stitch formation. Even though this process seems highly technical, the action itself is not much different than someone tying a form of knot or stitch by hand, but rather the entire system is automated to be able to form as many as 3,200 stitches in a minute on an industrial machine and around 1,500 stitches a minute maximum on a sewing machine for the home. 

Though this seems complex enough as it is, none of this could take place properly without this simple device:




Though it looks relatively straightforward, the check spring (as it is referred) is crucial for proper stitch formation. Located on the upper "head" of the sewing machine typically near where the upper thread tension is adjusted, the check spring keeps tension on the upper thread as the take-up lever (an arm-like device also on the upper "head" of the sewing) is in the process of pulling the upper thread up to tighten the stitch. Without the check spring, the additional slack in the thread would cause the take-up lever to throw the thread around and get tangled on other components of the sewing machine and negatively impact the desired tension of the stitch.

A check spring just below the take-up lever.

The next time you put on your favorite pair of jeans or even a custom-tailored suit or dress, take a moment to look at the stitching of your clothes. Though it seems very simple, many components went into the formation of the stitches that keep you covered up! For more on springs and for various applications, visit the official website of Tulsa's own Ebsco Spring Company.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Leaders in Any Industry

You wouldn't know it by seeing how he runs his business, but EBSCO Spring Company's C.O.O. has only been working as the brains of the operation for 2 years. Not only that, but he's only been involved in the manufacturing industry for the same amount of time. Todd P. was in a retail manager's position at Walgreens just a few years prior; a career trend that has been sweeping the manufacturing world as the industry looks for determined leaders to head up their operations. Not muddied down by the industry, Todd's fresh look on the business of manufacturing springs has lead to great successes for his company as he strives to evaluate what business tactics are working for the successful spring manufacturing company and which are not. On his latest blog, Todd gives readers his top 10 tips for people entering a leadership role in the manufacturing industry. Though directed at those in manufacturing, Todd's wisdom transcends industry to be applicable to any field of business or leadership position. To check out Todd's blog on leadership, click here. For everything related to springs and spring manufacturing, be sure to check out the official website of EBSCO Spring Company

Friday, June 29, 2012

Denture Dilemmas from a Founding Father

The legendary pouty expression is rumored to depict
Washington trying to keep his dentures in place.
Though simple, springs have served a variety of amazing function since their development in the Bronze Age. Commonly overlooked, springs have played a crucial role in military victories and industry innovation, but few spring uses could be quite as odd as the following: the springs in George Washington's dentures. American's first president, famous general, and Founding Father, George Washington is known for many things; but good oral hygiene was not one of them. Rumored to this day to have worn wooden teeth, this bit of information is not entirely accurate, but George Washington's dentures did help revolutionize the field of prosthetic dentistry forever. Starting to lose his teeth in his early 20s, the Founding Father only had one tooth of his own left in his mouth by the time he uttered his presidential inaugural address; which its brief nature is rumored to be because of the immense pain brought upon by his poor dental health. 

Over the years, various dentists of the day hand-crafted dentures for Washington. Many of these dentures were either carved from hippo ivory or made from cow teeth bonded on a gold, bronze, or even lead base. Because denture adhesives were not yet used to bond dentures to the inside of the mouth, dentures were kept in place by the use of bent springs on the corners of the teeth which pushed the false teeth into the roof of the wearer's mouth and lower jaw. This allowed for somewhat natural chewing, but made his mouth appear bulky when closed and at times, very uncomfortable. Had George relaxed his jaw, the dentures springs may have popped out and gotten drool all over the Constitution! Without springs, the dentures would have had no way of staying in place. 







The above pictured is a replica set of George Washington's dentures. For a set of his real dentures on display, click here. For more information on everything springs, check out Oklahoma's spring experts at EBSCO Spring Company

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Destination: Success

As people start planning their vacations with eager expectation, EBSCO Spring Company C.O.O. Todd P. continues to never take his eye off the ball. In his latest blog, Todd makes a whole variety of connections between the act of planning an exciting and enjoyable trip to how a successful business plan is formed and then executed. Just like planning a vacation, businesses need a destination to be able to know how far they've come. In deciding that destination, they need to determine the best route in getting there. While other employees are figuring out the fastest, most efficient way to the beach this summer, Todd is hard at work figuring out the most efficient route to success for EBSCO Spring Company. For more of Todd's business advice and the future of EBSCO Spring, check out his blog and subscribe to receive regular updates. EBSCO Spring Company also wishes all of you a great summer vacation season. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

How Springs Changed Rock-n-Roll Volume 2

Rarely does anyone outside of spring manufacturers and those involved with the industry stop to think about just how much springs have contributed to the innovation of so many modern devices and industries. A possible reason for this oversight may be the sheer simplicity of the mechanism, but springs, none the less, deserve a great deal of credit for the job they do along with spring manufacturers and those who have incorporated these devices into their inventions since the Bronze Age.While there are a wide variety of spring applications that come immediately to mind, from the shocks of a car to the function of a mechanical pencil, there are many more that are taken granted. While in the past article "How Springs Changed Rock-n-Roll" the subject of spring reverb was discussed, today we'll "dive-bomb" into the spring innovation that helped developed the guitar tremolo device. If you've ever enjoyed a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo, you've experienced the role springs have played in rock-n-roll music. 


You don't have to be a musician to understand the concept of tremolo. Ever heard an opera singer's voice and notice how they rarely stay on one single pitch for any length of time, but instead flutter the pitch between the higher and lower ends of any given note? Have you ever watched an orchestral string player's hands on the neck of their violin, viola, cello, or double-bass as they shake furiously anytime they hold any note out for any given period of time? This wobbling of the sound of a pitch, known as tremolo, is a means of making the note more palatable to the ear and provides a more musical experience for the listener. To experience the sound of an orchestral instrument or singer without the proper use of tremolo, listen to a first-year string player or amateur night at  your local karaoke bar. After un-gluing your hands from your ears, you will learn to appreciate the proper use of tremolo. 


With this basic understanding of tremolo, we move on to the guitar. One of the most popular stringed instruments in many different cultures, more innovation has taken place to modify the sound of the guitar than most any other instrument. It has been incorporated into every style of music; from being attributed to helping develop rock-n-roll, to Spanish music, jazz music, and classical music. Though the guitar is capable of many different sounds, one of its original limitations was creating proper tremolo. Unlike its orchestra brothers and sisters that are played with smooth necks that allow the player to have complete control over the pitch of the note depending on where they apply the string into the neck, guitars have a series of thin strips of metal called frets that act as raised portions along the neck to assign a specific pitch to a certain area of the neck depending on the tuning of the string. Guitar strings do not make direct contact with the wood of the neck in order to produce a note, but rather the carefully placed frets along the "fretboard" of the neck determine exactly where string contact will occur; thus changing the length of the vibration and sound of the note. The string makes contact with whichever fret the player applies pressure directly behind. 


While frets on a guitar neck are extremely beneficial in helping the player produce a more accurate pitch (which can be more difficult to obtain when the player is playing multiple strings simultaneously) this limits the player's ability to play with tremolo. With the locations for an accurate pitch already set into the fretboard of the guitar, there is little a guitar player can do in order to produce a slight raise or dip the pitch in order to apply certain level musicality and style to their playing. While classical string players have the advantage of being able to fluctuate the pitch of the note down and up with the movement of their fingers on the string against the neck, guitar players can only increase the pitch slightly by manually pulling the tension of the strings tighter as they play in a technique known as "bending." Even with bending, there is no way to manually "bend" the note lower without manipulating the tuning of the string. As guitar design and innovation advanced along the 1920s and '30s , a tremolo solution for the guitar was right around the corner. 


As the acoustics of the guitar no longer played as much of an active role of electric guitars, other new features could be easily added.Deriving inspiration from the string tension-bending technology of lap steel guitars, many different devices were developed to allow the player to adjust the tension of the strings using a handle attached to the bridge or tail piece. These devices employed a spring or series of springs to attempt to maintain the tuning of the guitar after the tension-bending device was used. Though many saw some success, early tremolo devices in hollow-body guitars were not able to provide spring-tension to keep the bridge in place and the use of the tremolo bar or handle would frequently knock guitar out of tune. 


Over time with additional innovations in guitar electronics technology, solid-body guitars were able to produce  warm tones similar to that of their hollow-body predecessors with less feedback and increased rigidity. Along with a rigid design came room to grow in the area of mechanical tremolo devices. One of the most famous early tremolo designs was one developed by electric guitar pioneer Leo Fender who was also known for contributing to the development of the electric bass guitar. Without having to depend on the acoustics of the body to create a quality guitar tone, the solid body of the Fender Stratocaster guitar contained a device that utilized a series of springs that allowed the player to tighten or loosen the tension of the strings at a moment's notice using a detached handle known as a "whammy bar" that was screwed into place with a threaded end. This device did an exceptional job of keeping the strings in tune.





Since the development of the Fender tremolo system, the rest has been history. Similar spring-loaded tremolo systems have been employed in most other brands and models of solid-body electric guitars as well as hollow-body guitars. Many very famous rock-n-roll songs would not be the same if not for the spring-loaded technology of mechanical tremolo systems for electric guitars. From tremolo-heavy surfer rock hits of 1960s artists like The Ventures and Dick Dale to rock solos from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Pink Floyd's David Gilmore, without springs that allow the players to augment the string-tension and pitch of their guitars to achieve proper tremolo, rock-n-roll would sound much differently. 




For more on springs and what they can do for you, EBSCO Spring Company is proud to provide Oklahoma and the world with the finest quality spring products and exception customer service.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Keeping Up With The Rockefellers

Though the spring has been around for ages, the use of the spring is constantly evolving and expanding. With innovation constantly demanding more from industry, EBSCO Spring C.O.O. Todd P. is always out to put a new twist (no pun intended) on the business of spring manufacturing. 



Looking for the latest and greatest ways to keep business functioning as smoothly as possible, Todd P. has put hours of his personal time researching books and other resources for some of the best ways to bring out the full potential of EBSCO Spring Company and allow the company to function as efficiently as possible. In his most recent read, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harish, Todd P. has been discovering how the industry greats got to be so great. Though there is a whole industry "what you must do to succeed" style books in the business section of your local bookstore, Todd P. concedes that he does not believe reading every one of these is exactly required; rather, they are sources for business ideas that can prove to be helpful depending on the business scenario. 


To read up more on business reads, check out Todd P's latest blog here. For the finest springs the market has to offer, trust nothing else but the quality springs from EBSCO Spring Company. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More Walk and Less Talk

In the latest blog post of Todd P, C.O.O. of EBSCO Spring company, Todd discusses how the concept of lean cannot be blindly implemented for the betterment of company operations, but rather has to be a hands-on process that is custom fit to each company that implements it. Many companies that attempt to put lean to work for them without working on the process itself end up making disastrous decisions that actually fail to benefit from putting such practices in place. To learn more about where EBSCO Spring Company is headed and about the importance of team-building and getting everyone on board with such practices, check out Todd's blog for regular updates. To see how to make the best springs work for your company, visit the official website of the EBSCO Spring Company.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Edge of Your Seat Excitement

Here at EBSCO Spring Company, we believe that springs can accomplish more. If you don't believe us, watch this video of a determined spring on a treadmill.

What Makes a Blogger?

In EBSCO Spring Company's C.O.O. Todd P.'s post, he discusses the differences between a trained writer and a blogger while attempting to determine whether or not there is much of a difference at all. As he continues in his post, Todd explores the elements that make a blog worth reading and attempts to find the root of the reason why a reader chooses the blog of someone not trained as a writer who might have life experience to pull from versus a classically trained writer with very few life experiences to go on. Would people read Hemingway's blog ramblings? What actually sets the writer aside from the blogger beyond proper grammar and good diction? To read more, check out Todd's blog. For more information on one of the best spring companies around, check out the official site of EBSCO Spring Company.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Blog About A Blog About Blogging

In his most recent blog post, C.O.O. Todd P. of EBSCO Spring gives his two cents on the world of blogging. The web log (aka: "blog") came to popularity in the late 1990s with a whole rush of publishing sites hit the internet and anyone with the capability to write and click "send" could suddenly have their own blog. As time has progressed, blogs have become a main source of news for many and a key tool for communicating ideas to the masses.

Many sites employ writers who specialize in conveying company news, updates, and content relevant to the company for the public to consume. In such a rare occasion that an actual executive of a company has a hand in creating compelling content relevant to the company they are employed by, but EBSCO Spring happens to have such a talented writer in Todd. P., C.O.O. and blogger extraordinaire. To read more thoughts of Todd P., log on to his blog. For more information EBSCO Spring, be sure to log on to their website.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lean-er & Meaner: EBSCO Spring Jumps Into the Future of Lean

Rebuilding lean from the ground up, EBSCO Spring is proud to announce the assembling of a new team to assess how lean practices are being put to work in the production of EBSCO spring and what the company can be doing differently. With many companies tackling a lean production philosophy based on the lean methods used by such companies as Toyota only to not see much change, EBSCO is dedicated to the lean philosophy in their production of springs with radical changes in order make these changes stick. EBSCO understands the differences between their shop and the Japanese Fortune 500 giant Toyota car manufacturer, but also sees how similar lean practices can help increase the efficiency in the plant. To read up on more of what EBSCO Spring Company is doing to make lean practices a reality, check out C.O.O. Todd P's blog here. To learn more about the expanding EBSCO Spring company, log on to the official website of EBSCO Spring.

Monday, April 30, 2012

An End To "Shoot First. Agree To Terms & Conditions Later"

In this modern age of social media and SEO (search engine optimization), the internet has completely reshaped the face of marketing. With this shift to the digital side of marketing comes a whole new set of legal challenges the likes of which the world has never seen. As sites stack on pages upon pages of terms of agreement for use that hardly any of its users actually take the time to read, what user info can be used for what purpose has really caused a stir and businesses are taking notice. Because businesses are usually on the hook for most alleged mishandling of user information which users may or may not have agreed to in the terms of service, businesses are beefing up their legal teams to brace the impact that might occur. For more on EBSCO Spring Company's journey into the world of social networking, SEO, and the legal implications involved, check out COO Todd P's blog. For even more the provider of excellent springs for various uses, check out of the official site of EBSCO Spring Company.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How Springs Changed Rock-n-Roll

Though many consider springs to be a relatively boring subject, these very seemingly simple devices have been entrusted with the task of making sure our lives go smoothly... literally. From the suspension systems in our cars cushioning the blow of every rough spot and pot hole we hit on the way to work to the door knob that let you in your office door, cushioning your duff in your office chair, and pushing your computer's keyboard keys back up after you push them down (otherwise, this blog entry would just read "TTTTTTTTTT..."), springs have allowed us to bounce back from mechanical dilemmas; both figuratively and physically. Did also you know that springs are also responsible for some of your favorite musical sounds? Though many different musical instruments contain springs, from most every woodwind instrument to the valves in a brass instrument, this post will be focusing on an integral component of rock-n-roll sound; spring reverberation.

In the 1935, the Laurens Hammond Organ hit the market. For the first time, anyone could have the sound of an organ in their living rooms or a smaller venue. Before this time, listeners had only been used to hearing such sounds from full pipe organs that filled large churches and concert halls. Part of the appeal of a traditonal organ was its huge sound that would bounce off the walls of cathedrals and amphitheaters to give the listener the effect that the room itself was generating the monstrous sound of a full pipe organ. With most people's homes being small, carpeted rooms with draperies and other sound-absorbing elements, what was to be replicating the large resonating sound of a pipe organ was reduced to a small, tin-sounding keyboard. 

To expand the sound and give the listener the illusion of resonance, the Hammond Organ Company borrowed some sound-enhancing technology from the Bell Phone Company to enlarge the tone of their organs. The device was a series of dampening springs contained in long oil-filled tubes that controlled the decay length of the sound. By expanding the sound-decay replication device to be amplified through larger speakers, spring reverberation (or spring reverb, as its known in modern times) was born. Overtime, the long tubes were redesigned to fit into more compact spaces which expanded their application beyond the world of the organ. 

Because of their compact size and uncanny ability to simulate the resonance of a larger venue from a small amplifier, Fender Electric Instrument Company decided to install the spring reverb device in some of their models of amplifiers. The most popular of these amplifiers were the Fender Twin Reverb and the Fender Super Reverb. In addition to simulating resonance and generating swelling sounds, spring verb also had a side effect of a loud thunderous crash when amplifiers were shaken, rocked, or dropped due to the internal springs colliding with the tubes and other components inside the amplifier. Once posing an ear-ache from bumped organs in smaller churches, the progression of heavier, grittier sound in rock-n-roll music actually had musicians seeking after the roaring crash from a spring reverb pushed through an overdriven speaker. Famous rock bands like The Who and others were known to purposely rattle amplifiers to awaken the booming crash of the spring reverb.


Though digital synthesizers have taken the place of many spring reverb sounds in modern music, there has been a great longing for the unique swells and ringing spring tones that modern technology hasn't been able to completely reproduce. Even for many younger musicians who were born after the invention of digital reverb, their ears have been trained to crave the organic sound of real spring reverberation from listening to recordings of some of the pioneers of rock-n-roll and rhythm-and-blues music. The raw sound of real spring reverberation will always be a crucial ingredient in the history of rock-n-roll sound. 

For more on superior spring products and support, be sure to check out EBSCO Spring Company for springs that rock. 


Friday, April 20, 2012

We've been growing more and more accustomed to acronyms as names for many devices, services, types of media, and beyond. From the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to types of media, like the Joint Photographic Experts Group which brought the world the JPEG and the very convenient Portable Document Format (PDF). Is this shift to using acronyms more prominent because we're lazier as a society? Is it because we want to be more descriptive with our terms, while keeping their names short so they're easy to recite and use? Explore these line of thinking with Todd P, EBSCO Spring Company COO on his blog and be sure to spot by EBSCO Spring Company's website and see everything that springs do for you on a daily, even hourly basis.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In Todd P (COO of EBSCO Spring Company)'s latest blog, he brings you the lean on the concept of Lean. Though many a book as been written on the complex subject, Todd explains that the concept is as simple as it sounds and really boils down to common sense around the work place. Still, with this seemingly-obvious approach to business, incorporating Lean business practices is really a team effort. It is for this reason that Todd is proud that EBSCO Spring Company has been implementing a system of training their employees on what it means to operate as a Lean mean team. For more on Todd's adventures in the land of Lean and what he plans on doing with EBSCO Spring Company, click here to read his blog. For the latest happenings with EBSCO Spring, be sure and check out their official site frequent to stay up to date on new with the company.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Springs are all around us and integral in the devices we use everyday; from our cars, toys, beds, phones, computers, and beyond. While this excites us here at EBSCO Spring to no end, this might not be as captivating to the average reader. Never to fear, Todd P, COO of EBSCO Spring Company, is here to show pull back the curtain on the wide world of springs that you never even thought to think about. As technology goes more and more towards less and less moving parts, springs still play an extremely necessary purpose in even some of the most high-tech devices with the fewest moving parts. Here to bring an extremely interesting twist (no pun intended) on how the world of springs impacts your world, check out Todd's latest blog. As always, for a superior spring for every purpose, be sure to check in with the experts at EBSCO Spring Company.

Monday, March 26, 2012

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

It is the innovators of today that we ought to thank for the modern conveniences and technology that we use on a daily basis that make our lives more simple, but even more so, we should be thanking all the innovators that preceded them. Innovation is not about coming up with a completely new concept, but using what currently exists in a radically new way in order to meet the needs of a changing world. According to Todd Pfeifer, COO of EBSCO Spring, on his latest blog, the only thing new about the innovation today might be the new way of revamping a pre-existing concept for modern use. 
"Innovation is the art of listening to what the people want and then looking at all the elements out there to create the right combination to meet those wants."
 For more on this concept, check out Todd's blog through EBSCO Spring. For the finest in springs and their countless uses, visit for your friends at EBSCO Spring for more information.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Let's Spring It Back: A Brief History of Springs

Though we at EBSCO like to look more towards the future in springs, we also feel it’s important to take a look in the past. Today, springs are used in many items we use every day, but the concept of the spring has been utilized by humans since the invention of the first bow and arrow; the bow essentially being a large spring used to launch an arrow through the air. So, from the time of the caveman till this modern age of robot technology, we’ve always been looking to the device that gives back…literally.

Though the most basic spring was a bow and arrow, the groundwork for modern-day springs was laid down by civilization's need for transportation. Some of the first springs found by archeologists were found on King Tut’s chariot some 1,300 years before the Common Era. Not everyone could afford the King’s suspension, but the King had a cushier ride than most. The Romans took spring-suspension a little bit further and finally, the first steel suspension system was invented by the French in the 1700’s.

Like many technological innovations, the next came about by way of defense as the famous Leonardo da Vinci invented a mechanism that allowed for a firearm to be triggered with one hand behind your back. This took place by winding a steel wheel that was wound on a spring to be released and make contact with a piece of iron pyrite to spark the gun powder in the pan. This later evolved into a hammer and firing pin which is still utilized in all firearms to this day.

As history progressed and civilization thrived, so did the need to keep better track of time.  Around the late 17th Century, Christian Huygens invented the first balanced spring to power the first generation of timepieces. Pocket watches remained the popular fashion for time-keepers until the wristwatch took off around World War I.

Today, springs are used in everything from staplers to medical robots and outer space exploration, but the technology has been in use since the dawn of civilization. For more on what springs can do for you, check out EBSCO Spring for more info. 

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