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Safety Audit Program

SMI offers an economical Safety Audit program that helps companies address the unique safety concerns of the spring industry.

Spring Fundamentals 101

This video class is available to all visitors to the SMI website. Hold your cursor over the SERVICES tab above and choose "Spring Fundamentals 101" and it will take you to the video link. The class, instructed by SMI technical advisor Gary Van Buren, is approximately 25 minutes long.

Industry Data

The Spring Manufacturers Institute has developed a number of benchmarking surveys over the years, the results of which assist springmakers in almost every aspect of their business. Participating in them is the only way to obtain business data that pertains specifically to the spring industry.


Springs Advice and Metallurgical Services

SMI Technical Director Rick Gordon will respond to your metallurgical questions, such as those on fatigue life, corrosion problems and material related problems. He will manage and oversee processes for meeting your needs regarding failure analysis, to include sourcing reputable testing labs throughout North America.

SMI members receive two hours of Rick's time free of charge, after which his services are available for $200/hr. Nonmembers will be charged $300/hr. Rick can be reached at, or 574-514-9367.

SMI Technical Advisor Gary Van Buren will be available to assist members with design and problem-solving issues, including spring design and technical consultation; respond to technical emails and phone calls; and assist in upgrading Advanced Spring Design software. Gary can be reached at, or 440-206-6129.


Ask the Expert

If you are an SMI member or a company whose primary business is making springs, you are eligible to use the Technical Help Service free of charge.  If springmaking is not your company's primary business, you may be charged a consulting fee to use this service.


Find a Springmaker or Supplier

SMI offers a directory of all members to help you find a spring manufacturer or supplier. Visit the directory search page to find a company that meets your criteria.  

Our members are divided into the following regions:

1 - CN – Canada

2 - CHGO – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

3 - MI – Michigan

4 - MID-A – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, East Pennsylvania, Washington DC

5 - NE – Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

6 - P-O – Ohio, West Pennsylvania, West Virginia

7 - SE – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

8 - SW – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,  Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

9 - WEST – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming


Discounted Products

As a member of SMI, companies receives products at a discount. Available products include Advanced Spring Design Software, Handbook of Spring Design, Encyclopedia of Spring Design and more!  Click here to browse our online store.

Spring Manufacturers Institute, Inc.

2001 Midwest Road, Suite 106. | Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-1335 USA | Phone (630) 495-8588 | Fax (630) 495-8595