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The Institute of Spring Technology
Who Are IST: A Profile

Published: 19 Sep, 2019

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The Institute of Spring Technology (IST) is recognised as the industry’s most authoritative and influential voice for spring design, manufacturing, training, testing, software and failure analysis. we are a unique centre of excellence for spring technology, enjoying an unrivaled pedigree and reputation stretching back to 1942.

We have a fantastic reputation for metallurgy and steel-making knowledge, it only seems right that home of the Institute of Spring Technology (IST) should be in Sheffield. We are right at the heart of the global spring making industry, covering all aspects of research and development, training, problem solving and testing.

Testing & Failure Analysis

Our independent test house offers a comprehensive range of specialist mechanical tests for all types of springs and non-spring components. One of the most popular tests is fatigue testing of compression, extension and torsion springs – the only true way to validate predicted life expectancy.

One of our other core services are spring failure analyses, where we pinpoint the root cause of failures so that you can seek to make improvements and avoid failures in the future. It is vital to fully understand a problem, and the role that the spring is trying to perform, this is why we offer a full problem-solving consultancy, looking at all aspects and uses of your springs.

We work daily with customers from a vast range of industries, especially:

  • Rail industry
  • Aerospace sector
  • Automotive manufacturing sector
  • Medical applications
  • Oil & Gas industry
  • Energy Applications
  • Transportation


In addition to consultancy, testing and training – we offer a state of the art design and validation software package, Spring Calculator Professional, that is used by spring manufactures, design engineers and end users worldwide. Spring Calculator Professional (SCP) assists in the design and validation of a wide range of spring types and makes use of a comprehensive database of materials and design standards that draw upon IST’s many years of experience in the field. SCP can predict the behaviour of a spring under different environmental and operating conditions. You can hone your design to see how it will perform under real-world conditions like limited space and visualise your work with 3D modelling and working animations. Easily evaluate the impact of changes in materials, design standards and parameters.

Our YouTube Channel is packed with video content about SCP, head over to discover what SCP can do to help you.


New to 2020 are our online training courses, adapted from our very popular classroom taught Practical Spring Design. Practical Spring Design online has been created for all those in the spring industry looking to learn more about spring design. During the high-impact, two day, online event we will cover the following topics:

  • Basic and advanced compression spring design
  • Extension and torsion spring design
  • Design using Spring Calculator Professional software
  • Application specific material selection
  • Spring failure and prevention

This course comes highly recommended by all those who attend and we are delighted to now offer it online. There will be lots of time for questions and answers with the tutors, and, you will be provided with the full PowerPoint presentation as well as a trial version of the Spring Calculator Professional software for the duration of the course.
We recommend this course for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of spring design and materials and is ideal for manufacturers, design engineers and end users.

Find out more

For more information on any of these services, please visit:

We’re open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 4.30 pm, you can call us on: 0114 276 0771 or email info@ist.org.uk where and our team will be happy to help.

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