A locking gas spring incorporates a mechanism to enable the rod to be locked at any point in its travel. A plunger that protrudes from the rod actuates this mechanism. When this plunger is depressed the rod is free to operate as normal. When the plunger is released, which may be at any point in the stroke, the rod is locked in that position. IGS offers three types of locking gas springs, with the following characteristics when locked:
FLEXIBLE good resistance to rod being pushed or pulled
RIGID IN TENSION no flex when rod is being pulled, slight flex when rod being pushed
RIGID IN COMPRESSION slight flex when rod being pulled, no flex when rod is being pushed
All three types of lockable gas springs have the same locking mechanism. This locking mechanism operates when the plunger rod is depressed by opening a valve in the piston. When the plunger rod is released the valve closes and the passage of oil or gas is prevented, locking the piston in that position. Medical gas springs
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