What is a retainer ring used for?
Retaining rings are used to hold components onto a shaft or into a bore. The smooth, round finish of most shafts or bores makes them difficult to attach to with alternative methods, whereas retaining rings clamp around them and create a shoulder that keeps parts in place.
How do I know what size my circlip is?
How Do You Measure External Circlip Size? When measuring the size of an external circlip, you should measure the nominal size of the groove diameter. Do not measure the shaft diameter as this will result in an inaccurate measurement when comparing external circlip sizes.
How are retainer rings made?
These rings are manufactured by coiling flat wire into the shape of the finished retaining ring. Spiral rings are provided with a removal notch to simplify the removal process. Spiral retaining rings can be economically produced in special alloys like stainless steel because the manufacturing process eliminates scrap.
What is the difference between a snap ring and a retaining ring?
There really isn’t a difference. Snap-ring and retaining ring such as # 410-21 are two names for the same thing. If your tail light looks like # ST40RB then use # A40SRB.
What are the most commonly used retaining ring fasteners?
Spring steel – The most commonly used material. Stainless steel – Includes steel alloys, bronze and plastics.
What can I use instead of a circlip?
Needle nose pliers are very similar in appearance to circlip pliers, and some people will use them in the same way for removing or installing internal circlips. If the pliers are strong enough, and the circlip is not too strong, they can work in a similar way to internal circlip pliers.
What are the two types of retaining rings?
The 4 key retaining rings types are tapered section, constant section, spiral, and circular push‑on.
What can I use instead of a retaining ring?
SET SCREW COLLARS. Shaft collars are used to position and retain parts on a shaft. However, they are bulky and expensive; the set screw can also dig into the shaft when tightened causing damage. These collars can be replaced by machining a groove an using a retaining ring.