Tapered Section Retaining Rings
Tapered Section Retaining Rings are the most common type of retaining ring in use today. They are manufactured by stamping rolled steel into the finished shape, or by coiling rectangular section wire and then cutting out the taper and lug holes. The tapered section gives these rings the flexibility to be installed using a retaining ring plier. Also, the heavy cross section of these retaining rings allow them to have high thrust load capacities.
Circular Push-On Rings
Circular Push-On Rings are ideal in situations where: a.) No groove is present, and b.) Low thrust load capacity is required. Push-On rings require no groove. Their prongs cling to the bore or shaft creating a shoulder to hold low amounts of force.
Constant Section Retaining Rings
Constant Section Retaining Rings are manufactured by coiling heavy section wire. This process yields a retaining ring that supports high thrust loads. Plier type tools are available to ease installation on some series of rings. Many material and finish choices are available and custom designs typically do not require any custom tooling, so specials are very economical to produce.
Radial Retaining Rings
Radial Retaining Rings are often referred to as "C" or "E" rings. Radial rings ease assembly and are ideal in situations where low to medium thrust loads exist. To further ease installation, applicators and dispensers are available.
Spiral Wound Retaining Rings
Spiral Wound Retaining Rings are manufactured by coiling thin section flat wire. This process yields a retaining that supports medium to high thrust loads and still remains flexible enough to be installed by hand. Spiral rings offer engineers more clearance than rings which have removal lugs, so if clearance diameter is a concern, then a spiral ring should fit the bill. Most spiral rings are designed with multiple turns, producing a full 360 degree retaining shoulder. Many material and finish choices are available and custom designs typically do not require any custom tooling, so specials are very economical to produce.
Certain series have sizes available down to 1/4 inch. Please call if you require a size that is smaller than sizes listed.
Metric Retaining Rings
Metric Retaining Rings are available to fit bores from xmm to xmm, and to fit shafts from xmm to xmm. There are many styles available in including tapered bore, radially installed, spiral wound and styles to fit metric size bearings. If you do not find the size or style you need listed on this site, please call us and allow us to search for a ring that will fit your needs.
We also carry Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) Retaining Rings, Military Spec Retaining Rings, Special Retaining Rings and can make Custom Retaining Rings. Contact us for more details!