Smalley Steel Ring Company Introduces New Metric Hoopster® Retaining Rings
LAKE ZURICH, Ill.—The new Metric Hoopster Retaining Rings recently launched by Smalley Steel Ring Company are reported to offer an innovative way to retain mechanical components when space is a problem. According to a press release from the manufacturer, the Hoopster's minimal radial projection and shallow groove depth enable it to fit where regular stamped rings and retaining rings cannot. And due to its low profile, precision circularity, and small radial size, the Hoopster is an unobtrusive component in an assembly, the company says.
Hoopster Retaining Rings are suitable for light to heavy loads and are said to be "ideal for thin wall tubes." An additional advantage of the Hoopster, according to Smalley, is its potential for high thrust capacity. Unlike conventional retaining rings, the low radial profile reportedly will not twist or deform under load.
As an extension to Smalley's popular Hoopster Retaining Rings, the new metric series offers engineers added design flexibility. Over 150 new rings are available from 10 mm to 76 mm in carbon and 302 stainless steel.
Hoopster Retaining Rings are said to be easy to install and remove without any special tools. Specials can be made with No-Tooling-ChargesTM. Internal housing rings are available with an optional bent end (removal provision) to simplify the process.
Smalley Steel Ring (www.smalley.com) offers more information on the Metric Hoopster Retaining Rings in a new catalog supplement that includes part numbers and material options. The company, a prominent manufacturer and developer of Spirolox® Retaining Rings, Constant Section Rings, Snap Rings, and Smalley Wave Springs, offers thousands of standard configurations and does not charge for tooling of non-standard sizes. In most cases, Smalley can provide special orders in as little as one to two weeks, according to the company. International standards of excellence met by the company include ISO 9001, ISO/TS16949, AS9100, and ISO 14001.
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