All Smalley retaining rings, wave springs and constant section rings are manufactured with our unique edgewinding process. This eliminates any tooling charges, greatly increases design flexibility and reduces lead times as dies do not have to be produced.
Retaining Rings - Unlike die-stamped circlips/ retaining rings, Spirolox Retaining Rings are coiled to the exact diameter required. They have a uniform cross-section—or, to use our terminology, “No Ears to Interfere” within an assembly—and are free of burrs. Spirolox Retaining Rings meet military and aerospace specifications and are found in thousands of mechanical products around the world.
Wave Springs - Wave springs are precise flat wire compression springs that fit into assemblies where space is at a premium. Since the overall lengths and operating heights of wave springs are lower than those of conventional round wire springs, they will often reduce the size of the spring cavity by as much as 50%. Of course, this will also reduce the weight and raw material cost of the assembly