What is a grooved pin?
A grooved pin, also known as a groove pin or a spring pin, is a type of fastener used to secure two or more components together. It consists of a cylindrical body with one or more longitudinal grooves running along its length. The grooves allow the pin to compress slightly, providing a degree of flexibility when inserted into a hole.
What are groove pins used for?
Groove pins are commonly used for alignment, retention, and joining of mechanical components. They are particularly useful in applications where there may be slight misalignment or where disassembly and reassembly are required. Groove pins are often used in machinery, automotive assemblies, appliances, and various other industrial applications.
How do grooved pins work?
Groove pins work by utilizing the spring-like action of their grooves. When a grooved pin is inserted into a properly sized hole, the compressed sections of the pin expand within the hole, creating a tight and secure fit. The grooves provide flexibility, allowing the pin to absorb shock and vibration, while still maintaining the connection between the components.
What is the difference between a groove pin and a dowel pin?
Groove pins and dowel pins have different shapes. Groove pins have longitudinal grooves along their length, while dowel pins are typically cylindrical with no grooves. Groove pins offer a degree of flexibility due to their grooves, allowing them to absorb shock and vibration. Dowel pins, on the other hand, are rigid and provide more precise alignment.