Another popular type of retaining ring configuration is the well known snap ring. Also produced by edge-winding with no special tooling charges, snap rings have been specified for many years in the automotive and heavy equipment industries as a standard choice for engineers. TFC have hundreds of standard snap rings in stock, in carbon steel and stainless steel and in both imperial and metric sizes. Special or custom designs can be produced quickly and economically utilising Smalley’s precision no-tooling cost manufacturing process.
Snap rings can withstand high forces and impact loads and are easily installed and removed from their internal or external grooves for field servicing.