Technical Articles

Smalley has published these technical articles:

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Smalley wave springs offer the unique advantage of space savings when used to replace coil springs....
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about wave spring available deflection...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about groove geometry and dimensions....
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about wave spring substitutions, wave...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog. This week, our experts answer some questions about retaining ring gaps and improving the performance of a retaining ring in a high RPM application....
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about the performance characteristics...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field a question about tools for the installation and...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about Spirolox retaining rings,...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about different uses of Smalley springs...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about retaining rings. Specifically,...
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Unlike salespeople, Sales Engineers are engineers first. Smalley Sales Engineers use their technical expertise to steer you in the direction of the products that will best suit your needs instead of...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert blog, the blog is designed to help educate you on all things rings and wave springs. This week, the expert fields some questions about design specifics of wave...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert blog, the blog is designed to help educate you on all things rings and wave springs. This week, the expert fields some questions about the performance of gap type...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert blog, the blog is designed to help educate you on all things rings and wave springs. This week, the expert fields some questions on the cycle life of wave springs...
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Sales Engineers are different from salespeople in that a Sales Engineer is an engineer first. A salesperson might try to steer you toward the most expensive option, regardless of your needs. A Sales...
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Smalley Wave Springs are a series of flat wire compression springs offering numerous functional advantages over traditional coil or compression springs. While providing the same force and deflection...
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When examining potential uses for Smalley's versatile wave springs, usually Aerospace, Automotive and Medical applications come to mind. Granted there are probably thousands of designs where wave...
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Wave springs feature an innovative design that can replace traditional coil springs....
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Welcome back to the Smalley Ask the Expert Blog. This week, our engineers answer questions about corrosion resistant plating and titanium retaining rings and wave springs....
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Welcome to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineering experts answer questions about retaining ring and wave spring design and performance. This week, our engineers answer questions about Hoopster...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about Spirolox retaining...
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We are back this week with another Ask the Expert Blog, where Smalley experts answer difficult questions about retaining ring and wave spring design. This week, our engineering experts answer some...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked reataining ring and wave spring design questions. This week, our experts take some questions about retaining ring...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about interchangeable retaining rings...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questions. This week, our experts field some questions about ring alterations, ring materials,...
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We are back this week with another Ask the Expert Blog, where Smalley engineering experts answer difficult questions about retaining ring, snap ring and wave spring design. This week, our engineering...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert Blog, where Smalley engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring design questions. This week, our engineering experts answer some questions about...
(Fastening and Joining)
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If you have never heard of edgewound fasteners or are not familiar with the edgewinding process, you might want to keep reading. This little known but very interesting process is not even a topic...
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The most common wave-spring configurations are single-turn and multiturn "Crest-to-Crest" springs. Single turn springs describe a single circle with a gap or slightly overlapped ends. When compressed...
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Smalley engineers have seen and heard it all when it comes to retaining rings, so who better to ask about the best ring for your application than the experts themselves. From materials, to size,...
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Spirolox retaining rings are used to serve as a removable shoulder within an assembly. These rings not only work to retain components in an assembly when installed in a groove, they are also designed...
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Smalley retaining rings eliminate the protruding ears that can interfere with the assembly while providing a 360-degree retaining surface. Their unique design means no special tools are required....
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Drills, saws, sanders, and grinders - what do all of these power tools have in common? Retaining rings keep them from falling apart. A retaining ring's function is to hold components or assemblies in...
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malley's wave springs are unique flat wire compression springs that replace traditional coil springs in load-bearing applications. The thin, crest-to-crest design of Smalley's wave springs reduces...
(Industrial Hardware)
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Smalley retaining rings are groove interchangeable with stamped rings, but they have No Ears To Interfere® with assemblies. These features permit them to fit into an internal and external groove...
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Smalley’s new Nested Spirawave® Wave Springs can be used in applications across many different industries. They are used to replace a stack of single-turn wave springs or when a...
(Automotive Equipment and Products)
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Smalley offers an array of standard retaining rings for different applications. Selecting the appropriate ring requires an understanding of the application requirements, which includes thrust load,...
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Bolts are a common fastener used to connect two or more components in an assembly. Although bolts can be used as an inexpensive method of assembly, Smalley Spirolox® Retaining Rings can be used...
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There are two types of bearing preload: fixed and spring. In fixed bearing preload, the position of the inner and outer races of each bearing is mechanically fixed using either a dead weight (adhesive...
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It's important to know to how to properly measure a wave spring's free height in order to verify that you are using the correct part for your application. When done correctly, it can also save...
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We are back with another Ask the Expert Blog entry. This week, our retaining ring, spring and snap ring experts answer a couple questions about Linear Springs and Laminar Seal Rings. If you have your...
(Trade and Standards Organizations)
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Smalley's Expert Engineers answer questions about NACE compliance....
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Smalley Engineers answer questions about minimum work height, load, and spring rate....
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Welcome back to the Smalley Ask the Expert Blog, where our engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring questions. This week, our engineers answer questions about snap ring and...
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Welcome back to the Ask the Expert blog. The blog is designed to help educate you on all things retaining rings and wave springs. This week, we talk about tensile strength and why it's important in...
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The diameter of a wave spring will grow with compression. This is also referred to as diameter expansion, and all Crest-to-Crest®, gap, overlap, Nested, and WAVO® springs will function in...
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Q & A about designing retaining rings and wave springs...
(Industrial Hardware)
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Smalley is pleased to announce the expansion of our Bearing Preload Series. The SSB series is a popular choice among engineers, the single turn wave spring helps eliminate bearing play and minimize...
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Article explaining the uses of Smalley's Nested Wave Springs...
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Smalley retaining rings and wave springs can be manufactured in many different types of alloys. Each of these materials has specific properties which make them appropriate for use....
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Designing a custom ring or spring with Smalley is efficient and economical due to our No Tooling Cost™ manufacturing process. Because we edgewind our parts from flat wire, we can create...
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Smalley has become The Engineer's Choice® in Retaining Rings and Wave springs not just because we were the originators of the technology, but because our engineers work directly with you to...
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DIN standards are documents that specify requirements for products and outline required characteristics which were developed by the DIN Consumer Committee, which resides in Germany. The DIN Consumer...
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Learn more about Smalley retaining rings through our frequently asked questions....
(Automotive Services)
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Smalley has again been awarded the GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. This accolade is awarded only after a supplier passes a rigorous quality audit that covers every...
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You wouldn't drive without a seatbelt, so why would you preload a bearing without a Smalley single-turn wave spring? Let's back up to the basics of bearing preload. A bearing is designed to move...
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Corrosion is a naturally occurring process that causes gradual degradation of materials. Corrosion can be categorized into general and localized corrosion. General corrosion results in uniform...
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I've found the perfect retaining ring or wave spring, but how do I get it here? The logistics of shipping and packaging can be a headache when you're working with components of all sorts of shapes,...
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Spirolox® Retaining Rings are specified to literally retain components within a bore or shaft. What sets them apart from other retaining rings on the market is that they are designed with "No...
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Smalley is proud to announce the first standard line of nested wave springs on the market. Though we have offered Nested Spirawave springs as a custom for 30 years, they will now be available from...
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After finding the right retaining ring or wave spring for your application you would think you had made all the hard decisions. Wrong! Now you need to choose the right material for your application!...
(Business and Professional Services)
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At Smalley, we believe engineers should work with engineers. For more than 50 years, Smalley has been the industry leader and technological pioneer of retaining rings and wave springs, partnering with...
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Smalley has recently added MP35N to the expansive list of materials in which our Retaining Rings and Wave Springs can be manufactured. This unique material was added to our production capabilities...
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Internal retaining rings act as a removable shoulder within a bore/housing. These internal rings come in a variety of configurations. For applications that require an internal retaining ring, Smalley...
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In addition to standard Spirolox® retaining rings, Smalley can also manufacture them with a unique self-locking provision. These self-locking rings are ideal for applications with high rotational...
(Fastening and Joining)
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1. Why are there so many different types of retaining and constant section (snap) rings? 2. What type of retaining ring should I use for my application? This blog covers the main types of retaining...
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As a leading supplier to the medical industry, Smalley provides products and engineering expertise to support our customers worldwide, including the needs of the essential businesses that we supply....
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Learn more about Smalley through some of our commonly asked questions, including the industries we serve world wide and our manufacturing process....
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Quality parts make for an exceptional medical device. For many years, Smalley has been a trusted supplier to the medical industry. Our recent certification to ISO 13485 is another indicator of our...
(Fastening and Joining)
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Smalley remains open and operational at all of our global facilities. Smalley continues to urgently provide the products and engineering expertise needed to support our current and new customers,...
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Smalley leads the way in designing and manufacturing retaining rings and wave springs. We have developed an interactive, parametrically drawn, CAD library. This library provides information about our...
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Whether you need added corrosion resistance or simply want to change the appearance of your part, Smalley has a wide range of finishing processes to ensure that your retaining rings and springs...
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Smalley strives to provide you with the best customer service possible. This is why we strive to be the best in the industry when it comes to getting your order delivered as quickly as possible,...
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Smalley Spirolox Retaining Rings are the trusted industry solution because of their unique configuration, reliability, and convenience across thousands of applications. While we have five standard...
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Smalley now offers "standard" assembly tooling for the installation of Spirolox retaining rings. Each Assembly Tool is designed to facilitate loading a specific ring size ring in a housing or on a...
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Rings and springs may not sound glamorous or interesting but it's a critical component in millions of products that you encounter every day and has been our passion for over 50 years now. As the...
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What are some advantages of using edgewinding?...
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Wave springs are superior to coil springs in certain applications because they operate at lower work heights while providing the same force. This article will explore the technical benefits of using a...
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However, adding a wave spring to your design toolkit can open up a world of new and innovative possibilities. Knowing when to use a wave spring and understanding the value it brings can take your...
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In an ideal world, you could build the best possible designs with standard parts. However, this is not always a reality, especially when certain specifications are a critical aspect of your...
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You order a standard Crest-to-Crest spring, C100-H7, which has a free height of 1.00" and carries a 25 lbs. load at a working height of 0.541". The spring had the dimensions you were looking for in...
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While finding the best possible design solution can be challenging, knowing what options are available can make it easier for you. One option Smalley provides is a wave spring. A wave spring, a type...
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Both wave springs and traditional coil springs fall under the category of compression springs. While the primary function is to provide axial load, wave springs have a few key differences and...
(Fastening and Joining)
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Nails, screws, nuts, bolts, pins- the list goes on. What do these all have in common? They hold things together. When you staple a piece of paper or hang a painting on a wall, you're joining two...
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Spirolox retaining rings are one of our most popular and unique products. As heavily detailed in our eBook, Why It Pays to Switch to Spirolox, this exclusive design offers advantages unavailable...
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Q & A about wave spring rates...