Design Engineering

Low profile retaining rings

Smalley Steel Ring Company, represented locally by ROTOprecision, has introduced Hoopster Retaining Rings.

October 20, 2009   Staff

Hoopster retaining rings fit into much shallower grooves than regular snap rings or retaining rings. The low profile, precision circularity and small radial size allow it to be an unobtrusive component in an assembly.

Hoopster retaining rings are suitable for light to heavy loads and are ideal for thin wall tubes. An additional advantage of the Hoopster is its potential for high thrust capacity. The low radial profile will not twist or deform under load as with conventional retaining rings. They are easily installed without special tools.

Standard sizes are stocked from ⅜" to 3" and offered in carbon and 302 stainless steel. Specials can be made with No-Tooling-Charges. Smalley offers complete information on Hoopster retaining rings including a new catalog supplement featuring part numbers and material options.


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