Welcome to Associated Spring
Since 1857, Engineering Innovative Precision Spring & Stamping Solutions
Associated Spring, a business of Barnes Group Inc., is a pioneer, leader & innovator in the engineered spring & precision metal component manufacturing industry with facilities strategically located across the globe.
With our engineering capability & manufacturing expertise, we solve complex (product, process) design challenges & help you achieve increased performance & optimal lifecycle costs. Our springs are critical in applications across multiple industries from Transportation to Aerospace, Construction, Medical, Energy, Telecommunications, Industrial, Consumer Goods & others.
Contact us today to find out how Associated Spring can help your business.
Retaining Rings & Snap Rings
Retaining rings, also referred to as snap rings, primarily provide shoulders to locate or retain parts on shafts or in cylinders. Advantages of retaining rings are their economy of manufacture, ease of assembly and accuracy of positioning as compared to threaded fasteners.
The two major categories of retaining rings are internal and external:
- External retaining rings are assembled over a shaft
- Internal rings are assembled in a cylinder
Special application rings can be produced in a wide range of sizes from a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous materials as well as various material shapes.
Associated Spring is capable of manufacturing custom retaining rings in a multitude of sizes with oblique configurations in the free-state to maximize ring concentricity in the groove at the installed position. For applications requiring axial load in addition to the radial load at the installed position, we can manufacture custom retaining rings with axial waves to meet both requirements.
We are also capable of engineering and manufacturing retaining rings with special end configurations and tabs to locate the retaining ring within the assembly and prevent ring rotation in the application.
How to Specify:
A blueprint or sketch is the best way to specify your retaining ring/snap ring requirements. Consultation with Associated Spring engineers early in the design stage will often result in lifecycle cost optimization.
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