Custom Made Wave Springs and Retaining Rings
Although Smalley has over 10,000 stock wave
springs and retaining rings to choose from, the uniqueness of
an application often demands that a spring or ring be
designed to application-specific requirements.
Retaining rings and wave springs are often the last design
consideration in an assembly and commonly have to fit in
restrictive spaces and need to provide critical operating
At Smalley, specials are standard. Having the ability
to easily specify non-standard sizes offers a preferred
option designers will often follow.
A common misconception of custom design is high cost. With Smalley's unique manufacturing process, application specific retaining rings or wave springs can be an economical solution for unique requirements. With Smalley's No-Tooling-Cost process, the company has the flexibility to quickly manufacture products of different diameter, thickness, material and finish at a minimal cost. This means that during the prototype stage alternative designs may be produced with no tooling modifications. It is not uncommon to produce one prototype for evaluation and subsequently make dimensional adjustments for a second single prototype. That's two setups, No-Tooling-Charges and a final product ready quickly and economically.
Smalley is vertically integrated with onsite material manufacturing and large warehouse. The company is able to produce custom rings or springs using a wide variety of readily available materials or can produce custom raw material sizes to meet delivery requirements. For customers who use just-in-time inventory control, Smalley offers stock parts for immediate shipment, ready for the next purchase order or blanket order release.
3) Rapid Lead Times
Whether you are looking for prototypes, short-runs or high volumes, Smalley's unique No-Tooling-Cost manufacturing process allows for special designs to be manufactured in a timely fashion. Since no special dies or forming tools are necessary for custom rings or springs, prototypes can be designed and produced in days, not weeks.
4) Engineering Support
Smalley specializes in the design, development and production
of custom retaining rings and wave/compression springs.
Design Engineers tailor a design to meet the exact characteristics necessary
for individual function.
5) Optimized Design
Smalley has developed sophisticated software that optimizes the variables in a given design. It considers both the dimensions of the product and the cost to produce the ring or spring. The typical analysis provides a product that performs to specification but does not over-design dimensions and/or materials that can raise costs. Because our No-Tooling-Cost process enables an almost infinite selection of dimensions, the software considers the relationships between maximum stress levels, product configurations and dimensions, and pushes the limits in the choices available for the best design. Based upon the criteria selected, Smalley engineers work with you to determine what design alternatives will work best for a particular application. By making simple design changes such as material thickness, radial wall, number of waves or different alloys, the design impacts can be quickly determined. This time-saving technology allows for correct parts to be manufactured quickly and ready to test.
In-house testing is performed on Smalley products to ensure they satisfy quality standards prior to shipment. Statistical Process Control, SPC, is performed on a sampling of parts to verify that critical dimensions are in control. Smalley also has the ability to test various application-specific performance characteristics such as cycle life.
7) Cross-Functional Teams
Housing both the manufacturing and office activities under one roof allows Smalley engineers to be involved in all aspects of support in the manufacturing process. From concept to production, Smalley engineers work with quality control, manufacturing, shipping and purchasing to ensure that the design and production process moves efficiently and effectively.
If you are currently considering using Smalley Retaining Rings or Wave Springs to replace an existing product, our engineering department will work with you to choose the best new design for your application. Send Smalley a sample of an existing ring or spring, drawings of the assembly or your design requirements, and we will engineer and provide new solutions for your consideration. Once an alternative design is presented, engineering will work with you to obtain exact prototypes or samples of similar products for evaluation and testing. Mid-Stream design changes can also be accomplished with relative ease. You can count on the flexibility of Smalley products for all your applications.
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