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The Uses of Retaining Washers

Retaining washers guide cords, cables, wires, and chains in an assembled product. One hole allows the washer to be secured to other components using a screw or bolt. Another opening allows the line to be firmly attached to the washer, thus securing the line in the desired position. These simple devices have a number of important applications. Different materials and finishes allow manufacturers to create these products to fit their design needs and aesthetic expectations.

Applications for Retaining Washers

The properties of retaining washers make them ideal for industrial applications.

  • Flexible rings are easy to remove for maintenance and other production purposes. As part of the design, flexible washers allow enough movement to protect delicate mechanical parts.
  • Sturdy washers keep bolts, screws, and other components in place while keeping their shape.
  • Easy-to-install washers often ease the installation of other parts as well.

Retaining washers are an important part of many industries. In the automotive industry, manufacturers use these components to keep upright washers properly affixed. These components perform a number of vital tasks in industrial settings, from simple functions like securing screws to more advanced purposes like quarter-turn and wire guide assemblies.

Washer Types and Material Finishes

There are two main classifications for retaining washers:

  • Internal washers place protrusions in the center of the piece
  • External washers feature protrusions on the outer edges of the unit

The inside diameter of retaining washers are shaped to allow it to easily slide into place without compromising its ability to hold components in place. During the manufacturing process, the insides of washers are customized specifically for their intended use.

Metals used in the manufacture and finishing of retaining washers can be chosen to meet the requirements of the end product. Some of the more common manufacturing materials are:

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass

Popular finishes include:

  • Nickel
  • Zinc
  • Tin
  • Silver
  • Cadmium

Customized Retaining Washers for Use in Manufacturing

Retaining washers are a versatile component in a diverse range of industrial applications. These components can be customized with internal or external support from a number of popular production metals. The look and function of washers are further specialized with the addition of finishes.

New Process Fibre Company produces high-quality retaining washers that fit our clients’ exact specifications. Learn more about your customization options by downloading the Non-Metallic Material Selection and Properties Guide. This report will familiarize you with the possibilities of production. When you’re ready, contact our representatives for a free consultation on your project.

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