Washers, Rings, & Pins
Maintain a Tight Fit with Washers, Rings, & Pins
There are many types of washers, including flat, lock, split, star, Belleville, and wave. Different types of washers have different uses. They can be made of aluminum, brass, stainless steel, nylon, bronze, alloy, and steel. The key is the application it is being used for.
There are three main types of retaining rings available, each of which may then be broken down into sub-types depending on the application needs:
- Axially assembled
- Radially assembled
Retaining dings can also come in various finishes and can be made of steel, stainless steel, and copper.
A steel pin—usually cylindrical—can keep machine parts in proper alignment or fasten them together.
Hardened and precisely shaped pins are used to keep machine components in accurate alignment; they are also used as location guides for adjacent machine parts and to keep the two sections of a punch and die in alignment.
In engineering practice, the following types of pins are generally used:
- Round pins
- Taper pins
- Dowel pins
- Split pins
Round and taper pins are simple cylindrical pins with or without a taper, and they offer effective means of fastening pulleys, gears, or levers to a shaft. They can be made of alloy, steel, and stainless steel.