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Replacing Traditional Fasteners with Retaining Rings

The dynamics of a Rotor Clip Retaining Ring is simple: It is made from less material than traditional fasteners eliminating machined shoulders, threads, cover plates, heat formed studs, so you save...It is a quality part offering lot traceability, so you use your Rotor Clip Retaining Rings with confidence while you save!

Using a retaining ring to fasten your assembly instead of a traditional fastener not only REDUCES YOUR COSTS, but also SAVES THE ENVIRONMENT. Fewer parts, less material mean cost savings for you and less waste for the planet. Consider the following:


Machining this shoulder and screw threads onto a ½ inch cold-rolled steel shaft to accept a washer and nut retainer generated 0.021lbs. of waste (left).
Machining two grooves to accept SH-50 (1/2 inch) retaining rings produced just 0.003lbs. of waste and used correspondingly less cutting fluid (right).



Threads were machined into this housing to accept a cover plate and six bolts needed to retain the bearing (left). The machining as well as the bolts and plate were replaced by a single groove and one Rotor Clip internal retaining ring (right).



You could hold the shaft to the brace by drilling a hole through it, installing a washer and fastening the system with a cotter pin. Or, you could simply machine a groove onto the shaft and install a retaining ring (example on right). It creates a "shoulder" that retains the component or assembly.




Shaft collars are used to position and retain parts on a shaft. However, they are bulky and expensive; the set screw can also dig into the shaft when tightened causing damage. These collars can be replaced by machining a groove an using a retaining ring.



By using a Rotor Clip VHO retaining ring, engineers have erased the need for a bulky cover bolted to the main body of this E steering assembly. This allows the steering mechanism to be cut to almost the exact shape needed. Wasted space is wasted money, and those are two things noticeably absent from this design. Also, the beveled ring takes up end play and eliminates the need for shims.



Rotary unions perform the critical sealing function between fixed plumbing and machinery that is constantly rotating. Integral to this function is the inner cartridge, containing the seal and bearing, which must be periodically replaced. A threaded lock nut previously held the assembly in place. Removal required a special wrench.


The customer replaced the threads with a simple machined groove. A Rotor Clip internal retaining ring replaced the lock nut. With this improved design, a much less expensive fastener replaced a costly, machined part. It also saved time in assembly for the manufacturer and eliminated environmentally damaging waste from the machining process.



The following are a few examples of how industry uses Rotor Clip Retaining Rings:

SH retaining ring used on cam shaft assembly. E ring retains the cutters on a shaft used on a shredder. An HO ring retains the valve on this cast assembly.

CM spiral retaining ring on a circular saw.

An E ring retains a shaft of a toner cartridge.
Gear retention is a common appli- cation for SH retaining ring shown above. A bowed EL ring on a thermostat application. An inverted HOI ring retains a lens assembly. TX rings installed on the ends of metal shafts. HO rings in steering rack housings.
Beveled VHO ring in an automotive power steering assembly. A standard HO retaining ring on a piston. Self-locking TY ring on a cordless power drill. An RE ring holds the folding assembly and molded joints/ members for this automobile roof rack. Reinforced RE rings on an emergency brake assembly.

RE ring provides a shoulder to hold a protective sleeve on a transmission.

DHT ring in an automotive A/C compressor housing.

RG grip rings retain sections of this security gate.

SHR ring retains this plate on a tank tread linkage.

SH ring on an electric motor assembly.

HO ring in a rotary union housing. HO ring on in a wheel bearing protector. PO ring on an automotive shift cable coupler. SH ring retains a shaft on a hospital bed mechanism. SH ring on a dishwasher motor assembly.
CM spiral ring on an axle.

Tiny E rings hold a watch face in place.

KL sprial ring on a transmission cooling valve.

C ring used on an automotive tail light assembly.

TI ring used on a backup water restrictor of a faucet valve.


TI rings used on a toilet plunger application.

HOI ring on a linear bearing assembly.

VSH ring used on an automotive air conditioning compressor.

HO rings retain check valve assemblies on an air compressor.

Interlocking LC ring retains escalator assembly.

HO ring retains the valve of this fuel rail assembly. HO ring retains the bearing in the handle of a jump rope so that it can be easily replaced. PO ring features large shoulder abutments for effective retention of the shaft. RE retaining ring on a check valve assembly. Inverted SHI ring on a door knob assembly.
Two self-locking TX rings on an automotive steering wheel assembly. An SH ring hold assembly in place on housing of a garden tractor transmission. SH ring keeps a tight seal on the fitting of a vacuum chamber. SH ring used to hold components of this washing machine spin cycle shaft.  

WyEast Medical TotaLift II Transfer/Transport Medical Chair

WyEast medical replaced a flat head screw & special washer with a Rotor Clip E retaining rings and E-CAPS for shaft retention on their TotaLift II Transfer-Transport Chairs - resulting in over 60% in fastener cost savings.

WyEast has developed an E-Cap where the aesthetics of the application are a concern. Made of strong, nylon plastic, the cap can be molded in customer colors and can be electroplated. E-Caps are available in all standard E-clip sizes. For more information, visit



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