Radially installed retaining rings are designed for applications where installation needs to be radial, when axial installation is impossible due to interference from other components. By machining a groove onto the shaft and installing the ring, the shoulder will ensure components are held securely in place. Since these radial retaining rings don’t come with lug holes, special tools known as applicators and dispensers, as well as tailored packaging options can make quick work of installation.

retaining ring installed radially onto a shaft
Retaining ring applicator
Motor Retaining Ring

Application Examples

Radially installed rings are commonly used in industrial applications across all industries, where they provide a secure and efficient way to hold components in place.

Some common examples include:

  • Motors
  • Roof Racks
  • Emergency Brake Assemblies
  • Transmission Assemblies
  • Office Equipment
  • Escalator Assemblies
  • Wristwatches
  • Couplers & Tail lights


Retaining rings customized for your project

Standard or custom, coiled or stamped, our rings are engineered for you. Send us your application requirements.

Jeff Finkernagel
Director of Technical Sales EngineeringRotor Clip

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