The Wavering is a spiral retaining ring with an axial wave form. Acting like a standard retaining ring with the additional feature of compressibility. Similar to a bowed circlip, with the added advantages of being able to offer precise loads, no lugs to interfere with other components, and a full 360° contact surface. Once assembled the WaveRing can reduce end-play, vibration and eliminate tolerance stack up in an assembly.
Designed to fit into a groove, the WaveRing from Smalley applies pressure in two directions; against the groove wall and against the mating components. Single, double or multiple turns in the WaveRing are possible, as well as a choice of materials. The following standard stocked parts are available in carbon steel or 17/7PH stainless steel.
Given the form of a retaining ring and the added functionality of a Wave Spring, the WaveRing both keeps the assembly together and preloads the bearing cage, eliminating vibration caused by high radial speeds.