Smalley's Hoopster(R) Retaining Rings offer an innovative way to retain mechanical components when space is a problem. Hoopster Rings have a minimal radial projection and a shallow groove depth. The low-profile Hoopsters are ideal for applications with thin wall cylinders. The ring ends flex for simplified assembly and removal with no special tools required.
Hoopster rings fit into much shallower grooves than regular snap rings or retaining rings, allowing them to be an unobtrusive component in an assembly. Hoopster Retaining Rings are suitable for light to medium loads and are ideal for thin wall tubes. An additional advantage of the Hoopster is its potential for high thrust capacity. The low radial profile will not twist or deform under load as with conventional retaining rings. Hoopster Retaining Rings are easily installed without special tools.
They have a low profile and radial projection is minimal. Hoopster rings are available in sizes from 3/8 to 3 inch, and stocked in both carbon and 302 stainless steel. Hoopster Retaining Rings are coiled from flat wire, not stamped. For more information, go tohttp://designnews.hotims.com/27742-533.