The smallest wave springs on the market 25 April 2017

As engineers around the world design smaller and smaller assemblies, the question becomes, where can you find the compact components to support designs? To assist in reducing assembly size, weight and achieve optimum performance within design constraints?

Smalley states that it has the answer with its newly expanded Crest-to-Crest Wave Spring Series – available from TFC Ltd. The popular C (inches) and CM (metric) ranges now include standard sizes down to 0.188 inches and 5mm in diameter, with special designs being available down to 0.157 inches or 4mm in diameter.

Smalley was the originator of the Crest-to-Crest Wave Spring and set the standard when coiling springs as large as 12ft/3.6m in diameter. Over the past decade, Smalley's production team have concentrated on the other end of the scale to enhance their ability to produce smaller and smaller springs. The expanded spring series opens up possibilities for designers in the medical, electronics, computer and robotics industries, where wave springs could not fit before.

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.