Detent pin range grows 25 April 2024

WDS detent pins are a quick and easy way to locate and secure an application in place. WDS Components has extended its range of detent pins, adding over 400 new models that cover a vast range of styles, materials, and sizes.

The Leeds manufacturer and supplier of standard parts and components offers the largest range of detent pins available in the UK. As well as economical designs, WDS also provides stainless steel detent pins, and now, hardened steel models as well.

The quick release ball locking pin uses two spring-loaded ball bearings to prevent the pin from working free from the application. Ideal when a quick connection fastener is required, detent pins offer greater convenience than a nut and bolt and provide a reliable and accurate connection.

The fasteners can be used as a safety shut-off mechanism for machinery, and they’re commonly used in applications such as gantries to configure and secure the layout of beams. As a quick and simple way of connecting industrial plates, detent pins can also couple light duty towing equipment, or can be used to secure doors or hatches.

Available in 316 stainless steel, WDS detent pins are suitable for long-term use in corrosive environments. This includes food and beverage preparation areas that are subject to aggressive chemical washdowns, as well as marine environments, and outdoor use including agricultural applications.

Now, a heavy-duty hardened stainless steel 17-4 PH detent pin range is also available from WDS. As strong as using a traditional fastener, these designs include the torsional resistance properties of steel, with a corrosion-protected surface that also adds resilience to marking or denting. WDS also provides zinc-plated steel detent pins, providing strength with an anti-corrosion coating at an economical price point.

Numerous styles of detent pin are available, ranging from a simple shank, through to handled versions featuring grips such as T handles and ball knobs. Handles are also available in different materials, from nylon through to stainless steel, as well as various colours, including polished metallic finishes. Designs can also include a keyring, enabling attachment of a label or lanyard.

An array of sizes is available, ranging from 5mm diameter up to 12mm, and a variety of detent pin lengths extend up to 120mm, making them suitable for equipment such as gym machinery for the retention of weights.

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.