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The need for smaller retaining rings and springs in the medical, robotics, and electronic sectors has grown. Smalley continues to push the boundaries of coiling technology, producing the smallest wave springs and retaining rings on the market, stocking over 10,000 standards with diameters as small as .188” or 5 mm.

Smalley’s retaining ring and wave spring products are manufactured by edge-coiling flat wire to specified diameters, the ability to produce springs even up to 2,000mm has never been a problem but, when small diameters were needed, the limitations were more acute. However, over the past decade in particular, Smalley’s production team have greatly enhanced the ability to produce smaller and smaller springs. This has culminated in the recent expansion of our popular YC & YCM series down to 0.188 inches and 5 mm in diameter with bespoke retaining ring and spring designs being available down to 0.157 inches or 4mm in diameter.

Simon Ward, TFC’s Product Manager said “One of the chief reasons for having to decline projects in the past was the limitation on coiling diameter but with these latest developments, being able to offer springs down to 4mm in diameter is a great opportunity for us to further develop our sales of these unique products. We can certainly see, for example, possibilities for designers within the medical, electronics and robotics industries where these types of springs couldn’t fit before.”

Smalley are now also ISO 13485:2016 certified to provide the best engineered products, quality, and service to the sector.

With ISO9001: 2008 approval incorporating Design Status, our qualified engineering staff are able to offer a complete free of charge engineering service and are available to assist with part selection, custom design, application requirements, material selection and more.

Applications are discussed in depth, first-off design data and drawings are submitted for approval to ensure our customers are provided with the correct design, first time. However, should modifications prove necessary, our no-tooling process and flexible manufacturing procedures mean the production of prototypes is easily and economically achieved without onerous tooling charges and long lead times.

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TFC Europe Ltd is one of the leading suppliers of technical fastener components to industry, with an unrivalled reputation for delivering innovative products, supply solutions, and exemplary service, to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in product development and productivity.

From the very beginning TFC’s founders in Heathfield, UK were determined to help equipment designers by supplying technical fasteners enabling them to design a better product and to generate more profits for their companies. Half a century later this same approach means that TFC helps not only the designer but also the buyer, and the operations teams by providing a wide variety of fastener and related components via automated and sophisticated supply systems that enable lean manufacturing goals to be met and our customers to improve their profits.

In so doing TFC has become one of the leading fastener distribution businesses in Europe supplying over 3,000 customers, employing over 100 people, working out of a national and European network of logistic service centres as well as being able to support global customers in their manufacturing plants anywhere in the world.

Whether it is a simple threaded bolt or a complex bespoke product made to customer drawing specifications, our quality assured fasteners are guaranteed to provide the perfect solution to your fastening needs.

– Bolts & Socket Screws in various grades
– Smalley Wave Springs and Spirolox Retaining Rings
– Nuts, Washers, Rivets & Screws of all types
– Sheet Metal Fasteners – self-clinch & rivet bushes
– Circlips, Springs, Keys and Seals
– Threaded Inserts – for plastics, timber & metal
– Electronic Hardware – standoffs, handles, ferrules
– Construction Fixings – anchors, through bolts, resin
– Panel, Wire & Pipe Fasteners
– Machined and turned parts to specification

Supply Chain Services – Our supply chain expertise provides significant benefits to customers by reducing costs associated with the purchase, stockholding and handling of a wide range of low-cost fastening and ancillary items. With a flexible inventory managed system; DLF, Kanban or VMI to reduce the supplier base, minimise inventory, direct to the line quality approved products immediately at hand, customers are able to remove a whole variety of hidden administration and transaction costs.

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