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What Is the Difference Between Rigid and Flexible Couplings?

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There are two main types of couplings: rigid couplings, which connect two shafts with a solid and high-precision hold, and flexible couplings, which can be used to connect slightly misaligned shafts but which can’t provide the same level of torque transfer. While both coupling types have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s important to know which […]

What is a Shaft Collar and How Does it Work?

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  Shaft collars hold and position mechanical components around a shaft or mount shafts, tubes, and pipes onto flat surfaces, Available in a variety of styles and from numerous material types, shaft collar selection depends heavily on the details of the intended application. Stafford Manufacturing is a premier manufacturer of shaft collars, clamps, and related […]

Differentiating Types 303, 304, and 316 Stainless Steel

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Class 300 stainless steels are austenitic chromium-nickel alloys that are highly corrosion resistant and non-magnetic, displaying excellent formability and temperature resistance. Three of the most common austenitic stainless steels are types 303, 304, and 316. Although related, these alloys differ in areas like chemical composition, material capabilities, and cost. Type 303 The base composition of […]

Material Spotlight: 316 Stainless Steel for Wastewater Treatment Applications

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Wastewater treatment is essential for a healthy environment. Wastewater is used water from homes, businesses, and industries and can come from appliances and fixtures such as bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and washing machines. It also includes storm run-off from parking lots, roads, and roofs. Wastewater treatment reduces pollutants to a level that does not overwhelm nature […]

Guide to Shaft Collars

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Simple yet highly effective, shaft collars are ring-shaped metal or plastic components that enclose shafts and serve three main purposes: holding components in place, positioning components on the shaft, and providing a point of contact between the shaft and other components. This reference guide provides an overview of shaft collars styles, what you should consider […]

Key Criteria to Guide Your Rigid Couplings Selection

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Choosing the correct rigid shaft coupling for your application requires thorough analysis of the application and in-depth understanding of the different coupling designs. Due to the extensive selection of couplings on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for the job at hand. To this end, we have compiled a list […]

Weldability of Products is Determined by Materials Used

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Factors to Determine the Right Welding Process Selecting the right welding process requires consideration of many important factors, such as: Joint analysis Determining the size, position, and thickness of the base metal must be done to understand if the needs of the joint are fast-fill, fast-freeze, fast-follow, or penetration. Type of materials Different types of […]

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All About Motion Control Systems

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Within the automation industry, motion control systems and subsystems play a crucial role in the controlled movement of machine parts. Generally, these systems employ computerized controls to manage and manipulate the actions of an actuator in regard to positioning, speed, force, and/or pressure. More advanced models also integrate technology to capture critical process data and […]

Key Questions to Ask Your Custom Manufacturer

How to Determine Your Custom Part Requirements: A Checklist

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Once you’ve decided to design and build a custom part to suit the unique specifications of your application, figuring out where to begin can be overwhelming. There are several factors you need to consider, such as: Construction materials Finishes Tolerances Manufacturing operations The following article will walk you through some of the key considerations to […]

10 Reasons to Choose Stafford as Your Collars, Couplings, and Unique Components Manufacturer

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Founded in 1975, Stafford boasts an impressive catalog of more than 4,000 standard products and is committed to meeting unique needs with custom manufacturing. Our experience and capabilities mean we are poised to be your number one resource for rigid shaft couplings, shaft collars, and specialty mechanical components. You can count on us to carry […]