What Is a Threaded Shaft Collar?
A shaft collar is a simply-designed machine component composed of a plastic or metal ring fitted around a rod to act as stops, spacers, or for mounting components. The collar can be loosened or tightened around the shaft using a clamp screw or multiple screws. They are used for tasks ranging from bearing loads to […]
What Is Shaft Coupling Windup and Backlash?
Rigid shaft couplings connect two separate shafts by clamping onto their adjacent faces. When installed properly, the shaft coupling connects the shafts in a precise line that transfers rotary motion between the shafts without causing misalignment or breakage. However, there are two main obstacles to the perfect transfer of rotary motion: This occurs when the […]
What Is the Difference Between Rigid and Flexible Couplings?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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 […]
All About Motion Control Systems
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 […]