If you are in need of wire rings, you may buy some without taking a good look at what makes certain types of rings different from others. There are two main types of wire rings: welded wire rings and non-welded wire rings. There are also arc sections. But, there’s more to this than how the rings are created.
In fact, both types of wire rings are usually created using a very similar process, but there’s one key difference: welded rings are welded shut and form one fully closed circle, while non-welded wire rings are not completely closed.
These two types of rings have their own unique uses, which is why you want to be sure you get the correct type of ring.
Welded Wire Rings are also known as Wire Rings, Resistance Welded Rings, Butt Welded Rings or Upset Welded Rings.
All these terms describe the same item, a steel wire coiled into a circle and resistance welded closed. The resistance weld operation is technically referred to as a Butt Weld or an Upset Weld since the two cut ends are pressed together and heated by passing a current through the wire to heat the steel to a plastic state. The soft steel is then pressed together and forms a knot or upset at the weld joint. This then is variously referred to as a resistance welded ring, butt welded ring or upset welded ring; all terms for the same item.
Welded rings are completely closed and cannot be opened. These rings are often used as connectors. Safety rings and mission-critical applications often make use of solid welded rings, as do many commercial and industrial applications. Welded rings have a number of uses in the nautical area, too, including being used to tie down sails and to connect ships to either each other or to the dock. Additionally, our welded wire rings are used for scallop dredges, steering wheels, and in air springs (the big rubber shock absorbers under trucks).
Non-Welded Wire Rings
Non-welded wire rings are open on one end. Many of the same people who use welded rings sometimes need un-welded or non-welded rings. They can be twisted open, linked together, and then closed to allow for assembly of other components or for assembly to other components. They are also used in mass inserts for automotive applications, in wind-mill bearings and for race car applications.
These rings can be welded shut if desired, but their main use is that they can be opened and linked together or into another type of ring and then, if necessary, removed later. Like welded rings, they can come in a number of sizes.
Arc Sections are non-welded rings that are not a complete circle. Usually shaped like a “C”.
Which Rings do you Need?
Both welded and non-welded wire rings have their uses, and the type you need depends on your project. The biggest question to ask when looking for wire rings is how things will connect to the rings. Do you need to connect rings together or attach the ring to something closed (another ring, a handle, etc.) for any reason? If so, you need non-welded rings because the ring itself is making the connection.
Need a simple connecting ring that will have other things attached to it? That’s a job for a welded ring since the ring itself doesn’t need to be opened.
Some projects make use of both welded and non-welded wire rings for a variety of different reasons. Consider your needs before looking for wire rings to make certain you get the correct type.
If your company is looking for welded or non-welded rings for commercial use, you’ve come to the right place. Our rings, whether you call them welded rings, welded wire rings, resistance welded rings, butt welded rings or upset welded rings can be made in many wire diameters from 0.092 inch to 3/4 inch, and in diameters as small as 3 inches and as large as 60 inches or even larger. Contact us today to learn more or to order wire rings for your commercial needs.
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