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Job Opportunities at TFC

March 5th, 2018

Would you like to be part of a team within a company which has an unrivalled reputation for delivering innovat...

FAQs: TFC's Smalley Ring & Spring Products

January 30th, 2018

Frequently asked questions about Smalley Rings and Springs

Wave Springs FAQ

January 19th, 2018

Frequently asked questions about Smalley Wave Springs

Why should I consider using ARaymond™ Quick Connectors?

December 8th, 2017

TFC’s Applications Engineer, Justin Lawrence, answers some typical questions customers pose when considering...

Wave Springs and Retaining Rings for Medical Applications

November 24th, 2017

As the preferred supplier to the medical industry, Smalley’s Spirolox® Retaining Rings and Wave Springs are...

Stock Management Solutions for SMEs.

November 14th, 2017

We can help you gain control and accountability of your stores. TFC's flexible stock management services...

New Addition to the Quick Connector Range

October 31st, 2017

Within the automotive industry, regulations are demanding more performance, smaller vehicles and new technolog...

TFC Moves Up a Gear to Solve a Classic Problem

August 24th, 2017

When Martin Rutter, an avid hill-climber, contacted us for help we were keen to assist as the heritage of the ...

Have you got the right spring for your application?

August 1st, 2017

This week, our Product Manager, Simon Ward describes how to properly measure your Wave Springs to ensure that ...

Are you installing your Spirolox rings correctly?

July 18th, 2017

Welcome back to Smalley Talk, where our engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring questio...

TFC's Technical Team Assists Product Rationalisation

July 11th, 2017

Our field sales and internal technical engineers work closely with our customers to supply the most cost effec...

New Oil & Gas Brochure available

June 29th, 2017

TFC are pleased to announce the launch of their new four-page brochure produced specifically for the Oil &...

TFC Keighley Branch Makes A Move!

May 23rd, 2017

After 6 years in our Keighley location we are on the move!

What makes Smalley products the best solution?

May 16th, 2017

Our Smalley range of products are unique in their field and, although they have been a key range in our portfo...

Stacking springs? There's another option

May 10th, 2017

This week, one of our leading customers within the aerospace connector industry questioned one of our Area Sal...

Local Supply - 5 reasons why it is key to success

April 27th, 2017

72 percent of buyers "always or generally" prefer to source locally, do you?

TFC opens new Basingstoke Branch

April 3rd, 2017

TFC Europe Ltd are pleased to announce the opening of a new location in Basingstoke

Titanium products for lightweight and compact applications

March 16th, 2017

Welcome back to Smalley Talk. This month TFC's engineers answer questions about corrosion resistant platin...

Curved Linear Springs?

February 28th, 2017

We are back with another Smalley Talk, where our Smalley engineering experts answer difficult questions about ...

RISQS helps to take the RISKS out of Supplier Choice

February 28th, 2017

As an approved supplier to the railway industry for many years, TFC already recognise the high importance plac...

Snap Fit with Trim Clips

February 22nd, 2017

One of the best ways to save in total cost is to remove the laborious and expensive assembly operations that r...

The Smallest Wave Springs on the Market

February 22nd, 2017

Since these products are made by edge-coiling flat wire to specified diameters, the ability to produce springs...

What's the difference between internal and external Spirolox retaining rings...

February 20th, 2017

Welcome back to Smalley Talk, where our engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring design ...

Did you know that TFC supply bearings?

January 25th, 2017

TFC offer a wide range of bearing products to suit all applications and environments.

TFC Approved Supplier Status with Pall Aerospace

January 25th, 2017

TFC have been an established technical fastener supplier within the Aerospace industry for over 40 years

TFC Achieves Notable Accolade in Sussex

January 24th, 2017

For over 50 years TFC Europe has influenced engineering decision makers by supplying a broad range of technica...

TML and TFC – A New Partnership for 2017

January 18th, 2017

TFC Europe Ltd and Technical Metals Ltd are pleased to announce a new alliance that will provide customers wit...

Are all Smalley parts manufactured from the same material?

January 17th, 2017

Welcome back to Smalley Talk, where our engineers answer commonly asked retaining ring and wave spring design ...

Applications - Actuator Valve

December 20th, 2016

In this high thrust capacity application it was necessary to provide a ring that could also absorb occasional ...

TFC Helps to put a smile on the face of Happy Harold

December 13th, 2016

Having been based in East Sussex for more than 45 years TFC are always keen to help out with worthy causes and...

The different types of Wave Spring

December 1st, 2016

Today Product Manager, Simon Ward fields some questions about Wave Springs and what benefits each style can of...

Rapid panel attachment with U-Nuts

November 9th, 2016

TFC's range of ARaymond™ U-Nut Speed Nuts®, are self-retained in screw-receiving position to provide si...

Smalley Rings Find a Place in History

November 7th, 2016

When it comes to classic British built motorcylcles, the name Velocette is up there with the best of them so w...

Wave Spring Substitution, Compression and Performance

November 7th, 2016

Welcome back to our Smalley Talk Blog where our engineers answer commonly asked ring and spring design questio...

Spirolox® Retaining Ring groove geometry

October 7th, 2016

This week, Justin Lawrence takes some more questions about Retaining Ring design, and how to ensure the groove...

Crest-to-Crest® Design Specifications - Part 3

September 28th, 2016

Welcome back to Smalley Talk, where Applications Engineer Justin Lawrence concludes his mini-series of typical...

Wave Spring Q&A

September 14th, 2016

Smalley wave springs in various different forms solve problems for design engineers in many applications, and...

Retaining Ring gaps & high RPM applications

September 7th, 2016

Welcome back to Smalley Talk. This time Justin Lawrence answers some questions about retaining ring gaps and i...

Materials & Shear load safety factors

August 5th, 2016

This month, applications engineer Justin Lawrence fields some questions about retaining rings. Specifically, t...

TFC inspire simpler production lines with lugged grounding clips

August 2nd, 2016

Sometimes it takes no more than a small cleverly-designed item to take a process to a whole new level of simpl...

Working in Tandem for a Successful Product Development

July 21st, 2016

As a company that has been in existence for over 50 years we recognise early consultation at the design stage ...


July 20th, 2016

We are pleased to announce TFC have recently become a member of The British & Irish Association of Fastene...

TFC Support Action Medical Research

July 6th, 2016

A hearty contribution of sponsorship and physical effort has been made by members of our Heathfield team who e...

Crest-to-Crest® Design Specifications - Part 2

June 21st, 2016

Welcome to Smalley Talk. This week, Justin Lawrence answers more questions about the design specifics of Small...

Problem solving by design

June 17th, 2016

Spirolox® Retaining Rings in their various different forms, solve problems for design engineers in many appli...

Spirolox® Retaining Rings Installation

June 12th, 2016

Welcome back to Smalley Talk, in this installment Product Manager Simon Ward fields some questions about Spiro...

Fluid Connection Made Easier

June 3rd, 2016

TFC have been a technical distributor for ARaymond for over three decades

Quality First at TFC

May 11th, 2016

TFC's recent enhancements in equipment and procedures has significantly increased their in-house capabilit...

Historic milestones for long-term supply partners

April 27th, 2016

The ARaymond Network has recently celebrated 150 years of innovation and TFC are delighted to have been associ...

DLF CASE STUDY - A win-win situation with TFC’s support

April 20th, 2016

TFCs Commercial team offered a competitively priced package which allowed our Logistics team to carry out a ro...

Gap Type Performance and Crest-to-Crest® Design Specifications - Part 1

April 14th, 2016

This week, application engineer Justin Lawrence answers design questions about the performance of gap type wav...

Applications - Tight Tolerance Standoffs

April 11th, 2016

Critical application was designed to use a very tight tolerance standoff

Why should I visit the Hannover Trade Fair?

April 11th, 2016

Only in Hannover can you find five leading international trade fairs taking place at the same time under one r...

Top 25 in Sussex Super Growth Awards 2016

March 29th, 2016

See how we did at the Sussex Growth Awards!

Smalley goes… Smaller!

March 17th, 2016

New advances in ring and spring manufacturing

Exotic materials and Spring cycle life

March 16th, 2016

This week, we answer your cycle life and material selection questions.

TFC ready for take off in airline industry

February 29th, 2016

Recently the world of avionics have become aware of the benefits of using TFC’s wave springs and retaining r...

Quality Smalley Spirolox® Retaining Rings

February 17th, 2016

Retaining rings, or circlips as they are regularly known, are one of the most simple, yet essential, component...

Part Numbers and repeat product use

February 11th, 2016

This week we take a look at part numbers and the repeat use of Spirolox Retaining Rings

Wave Spring Tolerances and Loads

January 22nd, 2016

This week we discuss the loads and tolerances of wave springs.

TFC Achieves Notable Accolade

December 16th, 2015

TFC makes Sussex Super Growth Awards shortlist for 2nd year

Small Wave Springs and Seal Rings

December 2nd, 2015

This week, our experts field some questions about different uses of Smalley springs and rings.

The Perks & People behind TFC's Smalley products

November 25th, 2015

New Smalley Blog – one location to find solutions for all your ring and spring design questions.

Applications - Rubber Boot

November 10th, 2015

A 2-turn external XWS series Spirolox® Retaining Ring is used to clamp the rubber boot onto the groove in thi...

Applications - Gear Assembly

October 22nd, 2015

A 2-turn external non-standard XWS series Spirolox® Retaining Ring is used to prevent the pinion shafts spinn...

Applications - Aircraft Flight Control Systems

October 15th, 2015

RAF Electronic Hardware's Standoffs and Spacers solve quality issues for flight control system manufacture...

TFC Achieve Aerospace Quality Approval

October 11th, 2015

TFC has been a Quality Assured company since 1981 and currently approved to ISO9001:2008 we are proud to annou...

TFC Supply Chain Expertise

October 8th, 2015

Customers can expect a superior and individually tailored service....

TFC Regenerates Management for New Growth Phase

September 18th, 2015

TFC Board Announcement

The Italian Job

September 7th, 2015

The 'Italian Job Mini Car Rally' was launched in 1990 as a way of raising money for children’s chari...

Material Analysis - PMI available

August 3rd, 2015

As part of our ongoing investment in Quality, we are pleased to offer PMI testing

TFC Supports 'Arnold' Across Europe

July 29th, 2015

TFC Walsall is proud to support the efforts of Mike Phillpott and his two childhood pals in their efforts to r...

Applications - Cycle Lock

June 24th, 2015

Tamper Proof Application for a bespoke 2-turn Internal Retaining Ring

Applications - Ball Valve

April 30th, 2015

When a leading ball valve manufacturer had a problem with conventional spring products they called in TFC to h...

Applications - Bearing Pre-Load

March 11th, 2015

One of the most common Wave Spring applications world-wide is a bearing pre-load arrangement.

New TFC Corporate Video

November 10th, 2014

Check out the new introductory video for TFC Group

Design World Showcases Smalley's Linear Springs

October 13th, 2014

Watch Design World's Senior Editor showcase Smalley's range of linear springs

Steppacher and the TFC Group establish TFC Singen in South Germany

October 1st, 2014

TFC Europe Ltd is delighted to announce the acquisition of Steppacher Schrauben Grosshandel on 1st October 201...

What are Wave Springs?

August 4th, 2014

What are some advantages of wave springs? What are common types? What’s the difference between wave-formed a...

Applications - Rotary Union

July 22nd, 2014

Smalley Springs enhance Rotary Union performance

Rebuilding a Piece of Aeronautical History

June 30th, 2014

TFC were pleased to assist in supplying a small volume of Spirolox® double-turn retaining rings when called u...

Space Saving Solutions for Aerospace Applications

June 29th, 2014

TFC's Smalley wave springs offer space saving technology for the Aerospace Industry

Control, Manage & Save with Flexible Inventory Vending Solutions

June 25th, 2014

Cut costs with TFC vending machines

Applications - Aerospace Connector

May 6th, 2014

TFC recommended the use of two Smalley single turn wave springs in conjunction with a snap ring to provide a c...

Applications - Overlap Wave Springs help connect industry

April 3rd, 2014

A major manufacturer has chosen Smalley Wave Springs for use in a bayonet connector assembly

Wave Springs Q&A - FAST Magazine, April 2014

March 17th, 2014

Product Manager, Simon Ward answers typical questions customers pose when considering the use of wave springs.

Thirty something

January 31st, 2014

In 1981 TFC formed a unique trading relationship with a little known US company, Smalley Steel Ring Company.

SFP offers more from new home

January 2nd, 2014

Dedicated product specialists and increased investment in stock at our Heathfield location means TFC will cont...

TFC Achieves F1 Delivery Performance

September 27th, 2013

When award winning manufacturer Yasa Motors, who specialise in very high power and torque density axial flux m...

TFC offers more in Scotland

August 16th, 2013

TFC Europe Ltd is delighted to announce the acquisition of Scottish Premier Fasteners Ltd which was acquired o...

New Linear Springs

July 15th, 2013

TFC's Smalley® Linear Springs offer a selection of spring loads that react along a straight line

Spirolox Rings support an Eco Racing Challenge

July 15th, 2013

Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) embarked on a tough assignment when they decided to enter the World Sol...

TFC sponsors local sporting event

July 1st, 2013

Midsummer 10k 2013

The world famous SLINKY gets the QI treatment

June 13th, 2013

The world famous SLINKY gets the QI treatment

TFC Improves HR efficiency with Cezanne OnDemand

June 6th, 2013

TFC is improving the efficiency of it's people management processes with the help of on-line HR software.

High Speed Ambitions & A Little Help from TFC

May 9th, 2013

High Speed Ambitions & A Little Help from TFC

Wave Spring Guide

April 16th, 2013

Wave Spring Guide

TFC Midlands are on the Move

February 7th, 2013

TFC Midlands are on the Move

TFC Introduces New Metric Hoopster® Retaining Rings

February 1st, 2013

TFC Introduces New Metric Hoopster® Retaining Rings

TFC provide a ring of confidence for Wind Power Generation

November 2nd, 2012

TFC have been working closely with two leading German manufacturers of wind farm technology by supplying Small...

Materials Selection Guide

October 29th, 2012

Selecting the proper material for an application requires a general knowledge of what is available for use in ...

Smalley Laminar Sealing Rings

October 29th, 2012

Smalley Laminar Sealing Rings is a metallic labyrinth seal consisting of multiple rings in a groove and are de...

Plastic and Spring Steel Fasteners

September 14th, 2012

TFC offer one of the largest ranges of plastic, spring steel and metal fasteners with over 12,000 standard cat...

German launch for Threaded Inserts

July 27th, 2012

TFC Germany are now pleased to offer Threaded Inserts for Plastics, Timber and Metals.

TFC Spirolox® Rings & Wave Springs Get Ahead of the Opposition!

June 18th, 2012

Smalley flat wire wave springs from TFC are used by shoe manufacturers for cushioning in the soles of both ath...

Hi-Tech Metal Seals

June 12th, 2012

TFC's Hi-Tech Metal Seals are ideal for extreme service conditions. They are generally used in static appl...

Smalley Spirolox Rings

June 6th, 2012

Unlike die-stamped circlips or retaining rings, Smalley Spirolox Retaining Rings and Snap Rings are coiled on ...

TFC Setting New Records in Wave Spring Design

May 24th, 2012

Having been Smalley’s leading European representatives for over 30 years, working with limited axial and rad...

Nina & Paul going the extra mile for charity

April 3rd, 2012

TFC’s Service Centre Manager, Nina Burton, is running the London marathon with her husband Paul on the 22nd ...

Behind CNC Lines

March 16th, 2012

TFC went to battle recently, with a challenge to compete in a paintball competition against their IT Support T...

TFC Disc Springs

March 14th, 2012

TFC Disc Springs are conically formed annular discs which are loaded axially and provide a predetermined force...

The New TFC Group is ready for 2012

January 25th, 2012

TFC Europe Ltd is delighted to release some more information on the acquisition of Engineering Services Fasten...

Circlips and Retaining Rings

January 4th, 2012

TFC is a leading European supplier of circlips and retaining rings with next day delivery available on all sta...

TFC Push the Pedal of Success

November 17th, 2010

TFC Push the Pedal of Success

One Smalley Step for Man...

October 28th, 2008

One Smalley Step for Man...


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