Author: Ellen Crowell


Assembly pins are certainly not a new invention, but Elesa+Ganter has once again been able to optimize apparently fully developed parts according to the application and to combine them with other standard securing parts. Assembly pins are unspectacular, but essential constructional elements. Elesa+Ganter has taken this universal standard part and further improved it.

Stainless steel assembly pins from the GN 2342 series are available in all common diameters from 8 to 20 millimeters in practical lengths. Three different end washer forms and the selection by means of a code number between assembly pin with and without transverse spring cotter pin holes diversify the series even further.

One of the end washers is a simple turned stainless steel collar washer which holds the axially inserted assembly pin in the correct position in the hole.The eyelet washer version having a hole in which a retaining cable or a ball chain can be attached protects the assembly pin from getting lost as well as the matching spring cotter pin which secures the assembly pin axially through the transverse hole.

The third type of washer offers a fastening tab with an elongated hole, which simultaneously secures the assembly pin axially and against rotation and is attached without play using a countersunk screw.
All washers are non-detachably screwed to the assembly pin via their axial countersunk hole.

This design favors the implementation of solution-specific special lengths, which are available in compara- tively low quantities on request.Both washers with protection against loss can also be ordered separately as GN2344 for individual applications, for example, for further retaining cables or for specific assembly pins. Because Elesa+Ganter keeps focus on the big picture, the Furtwangen facility revised the spring cotter pin as well: The securing element which is available as GN 1024, is based unlike the DIN standard on even-numbered wire gauges, which simplifies matching to the associated through hole.

The spring cotter pins are available in steel and stainless steel, as well as with single or double winding. With the latter form, the flat spring characteristic curve facilitates easy fitting.

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