Quick release pins are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, marine and automotive. They are pin-shaped mechanical fasteners that, as the name suggests, can be quickly and easily released from the equipment in which they are inserted. To learn more about quick release pins and how they work, keep reading.
What Are Quick Release Pins?
Quick release pins are mechanical fasteners that can lock into place. They consist of a rod-shaped pin, which is inserted into a piece of equipment. At the top of the rod-shaped pin is a handle and a button. Pressing the button will release them from the equipment.
How Quick Release Pins Work
Quick release pins are designed to lock into place when inserted into equipment. You can see an example of a quick release pin in the photo above. As shown in the photo, there are spring-loaded balls on the sides of the pin. Placing a quick release pin into a piece of equipment will allow these balls to project out and into a detent. The quick release pin will then be locked in position.
Removing a quick release pin from a piece of equipment is a breeze. While available in different styles, most quick release pins have a button. Pressing the button will contract spring-loaded balls. The spring-loaded balls will recede back into the rod-shaped pin. You can then grab the handle and pull the quick release pin out of the equipment.
Common Types of Quick Release Pins
There are different types of quick release pins. U-handle quick release pins are characterized by a U-shaped handle. T-handle quick release pins, on the other hand, are characterized by a T-shaped handle. They both consist of a rod-shaped pin with spring-loaded balls, and they both have a handle at the top; they simply have different handle styles.
When shopping for quick release pins, you may come across heavy-duty detent quick release pins. Available in stainless steel and alloy steel, they feature a more robust design than other types of quick release pins. If you’re planning to use them in industrial machines or equipment, you may want to choose heavy-duty detent quick release pins.
Quick release pins are used in assembly and disassembly applications. They feature spring-loaded balls that allow them to lock in position. Quick release pins, of course, can be quickly and easily released from equipment. With a traditional button-style quick release pin, you just need to press the button and pull the handle. The quick release pin will then be removed from the equipment.