Date Published:Sep. 11. 2017
Description of Plungers for Engineers
What are plungers?
Plungers are mechanical components for positioning and fixing workpieces.
A spring is built into the main body so that the ball or pin at the tip sinks into the body when a load is applied, and is returned to its former position by spring force when the load is removed.
Advantages of Using Plungers
The spring-loaded reciprocating mechanism of the ball or pin can be easily incorporated in devices and equipment.
Example: Pin plungers
Without a plunger：Each part, including the pin, spring, and spring holder, must be designed separately.
With a plunger：Just mount the plunger.
Examples of Plunger Applications
Pushing Out Workpieces
Drilled Hole Positioning Jigs
Plunger Load and Stroke
- Min. load (initial load): The load at which the plunger ball or pin starts sinking.
- Max. load: The load at which the plunger ball or pin has sunk completely.
- Stroke: The length at which the ball or pin can sink into the main body.
- The plunger load changes in a linear manner between the min. and max.
The plunger spring constant K can be computed in the following formula:
- The load F1 at which the ball or pin retracts as far as S1 can be found with the following formula:
Types and Features of Plungers
We have an abundant lineup including different sizes, materials, and spring loads.
NBK will provide the plungers that meet your particular requirements.
Plungers in which the ball at the end moves.
Suited for sliding mechanism positioning, as the ball sinks in not only vertically, but also in response to lateral loads.
Plungers in which the pin at the end moves.
A longer stroke than ball plungers is possible to achieve.
The fit between the pin and positioning hole can be lengthened, enhancing durability for lateral loads during positioning.
Wrenches for Pin Plungers
Holder for mounting plunger.
Our convenient "Product Finder" enables rapid searching for your desired products.
Anti-loosening treatments for screws are available. These are beneficial for applications requiring anti-loosening screw operations or sealing. Our anti-loosening treatments save you the trouble of applying adhesive or sealing tape.
We can wash and pack your products in a cleanroom. This is suggested for products used in FPD production devices, semiconductor manufacturing devices, medical equipment, food and beverage machinery and even products that will be used in cleanrooms.
We design and manufacture plungers with optimal specifications for various conditions of use, including shape, dimensions, load, and material.
Please specify the following conditions when you contact us.
- Type: Ball type or pin type (for the ball type, let us know if you use a spacer or not)
- Shape/Dimensions: Nominal diameter of thread, screw pitch, thread length, ball or pin diameter, stroke, and overall length
- Load: Min. load (initial load)/Max. load
- Material/Finish: Main unit, ball or pin, spring
- Vibration Resistant Treatment: Required/Not required
- Operating Conditions: Temperature, atmosphere, service life, etc.
Description of Mechanical Components for Engineers
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