One type of small ring that is typically used is a grommet that’s constructed out of plastic, metal or rubber.
Grommets fitted in holes of fragile or thin fabric or other materials to create added strength and to avoid tearing any tearing of the item that goes the hole, such as a wire through a metal hole.
Other examples of where grommets are used are on a standard pair of tennis shoes. The laces go through holes circled by metal or plastic grommets to stop the gym shoe fabric from ripping by the shoelace.
One important factor of rubber grommets is that they don’t cause issues with friction and therefore are very often used in electrical applications. No sharp edges exist with rubber grommets that can produce damage to cable or wires going through the hole.
The use of rubber grommets is beneficial in a variety of ways. Although they look simple and, therefore, not particularly useful, in reality, they are deceptively versatile.
Below, we’ll examine how grommets are used and what the benefits are:
For the most part, grommets have one major role, and that is to protect the area around holes.
Depending on how a grommet is used, it aids to stabilise the area on the fabric that has been pierced to create a hole, or it protects the cable, wire or string that runs through the hole.
Rubber grommets are manufactured in two pieces by a specialised rubber company and they are used most often in situations where the wire must pass through the grommets hole to work correctly.
Rubber grommets also are resistant to severe weather conditions and can typically hold up to the pressure and damage caused by UV light exposure.
The use of rubber grommets is also used in vehicle design. They serve a purpose with the electrical system in keeping wires from rubbing against surfaces that are rough and also to minimise vibration during the operation of vehicles.
Also, depending on the design of a vehicle, they can have other uses as well.
A top advantage of rubber grommets is their durability over time.
They hold up to harsh conditions whereas components made with other types of material would be damaged very quickly. This includes severe conditions and climates where they are exposed to intense dry conditions or water.
Fitting and utilising rubber grommets is easy. Their flexible making them easy to manoeuvre without the need for specialised tools. In addition, they can comfortably fit into spaces that are difficult to access.
In some cases, rubber grommets include sealed openings that can be accessed only after discarding a special membrane. Therefore, the time needed to fit them is significantly reduced.
For practicality, rubber grommets are a perfect choice. They are effective, easy for a person to use and affordable.