Brilliant Tricks To Identify The Different Types Of Zip Sliders In A Jiffy

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There are a wide range of zips available on the market. If we don’t watch closely, we may never discover that there are also differences among the sliders applied to these zips.

Zips won’t function properly if the sliders installed on them are incorrect.  In this post, we would like to share some brilliant tricks for identifying the different types of zip sliders in a jiffy.  These tricks would help a lot when you would like to purchase zips and sliders from different manufacturers or suppliers or when you have to replace any old or broken sliders.

The slider that joins or separates the elements as a zip is moved up/down is composed of the slider body, crown/tab holder, cramper, pull tab, etc. Let’s take a look the structure of a regular slider.

Structure of a Normal Zip Slider

It is a lot easier to tell the sliders used for coil zips from the ones used for plastic and metal zips. As is presented in the images below, ① and ② are asymmetrical for sliders applied to coil zips, with one side flatter than the other, while the same parts are symmetrical for sliders applied to either the plastic or metal zips.

Sliders used for plastic zips and metal zips bear some similarities. However, it is very easy to differentiate between them.  As is indicated in the images below, ③ features a diamond structure for sliders applied to the metal zips while the same part features an ellipse structure for sliders applied to the plastic zips.

SLIDER FOR COIL ZIPS
As is indicated in the image below, the top and bottom sides (①&②) are asymmetrical, with the top side flatter than the bottom side.

Slider For Coil Zips

SLIDER FOR PLASTIC ZIPS
As is displayed in the image below, the top and bottom sides (①&②) are symmetrical, featuring an ellipse structure at ③.

Slider For Plastic Zips

SLIDER FOR METAL ZIPS
As is demonstrated in the image below, the top and bottom sides (①&②) are symmetrical, featuring a diamond structure at ③.

Slider For Metal Zips

SBS provides various zip slider sizes, dependent on the end-use and the customers’ requirements. Check out the table below to learn about the regular sizes of sliders we are currently manufacturing and supplying.

Slider TypeRegular Slider Size Available
Coil Zip3#, 5#, 7#, 8#, 10#
Plastic Zip3#, 4#, 5#, 8#, 10#
Metal Zip3#, 3.5#,4#,5#, 8#,10#

  • For sliders used for coil zips, we are not providing 3.5#, 4# and 6#.
  • For sliders used for plastic zips, we are not providing 3.5#, 6# and 7#.
  • For sliders used for metal zips, we are not providing 7#.

Do you have any other brilliant tricks for determining the sliders used for different types of zips? Please share with us in the comments below.

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