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Aluminium Shim Washers
Aluminium is a soft, ductile metal which is one of the base chemical elements in the periodic table. It’s the third-most abundant element on Earth, after silicon and oxygen, but is rarely found in its pure form, due to being so chemically reactive.
It’s the most widely-used non-ferrous metal in the world, with more than 50 million tonnes being produced every year. Only iron is a more popular metal in terms of production. In practical terms, it is almost always mildly alloyed, in order to enhance its properties. It is non-magnetic, does not ignite easily, reflects very well and is easily machined and moulded, as well as having good thermal and electrical conductivity. When you include aluminium’s excellent corrosion resistance, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular material in a number of applications.
Shim Washers are generally used as a buffer or space filler between two components, in order to lower manufacturing costs (as manufacturing two perfect-fit components is expensive and time consuming) or to lower maintenance and repair costs (as replacing shims is far cheaper than repairing worn components). This makes shims incredibly useful in a number of appliances and applications throughout industry and in the household. Aluminium, due to its unique properties, is a popular choice of shim material in many applications.
Aluminium Shim Washers at Stephens Gaskets
We can manufacturer aluminium shim washers to any thickness or diameter, as well as being able to manufacture dedicated tooling to meet your own requirements. Generally, shims are available in thicknesses of .05mm to 1.5mm, with both small and large quantities available with a quick turnaround. Our location in the West Midlands means that we can reach all parts of the country quickly and efficiently, as well as having the functionality to export to Europe and beyond. Having been established in 1947, we have the knowledge and experience to serve any customer, whether residential or large-scale industrial.
So please do get in touch with us today to see how we might be able to help you.