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Shim Washers at Stephens Gaskets
Stephens Gaskets was established in 1947, in the Midlands, and has a long history of providing excellence in customer service to clients worldwide. For over fifty years, we’ve worked with customers from all walks of life, and from many different countries, providing individuals and businesses with washers, gaskets, shims and all related products. No matter how big or small the project, no matter how long or short the collaborations, we’ve managed to put in our accumulated skills and expertise into every order. We ensure the client is happy, satisfied and interested in returning again and again. We specialise in classic and vintage cars, we provide parts for motorcycle clubs, and our services are used repeatedly by large, industrial companies working with and manufacturing diesel engines. Although much of our work is based around providing gaskets, shims and washers cut and made to specific sizes, thicknesses and shapes, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and willingness to take on a challenge. As such, we have always been open to custom orders, which require unusually shaped items made from our wide range of available materials.
Shim washers, what are they?
One of the items Stephens Gaskets specialises in is shim washers. Here at Stephens Gaskets, we have always believed that it is often the smallest things that can make a big difference, and we would definitely put this product into that category.
One of the problems many people face when it comes to engines, or other similar mechanisms, are those caused by small spaces or gaps between components. These are easily overlooked, but the presence of badly fitting parts or excess space within a machine are almost certain to cause significant problems over time. This is where a shim washer can come in, and make all the difference. Another term for this product is referred to as support washers. They are commonly used to fill excess gaps, particularly in bearing assemblies or any other application in which they are needed to take up excess play, and remove those gaps that can compromise the effectiveness of a mechanism. When gaps are filled, you will immediately notice a reduction in movement between components, or wear and erosion caused by two parts having direct contact with each other. This closing of gaps can reduce buzzing or vibration, and it will also enhance the effectiveness or productivity of a machine. When a shim washer is used effectively, they can also lengthen the lifespan of an engine or machine, and perhaps most importantly, it will allow you to rest a little more at ease in the knowledge that nothing is untoward.
Generally, this product is made of carbon spring steel, making them flexible and supportive at the same time, as well as being hard wearing. Carbon spring steel is highly durable, and has a longer lifespan and more ability to endure wear and impact than other, similar materials. As with most of our products, our washers are available to purchase in a number of different gauges and thicknesses, with a number of different internal and external diameters to suit your own individual requirements. We’d only be too happy to cast our expert eye and apply our experience and knowledge to your issue or project. We will share with you what we feel would be the best way to go forwards, and what type of washer will best fit your needs. We’re also very open to customisation, if necessary, and pride ourselves on our ability to make the most effective selections for our customers.
Shims tend to be used as compensators, in that they are used to absorb friction and tolerances between two different components. This can be absolutely vital when it comes to a machine with many moving parts, as it will protect the components from each other and allow everything to run more smoothly. Generally speaking, the different components don’t need to be specifically machined for a perfect fit, and as such, costs and time constraints are minimised. Our shim are, and have proven to be, the perfect answer when it comes to taking up any excess gaps where required.
Affordable and practical solutions
We know that productivity and effectiveness is as much a financial issue as it is a practical one. Nobody wants to have to repeatedly replace components, or waste their money on parts which aren’t going to last an adequate amount of time. We can guarantee strong products at Stephens Gaskets, also dramatically reduce maintenance and repair costs, as they can help to preserve the faces of the two components. This means that over time, only the shims need to be replaced at intervals rather than the components themselves, as it is the shims that will take the impact and wear of the mechanism, rather than the more expensive, complicated or hard to obtain parts. When you use appropriate shims in the correct way, you’ll find that you are reducing the costs of both maintenance and repairs, and giving yourself complete confidence in the application.
A dedication to customer service
You can also be assured of complete confidence in us. We are able to boast several decades of hard work, market knowledge and technical expertise, making us perfectly placed to be able to offer our experience and guidance, whatever your requirements may be. We’re also perfectly placed in a physical sense, with our headquarters strategically based in the West Midlands, ensuring that we can serve the whole of the UK – as well as the rest of the world — as efficiently as possible.
Should you still require some assistance in the purchasing of our products, you can fill in our contact form or call us for further information on 0121 544 5808, where our dedicated customer services team will be more than happy to help in any way they can. If you have any further questions, or are interested in putting in an order of shim washers, then don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re looking forward to hearing from you.