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Stephens Gaskets offers you the best in laminated shims and foil, but why choose these particular shims over others? What are they and what applications can you use them for?
Reduce The Need To Replace Parts
A shim is basically a thin piece of metal which is used to adjust the fit or alignment of a piece of machinery. Looking at it more in-depth, there are three main uses of shims in a mechanical assembly: tolerance compensation, precision alignment, and wear compensation. In tolerance compensation, the shim is part of the design stage to compensate for precision tolerances during its assembly. Precision alignment refers to elements that require coupling, here the use of shims is to keep the parts in their correct alignment.
On the other hand, wear compensation refers to the function of shims to compensate for wear. As a result, helping the machinery to keep its desired accuracy. At the same time, it’s reducing the need to replace parts that have suffered from wear.
Made To Your Specifications
When it comes to laminated shims, they have several important features that make them perfect for certain applications. For example, they have many layers, which are able to peel back to create the desired thickness. In order to achieve the layers either metal foil or a composite is bonded, using pressure, to create a rigid structure. Furthermore, these bonded layers mean the shims respond well in a machine environment. It also means they are easily adjusted by taking off another layer.
Reduced Assembly Time
In addition, other advantages of a laminated shim and foil include a reduction of assembly time, a lower cost, increased precision and dimensional accuracy. As well as, quick production line repairs and adjustments. The type of applications that can benefit from them are wide ranging. However, the main applications include pumps, motors, gas turbines, hydraulic controls and refrigeration. As well as, machine tools, agriculture equipment, extrusion, and more.
Used in Automotive & Aerospace Industries
Laminated shims are regular components within the automotive and aerospace industries. Similarly, they are common in any application where rotating shafts and sliding surfaces need to remain parallel or where accumulated tolerances need to be controlled. As well as, where the dimensions of a machinery part can change by crushed forces or sliding wear.
Laminated Shims at Stephens Gaskets
Stephens Gaskets was established in 1947 and have been based in Oldbury, Birmingham, ever since. Over the years, we have provided quality pressed parts to a wide range of clients (both UK-based and international) in various different industries. Our customer base ranges from diesel engine manufacturers, to car and bike clubs. Not only do we offer the highest possible level of technical support, but we also pride ourselves on our fast turnaround time.
We offer both laminated stainless steel, brass shims and foil, with a total thickness of 1 & 1.5mm thick and with 0.002½ laminations, which are created by using heat and pressure to achieve a bond.
Call Us Today
If you wish to find out more about our laminated shim packs – as well as any of our other shim products, like shim washers – get in touch today for more details. Our experts will be able to suggest the best shims for your own individual applications, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our products.