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Shims, including copper shims commonly help fill small gaps and spaces between objects or parts of objects. They help to ensure a good seal and reduce instances of erosion, amongst other things. For example, if two parts are connected and are subject to wear and tear, a shim can be used between them to take on this wear and tear. This is particularly helpful if the shim is made of a softer material.
In addition to this, shims are excellent for making repairs and replacements much quicker, easier and more cost effective.
Copper Shims Advantages
Another advantage of shims is that other parts do not require perfect manufacturing. This means that the meeting of two parts need not be watertight or perfect, as the gaps can be made up by shims. As a result, the cost of manufacture is lower as the tolerances for gaps can then be much higher.
A soft metal commonly used in the manufacturing of shims and foil, is copper. Copper shims act in the way described above. They allow parts of a machine to move or rub, with the shim absorbing the impact and abrasion. This, therefore, lowers the chances of the parts of the machine itself having to be repaired or replaced.
As a result, by simply replacing the relatively inexpensive copper shims every once in a while, major repairs and renovations are avoided. This minimises both the downtime and cost.
Aside from being a relatively soft and ductile metal, copper is also highly conductive – in both senses of electrical and heat transfer. As a result, copper is great for cabling and the transfer of water. In the latter usage, copper does not react with water, therefore making it ideal for many types of pipes. It does, however, react with air and develops a layer of copper oxide when left exposed.
Copper Shims Availability
We have a number of different copper shims and copper foil available in most of the common sizes and gauges. Bespoke options are also available for customers who have a specific need or requirement.
Our long history makes us perfectly placed to be able to offer the ideal copper shims solution for any customer. Regardless of the quantity or type of order, we can help! Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.