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Machined washers, often referred to simply as washers or spacers may appear unassuming,
But their role in countless applications is indispensable.
These small, flat, disc-shaped components serve multiple purposes, from load distribution to surface protection, enhancing the performance and longevity of assemblies.
Explore the diverse advantages of employing machined washers.
Machined washers excel in distributing the load from fasteners across a broader area. By doing so, they mitigate the pressure applied to the material, safeguarding delicate or brittle substances like wood, plastic, or ceramics from deformation or damage.
These washers act as protective shields between fasteners and surfaces. They effectively prevent unsightly scratches, dents, or any form of damage that may result from the pressure or movement of fasteners.
Enhanced Fastener Stability
Machined washers provide a stable and even surface for fasteners to tighten against. This enhanced stability plays a pivotal role in preventing fasteners from loosening over time due to vibrations or movement.
Washers crafted from corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel or zinc-coated steel contribute significantly to the longevity of assemblies. They shield fasteners and materials from rust and corrosion, ensuring durability.
Alignment and Spacing
In addition to load distribution, washers are indispensable for proper alignment and precise spacing of components. This is particularly vital in applications such as electrical assemblies or mechanical systems.
Machined washers double as shock absorbers, effectively dampening vibrations and reducing the likelihood of loosening or damage to the assembly in applications where movement or vibration is a concern.
They serve as thermal barriers, isolating heat or preventing heat transfer between materials. This thermal isolation is invaluable in applications where temperature differences could compromise assembly integrity.
Insulating washers, often crafted from non-conductive materials like plastic or rubber, prevent unwanted electrical contact between fasteners and materials. This reduces the risk of short circuits or unintended electrical connections.
Beyond their functional attributes, washers can also serve a decorative purpose. They provide a polished appearance to assemblies, concealing the exposed portion of fasteners.
Ease of Assembly
Machined washers simplify assembly processes by furnishing a stable surface for fasteners to tighten against. This reduces the need for precise torque application, streamlining assembly operations.
Why Choose Stephens Gaskets for Gaskets and Washers?
With a heritage dating back to 1947, Stephens Gaskets has a rich history in manufacturing top-quality washers and gaskets.
Our unwavering commitment to precision engineering and the utilisation of premium-grade shim materials ensures that our products consistently adhere to the most rigorous industry standards.
- Legacy of Excellence:
With decades of experience, we have a proven track record of delivering high-quality shims, washers, shim washers, and gaskets that meet and exceed customer expectations.
- Precision Engineering:
Our commitment to precision engineering ensures that every washer and gasket we produce is manufactured to the highest standards of accuracy and performance.
- Diverse Product Range:
Whether you require custom-made shoulder washers or a wide range of gaskets for various applications, we offer a diverse product range to meet your specific needs.
- High-Quality Materials:
We use only the finest shim materials, guaranteeing the durability and reliability of our products, even in demanding applications.
- Bespoke Solutions:
Our experienced team can manufacture washers and gaskets tailored to your exact specifications, ensuring a perfect fit for your application.
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Whether your requirements involve custom-made shoulder washers or an assortment of gaskets tailored for versatile applications, we have your needs thoroughly covered. Contact us today for further information or to obtain your complimentary quotation.
FAQs About Machined Washers
What are machined washers, and how are they different from standard washers?
Machined washers, also known as precision washers, are custom-made to precise specifications, ensuring a perfect fit. Unlike standard washers, they are designed with exceptional accuracy and are often used in specialised applications.
Which materials are commonly used for machined washers?
Machined washers can be crafted from various materials, including stainless steel, brass, aluminium, and plastics, depending on the specific requirements of the application.
What industries benefit the most from machined washers?
Machined washers find applications across various industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, and manufacturing, where precision and reliability are crucial.
Can I order machined washers in custom sizes and shapes?
Yes, Stephens Gaskets specialises in producing custom machined washers tailored to your exact specifications, ensuring they meet the unique requirements of your project.
Are machined washers more expensive than standard washers?
The cost of machined washers may vary depending on factors such as material, size, and complexity. However, their precision and ability to meet specific needs often make them a cost-effective choice for critical applications.