We hold a vast array of shim washer stock because at some point in all our lives we’ve experienced the rattling of an unsteady washing machine, the slow slanting of a piece of furniture, or the creaking and groaning of a piece of equipment that hasn’t been fitted properly or is beginning to come apart. Such things are annoyances that come and go in our lives. However, if you rely on such machinery or such appliances for your work, these types of problems can quickly become costly as they decrease efficiency or cause a waste of energy. Often, the problem comes down to those tiny pieces of metal or other materials within the item which reduce friction, or close gaps, or straighten lines and keep components together. Small, yet highly important and effective items that can make the difference between something running smoothly, or a bumpy, uneven and wholly troublesome process!

Avoid mechanical problems cheaply and easily with our shim washer stock

Essentially, we’re talking about shim washer stock. Shim washers are small pieces of (usually) metal or rubber, which take up the excess space between components, and allow parts of a machine to fit together more comfortably. They close gaps, they support structures, they are fitted over shafts to acts as buffers and supporters. They increase durability and stop all those awful rattlings and movements that compromise the quality and effectiveness of a device. They also reduce friction, meaning that choosing the right shim washer stock for a machine or mechanism can significantly extend its lifespan.  By reducing vibration, shafts and components rubbing together and wearing each other away can be a problem easily and cheaply avoided.

Selecting the right shim washers for you

Choosing the right shim washer stock for your product or item is one which requires some thought, and there are dedicated experts out there who have the knowledge, skills and experience you need to provide solutions to your problems. Shim washer stock comes in a wide array of different sizes, thicknesses usually range from 0.1 millimetres to one millimetre.  Choosing the correct thickness of your shim washer really depends on what function it will be carrying out, how flexible it needs to be, and how much load it will be bearing. The material used for your shim washer stock would also need to be taken into consideration. For example, if your shim washer needs to be water or oil proof, specific plastics would have to be used. If you simply want to reduce vibration, perhaps cork or rubber shim washers would be more appropriate.

If you require shim washer stock to help you with your machinery or appliances, get in touch today on 0121 544 5808 and see the wide array of shim washer stock available for you. If you want to find out more information on the properties of shim washers, Shim Washer Properties to visit our previous update.

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