As a shim washer supplier, we’re aware that most people know roughly what a shim washer is, very few realise the extraordinarily wide range of uses they have. They can be made from plastic, cork, metal, paper — just about any material you can think of — and depending on their material and application, can have a very wide range of uses.
Shim washer supplier in the UK, Stephens Gaskets
Stephens Gaskets is a Shim washer supplier. Shim washers in the UK are often used to absorb impacts, fill in gaps, protect two separate pieces of machinery or to prevent damage to mechanisms. Shim washers in the UK tend to be used to take up excess gaps in assemblies. Because of this, they need to be manufactured to precise dimensions.
In bearing assemblies, for example, washers are fitted over shafts in order to take up excess space. This can reduce rattling and lower the likelihood of damage being caused to parts where different components have been manufactured separately and fitted together at a later date. These are also often referred to as ‘spacers’.
As a Shim washer supplier, we can manufacture from a range of different materials, including rubber, foam, plastic, felt, fabric, leather, aluminium, brass and a number of other different materials. Each has its own specific properties. For example, if conductivity is key then copper might be the right choice. If some movement and impact absorption is required, rubber or foam are often used. For a tight seal that also reduces water ingress, plastic might be the best material to choose. It’s easy to see, then, how versatile and wide-ranging the world of shim washers is.
We stock all types of shim washer in the UK to standard sizes and can manufacture bespoke shim washers, either in small runs or large repeat orders. We are shim washers supplier that can manufacture our custom shims in any material of your choice, and even provide a self-adhesive backing or laminated finish if this is required.
With ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 accreditation, you can rest assured that you’re dealing with the experts. Our quality control procedures are second to none, ensuring that we get it right first time and not only meet your expectations but exceed them. We are strategically based in Birmingham, in the West Midlands, meaning that we are able to reach all corners of the country quickly and efficiently. In addition to this, all of our shims are manufactured on site, giving you the peace of mind in our quality control.
read our previous blog here….. Metric Shim Washers