While by now, you are likely familiar with the role that shim washers UK play, you are perhaps less aware of the huge range available and the vast applications they suit. Furthermore, we use shims across nearly every industry. Despite their size, they play an essential role in bigger operations. From metal shim washers to rubber washer shims, they come in all materials, shapes, and sizes. What’s more, they serve a long list of purposes. As shim washer suppliers we want to share with you how they can support your projects.
What is a shim?
Shim is the name given to material (metal, rubber, silicone, etc.) that is used as a space-filler to align parts, make them fit, or reduce wear. Why do you need shim washers? Shims are a great way to save on costs in an industrial environment. For example, if two surfaces rub together and wear the component down, this can lead to a shorter lifespan, damage or injury. However, an engineer can simply use a shim washer to fill the space, then replace it when it wears thin. Ultimately, this can save a business thousands in machinery costs. This is because buying shims is much cheaper than replacing machinery parts or the machine itself.
How are metal shims used?
At Stephens Gaskets, we manufacture all types of shims, including our best selling; stainless steel shim washers. We deliver our quality shim washers all over the country to a wide range of manufacturers and industries for the following reasons:
Space filler: If there is an unwanted gap in materials, a shim can be used to create a seal / close the gap. Therefore giving a level or flush finish. If parts are subject to wear, by using a shim to fill the gap it prolongs the lifespan of the machinery or parts. Potentially saving a business thousands of pounds.
To align parts: Often a plastic or metal shim is used to level an object or align parts. In some instances, shims also allow for greater flexibility when it comes to the clearance level of a particular part.
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Many industries require shims in large quantities. What’s more, as a leading manufacturer we have a large stock of pre-cut, shim washers. However, we also offer a bespoke shim service with fast turnaround times thanks to our state-of-the-art machinery and central location.
Our team has the knowledge, expertise and skillset to deliver the right product, on time, every time for your next project. So if you have any questions about shim washers in the UK, or if you’d like further information about any of our products or services then call us on 0121 544 5808 or email us at email@example.com.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Understanding Stainless Steel Shim Stock.