When it comes to optimal function and endurance you need precision. Poor designs using less than perfect components will only lead to unexpected costs. They can also cause shorter equipment lifespan and possibly even injury. That’s why it’s so important to use quality products. Our steel shim stock is great for an effective and reliable result. 

Shims are often overlooked. However, the use of a wrong shim can be detrimental to a job or machinery. Therefore, it’s essential to choose the right parts. A trusted manufacturer will ensure a quality product and the best results. 

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Shim Types and Uses

In order to choose the right shim, you have to consider material composition. As well as the mechanical and physical specifications. Especially as there are so many different types and sizes of shim, which each owe themselves to different applications. 

Shim materials can include stainless steel, carbon steel, plastic, aluminum, rubber, brass, and more. Different applications will require different materials, although listed above are some of the most commonly used. 

A good design leverages the shim washer material accordingly. For example, high carbon steel shim stock or stainless steel shim stock might be more appropriate for high temperature or external environments. Similarly, rubber shims might be more appropriate than, say, stainless steel shims for applications exposed to water. 

Steel Shim Stock

Many applications require resilient materials, that’s where our steel shim stock and spring steel shim comes in. Stainless steel is the strongest shim material available. Furthermore, steel shim washers are especially beneficial when exposed to corrosive, biologicals and volatile mixtures.

Choosing Stephens gaskets

When selecting the right shim, the manufacturer is just as important. In addition to experience and expertise, having access to large shim stock is extremely helpful. At Stephens Gaskets we have one of the biggest ranges of steel shim stock available. Even more, if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for we can offer a custom made service.  

Stephens Gaskets has been manufacturing shims for over 50 years, and in addition to our years of experience we also have state-of-the-art machinery. As a result we can commit to small and large quantities, a short lead time and a guaranteed quality result. 

Get in touch today for more information on our wide range of products or for advice on the right shim for your next job.

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