As a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality shims, we are asked about the different shim categories. In particular, supplying our best-selling peelable variety of shims. Here at Stephens Gaskets we are proud to offer the most durable and effective peelable shim stock. They often act as a more cost-effective solution compared to the use of regular shims.


What are the uses of a Regular Shim?

A shim is a washer or thin strip of material which is mainly used to align parts. It can also reduce wear. For instance, some very popular shims are tapered shims, which can be made out of a variety of materials.

Here at Stephens Gaskets, we primarily stock shims for machinery, to typically service three main requirements:

  • Tolerance compensation
  • Wear compensation
  • Precision alignment

These requirements can be achieved with a regular shim. However, we frequently recommend having peelable shims in stock for precision machinery adjustment. As a result of specified adjustment allowances, you may find that you are unable to identify the correctly-sized shim the first time. This is where the versatility of peelable shims becomes particularly beneficial.


How do Peelable Shims work, and why might they be more suitable?

Peelable shims, as the name suggests, allow you to peel the shim down to the correct size at the time of assembly and adjust to suit the task at hand. You may be concerned that the efficacy and texture of the shim will change as you peel it down. However, this is not the case: they will always remain a uniform thickness which is smooth, clean and parallel. Although, you can’t reuse the foil which has been peeled off. This is because it does not keep its shape after peeling.

All of this means that peelable shims allow for quick repairs on the adjustment line, as opposed to having to go back and forth taking measurements and trying to find a regular shim that would fit.


Peelable Shims are ideal for a variety of applications, such as:

  • Pumps
  • Gas turbines
  • Hydraulic controls
  • Refrigeration.


Why not try Peelable Shims today?

Peelable shims are the right solution for many types of adjustments. Also, they may be the perfect addition to your toolbox. Here at Stephens Gaskets, we are suppliers that can manufacture your chosen shim, whether peelable or not, to your exact requirements and specifications.

Call us today and completely personalise your selection: from the material you would like to use, the amount of layers on your peelable shim, and any other necessary accompanying piece of equipment, Stephens Gaskets will guarantee your satisfaction. As a leading peelable shims supplier with years of expertise, no request is too ambitious.

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