One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of extending the longevity of a piece of equipment is to install one or more custom metal shims, which can be produced to a variety of specifications, including the thickness, shape, and material. Custom metal shims are particularly useful for creating equipment that is prone to wear, including devices that vibrate, for example. In these situations, metal shims can be incorporated into a piece of equipment to help absorb the brunt of the vibrations and stress, thereby allowing manufacturers to extend their equipment life without needing repairs and early replacements.
Benefits of Custom Metal Shims
Usually, custom metal shims are inexpensive to produce, and incorporating them into a piece of equipment can maximize its tolerance and increase its overall lifespan. Here’s a brief overview of what each of these advantages mean for businesses.
Economical to Manufacture
Possibly the most important benefit of custom metal shims is how economical they are to produce, use, and tailor to your specific needs. Since they can be sourced from a variety of materials and manufactured using various techniques, including laser cutting and die stamping, they can be customized to serve many industries and applications. Metal shims can be made out of expensive materials, which last longer, or less expensive materials, if the user only needs the product short-term. Either way, shims are versatile and add value to commercial equipment.
Reduced Tolerance Requirements
Equipment must be engineered to an array of specifications, including tolerance requirements for operational safety. These specifications must be considered during the early stages of the equipment’s life cycle. Adding shims to a device’s original design can help you meet or exceed these tolerance requirements and protect users.
Extended Equipment Life
A shim can extend a piece of equipment’s useful lifespan if it is positioned appropriately. By absorbing shock wear, shims can make your equipment last as long as possible without deteriorating.
Precision Metal Shim Capabilities
Custom metal shims can be manufactured from a wide variety of materials in an even broader assortment of shapes and thicknesses. Accubeam can manufacture shims with the following characteristics:
- Thicknesses ranging from 0.001 inches to .375 inches.
- Sizes ranging from small to large with a maximum of 48 inches by 48 inches.
- Custom designs, including shim sets.
- Metallic and non-metallic materials.
Laminated shims and edge-bonded shims are also available. Depending on the material that is used, shims can be constructed in the following widths:
- Mild Steel: 0.375 inches
- Stainless Steel: 0.25 inches
- Aluminum: 0.25 inches
- Copper: 0.25 inches
- Brass: 0.25 inches
- Titanium: 0.125 inches
Metal Shim Types
The types of shims available from Accubeam include:
- Steel shims (including metric steel shims)
- Brass shims (including metric brass shims)
- Stainless steel shims (including Type 316 and metric stainless-steel shims)
- Blue-tempered shims (including metric blue-tempered shims)
- Copper shims
- Aluminum shims
While we are capable of serving customers in any industry, our experience manufacturing custom metal shims mostly relates to the following sectors:
Why Choose Accubeam’s Precision Metal Shims?
For the past 15 years, Accubeam has been the leading provider of laser marking, engraving, and cutting services in the southeastern United States. During that time, we have innovated the industry by improving industrial equipment and manufacturing processes alike. We have the expertise and equipment to produce your next batch of custom metal shims, no matter how large or small they may be. For more information about our custom metal shims, visit our website, or request a quote today.