Support washers are discs made of steel or stainless steel. These support washers are installed as axial play compensation in gearboxes or on axles or shafts. The axial play is minimized by using the support washers.
Can you imagine an assembly of shafts and axles or bearings and bearing shells without support washers? This would be an unthinkable fact in today's production and manufacturing of machines. In this article, we would like to take a closer look at what support washers are used for in industry and what sense and benefit these important balancing elements have. It must now be said that supporting washers made of metal first had to work out their areas of application, which had to acquire their claim with the development and progress of the technical revolution. When there were no high-quality technical and precise mechanical devices and systems available, there was also no application for metal support washers. So the supporting discs have developed at the same speed as the technical and mechanical equipment. But now let us come to the discs themselves. Support washers have the task of compensating for any leeway that prevails in technical devices and systems due to production processes. Let us now come to the details that these shims precisely effect. If, for example, you have to install a bearing seat with a bearing shell and a ball bearing, this will inevitably result in play, which must now be compensated for by shims. For this purpose it is always important to measure the clearance exactly at the beginning, which has to be compensated. Then the support washers are used, which are now inserted with the appropriate material thickness at the appropriate place between the bearing seat and the housing bearing. Then the bearing is placed again in front of the support disc(s) and the mechanics are installed again. Now it can be checked whether the play is still there or has disappeared completely. If there is still a small amount of play (axial play), the play can be reduced to zero by inserting further metal support washers. This play compensation can be carried out on all axial elements, not only on bearing seats and bearing shells. Which materials are used for support washers? The basic support washer is always a bright steel which is used in industry. However, in recent years the situation has changed. Stainless steel support washers are being used more and more frequently because these washers are simply resistant to all acids and alkalis and cannot be attacked chemically. For this purpose the support discs are used as V2A and V4A.
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You can now see that support washers are an indispensable compensating element, which are repeatedly used in industry as a wear part. But not only the industry claims to have support washers of all sizes and types, but also more and more private hobbyists and model makers, who create realistic models, know the advantage of using support washers made of stainless steel or steel, so that your vehicles and machines have no axial play whatsoever. When we started to expand our company Fit for the fastening market, we started to include all fastening elements such as nuts and bolts in our product range. Nobody thought about support washers, that they are also in high quality and are often used for maintenance of machines and technical equipment. But also in this case we received inquiries from customers who asked if it is also possible that we could supply them permanently with the corresponding support washers made of steel or stainless steel? Of course, we have responded to these inquiries and have started to search for an adequate supplier for support washers, who can also supply us permanently in a certain quantity. The search was also successful in this case and so we can now also offer the supporting washers made of metal. Due to our online presence we have been offering our customers from Germany and the rest of Europe the possibility to buy their support washers quickly and easily through our online shop. This saves time in the procurement of materials and can be done quickly once in between. So that all can run off safely, it is important that your deposited data is also safely transported and no data tap can take place, if your orders are transferred to our merchandise management system. This security is now provided by SSL certification. But let's also lose a few words, which make a purchase of support washers via our shop quickly possible. We assume that you too have found us via a search engine and the search word "support washers" and we would like to welcome you to our shop!
The production on support washers
Now we have already been able to explain to you in the two articles some things about the support washers and their application as well as the assembly, which is also important to us. This means that most fitters now also know how support washers can be used and what task these special compensating elements have. Of course, we would like to tell you how these support washers made of stainless steel or steel can be manufactured to enable an efficient, cost-effective production that is also modern and economical. In the past, when there was much more time for all the upcoming products and their production, very slow punching machines were used for this purpose, which placed a stainless steel plate or a steel plate. The individual rings of the support washers could now be punched out in the applied material by means of an upper head punch. However, this production process was not very economical and therefore the support washers were sometimes very expensive. Today, the production and manufacture of such washers looks completely different. Fast and economical CNC punching machines or forming machines are used. These work with a CNC program which is loaded into the machines. All parameters are located within the program and therefore it is clear to the machine which processes have to be carried out step by step. The construction is similar to the old machines and so a punching machine comes into operation, which gradually punches out all support washers from a steel strip sheet, which can be made of stainless steel or steel. When the program is loaded and all parameters are set, the production of the support plates can start. To do this, the steel strip must be fed into the machine and production starts by moving the punching machine. Now the different diameters are punched out of the steel strip. One by one all parts fall into a box and can be collected. It is important that there is no burr on the support washers, so that they can be installed cleanly on machines. If we receive an order from you for support washers, we can assemble your purchase in our warehouse and ship it to you!