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15 Reasons to Use Non-Metallic Washers
Non-metallic washers have it all over metal in many applications – and the fact that they cost less is just one of their advantages. The I.G. Marston Co., Inc. has shipped millions of washers and various fasteners around the world – for the past 150 years.
Many companies already appreciate the various advantages of washers made from nylon, fibre, felt, acetal, rubber, cork, sponge and other non-metallic materials. Each has certain characteristics that make it most suitable in particular situations.
- Wear Resistance – Some of our non-metallic washers outwear metal parts by as much as 20 to 1. Plastics like Nylon, UHMWPE, PTFE and Acetal offer natural lubricity to increase wear resistance and extend the part life of bearings, rollers, gears and seals.
- Internal Lubrication – Certain non-metallic washers contain a solid lubricant, making them ideal in installations where external lubrication is difficult or undesirable.
- Noise Reduction – Non-metallic washers from IG Marston absorb noise and shock, and reduce chatter and vibration.
- Non-Abrasive – The non-metallic washers we produce will not gall or scratch mating parts.
- Corrosion Resistance – Have you ever seen a nylon or fibre washer rust? Properly selected non-metallic washers aren’t subject to other corrosive environments.
- Temperature Resistance – Plastics, ceramics, and composites have been developed which resist both extremely high and extremely low cryogenic temperature ranges with minimal loss of mechanical properties.
- Low Surface Friction – A low coefficient of friction in some washer materials makes another smoother, longer lasting operation of almost any product.
- Excellent Sealing – Non-metallic washers compress under pressure, so they are ideal as seals under unfavorable environmental conditions.
- Insulating Properties – Non-metallic washers are an excellent choice for applications involving electricity or temperature.
- Lightweight – To minimize the weight of automobiles, airplanes, and other products, non-metallic washers are a sensible alternative.
- Impact Resistance – Materials such as Polycarbonate are used for impact-resistance glazing and shields. Nylon and Polyurethane will absorb impact shock and isolate stress points to protect surrounding components.
- Medical and Food Approval – There’s a full range of plastics that have been approved for use in medical applications, ranging from heart pump valves to endoscopic instruments, as well as materials safe for food applications.
- Fire Safe – Several plastics are available in fire-safe and fire-retardant grades. These products have reduced the cost of previously necessary fire-suppression systems, and, in some cases, reduced insurance costs in high-liability applications.
- High Purity – Plastics have long been crucial in the manufacturing of high-purity fluid and gas handling applications. Many plastics have eliminated the concerns of out-gassing, leaching, and other forms of contamination in crucial high-purity systems.
- Lower Cost – Not only do non-metallic washers have all of the above advantages, they typically cost far less than their metal counterparts. Of course, wear and corrosion resistance and some of the other advantages listed above also lead to less down-time for maintenance – another cost-savings.
Given all of the reasons for using non-metallic washers isn’t it worth looking into? If you’re already acquainted with the benefits of using non-metallic washers, gaskets or other items and are looking for a new source, consider partnering with IG Marston Co. Since we’ve been in the business since 1844, we can honestly say, no one knows non-metallic washers like we do.
Plastics Recycling in the Automotive Industry
The use of plastics in automobiles has continued to grow over the past 20 years. The primary reason for this is that they help to reduce vehicle mass. A lighter car consumes less fuel, which also translates into less exhaust emissions. In addition, plastic parts are not prone to corrosion, offer flexibility and resilience for added safety, have very good thermal insulation, reduce noise and allow optimum space utilization.
I. G. Marston Co., Inc.'s Insight
Fuel efficiency is just one reason the automotive industry works with plastics manufacturers. Read more about why an average vehicle today consists of 12-15 % plastic parts.
Additive Manufacturing Technologies in High-Volume Automotive Production
Direct 3D printing of mass-produced car parts is unlikely in the near future because the technology is too slow, but experts at Ford and Stratasys say additive techniques can lower production, assembly, and design costs.
I. G. Marston Co., Inc.'s Insight
An example of how supportive technology can streamline the manufacturing process.
Fastener Industry Links
American Fastener Journal, the leading source of information for fastener professionals, is in its twenty-first year of publication. With bimonthly publication, an international circulation of over 13,000 and readership in excess of 45,000, we offer more to the fastener industry than any other fastener magazine. We are the official publication for the National Industrial Fastener Show/East, held annually for 25 years now rotating cities in the Eastern U.S., and for the National Industrial Fastener Show/West held in Las Vegas, the largest fastener show held in the world.
Published six times per year, Fastener Technology International magazine is the leading publication serving the worldwide fastener industry. Fastener Technology International puts you in touch with the key decision makers…worldwide. Our editorial package is a blend of technical, managerial, and general interest articles designed to meet the informational needs of the fastener industry with special emphasis on new technology that relates to increased productivity, improved quality and lower cost. Fastener Technology International also covers the latest news of the industry as well as a calendar of upcoming events.
Since 1979 Fastener Industry News has provided fastener executives with timely news for your business. We continue to publish the traditional print edition, but today your can get fastener news even faster on FastenerNews.com. Inside FIN you¹ll find news from the smallest to the largest fastener companies, news about fastener stocks and the FIN Fastener Stock Index, acquisitions, association news, the Short Takes section with news on fastener firms and people, quality certifications, laboratory accreditations, worldwide trade show information, letters to the editor, obituaries, and the Perspective and Media Spotlight columns. In addition to the serious business, there are the lighthearted items such as “Quips of the Year.”
Links for Fastener Standards
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.The Institute’s mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.
Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today’s ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members – engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries – who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
Founded in 1931, the Industrial Fasteners Institute is an association of the leading National American manufacturers of bolts, nuts, screws, rivets, and all types of special formed parts. Associate members include suppliers of equipment, materials, and services commonly used in fastener manufacturing. Whether you are a fastener manufacturer, supplier, or end-user, we hope you’ll find this site of interest and value to you.
ISO is the world’s leading developer of International Standards. ISO standards specify the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, processes, materials and system, and for good conformity assesment, managerial and or organizational practice. ISO standards are designed to be implemented worldwide.