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10 Reasons to Use Non-Metallic Washers


Non-metallic washers have it all over metal in many applications – and they cost less!


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. Read on and you’ll discover why the I.G. Marston Co., Inc. ships millions of washers and various fasteners for the past 150 years!


  1. Excellent Wear Resistance – You may not believe it, but some of our non-metallic washers outwear metal parts by as much as 20 to 1.
  2. Internal Lubrication – Certain non-metallic washers contain a solid lubricant, making them ideal in installations where external lubrication is difficult or undesirable.
  3. Noise Reduction – Non-metallic washers from IG Marston absorb noise and shock, and reduce chatter and vibration.
  4. Non-Abrasive – The non-metallic washers we produce will not gall or scratch mating parts.
  5. Corrosion Resistance – Have you ever seen a nylon or fibre washer rust? Properly selected non-metallic washers aren’t subject to other corrosive environments.
  6. Low Surface Friction – A low coefficient of friction in some washer materials makes another smoother, longer lasting operation of almost any product.
  7. Excellent Sealing – Non-metallic washers compress under pressure, so they are ideal as seals under unfavorable environmental conditions.
  8. Insulating Properties – IG Marston non-metallic washers are an excellent choice for applications involving electricity or temperature.
  9. Lightweight – To minimize the weight of automobiles, airplanes, and other products, non-metallic washers are a sensible alternative.
  10. Lower Cost – This one we all like to hear! Not only do non-metallic washers have all of the above advantages, but they typically cost far less than their metal counterparts.

Given all of the reasons for using non-metallic washers isn’t it worth looking into? If you are already using these items but could use a new source, consider the IG Marston Co. and why we’ve been successful for over 150 years!


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