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Phoenix Specialty Manufactures Precision Washers and Shims. Phoenix Specialty understands the precision required in the manufacture of washers and shims. Celebrating over 100 years, Phoenix Specialty has produced quality components such as washers, shims and precision stampings for major leading industries.

When you are considering what type of shim you may require for your project, there are generally three factors to consider: the shape, thickness, and type of material you will need for your shim. At Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing, we can assist you in determining all three. The shape you need will depend upon the function of the shim and the size of the pieces it will be against, while the thickness will usually depend upon the size of the space the shim will fill.

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Shims are available in a wide selection of materials, from brass and copper, to Teflon and even paper. They are a thin strip of material often used for aligning parts to make them fit. Shims are also great for reducing wear. But why choose stainless steel? Depending on the type of project you are working on, stainless steel may be the best option for several reasons.

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Metal washers are not only used in machinery; they can also be recycled and used in artwork. They can be made of wood, plastic, metal or stone. Their sizes range from small to large and they also come in other shapes besides being round. We've found that necklaces and bracelets are a popular way for crafty people to recycle this metal type of washer. They can also be used to make pictures and sculptures.

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Quality vs. Quantity

As is the case with anything you purchase, your experience with standard and custom washers, shims, and parts will vary based on the quality of the products you choose. When choosing a low-quality part, it may save you some money in the short run, and may even work the way you need it to at first, but this won't last long.

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With over one hundred years of being in the business of supplying custom specialty parts to original equipment manufacturers, we know exactly the type of high-quality and precision custom parts our customers are looking for. Our inventory, that is ready to ship the same day, is a staggering 400 million parts that include over 100,000 different items. We work closely with each of our clients to ensure that the products they order meet their specific requirements and are produced with the highest standards. The machines that produce these products are kept up to date to produce the finest and best products that are possible.

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Also known as pressing, metal stamping is a multistage processing endeavor that the professionals at Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing undertake on a daily basis for many different industries. A stamping press is used to manufacture metal stampings and the process can be done in one swift motion or it can involve multiple individual steps, such as punching, blanking, embossing, flanging, bending, and coining. While the metal stampings we produce vary from industry to industry, there are five metal stampings that are most common.

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The Importance of Washers

Washers are an integral part of a larger piece of machinery for a variety of industries. They can act as a spacer, weight distributor, buffer, locking device, and even help prevent corrosion between steel screws and aluminum surfaces, so it is important to choose quality parts that can continue to work for years to come. You can read more about washers and why they are more important than you may think on our blog.

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Here at Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing, there are some questions that we hear more often than others. One particular topic that people often are confused about is the difference between washers and shims. They can seem very similar, but it is important that you understand these tools if you plan on using them. Each one serves a different purpose, so in some situations one will be preferred over the other in order to get the results you want. 

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When it comes to your manufacturing product needs, you simply must work with a company that is time-tested, heavily invested in the knowledge and equipment it takes to do the job, and who is considerate of the needs of their clients. Here at Phoenix Specialty, we are constantly learning, expanding, and building upon the foundation that our company established in its inception in 1907. We specialize in unique, and strive to set ourselves apart from the rest in our industry in every way possible. If you are considering metal stamping services, let us show you how we are unique from our competitors and can meet your every need.

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Metal stamping (also known as metal pressing) primarily uses sheet metal to create products. At Phoenix Specialty, we typically use our metal stamping presses in order to create a specialized product that meets the needs of your unique project. We like to say that we specialize in the unique, and we have the largest raw material inventory in our industry, so if you have a job you need done, you can bet on us to complete it for you! If you are wondering just how precise our metal stamping process is, take a look at our stats.

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Much has been claimed about the effectiveness and the limitless possibilities of the 3D printer, but can this new technology replace tried-and-true technology that is already efficient and incredibly effective? Some might say time will tell, but the following post outlines the pros and cons of both traditional stamping or 3D printing as a way to manufacture products to help you come to your own conclusions.

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When it comes to your manufacturing project, you know that only the most precise tools can be used for the job. If the metals you use are not of the best quality and created specifically to fit the needs of your project, then you are fighting an uphill battle. Many manufacturing tools suppliers have a myriad of products in stock for you to choose from, but Phoenix Specialty is distinguished from others in that we can create the custom stamping that you need from our large supply of on-hand metals. With the largest supply in the country, we have on hand 1.5 million pounds of 300 different types of metals available at any given moment. With such a large supply, we can certainly meet the needs of your company, and would love to have the opportunity to do business with you. The following list outlines some reasons why using custom stamping can be so advantageous to you, our valued customer.

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Here at Phoenix Specialty, we most frequently manufacture products for the aerospace industry with products to aid in the manufacture of their designs. We have manufactured shims, washers, and stamping for space shuttles, the Mars Rover, and even the Apollo Moon landing. Washers are an important product when manufacturing an airplane or other type of aircraft, and we take our job seriously. The following outlines how washers are used in the aerospace industry, and why we are proud to be a part of this important industry in America.

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Shims are a fundamental aspect of many construction and manufacturing projects, but there are still many people who do not know what a shim is, nor its importance with regards to building and manufacturing products. At Phoenix Specialty, we have found that shims are so important that they are one of the major products that we distribute each day. So what is a shim, and why is it so important and fundamental to building and manufacturing? Read on, and you will find out all that you have ever needed to know about shims in the most basic terms.

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A washer is a simple object, yet it serves an important purpose. And no, we are not talking about the appliance that you rely on to clean your clothes. The washers highlighted in this post are the kind that are used to distribute weight, increase friction, prevent corrosion, and hold together even the most gargantuan of machines. Without the lowly washer, the world of engineering and manufacturing would be a very different place. Read on if you want to learn how important a washer is in our society.

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