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This polyethylene terephthalate (PET) shim stock sheet is color coded by thickness for easy identification. PET is a lightweight and impact resistant plastic that does not rust and is impervious to oil and water. This PET shim stock can be used in gasketing and other manufacturing processes and is sold in flat sheets for cutting and stamping into shims of various sizes and shapes.
A shim is a thin piece of material placed between objects for a variety of uses, including added support, improved leveling, increased insulation, tighter sealing, and better spacing. Shims can also be used to fill in gaps between parts that are prone to wear. Shims are used in processes such as automobile and machine tool manufacturing, construction operations, musical instrument production, and computer engineering. Shim stock is a thin sheet of metal or plastic that can be cut, sawed, stamped, milled, or bored into shims of various shapes and sizes to suit a wide range of applications. Shims can be made from almost any material, such as wood, paper, metal, stone, and plastic. However, commercial shim stock is either metal or plastic. Specific properties of shim stock, such as magnetism, hardness, temper, yield strength, chemical reactivity, corrosion resistance, and conductivity, are dependent on base materials and any finishing processes that have been applied, such as tempering, rolling, or surface treatments. Shim stock is sold in rolls or sheets of varying lengths, widths, and thicknesses. Slotted shim stock is precut for improved accuracy in alignment and leveling. Laminated shim stock is produced in sheets of stacked, pressed layers of metal foil that can be peeled apart to adjust the sheet thickness. Shim stock conforms to American Society for Testing and Materials Standards (ASTM), Society of Automobile Engineers International Standards (SAE), SAE Aerospace Materials Standards (AMS), United States Military Standards (MIL), Copper Development Association Standards (CDA), and the American Iron and Steel Institute Standards (AISI).
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