Nylon washers are a type of the hardware by the same name (washers) made from nylon plastic. Washers are thin, (usually) disc-shaped plates featuring a hole that is almost always in the middle. The term "nylon" refers to an entire family of synthetic polymers that has been in use since the 1930s. The main goal of nylon washers is to evenly distribute the force of a threaded fastener, like a screw, so that it works properly. In addition, some consumers use nylon washers as spacers, cushions or locking devices.
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Benefits of Nylon Washers
Regardless of the exact nylon manufacturers use, nylon washers offer many nylon-related benefits, such as: corrosion resistance, wear resistance, impact resistance, abrasion resistance, vibration resistance and anti-friction properties. Nylon is also non-conductive, non-toxic, non-flammable and insulative.
Nylon Washer Design
To make nylon washers, manufacturers use machines like die cut machines, stamping machines or punch presses. Of these, punch presses are maybe the most common. Punch presses are fast-acting machine presses that cut holes into coil or sheet material. Most companies use CNC controlled punch presses, which lend their processes great precision, easy adjustment, efficiency and repeatability. Using punch presses, manufacturers can create not only standard nylon washers, but also custom ones as well. They can fabricate them in a wide range of sizes, with custom inner diameters and outer diameters. Also, at your request, they will fabricate them with custom colors.
Plastic hardware manufacturers usually make nylon washers from nylon varieties including: Nylon 66, Nylon 6, Tecamid MDS (molybdenum disulfide filled nylon) and Nylatron (molybdenum disulfide lubricant powder filled nylon).
Applications of Nylon Washers
Thanks to these excellent properties, nylon washers are used for a wide range of applications. For example, because nylon is non-conductive and insulative, nylon washers are great for electrical applications. Also, because of their strong corrosion resistance, nylon washers are perfect in the chemical industry. In plumbing, they are extremely useful for assistance in sealing. Manufacturers of sprinkler systems also like nylon washers because they are so durable and resistant to stressors. As a lightweight material hardware, nylon washers serve as an alternative to heavier metal washers. They are also used for applications in medical, aerospace, construction, marine, food and military industries.