Ford Component Manufacturing’s Easipeel laminated metal shimstock and finished shims are most commonly made from carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium and brass, although other requirements such as cadmium plated steel, copper and phosphor bronze have been supplied.
Individual foil thicknesses are 0.025mm, 0.05mm, 0.075mm and 0.1mm, with total sheet thicknesses varying from 0.4mm up to 5.0mm, although for even thicker shims it can be more cost effective to specify a ‘hybrid’ shim which is made up from part solid, part laminated shimstock.
Shims are also available in mixed foil thicknesses of, for example, one half of the total thickness in 0.05mm foils and the other in 0.07mm. Sheet sizes for the most popular foil thickness of 0.05mm are 1220mm x 610mm.
Ford provide technical assistance to customers who prefer to manufacture their own finished shims, while a programme of ongoing development at Ford through its Shim Advisory Service provide free assistance on shimming options.
Ford Component Manufacturing is based South Shields, UK.