Nylon Spacers, What They Are and Why You Should Use Them.

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Nylon spacers work on the same principle as a washer but they are thicker and more barrel-like in their appearance. While they are most commonly used in the assembly of electrical goods due to their excellent insulating properties, they can also be found in a wide range of other products from pumps to pushchairs. The benefits of using nylon spacers instead of their more conventional metal counterparts are many. Here are some of the main reasons why you should consider using them:
 
  • Non-Corrosive – No need to worry about rusting. They are also resistant to many strong chemicals, fuels, greases and oils.
  • Non-Abrasive – They will not damage or scratch any protective coating or polished finish.
  • Durability and Strength – They have a high mechanical strength and will often outlast other materials in a variety of conditions.
  • Versatile - Not only used for spacing, they can also be used as bearings, glides, cushion washers, rollers and bushings.
  • Lightweight – In certain industries weight can be a very important factor when choosing fixings and fasteners, especially in larger projects. Automotive, aerospace and shipping industries all benefit from lighter, more efficient components. Reducing weight can result in much improved fuel efficiency, a key factor for environmentally conscious manufacturers.
  • Shock and Noise Absorption – Nylon is hard enough to provide a decent sound-damping capacity and is also shock resistant even at low temperatures.
  • Good Creep and Cold Flow Resistance – Much higher resistance than other thermoplastics.
  • Cost – Price per unit is usually lower than the metal variation. Also, as they are very light in weight, manufacturers using nylon fasteners, as opposed to metal ones, can lower shipping costs considerably.
  • Good Insulation Properties – Good electrical insulation at most voltages. Nylon is however considered a hygroscopic material so some water absorption may occur in certain environments which can affect its insulating properties.
 
While they may remain less well known than their more traditional metal cousins, nylon spacers are becoming increasingly more popular and with the benefits listed above you can see why. So next time you are looking for a strong, lightweight, cost effective spacer look no further than nylon.
 
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