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Neoprene Rubber Washers For Flexible And Tough Spacing

Neoprene rubber washers are made from a flexible, enduring synthetic material. It has become a common choice of synthetic rubber for many industrial applications. In addition to many of the advantages of natural rubber in spacing components, it offers a number of enhancements.

Neoprene rubber washers are designed to fit around threaded fasteners such as bolts, screws, and rods. They are then positioned between the head of the fastener or nut and an installation surface.

Multiple neoprene washers are sometimes used in a single fastener assembly. They can also be used in between joined parts to help add extra spacing, level connections, and security against tension loss. They are also effective as anti-corrosive agents and can be used as a barrier between potentially incompatible materials.   

Depending on their thickness and other factors, neoprene washers can be notably elastic. This is useful when a spacer needs to adhere or cling to the area between components. Such a feature also contributes to sealing and vibration damping capabilities. If greater rigidity and support is required, neoprene rubber washers may be paired with other types of washers, including those made of hard materials like steel or high-density plastics.   

Neoprene can be effective for absorbing shock and tremor. They are incorporated into equipment that is motorized or must be isolated from surrounding vibration. Neoprene also provides electrical insulation, making it useful for interior and exterior portions of electronic appliances. 

Compared to natural rubber and various types of synthetic rubber spacers, neoprene washers will better resist deterioration due to temperature extremes. They will also retain integrity when exposed to certain types of chemicals. These and other factors contribute to neoprene’s prevalence in plumbing, marine, HVAC, and hydrodynamic applications. Washers made from this material can be used like gaskets if they are correctly sized for the application. In some cases, a neoprene o-ring can be more effective for fitting into groves and sealing liquids and gasses.

As a standard, neoprene rubber washers feature a round inner diameter and round outer diameter, although other shapes can be custom manufactured. A neoprene washer with a narrow ratio between these diameters may be more frequently used as a gasket or hose washer. Neoprene rubber washers with extended thicknesses can be more effective for use as mounts and vibration isolators.

Now that neoprene rubber washers have become a conventional alternative to rubber washers, they are widely available from most parts and hardware retailers. If non-standard, custom, or metric sizes are needed, or if notably large quantities are required for industrial-scale projects, it's economical to purchase them directly from a stamping manufacturer.   

What Are Neoprene Washers Used For?

Neoprene rubber washers are used between fasteners and joined parts. They can perform many functions, including the incorporation of vibration damping, electrical insulation, sealing, and cushioning. They can also act as a buffer that prevents corrosion and other reactions between incompatible materials. Neoprene washers are used as a tougher alternative to rubber washers, as they retain their integrity even when subjected to heat and various chemicals. Neoprene washers are used in equipment and structural settings and are common in plumbing, HVAC, and hydrodynamic applications.

What Are Neoprene Stainless Steel Washers?

Neoprene stainless steel washers refer to spacing components that feature a layer of neoprene attached to a stainless steel washer. These washers combine many of the damping and cushioning capabilities of a neoprene spacer with the stability of a metal flat washer. The added layer of neoprene can also prevent the washer from spinning, thereby helping to preserve tension and prevent loosening when vibration is a factor.