Bonded neoprene washers are used in many industries which include the manufacturing sector as well as the plumbing industry. It has a shape like a rounded disk and its distinguishing feature is the circular hole right in the center of this piece of hardware. This type of washers is frequently used to prevent friction, loosening […]

Bonded neoprene washers are used in many industries which include the manufacturing sector as well as the plumbing industry. It has a shape like a rounded disk and its distinguishing feature is the circular hole right in the center of this piece of hardware. This type of washers is frequently used to prevent friction, loosening as well as leaks in the materials that they are used in. There are metal washers too but it is more common to see neoprene washers in use because of their low cost and high durability (very resistant to high temperature). Here is a look at the top 3 industries that use bonded neoprene washers:

Manufacturing industry
Bonded neoprene washers are widely used in alternative/renewable energy production processes as well as in automobile manufacturing. It is also often used in the furniture manufacturing industries and I am sure if you have bought furniture from IKEA before, you would have encountered these plastic washers. They are mainly used in the different manufacturing industries due to their ability to prevent corrosion of the metal parts that are pressing against them. Although the washers come in different sizes and shapes for different industrial uses, their employment is based on the three same functions which is to avoid friction, corrosion and loosening.

 
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Water treatment industry
The main usage of bonded neoprene washers in the water treatment industry is to prevent leaking by contributing an even surface and even pressure of nuts and bolts with another object. By also removing the friction between two surfaces, the plastic washers can help to stop leaks. It is actually a very common item in the household too, just look at your sinks or toilet sprayers, these neoprene washers are found in them.
Health care industry
I bet you will be surprised when I tell you that bonded neoprene washers can be even used in the human body! Remember that it prevents corrosion? Yes, so health care professionals such as surgeons have actually used neoprene washers in operations such as knee surgeries. We know that to repair certain ligament problems, screws are utilized so these plastic washers are used complementary to those screws to prevent friction against your ligaments as well as hold the screws tightly in place.
Now that you know the amazing uses of bonded neoprene washers, aren't you surprised that it is not just a piece of hardware that looks so significantly small and useless? Start to appreciate the neoprene washers today, because you might never know what great purposes they will serve tomorrow!

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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