Dyifo continues to expand its online information resources for parts buyers at construction companies and manufacturers. Dyifo’s latest publication explains the characteristics and uses of 18/8 stainless steel washers.
The resource page includes a video produced by Superior Washer & Gasket Corp. and a written discussion about the best applications for 18/8 stainless steel washers. Common questions about the washer’s food safety and how they compare to other stainless steel washers are also addressed in the content.
18/8 stainless steel washers appeal to manufacturers and builders who need an attractive metal fastener assembly resistant to corrosion under normal conditions. Manufacturers stamp these washers from an 18/8 stainless steel alloy that contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. This material can be polished to a bright metallic sheen. It resists rusting, staining, or tarnishing.
This alloy is largely similar to 304 stainless steel. Both are food safe, but 304 stainless steel can encompass both 18/8 and 18/10 stainless steel alloys. An 18/10 alloy has 2% more nickel.
Load distribution on fasteners assemblies represents the primary function of washers. Washers balance fastener tension and protect the materials being joined from damage by the bolt or screw pressing into a surface. Washers also guard against over tightening while still producing a secure connection.
In addition to flat washers, 18/8 stainless steel offers the same benefits when used to make lock washers, slotted washers, and other spaces. ASTM specifications for A240 and A240M can be applied to 18/8 stainless steel washers.
Overall, 18/8 stainless steel washers are a common type of washer sold by many suppliers. Parts purchasers in need of specialty washers, large quantities, or many sizes often choose to work directly with a stamping manufacturer. Resources published by Dyifo allow buyers to research products and connect with fastener manufacturers.