Industrial Purchasing: A Buyer’s Guide

US manufacturing is the second largest in the world, behind China. You have to stay competitive in the face of rapidly changing economic conditions. Using the best machine parts is one way to give your business an edge.

The Shim Shack will work with you to get the top-quality shims you need. Learn more about what to consider when choosing machine parts and how the Shim Shack can help.

Choose Customization for Your Parts

A one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the right one for shims. The Shim Shack gives you the option of customizing your machine parts from our library or submitting a drawing for custom manufacturing. Customization options include:

  • Material type
  • Material thickness
  • Dimensions

If none of our standard parts meets your needs, we can create a custom design based on your drawing. Custom manufacturing gives you parts that meet your exact specifications.

Automated production lines produce a certain number of imperfections. The Shim Shack uses thorough quality control on our customized parts to ensure accuracy.

Select the Right Material

You can choose from a variety of materials for your industrial parts from The Shim Shack. We'll help you find the best metal for your application.


Aluminum is a strong but lightweight material. It resists corrosion, and it's highly formable. The Shim Shack offers several grades of aluminum for manufacturing parts.


Brass has a low friction rate. It's a good choice when you need to avoid sparking. Brass is a good conductor, and it's corrosion-resistant.


Bronze is very durable. It resists wear and corrosion. It has high formability.


Copper is highly corrosion-resistant. It resists cracking and will bend into a wide range of shapes. Copper is ductile and has very high thermal and electrical conductivity.


The Shim Shack offers four types of steel shim stock:

  • Hot Rolled Steel
  • Cold Rolled Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Spring Steel

Hot rolled steel is an economical option. If you need tight tolerances, though, cold rolled steel is a better choice.

Several grades of stainless steel are available for your machine parts. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and extreme temperatures. It's very strong and durable.

Spring steel has a high yield strength. It can withstand compression, bending, and twisting. It has good tensile strength and fatigue strength.

Look for the Latest Equipment and Technology

At The Shim Shack, we use the latest equipment and technology. We feature CNC laser cutting for flat sheet metal parts. Laser cutting offers many advantages for your metal shims.

Laser cutting is highly accurate. It gives you high precision without the need for after-treatment. This reduces costs and gives you a faster turnaround.

A CNC laser cutting machine is fast, even for complex cuts. It gives you high repeatability. Your parts are exact duplicates of each other.

Find a Supplier Who Will Be Your Partner

You're likely to need machine parts on an ongoing basis. The Shim Shack will partner with you to help your business succeed. We'll help you design customized shim solutions for your applications.

With The Shim Shack, you get a short lead time and a fast turnaround for your custom order. We offer a quality product and competitive pricing.

Request a quote today and experience the difference that working with a market leader can make.

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