What is it?
A plain washer, also known as a flat washer is a thin ring of material with a hole in the centre.
What does it do?
A plain washer is used with a threaded fastener such as a screw or bolt. Washers are primarily used for the following;
Distributing the load of a threaded fastener for example, screw or nut
Preventing damage to the surface it is being fixed to during tightening
Provides a smooth surface for the nut or bolt to bear on to
Plain washers are utilised whenever a fastener such as a nut or bolt is used. Some of the more common applications would be;
White goods, for example, washing machines
Unistrut and support rail systems
Flat washers are available in different materials, finishes and thicknesses. Depending on application and environment, there are specific attributes that must be considered when selecting the correct component.
Stainless Steel (304 and 316 grades)
Bright zinc plated