Cold-heading uses applied force to punch metal blanks housed within a die, forming the desired component shape. The applied pressure causes the plastic flow of metal until the blank assumes the shape of the space within the die. This is a cost-effective option since heat treatments, shearing and other secondary processes are not necessary for the construction of simple components.
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New product development (NPD) teams are always looking for a competitive edge that will allow them to make their electronic devices smaller, appliances more reliable, vehicles safer, or instruments more precise. These products often call for highly engineered metal components on an increasingly miniaturized scale, and the demand for these miniature and micro metal components is accelerating. Those developing such products have a variety of choices in sourcing these components, seeking to meet critical functional specifications to assist with design for manufacturing (DFM), design for assembly (DFA), quality and cost.
Weighing the available processes against one another according to cost-benefit criteria by which they are typically assessed brings to the forefront one process that is often overlooked—cold-heading or roll-forming.
There are several advantages to using cold-heading technology over standard machining processes.
- Cost savings through scrap reduction
- High production rates with tight tolerances
- Consistent, reliable quality
- Increased material strength
- Eco-friendly alternative
MW Components specializes in the production of micro and miniature metal components. Cold-heading is often used to make high volumes of mission-critical parts that are stronger and more precise. Our 30 plus combined facilities have the right materials, technology, machinery, and industry experience to develop the perfect component for your application. Our experts work with exacting standards and tight tolerances, and many of our facilities maintain industry-specific certifications that ensure added precision and quality assurance.
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