These days, companies everywhere need to find ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality just to remain competitive. With the intense focus on protecting and preserving the environment, it is also important to find ways to minimize waste. While there are many ways to produce metal parts and components, few can match cold forming when it comes to efficiency. That’s why there are so many industrial applications of cold forming, in businesses such as automotive, aerospace, medical and computer electronics.
Cold Forming Reduces Energy Consumption
Perhaps the best example of cold-forming efficiency is the energy savings it provides. Unlike hot forging, which requires the application of high-temperature heat, cold forming takes place at or near room temperature. This makes cold forming among the most energy-efficient metalworking processes, and also makes it a more viable alternative for companies looking to save money.
Cold Forming Requires Less Material
Take a moment to think about the typical machining process. It starts by taking a large chunk of metal material and cutting away everything that is not required to produce the part. This creates chips that are nothing more than wasted material. Metal forming, on the other hand, is a highly precise method that results in a 100 percent yield – practically no material is wasted during the process, which reduces costs and limits excess material consumption.
Cold Forming Is Fast
Do you need to get your products on the market as quickly as possible? The cold-forming process enables much faster production runs and high-volume manufacturing of smaller metal parts such as screws, nuts, bolts and fasteners. Depending on the product, the cold forming output can range from 50-400 parts per minute, compared to one to two parts per minute in standard screw machining applications. The combination of higher production rates and less material consumption can result in cold-formed part prices being as much as 40-60 percent less than machines parts.
Superior Part Quality
Certain technical advantages also result in excellent cold-forming efficiency. The process is virtually immune to the poor chip-breaking tendencies exhibited by metals such as copper, gold and nickel. Cold forming also results in additional strain hardening that increases tensile strength. What’s more, cold forming features natural radii on undercuts and corners that reduce the formation of sharp edges and burrs that would need to be removed.
When it comes to the manufacturing of just about any product, efficient, easily repeatable processes create more consistent results. Cold forming offers greater control over dimensions, which leads to a higher consistency of the formed parts.
STS Intelli: Your Best Choice in a Cold-Forming Company
No matter which industrial application of cold forming meet your requirements, you can trust STS Intelli to deliver efficient results that will exceed your expectations. You will get a finished product that will meet your performance needs and save you money in the process.
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