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Cold heading is used to make the heads, or fasteners, on cylindrical parts such as bolts and screws which are used in almost every industry including construction, hardware, agriculture, furniture and manufacturing. Cold headed fasteners are used to secure two components together and so are required to be strong and durable. Read More…

Cold Heading Cold heading is the process by which the heads of small, simple parts are produced. Unlike traditional metalworking processes, cold heading does not use heat to shape metal, rather using high pressure and force with a punch and die, a metal part is formed into a desired shape.
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Leading Manufacturers

Rockford, IL  |  877-237-4554

We have over 70 years of experience of manufacturing fairly priced cold headed parts. Our teams are dedicated to creating exceptional products that are extremely durable and aesthetically pleasing. It is our goal here at Brynolf Manufacturing to exceed your expectations and you will be impressed with our ability to accurately manufacture your solutions. We can accommodate all of your needs. Give us a call today to learn more!

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Brynolf Manufacturing Inc. $$$

Palmer, MA  |  888-283-8961

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc., has grown to be the largest and most respected producer of cold rolled and cold drawn metal profiles in North America, primarily serving the power generation, firearms, computer, medical, oil exploration and lawn and garden markets, among a score of others.

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Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc. $$$

Cuyahoga Falls, OH  |  330-923-4112

Here at NSK Industries, Inc. we are a turnkey manufacturing which means we will supply your cold forming needs with a short amount of lead time. Our company manages four facilities and we strive to be an unsurpassed supplier. We have the background and production lines that can get your projects done regardless of complexity. We are eager to adhere to your specifications. Please visit our website for more information!

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NSK Industries, Inc. $$$

Emporium, PA  |  814-486-0513

Keystone Automatic Technology is a manufacturer of custom high-quality precision cold headed parts, cold headed wire forms and stampings. We have a tooling design department to create custom blue prints to assist you with any of your cold forming needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

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Keystone Automatic Technology, Inc. $$$

Fletcher, NC  |  828-687-2525

Blue Ridge Metals offers the very best in Wire Processing and Cold Formed products. All cold headed fasteners and components are produced and accomplished in strict conformance to the requirements of our customer specifications. Drawing on an unparalleled depth of experience, Blue Ridge Metals creates value for every customer through the fostering of teamwork and technology to better serve you.

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Blue Ridge Metals Corp. $$$
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Traditionally, cold heading could only be used to produce simple parts, but today with the addition of automotive and multi-station machinery, cold heading operations are capable of producing more complex parts as well. High pressure is applied by a cold header or cold forming machine to a metal blank, forcing it into a die.

The applied pressure must be greater than the elastic limit of the material in order for it to deform and be flexible enough to change shape. Materials which are commonly used in the process of cold heading include steel and stainless steel, aluminum, brass and various alloys. Stainless steel is a popular cold forming choice due to its material properties of strength and corrosion resistance.

Products formed through the process of cold working are typically dense and retain their material strength. The surface finish of a number of products is improved during the process as it is put under great stress and forced to adapt. There are also a number of other advantages to using cold forming manufacturing processes.

It is a volume-specific process that does not cut-away material in the forming process, and produces minimal scrap and waste. Other cold forming operations can be performed simultaneously such as sizing, piercing, thread rolling and blank rolling. In terms of efficient use of resources, the metal blank is used entirely in the new shape and requires minimal, if any, secondary finishing processes.

As the nature of the process is fairly straightforward, it allows for great versatility in terms of shapes. Cold heading is also an efficient process, with automatic feeding options allowing for high volume output of consistent parts. Sourcing quality raw materials is essential as this will affect the quality of the finished products. Design of the fastener or component is also important, options for heads include hexagonal, round or square, radial slot, head with slits, collar or multi-diameter extrusion.

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