Cold Header

Cold headers can do cold heading process, which is a method of cold forming of metals in progressive series of steps into net shaped forms or near net shaped forms. Cold heading machines often start it cold forming with slugs, usually continual coils of wired metal materials.

Heading machines can do heading process, which is a metalworking procedure that incorporates the forging, extruding and upsetting processes. This process is specifically carried out on metals while they are in the cold status, resulting in cold working. 

Wire Buckles

The cold heading process often makes a near net-shape work piece object, which indicates the phenomenon that the final outcome is almost finished items although it can also create the final product with less plating. An important consideration in cold heading is the tendency for the wire to buckle if its unsupported length to the diameter ratio is too high compared with the average level values.

Furthermore, cold working or cold forming are also referred to any metalworking processes in which the processed metals are shaped below its re-crystallization temperature, which is usually at the ambient temperature levels. Such processes, as the physical nature has determined, are contrasted with hot working techniques like hot forging in many aspects and their corresponding suitable applications are thereby different. Therefore, cold forming techniques are often categorized as four major groups.

The first group is the squeezing process. The second group is the bending method. The third group is the drawing mechanism. The fourth group is the shearing procedure.

All these four groups of processing are generally having their own advantages on the materials of being simpler to carry out than hot working counterparts. During the screw making process, after the cold heading machines had done their cold forming process, the bolts will be sent to be further processed. Usually the next step is thread rolling. Thread rolling is not like thread grinding. This is a metal rolling process adopted extensively in the production by manufacturing industry to produce screw units, bolts and other fasteners.

A common thread rolling process used in industry to manufacture threaded parts involves forming the threads into the metal of a blank by a pressing and rolling action between two dies. As a result, that dies’ surfaces contain the shape and the force of the movement. This forms the threads into the work piece materials. A similar metal forming process has been developed for the production of gear units. Thread rolling now is designed with an extremely high productivity ratio, which is significantly higher than the production of threaded parts by ordinary machining processes since the mere forming procedure can be carried out much quicker. 

Cold Heading Wires

Since cold heading is fundamentally a convenient way of forming wires into a specific given shape without the demand for heat mechanism or sources, the process involves striking blows to a length of wire materials inserted into a die object for the forming process. The force of the blow will cause the metal to flow into a restricted die cavity and this cold heading wires are formed without the heating process.

In some aspects, coldly formed metals are composed with much dense metal particles constricted together because the existing particles are not treated by heat so metal particle chains are connected with much dense and the composition is thus very sturdy. On the other hand, since the metal particle chains of the coldly forged metals are not treated with heat, the arrangement of the metal particles would not be rearranged in an evenly dispersed alignment, which would cause some other issues to the application.

With this nature kept in mind, industrial manufacturers and consumers need to know which kind of applications they are going to use so that they can make the best choice of forged metals, either cold formed or hot rolled steels. There are no absolute good applications but rather, the comparative benefits to the industrial applications. The analogy of the cold heading is like drawing mechanism, in which No matter it is a conventional drawing press or the deep drawing machine, they are all widely used by any manufacturers in the production of a variety of industrial objects as well as items used in daily household basis of things.

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