Our Cold Headed Pin Manufacturing Process Provides Improved Design, Quick Turnaround Prototyping and Reduced Cost for Global Customers



Cold heading is the application of force with a punch to a metal blank staged in a die. The force exceeds the alloy’s elastic limit, causing plastic flow until the metal blank assumes the shape bound by the punch and the die. As the name implies, this method of forming is achieved by force alone, forgoing the application of additional heat or cutting and shearing.

Key Cold Heading Advantages:

  • Eliminates costly scrap (net shape)
  • Increases component production velocity by six+ times
  • Retains native material mechanical properties
  • Reduces component part cost
  • Eliminates inefficient secondary operations
  • Reduces tooling cost over product life cycle
  • Well suited for complex (axially symmetrical) component geometry

Learn more about the advantages of cold heading.

Cold heading is not a new technology for manufacturing micro-precision components, yet it is still not well known or understood among New Product Development (NPD) teams. However, when applied thoughtfully, engineered well, and managed by a knowledgeable and capable manufacturing specialist, cold heading possesses unique advantages over alternate manufacturing methods such as machining, MIM, and stamping.

Cold heading is a time-tested manufacturing technique that, when fully utilized by Sussex Wire on behalf of its clients, can achieve many of the cost, quality, yield and waste reduction objectives that manufacturers seek to improve quality and reduce cost.

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