Are you looking to reduce the cost of stamped metal parts?

Hamond Industries Ltd - the Slide Forming Specialists


Are you looking to reduce the cost of stamped metal parts? These days, who isn't?

Sometimes a problem with part cost is built into the design. Or sometimes, you're using the wrong stamping process to get the part made.

Slide forming is a manufacturing process for small to medium sized stamped and formed metal parts. Because the slide forming machines themselves are more sophisticated than regular stamping presses, the parts are manufactured more quickly, more accurately and there is less waste material. All of this results in a more economical part. As a bonus, complex shapes require less dedicated tooling, making the tooling faster and cheaper to manufacture.

This single part replaced several different fasteners used across a range of sizes. It holds a dome in place. For small domes, the lifted up edge (with purposeful burr) in the center is sufficient to hold the dome in place. For larger domes, a self-tapping screw can be fed through the "speednut" hole to the left of center and driven into the dome.

Because the shapes manufactured can be more complicated, a single part designed (or redesigned) with slide forming in mind can replace several parts welded or screwed together into an assembly, reducing assembly, inventory, warehousing and downstream labour costs.

Complex shapes made by conventional stamping often waste considerable material in what's called a carrier strip. Slide formed parts rarely need a carrier strip, so material consumption is lowered. This is just one way where the right process will yield a better part price.

This part accurately holds a number of tubes in alignment. The vertical tab is welded to a larger assembly, assuring the tube are where they are supposed to be. This formed wire clamp used in power distribution applications replaces older designs where the clamp is cast or machined from a solid block of metal. The interlock is stronger than the screws, which strip their threads when overtightened before the interlock gives way. thm_p0003393.gif

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