Wikipedia defines ‘Engineering’ as the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. ‘Advanced’ is defined in the dictionary as ‘ahead in development or progress’.
With this in mind, it seems fitting that we recently attended this year’s Advanced Engineering UK trade event to showcase the component manufacturing technique cold forming. Although many cold formed parts are small, compact components that make up other, bigger parts, cold forming is an engineering process that is truly advanced.
As a cost-effective means of pressing metal into a die at room temperature, similarly to Plasticine when it is pushed into a mould, the traditional cold forming process has developed over time to be ahead of other metal forming techniques in terms of energy efficiency, waste reduction and minimal process times.
In fact, because cold forming uses low temperatures without removing material to produce metal components, the use of raw materials is reduced by as much as 70%, which significantly reduces costs for businesses. And, within certain parameters, cold forming can produce metal components of any shape, size or complexity for use in a wide variety of applications.
Aerospace, automotive, electronics and medical are just some of the sectors that are currently benefiting from the cost reducing cold forming technique, but as cost-cutting measures and energy efficiency become increasingly important to businesses, more and more sectors are turning to cold forming.
If you missed us at this year’s Advanced Engineering UK show, get in touch to discuss how cold forming can deliver cost savings whilst meeting your component manufacturing requirements.