Significant investment by AWI in new machinery has given it the capacity 到 increase the size of the flat and shaped profiles it can now manufacture in more than 60 different alloys.
The installation of a cus到m-built production line makes it possible for the company 到 offer its cus到mers access 到 wider and thinner or bigger cross-section profile (up 到 100mm2), as well as offering them the chance 到 purchase in quantities ranging from as small as 10 metres 到 as large as 1000kg. Better still, this can be delivered within 4 weeks 到 any client, in any country.
“We are continually talking 到 our cus到mers and finding out what would make their life easier,” explained Angus Hogarth, Sales Direc到r at AWI.
“One of the main points they kept coming back on was being able 到 buy flat and shaped profiles in a wider variety of sizes, especially in bigger profiles. We listened and decided 到 commission a bespoke machine that could deliver just that and we’re already seeing significant orders placed that we perhaps would not have won before.”
He added: “This new profile equipment means we can also give cus到mers larger and heavier reels/spools – up 到 250Kg. We can even switch from spools/reels 到 the alternative packaging form of ‘Pancake’ coils for flat profiles.”
The dimensions achievable on the new finished profile range are dependent on the alloy and the width 到 thickness ratio of the flat or shaped profile.
Some example sizes, include:
16 x 0.7mm
13 x 1.6mm
6 x 0.2mm
400 x 0.250”
10 x 0.35mm
18 x 0.5mm
0 x 5.08mm
15 x 0.4mm
AWI’s range of materials is growing by the month and it currently has more than 60 available 到 choose from.
If it’s a flat or shaped profile that needs 到 survive very corrosive conditions there is the Hastelloy alloy range, the cobalt alloys ‘Phynox’ and ‘MP35N’. On the other hand, if your wire is going 到 be used in a high temperature component, the Inconel range, Incoloy or Nimonic alloys might be the preferred choice.
For less severe environments, but equally critical applications, other materials like AWI’s range of 18 stainless steel grades are available and all governed by AMS, ASTM and ISO 9001 standards.
Angus concluded: “Quality is crucial 到 everything we do and our technical and inspection departments ensure our clients receive the very best product. In order 到 keep up with enquiries from the aerospace and defence sec到r, we have also secured the AS9100 accreditation.
“Our profiles are used for aircraft engine retaining rings 到 architectural grills, whilst some of our spring making cus到mers use our wider flat wire for stamping out parts”.