Cold heading, also known as cold forming, is a process that dates to more than 75 years ago. Since then, this manufacturing process has evolved quite considerably. The cold heading process, when used correctly, gives manufactures an avenue to increase production efficiency and a reduction in operating costs. One of the more important aspects of the process is its virtual elimination of scrap. For metals that are difficult and/or expensive to recycle, eliminating scrap can make cold heading quite the attractive practice, especially in today’s market in which raw materials are at their highest.
At one time, it was thought as an option only suitable for small fasteners but today, cold heading is used for a wide range of metals, sizes and configurations. The accompanying resource presents a good overview of the advantages and potential limitations of this process. It’s valuable reading if you are unfamiliar with metal forming options or are looking for improvements on parts that are currently being forged, stamped, cast or by traditional machining. To learn more about it, please continue reading.