Little wastage of raw materials
As we mentioned earlier, the process only utilizes pressure to shape the metal.
A piece of wire is usually held in place and when there’s an impact on the end of it, it causes the material to ‘mushroom’ thus creating a great head for a fastener without slicing off any piece of metal. After the head is formed, the threads are either rolled or cut.
So unlike machining, no material will be cut off and this helps to reduce wastage of raw material.
Cold heading is known to generate, at the minimum, one part per second. In a minute, the process could generate tens to hundreds of parts rapidly. This makes the process incredibly faster and efficient than any of the other alternative processes.
In fact, cold forming is the perfect alternative in the case where there’s a huge demand for small machined parts. And since a cold-formed part is able to perfectly replace a multiple-part assembly, one is assured of huge savings and significant economic gains.
For the material to have superior hardness and strength, the material grain must be reformed to make it flow into the desired shape which is exactly what cold forming does.
You won’t be needing to do any further finishing on components that undergo cold forming because the resulting surface is usually so smooth and fine. So in the case of formed fasteners, you can use them right away without worrying about their texture or appearance.
One of cold forming’s greatest attribute is consistency. And thanks to this, there will be very little secondary processes as well almost none non-conforming products.
Integration of components
Cold heading lets independent parts to be joined together into one component there by enhancing strength and making the whole process cost efficient.
Putting in mind that there’s very little wastage of materials, high output, and the process itself is cost efficient, this simply means that the price of components such as formed fasteners is going to be pretty much affordable.