What to Look for in a High Quality Wire Form

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If you are in need of some wire forms in order to manufacture a product, you do not want to skimp out on quality in order to save a few bucks. The wire forms you purchase must be high in quality or your products will ultimately suffer. However, you may not know what to look for when it comes to quality, and the choices can seem overwhelming and confusing. When you choose a supplier for your orders, here’s what to look for in order to ensure high quality.

Prototyping

When you find a supplier that has on-site prototyping capabilities, you will be able to see and inspect your wire form before it is mass produced. This is especially important when it comes to custom orders—the supplier might not follow your directions or accidentally misread them, leading to a lower quality part that is outside the desired tolerances and just isn’t suitable for your needs.  Improper wire form manufacturing will ultimately lead to shoddy products or delays in manufacturing if you chose to wait longer for the right component to be created to your specifications. Prototyping allows you to test the quality and specifications of your wire form ahead of time, so there will be no surprises when your order is delivered.

The Right Machines

Conventional machining tools are often not sophisticated enough to allow for the high-quality and tight tolerance wire forms that you are looking for. Suppliers that use the latest equipment and technology to produce tools and gauges to create your wire forms can ensure that your specifications are met properly, so you get the quality you need. Additionally, suppliers with these specialized tools and equipment can save you money by eliminating some tooling charges, cutting down on lead times, reducing set up times and streamlining production so you get your order faster.

The Right Material

There are several different types of wire that you can choose from, such as galvanized steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, oil tempered, and music wire, among others. Knowing the difference between these materials and knowing which type of material will work best for the products you are manufacturing is important in understanding the quality that you will ultimately receive from your order. If you are unsure, explain your needs to your qualified, expert supplier and ask for suggestions. If you just take a guess, you might end up with wire from a bad batch for your product and application.

The Right Diameter

The diameter you chose for your wire will inevitably affect their quality and performance. A smaller diameter might be less expensive, but it may also lead to lower quality that won’t stand up to performance. Make sure the diameter you choose is right for your product.

Specialty Capabilities

If your products need specialty capabilities, such as three-dimensional forms, spring back requirements, ball ends, deburr, or tensile requirements, find a supplier that can accommodate the special needs. If your current supplier cannot handle these requests, don’t settle—find one that can provide you with what you need.

Get Your Order Right the First Time

Wire forms can be simple or complex. They can be made of many different materials and diameters, created on different machinery, and include special capabilities based on your specific requirements. Don’t let your products suffer by settling for simple low-quality wire forms. Find a supplier that can accommodate all your needs so your products can be manufactured with the high-quality parts that are expected from your loyal customers.

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