Custom and Precision Wire Forms Fabrication with Four-Slide Forming

Four-Slide Forming Is One of Many Fabrication Options from Western Wire Products Company

If your company needs a primary wire forms manufacturer and supplier that can handle four-slide forming and/or multi-slide forming, then be sure to check with St. Louis-based Western Wire Products Company to meet your production requirements.  In business now for a 100 years, we are wire forms manufacturer with an extensive production capacity that can accommodate most request including primary fabrication requests involving precision manufacturing, CNC wire bendingCNC wire forming, four-slide forming, multi-slide forming, secondary operations and wire forms finishing services.  We offer a wide range of standardized products in several categories including:  mechanical fastenerswire formswire handleswire hangers, or even custom-made springs, and other products.

We are a major supplier to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), MROs (Maintenance and Repair Operations), national distribution channels, and to international clients and distributors as well.

Please contact Western Wire Products Company direct for general inventory purchases or to discuss your custom fabrication requests.  We offer companies design services, engineering, wire forms prototype work (rapid prototyping), custom manufacturing and finishing services.  You may call Western Wire Products Company nationwide at 800-325-3770; or, e-mail your product or service inquiries to: [email protected].

Four-Slide Forming Is Frequently Necessary for Creating Complex Wire Form Geometries

Two-slide, multi-slide and four-slide forming refers to a wire extrusion process do draw wire or thin hollow wire (“wire tubing” fabrication) through four-slide/multi-slide forming machinery.  There are many reasons to utilize this type of machinery for precision wire forms fabrication, particularly when using precious, semi-precious or rare metals since the extrusion process does not “waste” any of the blank wire—it is either thinned-and-drawn, or excess metal from the extrusion process is recyclable, depending on the techniques and machinery used for the process.  One of the most common references to this process is fabrication utilizing “wire swaging” techniques.  Multi-slide and four-slide forming machinery are used in the fabrication of a wide variety of complex wire forms, which frequently have multiple bends or complex geometries.

The wire extrusion process using multi-slide and/or four-slide forming techniques are used to alter the diameter of your blank wire for wire forms.  “Drawing wire” is usually the first step in a two-step process.  The second step usually involves drawing the wire through at least two dies, frequently more.  The wire is hammered into a smaller diameter and then the same machinery or different machinery is used to create the secondary fabrication process of bending wire or creating complex geometries.  Generally, this involves creating a bend or an angled bend to the left or right relative to the main body of wire.  Depending on the specifics of the fabrication process, your wire forms may be drawn through four-slide, multi-slide machinery, draw benches ore even spindles.  The swaging part of the process frequently involves using multiple dies—hollow wires or tubing are drawn through mandrels—tagging machinery, additional spindles and/or rollers, annular rollers and even wedges.

The ends of the wire or wire form in question can be hammered, drawn, points created, chamfered, flared or used for joins with other applicable ends or wire parts depending on specific production requirements.  The total number of steps involved in four-slide forming really depend on the complexity of the wire form geometry in question.

Wire Diameter Production Capacity

Western Wire Products Co. fabricates wire forms with a wide range of wire diameters.  For four-slide forming we can usually accommodate blank wire diameters of 0.028” to 0.562” with metric sizing ranging from 0.75 mm to 14 mm.  Our highly precise, CNC-machining generally accommodates blank wire diameters of 0.016” to 0.625” with metric sizing ranging from 0.4 mm to 16 mm.  We can also accommodate strip steel wire fabrications up to 16 gauge.  Of course, with over 100 pieces of production machinery and equipment at our facilities in Fenton, we can accommodate a wide range of simple to very complex wire form geometries—let us know your wire forms specifications.

Request a quote on four-slide forming from Western Wire Products Company, or mention your requirements for other wire forms fabrication requirements.

Western Wire Products Co. is a full-service wire forms manufacturer and supplier including primary fabrication, secondary operations and finishing services.  We provide a host of custom fabrication services and we accommodate a diverse market standards including many military and U.S. Navy standards, as well as for aviation/aerospace requirements.

We Ship Wire Forms Worldwide

For inventory-stock purchase or custom lot production runs, we can ship wire forms worldwide.  We cater to business customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Japan, Asia and South America.  Please contact Western Wire Products Codirect for information about international shipping options.

Businesses are welcome to call Western Wire Products Co. toll-free at 800-325-3770.  You may e-mail product inquiries or custom fabrication questions to: [email protected].