Methods of Production
- DRY PRESSING
Generally used for high volume production and low unit cost.
Pressings can be formed in a variety of sizes and shapes. This method requires production tooling which is inexpensive, although the high production numbers generally amortise this cost to a fraction of the component's value.
With our range of fully automatic presses, used together with high quality tool steel or tungsten carbide tooling, we can ensure high quality and uniformity.
- WET PRESSING
Generally used for lower quantity production, or when the shape is impossible to form using the dry pressing method. Pressing is done on an automatic or manually operated press, depending on the size and shape of the product and the production volume. Tooling is usually produced from high quality tool steel and tends to be less expensive than a similar tool used for dry pressing.
Generally used to form shapes with cross sections such as square, hexagonal, triangular or circular. Items can be solid or have multiple cores with diameters that can vary from 3 mm to 75 mm with lengths of up to 750 mm. Before firing, these shapes can be drilled or machined to produce further detail. Tooling cost is normally low depending on the intricate shapes that may be required.
All products are fired in one of our temperature controlled continuous tunnel kilns, capable of very high production runs up to a few hundred thousand parts per month.