Thursday, 21 May 2015 00:00

The Cold Heading Process for Small Metal Parts

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Quality and consistency are essential when providing any service to customers in any sector, and the creation and provision of fasteners are no different in this respect. A crucial part of ensuring the quality and consistency that the customer expects and relies upon are the processes that the parts undergo before they are ready to be shipped out. 


Customers expectations are met by following a very specific cold heading process that begins with the quality of the materials used and is completed with strict quality checks. 

Materials Matter

Cold-Heading-Process-for-Small-Metal-Parts pic1 smallA finished product is only as good as the material that it is created from, thus using the highest quality metal to create fasteners is essential. Just as important is the quality of the equipment used at each stage of the process and the skills of those who are operating them. This holds as true at the checking, sorting and quality control stages as it does at each stage of the manufacturing process, so each fasteners produced from high-quality material, using the latest technology and overseen by an expert with a keen eye for perfection.

Proven Production Processes

Each type of fastener requires its own set of specific production processes, which must be completed in the right order, with the item checked between each of the various stages. With the described production practices, potential damage and imperfections are highlighted quickly, ensuring that nothing substandard ever reaches the customer. Keeping the parts and the machinery clean and free from oil and shavings also improves quality and efficiency, in turn ensuring that customers receive quality and value for money with each and every order. The primary processes that are used for each metal part include: 

  • Manufacturing begins with coils of high-quality metal material
  • The next stage involves the material being cut into required lengths and the head, recesses, and shoulders being formed onto each piece as required
  • Threads, grooves, and knurls are added through roll forming
  • Any self-tapping parts have slots applied to their shanks
  • At a certified facility, all fasteners are heat-treated to ensure consistent quality
  • After heat treatment, the parts are sent to the plater where each part is given the required finish 

Creating Quality Control

AkkoFastener QCClick the Image to Play the Video While every part is created with the utmost care and attention to detail, nothing is left to chance. Once the manufacturing process is complete, a random sampling (SPC) is inspected by a human rather than relying solely on the accuracy of machines, ensuring that even the slightest imperfection or change in shape or size can be picked up on. Once the parts have been through the final quality checks, they are immediately and carefully packaged and coded, set ready for storage or shipping, not only protecting the parts from dust and dirt but also ensuring that they are not damaged before they reach the customer. 

Providing Peace of Mind

Using a company that prides itself on its commitment to its customers is essential to receiving the items and service you expect within a timeframe that you need. Additionally, using a domestic company to supply your fasteners means that in the event that there is a problem you are able to contact the supplier quickly and resolve the issue in the shortest possible time and with the least amount of stress possible, saving precious time and money along the way. 


If you require information on cold heading or want to know more about its benefits, feel free to contact Akko Fastener by clicking on the button on the right. Fill in a simple “Contact Us” form and one of our representatives will contact you right away..

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