bulk cold heading wire from brookfield wire company

Brookfield Wire manufactures cold heading wire to withstand swedging, heading, and forming with superior quality. The cold heading wire process involves molding wire into a specific shape without the need for heat. A piece of wire is struck while inserted into a die, and the force of the hit causes the metal to pour into a restricted die cavity.

Extensively found throughout the manufacturing and construction industries, the cold forming process is an ideal solution for fastener and cold heading applications including bolts, nuts, screws, fasteners, electrical contacts, rivets, nails, and more.

At Brookfield, we manufacture our heading wire with top-grade, raw materials and can draw it to size using our extensive wire drawing services. Additionally, we proudly offer DFARS-compliant materials. Quality is our standard in everything we do.

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Cold Heading Benefits

Cold heading wire and cold forming have many benefits, including flexibility. Metal wire components can undergo the “one die, multiple blow” method where the part is hit multiple times while remaining in a single die. On the other hand, the metal wire components are progressively transferred from die to die.

We call this method multi-die forming. Additionally, cold forming is consistent and limits scrap. With the material flowing to fill the die cavity and dimensional tolerances defined by the tooling, there is little to no scraps leftover. The cold heading wire process delivers higher yields than other standard processes, reducing costs and increasing production.

High productivity and efficient material mean significant cost and consistency advantages. The cold heading wire process increases the native tensile strength of the materials through work hardening. This cannot be achieved by other processes that remove materials from their native shape.

Projects That Benefit From Cold Heading Wire

  • Mission-critical projects
  • High-volume requests
  • Correction of failed parts
  • High-material strength applications
  • Tight tolerances
  • Critical specifications

Top Benefits:

  • Flexibility

  • Quick Production Times

  • Reduced Waste

  • Consistency

Brookfield Wire Company | Wire Your Way

With over 70 years of experience, Brookfield Wire’s capabilities are extensive. We offer countless alloys, finishes, tempers, cuts, and packaging. We aim to be your provider for all wiring solutions. With quick turnaround times, competitive pricing, and global delivery, we accommodate important packaging and delivery demands.

Available Wire Packaging:

Bulk Spools, l lb. and 5 lb. Spools and 1 lb. Canisters. Bulk Coils and 1/4 lb. Handi-Pak Coils & Bobbins New England Butt, Wardwell 16 & 24 Carrier and Hacoba.

Commonly Asked Questions About Cold Heading

In cold heading (or cold forming) metal is formed using progressive steps to form net-shaped or nearly net-shaped components. A cold headed part has smooth continuous surfaces and enhances the grain flow of the material, which results in a stronger part.
Although most stainless steels can be cold extruded, some types are better suited to cold heading than others. UNS- S30430, 305, and 384 are the most commonly used stainless steels for cold heading.
Cold Heading Quality (CHQ) Wires are made from annealed wire rods by drawing and forming them.

Cold forming is the process of forging metals at temperatures close to room temperature, without any added heat. Cold forming involves forming metal at high pressures and speeds into tool steel or carbide dies. Hardness, yield, and tensile strengths of the metal are increased through cold working.

Wire made of stainless steel is often used for screws, rivets, bolts, and nails, as it can be formed cold to take the desired shape. Wire can be cold headed without needing to be heated in order to achieve a given shape.