Cold Heading dates back more than 75 years, although it has transformed over that time. One of the most important aspects of this practice in parts manufacturing is the near elimination of scrap. For metals that are difficult or expensive to recycle or reuse, and in market conditions in which raw material prices are at their highest, elimination of scrap can make cold heading the only economically viable choice. Other benefits of cold heading are high speeds, high reproducibility and higher strength-to-weight ratio in the finished product.
The accompanying resource presents a good overview of the advantages and potential limitations of this process. Continue reading to learn more.