Lee Spring is promoting its fourslide process, which delivers stamped and formed flat springs to custom designs and for extended runs of manufacturer standards. Fourslide manufactured parts find application throughout manufacturing across industries such as electronics, aerospace, automation, white goods, specialist vehicles, rail, building/construction, wherever a custom strip or wire fixing or fitting is required in high volume and to low cost. This includes flat springs, brackets, clips, flat terminals, or any stamped and formed metal components otherwise requiring custom tooling to produce intricate metal parts from flat strip material or from drawn or rolled wire.
The fourslide process can reduce part cost, accelerate product delivery and streamline quality assurance with an integrated stamping and forming operation. Fourslide production has low to moderate tooling costs and produces accurate repeatable parts quickly and reliably. The most commonly used materials with fourslide manufacturing are low-carbon or high-carbon cold rolled steel, type 300 and 400 stainless spring steels, copper alloys including beryllium-copper, bronze alloys including phosphor bronze.
A great advantage of the fourslide machine is its ability to complete all of the actions required to produce a part from start to finish economically. It can handle certain parts that transfer or progressive dies cannot, since it can manipulate from four axes. Because this process requires less machinery, setups and handling, the cost of the finished part is reduced.
Lee Spring offer over 25,000 standard ex-stock same-day despatch springs and related spring components. Further information on Lee Spring products and the fourslide process can be found on the website at www.leespring.co.uk.