At Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc., we understand the value that fourslide and vertislide forming methods can provide to our customers. Our fourslide, multislide, and vertislide presses offer a variety of advantages for the production of small metal parts with complex geometries. With low tooling costs, material savings, and the ability to produce as many as 300 parts per minute from strip or wire, these forming methods are a rapid and economical means for manufacturing close tolerance components.
On a fourslide press, tools are attached to four moving slides. The slides approach the metal strip or wire from four different angles oriented 90° from one another, with cam mechanisms regulating the movement. Simultaneous or successive strikes from different tools bend and twist a metal blank into shape with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. The ability to manipulate the workpiece from multiple angles allows the formation of complex shapes that would be difficult or impossible to achieve using progressive or transfer die methods. Feeding blanks with the finished width or wire of the correct diameter into the machine eliminates waste, and parts exit the machine fully formed.
Our machines handle blanks with dimensions of up to 2” in width x 18” in length. Maximum material thickness is 0.093”, while maximum wire diameter is 0.1875”. Standard tooling is available, and we have a strong team of in-house tool and die makers for applications that require a custom solution. The simplicity of setup and speed of production allows us to manage short, medium, or long runs very efficiently. We also offer a number of value-added processes, including in-house deburring, painting, and packaging to satisfy your end-to-end production needs.
To learn more about the benefits of fourslide and vertislide forming or to see if your part is a candidate for these production methods, contact us today.
Fourslide Stamping Overview
Fourslide stamping allows manufacturers to save money, time, and labor by fabricating intricate parts using a single press. For parts that would typically consist of two pieces, users can manufacture them from a single piece without secondary processing or assembly. Fourslide stamping forms wire or metal strips on three planes.
Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc. has been a family-owned and operated business in the spring and stamping industry since 1957. Our fourslide stamping services meet your highest expectations, manufacturing up to 300 parts per minute with minimal waste and expense. Our 100,000-square-foot facility and ISO 9001:2015-certified quality management processes allow us to stamp complex goods for customers across industries.
What is Fourslide Stamping?
A fourslide stamping press has four fixed forming tools. Instead of pressing the workpiece in one direction, the four tools form wire or metal strips at a 90° angle. A fourslide stamping station feeds wire or metal strip through a straightener. The piece is cut and formed or stamped using the slides in a single station. It uses four timed cams to reliably stamp and form a variety of metal strips or wires.
This machine can conduct these operations simultaneously or sequentially, depending on the application. The press handles complex operations that a power press cannot, facilitating the fabrication of numerous part types with minimal scrap.
Benefits of Fourslide Stamping
Fourslide stamping offers numerous advantages due to its ability to produce complex parts using a single pressing station. It provides an ideal solution for stamping small components with intricate designs. When you engage Southern Spring & Stamping for your fourslide stamping needs, you gain the following benefits:
- Cost savings: Fourslide tooling comes at a lower cost than power press tooling. The process may also reduce expensive material waste. Generally, fourslide stamping is more cost-effective than progressive die stamping and other advanced stamping methods.
- Versatile production volumes: Fourslide stamping can handle production volumes ranging from prototyping and sampling to small-, medium-, high-volume runs.
- Complexity: The fourslide stamping process combines bending, hole punching, and other metal forming operations into a single machine. Unlike a traditional power press, it can also bend at angles beyond 90°.
- Design: The complexity facilitated by fourslide stamping equipment enables the implementation of creative and unconstrained designs.
- Fewer processes: Fourslide stamping carries out intricate designs from start-to-finish on a single machine without additional assembly or secondary operations.
- Range of materials: Fourslide stamping works with steel, bronze, aluminum, copper, and other metals.
Fourslide Stamping Applications
Fourslide stamping is a dependable method of manufacturing part designs that require complicated forming and bending. At Southern Spring & Stamping, we’ve used fourslide stamping for a variety of projects, including:
- Aerospace components
- Automotive parts
- Battery contacts
- Lighting fixtures
- Medical devices/equipment
- Power tools
- Windows and Doors
Fourslide Stamping Services From Southern Spring & Stamping
A growing number of industries and applications are coming to rely on fourslide stamping services. Fourslide stamping offers significant benefits over the traditional power press for small and large production runs. It allows for remarkable intricacy while generating less waste and mitigating the need for secondary processing.
At Southern Spring & Stamping, we offer high-quality spring and wire forming, tool and die stamping, sheet metal fabrication, CNC machining, and numerous other services. Contact us or request a quote to see how fourslide stamping will benefit your project