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Swaging 101

Posted by Jill Mayer on Jul 1, 2013 3:40:00 PM

Swaging is a cold-formed manufacturing process that involves using a tool, such as a die, to bend cold metal to a required shape.

Our Swaging Process

For Bead Electronics, swaging allows us to produce small, metal electronic contact pins that are dimensionally consistent - even after millions of parts!  It's also an inexpensive way to produce our custom connector pins, when compared to machined pins and stamped pins, because there is virtually no scrap.

  • The metal strip is formed into a seamless tube by a precision-engineered die.
  • The tube is then reduced in progressive forming cavities.
  • The tube oscillates to maintain circular dimensions without die flash.
  • A fully formed part is separated from the tube with every press stroke.

The video below provides an in-depth look at our swaging process and shows why it is faster and more cost-effective to produce contact pins this way than it is by stamping and screw machining.


About Bead Electronics

Bead Electronics, is a global manufacturer of electronic connector pins and has been manufacturing in Connecticut for over 100 years. The award-winning company carries over 500 patents and is best known for inventing its manufacturing process called swaging. This process is a high-speed, virtually scrap-less, cold-forming process capable of producing a wide size range of metal electronic components that are consistent and cost-effective. The family-owned business is led by its fifth generation. Click here to speak to a connector pin specialist today.

Topics: Electronic Pins, Contact Pins, Custom Contact Pins, Custom Connectors, Bead Electronics, Swaging