An efficient, cost efficient way to point, reduce & form rod, wire or tube.
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Swaging machines, also known as swagers, are a low-cost way to efficiently point, reduce and form rod, tube or wire. Based on a simple principle, it is the process of shaping metal (forging) by means of a series of very rapid blows delivered by rotating hammers and forming dies around a piece of work. Swaging machines create a highly economical method to point tubing, rod, and wire for redraw, and to size, reduce, shape, taper, bond or form metal parts, hot or cold. Metal is formed – not machined – so there are no wasteful chips.
Swaging can be performed both hot or cold, although cold is popular because of its hardening effect on most materials. The swaging process also improves grain structure, giving the part greater strength and an unusually fine finish.
Types & Offerings
Maximizing Productivity Of Your Process
A United States-based company, FENN offers swaging machine solutions for industries across the globe. From the manufacturing of state-of-the-art machines to installation, maintenance, and upgrades, we provide customers with unparalleled customer service from start to finish. Our highly trained team of engineers deliver metal forming solutions to address a variety of business initiatives that center around the formation of custom metal parts. We can help you take your business to the next level by working closely with your research and development department to manufacture all new swagers equipment or to retrofit and update your existing FENN metal forming equipment to better meet the ever-changing needs of your business.
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Complete parts can be made from entry rounds, squares, or rectangles – hot or cold. Types include simultaneous blow used to create fluted shapes & cross circular sections and alternate blow used to create rectangular shapes, squares, & hexagons. This method is capable of any cross-section other than a perfect circle. During stationary die swaging, the spindle assembly remains stationary, and the roller cage rotates.
Examples include: Aerospace tube components and fluid control tubes.
Used for the pointing, sizing and forming of wire, rod and tube. With a rotary swaging machine, the swaged section is always circular.
Rotary swaging machines include 2-die and 4-die configurations.
Examples include: Cartridge heaters, hypodermic tubing, piping, armaments, and logging industry applications.
During rotary swaging, forming dies back by hammer blocks revolve around the workpiece. As the spindle revolves, centrifugal force throws the hammers and dies outwards against a series of rollers surrounding the spindle. Each time the hammer blocks strike diametrically opposed rolled, they are driven inward – causing the dies halves to close and compress the metal being swaged.
This type of swaging machine is only needed with taper length exceeding the standard die length of a rotary swager. Long die swaging utilizes the same principle as the rotary method to produce long, shallow tapers for items such as furniture legs, sporting goods and aerospace products.
Serves a wide variety of materials: both welded & seamless tubing of either ferrous or nonferrous metals, from stainless steel to aluminum.
Hydroformers are used for the assembling of parts such as fittings to cable and for making reductions between shoulders such as on convoluted tubing. Hydroforming is a modification of the rotary swaging principle, where wedges are used to open the dies while the spindle is rotating, so the workpiece can be inserted before and removed after swaging.
Examples include: Sailing rigging equipment, architectural cable railings and recreational ropes course cables.
Basic Swaging Applications
We have experience with a variety of swaging applications:
A fitting is set over a cable, then inserted into the Swager, while the cold forming force of the hammer actions produces a complete assembled piece. Examples include: Sailing rigging equipment, architectural cable railings and recreational ropes course cables.
A single piece of tube or rod is inserted into the Swager to a specified depth and reduced to a smaller diameter. The piece may be complete or ready for secondary operations such as drawing, drilling or tapping. Examples include: Aerospace tube components and fluid control tubes.
Long lengths of cable, rod or tube are passed through the Swager. The entire length of the material is reduced to a smaller overall diameter, and the cold forging process produces a desired tensile strength of material property. Examples include: Cartridge heaters and logging industry applications.
Swaging Machine Solutions For Numerous Industries
A United States-based company, FENN offers swaging machine solutions for industries across the globe. From the manufacturing of state-of-the-art machines to installation, maintenance, and upgrades, we provide customers with unparalleled customer service from start to finish. Our highly trained team of engineers deliver metal forming solutions to address a variety of business initiatives that center around the formation of custom metal parts. We can help you take your business to the next level by working closely with your research and development department to manufacture all new swaging equipment or to retrofit and update your existing FENN metal forming equipment to better meet the ever-changing needs of your business.
Anti-tank rocket tips, gun barrels, MS-spec fitting swaged onto cables
Wire role flight control cable assemblies, control rods, fluid transfer tubing
Superconducting material, zirconium rod and cartridge heaters
Catheter band assemblies, hypodermic needles, optical instruments
Drive shafts, axels, emergency brake cables assemblies, optical instruments
Development related to improving grain structure and finish
Accessories & Options for Your Production
Recognizing that there are many applications for swaging machines, FENN can provide optional equipment for your swager geared towards ease of use, process automation and operator safety.
Available as an option on all sized swagers.
The use of a self-contained FENN slushing/coolant system will help lubricate critical swager wear parts and keep the cage assembly free of foreign materials.
Reduce the sound of your swaging operation to below OSHA’s permissible exposure limit for hearing protection.
- FENN recommends sound enclosures for most swagers, and they provide health and safety benefits.
- Access ports can be included for features such as exhaust fans, wiring in & out, through swaging and feeder tables.
- FENN can design customized sound enclosures to meet each customer’s specific swaging requirements. Standard enclosures are constructed of welded 14-gauge steel, paired with 2 3/8” of soundproofing foam.
Optimize your swaging operation and increase operator safety with feeders.
Custom Application Feeder – FENN can design a customized feeder to meet your unique and demanding production requirements. Systems are available for unique shapes, varying sizes or high capacity products. Available for all FENN swaging machines sizes NF – 8F.
Door Mounted Feeder (DM500 – DM1250) – Mounted to the door of the swager and feeds material using hydraulically powered pinch rolls. This feed is engineered to work well with wire & rod customers to point material for drawbench use. Door mounted feeders are ideal for continuous swaging of spool material, such as high tensile wire rope. Available for FENN swager sizes 3F – 8F, others upon request.
Hydraulic Table Feeder (25H, 45H & 60H) – This table feeder uses a rigid base with hydraulically powered, accurate, sliding top for precision applications. Hydraulic table feeders are ideal for high-accuracy products and high reduction applications, such as aerospace. The system is controlled using an HMI touch screen. Available for FENN swagers sizes 3F – 8F, others upon request.
FENN designs and fully integrates solutions to maximize efficiencies and reduce swager operating costs. In addition to designing new and customized systems, FENN can also retrofit and integrate new systems around an existing piece of FENN equipment.
Turn-key system benefits:
Single source supplier eliminates the need for multiple vendors to produce one system
Automation improves equipment safety
Collaborative robotics save time during production
Integrated solutions can include:
Secondary operations can include:
Service, Support, Spare & In-House Made Dies
FENN leads the metal forming industry in providing unbeatable swaging machines that are backed by our superior customer service, repair/rebuild program (see product literature for details) and operator training. We also offer replacement parts, tooling, dies, and rebuild services for your machines. Contact us today to learn more!
Every swaging machine, die, hammer, and wear part are crafted in-house at FENN’s East Berlin, CT location. Our application specialists and spare parts department are available to assist you with a full range of stocked parts, ready for shipment. FENN offers additional swager components and options to optimize your swaging process. Our experienced spare parts staff will help you order and receive your swaging machine spare parts as quickly as possible, to maximize uptime and profitability.
From sound enclosures, coolant/slushing systems, feeders, and completely automated turn-key systems – FENN can design and build a swaging machine for your application. FENN welcomes the opportunity to serve you!