Cold Forming for the Medical Industry
Raising the Bar for Tight Tolerances and Product Lifecycles
hydroforming | September 13, 2019 |
Cold forming offers tight tolerances for a wide range of industries, and this process is well-suited for the production of durable medical equipment. At Jones Metal, medical industry metal forming produces precisely-made medical products for sterile environments with shorter timeframes and broad design capabilities.
HOW CAN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY USE COLD FORMING FOR METAL EQUIPMENT?
When it comes to the medical industry, precision is key. To meet, and even surpass, the high standards of the medical industry, metal equipment must have the proper finish. For equipment in sanitary environments like procedure rooms in hospitals, clinics and physician’s offices, Jones Metal Products employs the hydroforming process to create the smooth, consistent finishes that align with healthcare regulations.
Complex medical parts can be hydroformed with minimal need for additional finishing processes. Because the blank is formed under slowly building high pressure, the end product is smoother and free of microscopic tears, wrinkles or thin-outs.
Cold forming also meets the medical industry’s expectation of quick turnaround and readily-stocked inventory. Until recently, fluid cell forming was relegated to aerospace manufacturers, but Jones Metal set out to become the first contract manufacturer in the United States to expand the accessibility of the process to the medical industry. Our customers trust our cold forming processes to reduce tooling time between design alterations and product orders.
WHAT TYPES OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CAN BE COLD FORMED?
In addition to tight tolerances and regulations, equipment for the medical industry is often complex and irregularly shaped. Cold forming is suited to meet this unique challenge through hydroforming and fluid cell forming.
Cold forming can produce products with folds, inverted lips, curves and other challenging design aspects. Our fluid cell press can produce long or shallow parts using aluminum, high-end stainless steel, titanium and other metals that will endure over time and repeated use. Finishing process like drilling and lasering can supplement cold forming to add additional lines or create holes. Consult with an expert to review whether this process is appropriate for your particular metal application.
COLD FORMING AT JONES METAL
Jones Metal has set a high standard for cold forming in the medical industry, offering our customers an advantage in efficient project communication and expertise on all critical aspects, from design to the final product. Are you ready for a quote? Submit an RFQ or a drawing or call us at 888-868-6535.