Wire Benders & Spring Coiling Machines
In the early 1970’s, when I first entered the spring making industry, CNC wire benders did not exist. Today, the technological advances have totally changed the industry. In the 70’s the machines were all mechanical. Secondary departments were huge rooms filled with women working kick presses making all those extra loops and bends.
Now we have machines that put all those extra bends and loops on the part all in one operation. In most spring making shops the secondary department has shrunk or totally disappeared. The kick press? I’ll bet a lot of youngsters in the industry have no idea what it is.
Here we will group the machinery in three areas.
- Compression Springs
- Wire Forms
- Manual Operations
In the compression springs area we have spring coilers, lathe coilers and spring grinders to look at. Here is a great web page that gives more detail on
compression spring coilers.
Check out our page on
spring end grinders
to see what types of machines there are and what the manufacturers have to offer.
In the wire forms area there is an incredible array of machinery. There is everything from 2-D and 3-D benders on up to 12 axis radial type formers for wire forms and torsion springs.
What's the difference? Well, here's a radial type former making some springs:
Here's a 3-D (3 dimensional) wire bender. This one is really pretty slick with the multiple bending heads:
To find out more about radial formers and 3-D wire benders please go to this in depth look at Radial Type Wire Formers and 3-D Wire Benders.
The manual operations area will cover all the hand type operations using hand winders for torsion springs, to secondary loopers, and manual wire bending equipment. For simplicity sake we add stress relieve ovens in this area. This includes both conveyor type and box type.
Check back here as we will soon be adding the pages for the above areas. Our team and visitors to spring-makers-resource.net will be contributing.
Go to this page
Spring Machine Suppliers
for a listing of machine suppliers worldwide.
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