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Why thread rolling

Thread rolling is widely accepted as the fastest and preferred method of economically producing uniform smooth, precise threads of superior physical qualities.  Thread rolling utilizes hardened steel rolls to produce external threads.  The working surfaces of the rolls have a thread form which is a mirror image of the thread to be produced.  In penetrating the surface of the blank, the rolls displace material to form the thread roots, and force the displaced material radially outward to form the thread crests.

Advantages of thread rolling:

Cold working of metal during the thread rolling process improves the thread form physical characteristics and mechanical properties.  When the material is rolled, the structure is deformed creating the thread and improving the surface hardness.  The increased surface hardness results in thread form properties that are superior to those of original material.

Roll threading also improves the finish of the threads.  Smooth flanks of rolled threads provide better surface contact with mating threads.  The burnished roots and flanks are free of chatter, tearing or cutter marks that can serve as a focal point or stress and starting point for fatigue failures.

Rolled threads maintain consistently closer tolerances and uniformity than a cut thread.  Thread rolling is unique in its ability to maintain accuracy of the original set up during long runs of high-speed production.  Tooling does not change appreciably during the life of the rolling dies; they do not wear like other types of threading tools.

Roll threading material is more eco-friendly by using less material than thread cutting.  There is less material used during thread rolling, which will reduce cost of the threaded rod and offer savings to the customer.

Manufacturing output is positive right now – why?

precision-roll-threaded-bars-heat_largeManufacturing output is at its highest level in months right now – and that can be attributed to rising factory output, innovation, and strong manufacturing production gains. That in addition to the natural gas boom has made American workers appear much more attractive than they have in the past. Lower energy costs doesn’t necessarily mean that manufacturing output will increase from 9% of the total workforce to 30%, but it does mean that there will most likely be a steady increase within the next few years.

Countries with strong manufacturing outputs have a competitive edge in the global economy. According to the article “Is the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance Real,” for every $1 of manufacturing output in a community, there’s another $1.48 of wealth created. Natural gas prices are at an all-time low, and with supplies plentiful in the U.S., it translates to affordable electricity and production for manufacturers.

The U.S. also remains consistent in its position as the leader in innovation across the global industry. 31% of U.S. spending comes from research and development, which is nearly double the spending of countries like Japan and China. As a manufacturer that prides itself on staying at the forefront of technology and up-to-date with the most technologically advanced products and services, we see the importance of keeping R&D as an integral part of our business practices at our facility.

In a recent survey conducted by Buying Consortium Prime Advantage, manufacturers are confident about their revenues, and anticipate growth in their current workforce. Manufacturing employees are working more hours than they have ever done before, and we that number is expected to continue to rise going forward.