AUTOSWAGE Expands Manufacturing and Specialty Plating Capabilities

Autoswage sells swaging process to expand cold form rolling, cold heading, bandoliering, and specialty plating processes to provide greater range of products to industrial and commercial manufacturing customers.

Shelton, CT - The sixty-five year old American small metal parts and connector pin manufacturer Autoswage recently sold its swaging process in order to expand its cold form rolling, cold heading, bandoliering, and specialty plating processes for the manufacture of solid round pins and specialty hardware.

"The decision to sell our swaging process was motivated by our desire to be a better supplier to the types of customers we serve," said Autoswage President & Owner Keith Brenton. "We have been serving leading industrial manufacturers of computers, electronics, and lighting for many years. Now we also do specialty plating and finishing of decorative hardware for manufacturers of fine leather goods, furniture, and automotive interiors. With the expansion of our manufacturing and plating capabilities, customers have greater options for their small parts."

The addition of the cold heading process allows Autoswage to provide customers with a wide array of products while still offering them a 50% to 70% cost savings and higher degree of repetitive accuracy over machined parts. "Every process has its limitations," said Brenton. "Cold heading compliments the rolling process by allowing us to meet a greater range of customer specifications for a single part. We've also added bandoliering to help our connector pin customers in particular save on costs, maintain repetitive accuracy, and facilitate in-line post-processing."

Autoswage's specialty plating and pre-finishing department has been expanded to include nickel plating, cosmetic plating, micro plating, gold plating, copper plating, tin plating, and tin/lead plating. "Electronics customers have different requirements from specialty hardware customers," stated Brenton. "When all the work was for electrical connection, it was enough to put gold on pins to a desired thickness. But now we have gold baths, for example, with specific colors for cosmetic purposes. We also lacquer cosmetic hardware to protect the fine finishes from tarnishing as they are being shipped in containers."

Autoswage has plans for further expansion of its plating department to include additional gold baths for cosmetic plating for its leather goods and handbag hardware customers. "We pay attention to the needs of our customers," said Brenton, "and are willing to explore ways we can expand that will allow us to serve them better."

About Autoswage
One of the world's premier producers of small metal parts since 1946, Autoswage is an American manufacturer that develops innovative methods of producing high volumes of small metal parts in ways that are competitive to world markets. A trusted provider to major corporations including IBM, GE, Tyco and Apple, Autoswage serves industrial and commercial customers across numerous industries including computers, telecommunications, electronics, medical, lighting, circuit board, glass to metal seal manufacturers (one of the few in the world), luxury consumer goods, furniture, handbags, luggage, and automotive. Autoswage is the only company in the world offering its proprietary cold form rolling process that is environmentally friendly, offers the most cost savings over machined parts, and delivers repetitive accuracy.

Keith Brenton
Autoswage, President & Owner
(203) 929-1401 ext. 222

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