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Fabrication of Steel Handles for the Packaging Industry

Fabrication of Steel Handles
Fabrication of Steel Handles

A customer in the packaging industry hired Agwey Metal to manufacture a range of custom steel handles. The customer had already had progressive tooling built for the part, but it was revised and the tooling was rendered obsolete. To save the customer the more than $30,000 investment cost in new tooling, we were able to utilize prototype tooling and our turret punch to fabricate the newly revised part. The manufacturing of the handles is an involved and complex process, requiring over 10 total individual operations throughout production including punching, the adding of holes, bending, reaming, tumbling deburring, heat treatment, dimensional and visual inspections, and hand tweaking of all parts.

Our advanced stamping press, and Bridgeport machinery are employed for manufacturing the handles, which are composed of 0.060" thick, 4130 steel. We are able to achieve the tightest tolerances of ± 0.005" throughout. The part exhibits a black oxide finish, and overall dimensions are 2" by 12". Turnaround time for this project is 3 weeks, with 1200 to 2000 units shipped annually to the customer in Illinois. For more details about this custom steel handle manufacturing project or our other capabilities for manufacturing and project development please see the table below or contact us directly.

Fabrication of Steel Handles Project Details

Capabilities Applied/Processes

  • Tooling Development
  • Turret Punching
  • Bending

Heat Treating
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Stamping Press
Prototype Tooling
Turret Press
Bridgeport Machine for Reaming and Machining of Holes
Overall Part Dimensions
2" x 12"

Tightest Tolerances
± 0.005"

Material Used
Thickness: 0.060"

Material Finish
4130 Steel w/ black oxide finish

In process testing/inspection performed
Dimensional Inspection, Visual Inspection

Industry for Use

1200-2000 annually

Delivery/Turnaround Time
3 weeks

Delivery Location

Standards Met
Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing

Product Name

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