Shop Spotlight: Smith & Wesson Precision Components
Smith & Wesson Precision Components (www.swpc.com), “founded on forging” in 1852, remains a manufacturing powerhouse by turning out precision parts for the automotive, medical, aerospace and defense, and oil and gas industries. In addition to forging, Smith & Wesson’s other processes include heat treating, finishing and plating, plastic injection molding, and support services.
“Precision heating, quenching and cooling changes the crystalline structure of metals, giving us control over their hardness, strength, ductility and elasticity. Heat treating is essential to creating springs, cutting edges and hardened components,” Smith & Wesson said on its website. “Our skilled craftsmen have demonstrated the ability to produce some of the finest products in the industry. The durability, fit, finish and function have been a standard to which all others are judged.”
Smith & Wesson forged its steel backbone during its 150-plus year history, but today it offers assistance in design, in engineering, in tooling design and die forming. It offers drop hammer and hydraulic die forging in a variety of metals, including carbon steel, stainless steel, alloy steel, aluminum, and scandium. Beyond metal it offers plastic injection molding, insert molding, over molding, and lens molding in many high-performance engineered resins, including PEEK, CLP, PPA, PBT, POM, PUS, PPSU, PES, PPS, PA 6/6, PC and PC/ABS blends.
Additional offerings include design engineering, engineering for manufacturing, metallurgical engineering, and prototyping and tool design. In the sub-category of tool design, support includes tool design, die forming, die maintenance, and impression dies guaranteed for the life of the program. Heat treating includes annealing, hardening, stress relief, austempering and more. Other processes include coining, stamping and forming, and cold trimming.
“The company offers its precision manufacturing services to select customers who require strict adherence to close tolerances and rigid quality control in: steel, stainless, aluminum and scandium forging. It offers annealing, hardening, stress relieving and other metal heat treating, along with metal finishing and plating, as well as plastic injection molding.
“We’ve built one of America’s most legendary brands. To put our people to work on your product, contact us,” Smith & Wesson said. “Our skilled craftsmen have demonstrated the ability to produce some of the finest products in the industry. The durability, fit, finish and function have been a standard to which all others are judged.”
Smith & Wesson’s precision parts are built on the precise action of complex mechanisms, and making them work effectively and safely, year after year, requires skilled engineering and precise manufacturing in various processes, including mechanical, material and process engineering, a metallurgy lab, metrology lab and precise CNC machining operations.
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