Precision Wire Components in DFARS-Compliant Materials
MYSTIC, Conn.--When using a product that's made from specialty metals, most people probably don't give much thought to where those metals were melted before being manufactured into component parts. You can bet that the U.S. government has. In an effort to ensure that certain strategic materials used in U.S. defense products are not supplied by nations whose interests run counter to our own, the federal government established regulation 252.225-7014 of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS). The regulation requires that certain specialty metals used in products purchased under Department of Defense contracts be melted in the United States or in one of several "qualifying countries."
Procurers of parts and components used in products purchased under Department of Defense contracts are familiar with the DFARS provision, and know that it's important to work with vendors who understand its requirements and can assist in compliance. Acme Wire Products Company, Inc., a Mystic, Conn.-based custom manufacturer of precision wire components, is a company that can incorporate DFARS-compliant specialty metals in a variety of custom designed and manufactured wire components. The company, which engineers wire and metal components to customer specifications, has certifications on hand for all DFARS material, attesting to the location where their specialty metals were melted. Acme also ensures that its specialty metals are segregated from other materials to prevent any confusion or cross-contamination, according to the company's president, Mary Fitzgerald.
Under the DFARS provision, "specialty metals" refers to metal alloys consisting of nickel, iron-nickel, and cobalt base alloys, containing a total of other alloying metals (except iron) in excess of 10 percent. It also includes titanium and titanium alloys, as well as zirconium and zirconium base alloys. The designation also includes steel with a maximum alloy content exceeding one or more of the following limits: manganese, 1.65%; silicon, 0.60%; or copper, 0.60%; or containing more than 0.25% of any of the following elements: aluminum, chromium, cobalt, columbium, molybdenum, nickel, titanium, tungsten, or vanadium.
"The origins of the DFARS specialty metals provision date back to the Berry Amendment, which sought to secure a safe, domestic source for certain materials deemed of strategic importance to the U.S. military," Fitzgerald explains.
Acme Wire (www.acmewire.com) specializes in contract manufacturing of custom designed and engineered steel, stainless steel wire, and metal products. Utilizing technologies for working with wire, sheet metal, and tubing, the company manufactures sturdy, lightweight parts to exacting, repeatable tolerances. In addition to forming, blanking, welding, and assembly, the company provides in-house finishing services, hardware insertion, and higher-level subassemblies. Unlike many other wire fabricators, Acme says that it designs, produces, and maintains its own production tools and many of the specialty machines that it uses for intricate assemblies.
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