Established in 1970 as Contours Ltd., Bekaert’s shaped wire division is one of the largest and most diversified producers of flat and special-shaped wire in the world. Bekaert-Orrville has a fully integrated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with over 235,000 square feet of manufacturing space and plans for additional products and processing capabilities.
Above all, we remain dedicated to providing you with innovative products and operational excellence.
|Bekaert Corporation’s, Specialty Steel Wires group, offers the Wire Forming Industry a broad range of wire products individually engineered for specific applications. This is most evident by the shaped wires produced at Bekaert’s facility in Orrville, Ohio, USA (formerly Contours, Ltd., established in 1970).
During cold working, steel's strength increases and ductility drops making additional size reduction difficult. The material must be annealed before further processing in order to restore its ductility. This (usually subcritical) anneal is referred to as in-process anneal. The same treatment can be applied to materials where customer's specifications require a different set of mechanical properties than those obtained by cold work only. This is commonly referred to as "mid-temper". Bekaert-Orrville is a world leader in this technology.
Cold rolling changes the dimensions of material by passing it between one or more pairs of driven precision-ground rolls. The incoming material conforms to the space between the rolls or to the shape ground into the rolls.
During cold drawing, material is pulled through a carbide die or turk's head in order to change its shape and reduce its size. A number of draw passes through successive dies may be required, depending on the complexity of the specified shape. Each pass further shapes and reduces the profile's size until it reaches the final cross section.