Steel wire extrusion die for mattres springs, 1996.

Ward, Phil

 
Steel wire extrusion die for mattres springs, 1996.
4 0 c m
 
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Description

In order for the springs to retain their required stiffnes, the wire used needs to be very strong This is achieved by pulling the steel wire through dies which make it progresively thinner, stretching the crystals that form the wire into fibres. The proces generates a lot of friction which heats everything up. Soap and water are used as a lubricant to reduce this and keep the parts cool. Made by Bekaert Engineering of Belgium.

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