Our goal at Gibbs is to be the highest quality supplier of specialty steel products in the marketplace. We will realize this goal through use of a Continuous Improvement Plan, Employee Education, Training & a company-wide Commitment to Excellence.
The management of Gibbs recognizes that its people are the key to establishing error-free production. By promoting teamwork and providing the tools to achieve top performance, Gibbs strives to meet and surpass our customers’ requirements the first time, every time.
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Rolled Shaped Wire products all begin their manufacturing process with a metal round wire starting diameter that is rolled to size and shape through a series of rolls and intermediate anneals, when applicable.
Custom Profiles and Shaped Wire products can lower costs due to the reduction of machining time and material waste as it’s produced near-to or made-to the size and shape needed. It is supplied in continuous coils with fewer or no welds for longer run times, highly accurate shapes, and consistent properties throughout the cross section of the wire. Shaped wire can be symmetrical or asymmetrical and is available in stainless steel, carbon alloys, red metals, titanium, nickel alloys, and exotic alloys. One common use for shaped wire is ‘wedge wire’ produced specifically for filter screens and liquid-solid separation and used in a wide variety of industries like pulp & paper, waste treatment, fish hatcheries, and commercial walkways. Shaped wire is also used for spring applications, automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, and more.
Flat wire is generally defined as a dimensional cross section of less than a 5:1 ratio. It is used for applications where a burr free edge is critical and rolled edge strip is not a viable option due to cross section size or mechanical property requirements. Flat wire is generally offered as a ‘natural round’ edge created by reducing the starting diameter round wire with top and bottom rolls creating a ‘natural’ curvature (round edge) that forms as the top and bottom of the round wire is flattened. Flat wire can also be produced with controlled radius corners or a shaped square edge. These additional edges are formed with side rolls. Flat wire is used for countless applications from Li-Ion batteries, windshield wiper blades, hand tools, guide wires, window mechanisms, springs, and more.
Square wire is another popular wire shape and is used in hundreds of end uses such as header bars, eyeglass frames, orthodontic wire, and hand tools. It is shaped with top, bottom, and side rolls and can be produced with controlled radius edges or a shaped square edge.
Benefits of Shaped Wire over Machined Bar or Plate:
• Continuous coils with fewer or no welds & multiple winding options • Tight dimensional tolerances • Produced to finish size or near-finish size for no, or minimal machining • Consistent properties throughout the cross section of the wire • Ability to roll complex shapes • Can be produced to specific mechanical property ranges
301 stainless steel strip ‘high yield’ is used in the manufacture of superior springs. Commonly used for constant force springs for window counterbalance springs, point of purchase displays, medical devices, and filter snap bands, the manufacturer desires an end product with a long performance life.
Because every detail about the raw material matters in the manufacturing processes of the spring maker, Gibbs® has developed the best 301 sources and suppliers for superior chemistry, gauges down to .002”, slit widths narrower than .250”, consistently tight tolerances, and trouble-free oscillate wound coils. Gibbs also offers a 301 high yield with added silicon to provide added ductility at high tensile ranges.
Perhaps the most exciting of all of the Gibbs® advantages is our proprietary superior round edge. When incremental performance increases matter, the Gibbs® superior round edge can help to equalize the stresses across the width of the strip which may help to improve the life cycle of the spring.
See our catalog of 301 stainless steel strip products for additional sizes and product information. If you don’t see the size you are looking for, don’t count us out. Contact us a the link below and one of our skilled, industry experts will get back to you promptly.
Contact us today for more information or to quote your 301 high yield material requirements.
Gibbs offers 7 locations in three countries, since 1956.
Effective on 8/2/2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) amended DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) to include Japan and Slovenia as Qualifying Countries in the procurement of Specialty Metals under clause 252.225-7002. The updated list of qualifying countries is below.
Australia Austria Belgium Canada Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Finland France Germany Greece Israel Italy #Japan Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal #Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Gibbs® carries the following regular stock items under the Specialty Metals designation. 300 Series Stainless, 17-7, Inconel X-750, Inconel 600, Phosphorous Bronze and Chrome Silicon / Chrome Vanadium wires (both commercial and valve).