What is Stretch Forming?

Stretch Forming is a unique metalworking process by which sheet, rolled sections or extrusions are formed over or around dies, with the required shape and contour, while the work piece is held in tension. The work metal is held just beyond the yield point (generally 1-3% total elongation) to permanently retain the desired contour and shape. Some materials require thermal treatment and multiple stretching operations to permanently alter the memory of the metal.

The four basic techniques for stretch forming include: Stretch Wrap, Draw, Compression, and Radial Draw. Typically, one of these methods is used to produce Wing-Skin and Fuselage Panels, Nacelle Components, Door and Trim Details, and many other Fuselage Frame Members.

Experience Makes the Difference

We consistently achieve precision tolerances on all kinds of dimensions and bend radii. How do we do it? Two words: Talent and experience. “Stretch forming is an art more than a science,” explains Darrell Madole, president. “Our ability to understand what the metal is doing during the forming process allows us to produce consistent, high-quality parts. That is why we seek out stretch forming talent early on and develop that ability in-house.” Today Forming Specialties offers you a team of highly skilled craftsmen with decades of experience in all aspects of the stretch forming process. It is this experience, combined with our company wide commitment to quality and customer service, that makes Forming Specialties your premier supplier for precision formed parts and assemblies.

An Unparalleled Commitment to Quality

A lot of companies talk a lot about quality. At Forming Specialties, quality is an integral part of our approach to manufacturing…and has been since the beginning. Our company is built on a solid commitment to our customers through our dedication to total quality and product integrity throughout the manufacturing process. Forming Specialties is approved to ISO 9001 and AS9100. We have maintained quality and delivery ratings exceeding 99% for several years. We hold our own inspection stamps for Boeing, Goodrich, Lockheed, and TRW; and we ship our products directly to stock for several of our major customers. Our reputation for top quality and customer service speaks for itself and forms the foundation of our continuing success. Experience the difference at Forming Specialties, and put our team to work for you.

Built on a Rock-Solid Foundation

In this current challenging business environment, the long-term viability of your suppliers is an ongoing concern. We recognize that our customers invest a great deal of time and effort to build and maintain a close working relationship with us, and we take that responsibility very seriously. That is why Forming Specialties strives to maintain a low overhead and a lower than average debt structure. Our steady pattern of managed growth, and our commitment to the principles of lean manufacturing, allows us to accomplish this goal and sustain profitability through these demanding times. We are proud of our rock solid reputation at Forming Specialties, and we plan to serve our customers now and well into the future.

Forming Specialties is ISO 9001 & AS9100 Certified

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