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voestalpine Wire Germany: Customized wire solution becomes a series success

21 February 2022 | 

voestalpine Wire Technology – Customized solutions for demanding applications. Read here about our latest voestalpine Wire Germany GmbH success story: joint efficient alloy development with the customer.

Detailed specification for customized wire solutions

The starting point for the joint alloy development was a detailed specification for a customized wire solution. A specific customer need or strategic customer request for a reliable and safer second supplier brought the customer to voestalpine Wire Germany, a company of the Wire Technology business unit. The customer needed a wire in a specific, non-standard grade for subsequent cold forming and processing into tool components.

Perfect interaction between R&D, application technology and customer partnership ultimately led to success:

Since the desired grade was not a "standard grade", it quickly became clear that it would be necessary to approach the necessary design via several trial loops.

Rajko Haubold, Sales Manager voestalpine Wire Germany GmbH

For this purpose, there were first trial deliveries with our existing designs, which, however, did not lead to the desired results after heat treatment at the customer.

Steffi Geßner, Application Engineer

It was only with a test batch from the TechMet of the voestalpine Forschungsservice Gesellschaft that these desired results could be achieved. In the course of an add-on batch in the steel mill, the positive results were then confirmed in close coordination between Wire Technology application engineering and the customer. The well-known customer was visibly satisfied with the commitment of the Wire Technology specialists, which was ultimately also reflected in a follow-up order for this special melt.

Forward-looking R&D setup enables top performance

With the Metallurgy Laboratory (MetLab) and the Technical Center Metallurgy (TechMet), our customers have access to two research facilities that are unique in the world and can be used to test and innovate new alloys on a very small scale. Individual analyses are possible in a short time. In the MetLab, for example, it is possible to obtain laboratory samples for pre-tests from 8 kg to a maximum of 50 kg. Based on this, individual 5-ton billets can be cast in the TechMet to test processability in the hot rolling mill and provide initial customer samples.

Customized wire solutions in record time

With our customized wire solutions, we meet your requirements and those of your customers. In addition to digital product simulations, we offer the possibility of individual product development with significantly reduced development times through our unique R&D setup. With material and process development from steel to drawn wire, our R&D team guarantees optimized product properties for the subsequent processing and application of your products. With these three steps we offer customized solutions:

  1. Virtual product development
  2. Steel development
  3. Wire development in the technical center Wire