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Unlocking Precision: The Advantages of Floating Plug Drawing for Stainless Steel Tubing

In the world of stainless steel tubing production, the choice of manufacturing method can significantly impact the final product’s quality and characteristics. One technique that stands out for its precision and efficiency is the floating plug drawing process, especially when compared to the more traditional drawn-over-mandrel (DOM) method.floating plug drawing for stainless steel tubing

1. Precision and Consistency

Floating plug drawing offers unparalleled precision in shaping stainless steel tubing. Unlike the DOM process which relies on a mandrel to support the inner tube wall during the drawing process the floating plug drawing employs a dynamic, self-adjusting plug. This ensures a more consistent tube wall thickness throughout the entire length. The result is tubing with superior dimensional accuracy, making it an ideal choice for applications where precision is critical.

2. Surface Finish and Integrity

The floating plug drawing technique excels in delivering a smoother surface finish. With reduced friction between the plug and the tube, the risk of surface imperfections and defects is minimized. This not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the tubing but also improves its corrosion resistance. Industries requiring stainless steel tubing for applications in harsh environments or those demanding impeccable surface quality often favor the floating plug drawing method.

3. Enhanced Mechanical Properties

When compared to DOM, the floating plug drawing can yield stainless steel tubing with enhanced mechanical properties. The dynamic nature of the floating plug allows for better control over the tube’s microstructure, resulting in improved tensile strength, yield strength, and overall structural integrity. This makes tubing produced through floating plug drawing an optimal choice for applications where durability and mechanical performance are paramount.

4. Cost-Effective Production

While initially perceived as a high-tech alternative, the floating plug drawing method can offer cost advantages in the long run. The precision and consistency provided leads to reduced material waste and fewer production errors. Mandrel drawn stainless steel tubing coil length is limited by the length of the mandrel. Small inconsistencies in the tube or mandrel during insertion or removal of the mandrel can cause a jam at any point, therefore coil lengths are relatively short. In contrast, coil lengths with floating plug technology can run thousands of feet. Additionally, the improved surface finish often eliminates the need for secondary processes, contributing to overall cost-effectiveness in the manufacturing process.

Mastering the art of drawing stainless steel tubing using the floating plug method is a delicate balance of various factors. With nearly a century of experience in stainless steel tubing production, Vita Needle has perfected the nuances of these processes to deliver tubing of the utmost quality.


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