Steel Wedges of all sizes and dimensions remain one of the simplest products The Steel Supply Company manufactures, yet also one of the most difficult to manufacture cost effectively. The 17 standard sizes we keep in stock are Drop Forged Wedges. This is the most economical manufacturing method. Made to order dimensions require the part be made manually which is more time consuming, but as long as it is a simple wedge the process remains straightforward.
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The Steel Supply Company provides steel wedges to Steel Fabricators, Concrete and Masonry Contractors and the general construction trades. Often the customers' requirements can be met with stock sizes as shown in our catalog.
When manufacturing made to order steel wedges there are a number of ways it can be done and usually the configuration dictates what method is selected. Some of these are outlined in a previous blog, Steel Wedge Manufacturing. The Steel Wedge we are focusing on in this conversation is required as part of a Fluorogold® or Teflon® Slide Bearing Assembly. Length is 20", Width is 14". Thickness starts at 1/2" and tapers down to 1/16". The unique size of this wedge dictates the manufacturing process.
When making a steel wedge to order plans often call for a center hole that will be used for alignment or for locking the wedge in place. (See fig. 1) The hole can also be useful when removing a wedge while still under pressure.
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The Slotted Steel Shim and the Steel Wedge have some separate and some overlapping functions. The wedge has the ability to multiply force for lifting purposes. (To read more about the lifting force of the steel wedge, click here.
The steel wedge is an extremely important aspect of any construction process. Another way to understand the power of the steel wedge is by understanding the structural bolt. At first, it might seem as though that the two products have nothing in common, but in reality they are the same thing.
Steel Wedges are among the most basic and yet unique products our steel fabricating customers use. They are used for almost everything, from separating heavy plates in the shop, to with an erector lift for extremely heavy objects, to shimming stair stringers.
In a previous article we described the process of making Made To Order Steel Wedges. See Steel Wedges - Made To Order This article will deal with the specifics of manufacturing the Russian Wedge, so called because of the unique Knock out Block at the large end. (see bottom right photo)