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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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.
The Steel Supply Company manufactures steel wedges both as standard stock sizes and made to order per customer's specifications. A wide range of tools and manufacturing processes are employed and, as with any process like this, costs are kept to the minimum that will allow a high-quality finished part. Nonetheless customers are frequently surprised at the difficulty of wedge manufacturing.
When shims are required to be angled, wedge shaped, or anything other than flat squares and rectangles, specific steps have to be taken to offset the difficulty these angles create.
Steel Wedges are used in fabrication and steel erection for a wide variety of purposes. Some are very simple and rudimentary, others more specific and complex. When a job requires structural steel wedges, the fabricator or erector will have a choice between mass produced stock sizes and made to order sizes. The key phrase in that sentence is “mass produced.”
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.
The askew head bolt is always and only used in connection with the wedge insert. This system is most commonly employed to secure relieving angles although it can be found in many other instances where steel members will be bolts to concrete.
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)
One of the most basic and yet most demanding of our product lines is the Steel Wedge. Once a fabricator or erector recognizes the need for a custom size wedge there are few shortcuts and rarely does the quantity required justify creating re-useable, hard tooling. (We do have 15 stock sizes - to view, click here)