Wire Drawing Dies Help Miners Succeed

By: Terry Fitzroy

Many people are not familiar with a die. So first, let's define them. According to wikipedia.com, a wire die is used for the following:

"Wire-making dies have a hole through the middle of them. A wire or rod of Steel, Copper, or other metals or alloy, enters into one side and is lubricated and reduced in size. The leading tip of the wire is usually pointed in the process. The tip of the wire is then guided into the die and rolled onto a block on the opposite side. The block provides the power to pull the wire through the die.

The die is logically divided into a few sections. First is an entrance angle that guides the wire into the die. Next is the approach angle which brings the wire to the nib which facilitates the reduction. Next is the bearing and the back relief. Lubrication is added at the entrance angle. The lube can be in powdered soap form. If the lubricant is soap, the friction of the drawing of wire heats the soap to liquid form and coats the wire. The wire should never actually come in contact with the die. A thin coat of lubricant should prevent the metal to metal contact.

For pulling a substantial rod down to a fine wire a series of several dies is used to obtain progressive reduction of diameter in stages. Standard wire gauges used to refer to the number of dies through which the wire had been pulled. Thus, a higher-numbered wire gauge meant a thinner wire. Typical telephone wires were 22-gauge, while main power cables might be 3 or 4-gauge."

So, you can see how helpful such a tool would be. Many times miners have a need to reshape or resize certain wires, or other tools they use while they are mining. But very rarely are wire drawing dies used to create an entire product. They are very similar to that of a mold. Some products that are made with wire dies are things like screws, bolts, and threaded rods. Wire drawing dies however are used specifically for resizing parts. Specifically, it's for making the diameter of a rod skinnier.

You can see why a wire drawing die would help a miner succeed. Instead of having to buy another rod, they can simply change the width of one that they currently have with their wire drawing dies. Any time you can have a tool that saves you money, and gives you flexibility in what you are able to do on the job, it will help you succeed. For more information on wire drawing dies, and how they are used, simply go to Google.com and type in "wire drawing dies" and you will get all sorts of information on the subject. If you are a miner, this information probably is not new to you. If you are looking into becoming a miner however, you should probably do a bit of research on this topic. Hopefully this information was sufficient for you in your search for more information about wire drawing dies.

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