In most instances aluminum bronze is the preferred material because of its excellent resistance to galling and wear. But, there are some instances when the customer needs a part made of alloy steel.
Coopersville, MI (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
SelfLube, the leading U.S. manufacturer of mold and die components, is pleased to announce the publication of its new 2014 components catalog. It is available in three media types: print, PDF and on the web at http://www.selflube.com.
The new catalog features a plethora of new products including steel versions of products that were formerly only available in aluminum bronze. SelfLube makes products that are used in molds and metal stamping dies to guide and control linear movement. "There is typically a lot of force and loading in this type of application," explains SelfLube owner, Phil Allor. "In most instances aluminum bronze is the preferred material because of its excellent resistance to galling and wear. But, there are some instances when the customer needs a part made of alloy steel. Formerly, this meant a custom part. Now we are able to accommodate that with a standard part, which for the customer means lower cost and shorter lead times."
In considering new products for its catalog the company mostly takes direction from its customers. "We are fundamentally in business to serve our customers," says SelfLube Sales Manager, Greg Kirchhoff. "So looking to our customers for new product ideas is pretty fundamental."
SelfLube is an ISO 9000 registered company that just reached a significant quality milestone: five consecutive years of zero non-conformance ISO Audits. This suggests that the company is deadly serious about quality and it is. And, because of this the Company is required to go through what some might view as "extra hoops" to get a new product to market. "It's a little more effort and a little more paperwork, but it's well worth it," says Allor. "When we launch something off everything has been double checked and signed off on and as a result mistakes are found and fixed well beforehand. Customers seem to like it that way," adds Allor.
SelfLube is the leading U.S. manufacturer of components used in molds, dies and special machines. The Company's product line consists of about 8,000 standard part numbers, which includes wear strips, wear plates, bushings, gibs, parting line locks, lifter slides and related items. The company has been in business for 23 years and supplies build shops throughout North America.