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Last updated: 18 May, 2012
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Also pronounced "swedge"

Swaging is a metal-forming technique in which the metal of one part is deformed to fit around another part by either pressing or hammering, or by forcing the material through a die. Swaging differs from forging in that the swaged metal is cold worked, and the output of the swaging operation is usually the finished shape.

In our case this is usually a swage fitting over wire rope and the swage fitting is deformed using a swage machine until it has created a single assembly combining the two.

Swage examples

This fitting was cut and the wire pried out to demonstrate how swaging forms the fitting to the wire.


This fitting was cut in half to show how the wire melds with the fitting when swaged.


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