Petrochemical, Oil and Gas

The KPW reputation for quality enables us to supply OEM and 1st tier component manufacturers worldwide with our range of speciality high performance nickel alloys and copper alloys. These products are invariably manufactured to customers precise specifications, and are used to make springs, clips and other wireforms where the final application operates in extreme conditions such as heat or corrosive environments.

Case Study 1 – Heat recovery from gas turbines

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This customer is an innovator in the design and manufacture of high technology heat exchangers for gas turbines. A new design is based on an array of metal pins laser welded to metal plates. The tiny pins are manufactured from a variety of high performance materials. Pin selection, positioning and welding is automated, so the supply of the pins to very tight dimensional tolerances and straightness of cut ends was necessary.

Our Solution

KPW assisted the development of this product through the production of samples of pins of varying materials (nickel alloys and stainless steels) and dimensions. To achieve the tight tolerances, KPW diamond drew the wire to final diameter, then straightened and cut to length using high performance CNC cutting machines which are capable of meeting the required cleanness of the cut end. To ensure that zero burrs remain on the cut lengths (which would interfere with the automated process) KPW have introduced a de-burring line.

Case Study 2 – Materials selection for special valve

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A valve manufacturer was introducing a new design for a gas pipeline valve to operate under extreme heat and pressure conditions. The harsh operating environment required a high performance nickel alloy as the material, but assistance was requested to help determine the appropriate tensile strength and diameter of the spring material.

Our Solution

KPW produced several diameters of nickel alloy wire, in a variety of different tempers. These samples were used to form the required spring and then to test the valve. Following the selection of the most suitable diameter and tensile wire, KPW manufactured a batch of this wire to exact specification using materials available from stock.

Wire Stockists

Knight Precision Wire is part of Knight Group, a group of companies that specialise in the processing and supply of precision metals. Quality is of the utmost importance and Knight Precision Wire operates a vigorous quality management system.

People outside the wire industry may be unaware of the sheer number of wire variations out there. Wire is an essential commodity in numerous sectors and appears in many different forms. Sectors that KPW supply wire for include the Aerospace, Medical, Petrochemical, Industrial and Heat Treatment industries. For the aerospace sector, KPW have been approved as aerospace wire suppliers by Rolls Royce, British Aerospace and Westlands. Two of the primary products supplied to the aerospace industry are locking wire and aerospace cable. You can see case study examples of how the services provided by KPW have benefited the different sectors on the website.

Below is a list of the different wire products offered by KPW :

  • Stainless Steel
  • Carbon Steel
  • Nickel & Nickel Alloys
  • Copper & Copper Alloys
  • Special Wire Materials

Visit the stainless wire product page to see more information about the different stainless wires we produce. To see all of KPW's steel wires products then visit the products page.

In addition to providing wire products to many different companies and sectors, KPW also offer wire processing services. These services include :

  • Cut to Length Wire
  • Flat Wire
  • Square and Shaped Wire
  • Stranding and Bunching
  • Rewinding and Spooling
  • Polishing & Cleaning

To find out how KPW can help you with your special wire needs, send an enquiry using the form on the contact page.