A ferrule is a band made of metal. Ferrules provide a permanent seal at the end of an object to add strength. Common examples include the metal band that holds an eraser on the end of a pencil, or the metal band that secures bristles to a paintbrush. At Knight Manufacturing, we’ve been metal stamping ferrules since our inception in 1975.
The Ferrule Making Process
Ferrules can be made in different sizes and shapes. Ferrules are custom designed for the products they are meant to connect and are crimped to fit those pieces. Every ferrule project is unique, which is why custom-made ferrules are essential.
Ferrules can be made from a variety of materials, dependent upon the application. Common metal ferrule materials include:
- Carbon steel
- Nickel and nickel alloys
- Stainless steel
While some applications call for non-metal ferrule materials, metals are most commonly used for their inherent pressure and temperature resistances. Metal ferrules are easily created in high volumes using metal stamping processes.
A simple but crucial component, ferrules are used on many common items, such as pencils, hairbrushes, musical instruments, fiber optic cables, hoses, and many others. For electrical purposes, ferrules are often used to protect a cable from the elements or other damage. They may also be used to connect wires and cables. In a variety of other industries, they’re used for packaging, reinforcement, or to help an object resist wear and tear.
Hose ferrules are used across multiple industries, including:
- Food and beverage
- Military and defense
Ferrules by Knight Manufacturing
We specialize in custom hose, crimp, and special ferrules. We have a variety of capabilities used in various ferrule projects, including:
- Heat treating
- Powder coating
- Statistical process control
We can machine parts at up to 200 cycles per minute with thicknesses of up to 0.125 inches and a diameter of 4 inches. Deep draws range from 0.125 inches to 2.5 inches. We’re RoHS compliant and meet ANSI, ASTM, REACH, and SAE standards to ensure the highest quality production and best safety practices for our valued employees.
We can manufacture and store custom ferrules to fulfill blanket orders and facilitate Just-in-Time inventory practices. This helps our customers prevent production delays for projects that require ferrules on an ongoing basis.
We conduct all operations in-house, from providing quotes and fabricating tooling to manufacturing and packaging orders. This enables us to offer quick turnaround times, accommodate emergency or rush orders, and maintain extremely competitive pricing.
Our quality control team is hard at work throughout all projects, verifying the integrity of produced items and rechecking after processes such as anodizing or plating. Customer satisfaction is our top priority. Please contact us to learn more about our ferrule capabilities or other services.