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Often used for decorative purposes, metal brackets can be powder coated in colors such as black, white, gray and almond to be more aesthetically-pleasing. Often packaged as "rights" and "lefts", metal brackets can often be customized and are reversible. Typical materials that metal brackets are stamped from include aluminum, brass, carbon steel, copper, hot and cold rolled steel, galvanized metals and stainless steel. A long list of industries benefit from metal brackets, including construction, automotive, electronics, telecommunications, defense, commercial, architecture, dental and aerospace.
Since metal brackets are made as part of one continuous process, they are typically short run stampings, and are produced at a high volume over a short timespan. Metal brackets are typically formed during two types of metal stamping processes: progressive stampings and fourslide stampings.
- Progressive Stamping
- Progressive stamping utilizes presses with multiple stations which stamp different attributes into parts as a metal coil moves through the press; metal brackets are cut and separated on the final step.
- Fourslide Stamping
- In the fourslide stamping process, presses with four moving slides are used, which allow the automated press to manipulate parts along both axis. This allows for multiple aspects of stamping, cutting and shaping on the metal brackets to be completed at one processing stage.
There are quite a few different configurations of brackets, including L brackets, J brackets and box brackets. L brackets are the most common shape of metal bracket and are widely used in structural and decorative applications. J brackets are a simple construction and are often used in automotive applications as well as in conjunction with L brackets in structural applications. Box brackets, also called square brackets, are one of the strongest types of metal brackets.
Metal brackets can be stamped from a variety of different materials, whether brass, stainless steel, copper, or aluminum. These brackets can also be coated with a variety of different materials to enhance their appearance. The material they are stamped from as well as their shape and appearance depends on the application for which they are going to be used. Some brackets are fairly small and simple, such as those used in everyday shelving of medium weight loads, whereas others must be quite large and require locking bars and appropriate options for adjustment, such as TV fixed metal brackets. In this case the metal bracket will not be seen, but its strength is crucial. No one wants to see their brand new flat screen in pieces on their living room floor!
While some brackets may not be visible or their appearance might not matter, other brackets might require a decorative look or may need to blend in with the wall or shelf to be less visible. Powder coatings are common for a lot of metal brackets and there are many colors and shades to choose from. Decorative looks may pose more of a challenge for metal stampers, but are common also. It all depends on the function and the look you are going for, whether basic stainless steel, or black powder coated aluminum, or a certain design or shape. There are many, many options when it comes to the material of metal brackets and the desired look you are going for. Contact a metal stamper near you and discuss your specific requirements and preferences today. Get the strength you need and style you want. Don’t settle for less.