Ormiston Wire develops process for soft platinum wire braid


Ormiston Wire has overcome the challenge of processing the soft metal palladium, offering a new high-strength wire option to its customers using exotic metal. The process is one of many recent innovations from Ormiston, which can call on a wealth of in-house experience and knowledge to meet customer demand.

Ormiston Wire’s enviable experience at arriving at solutions for almost any application and material specification was put to the test when an export order for a new client included a request for wire braid made of palladium, a shiny, soft, silver-white metal that belongs to the platinum group.

Palladium is the least dense of the platinum-group of metals and has the lowest melting point. It is soft and ductile when annealed and greatly increases its strength and hardness when it is cold-worked. Ormiston Wire embraced the challenge, swiftly producing a prototype sample that met the customer’s specifications.

As a highly-admired specialist within the business, Ormiston Wire is frequently approached to provide solutions to unusual or particularly exacting wire and braid applications, often working with exotic metals. Ormiston is also highly experienced in sourcing metals and ensuring they meet the requisite quality standards, and are competitively priced.

“Being asked to produce wire from such a soft material as palladium might, to some people, appear to be an odd or at least a daunting request,” says Mark Ormiston, Managing Director, Ormiston Wire. “But to us it was just another challenge. Every client has its own unique challenges to face; and it’s our job to help them meet those challenges.”