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When it comes to ensuring that your wire’s quality is preserved during shipping process, Fort Wayne Metals offers a wide variety of packaging options. We give you the option to specify the spool type you prefer from our wide variety of options, or we can recommend the spool type that we believe would work best for your specific needs.

Due to the fact that some alloys are subject to corrosion, we add desiccant packets to the bags in order to provide additional protection of the wire.

Straightened and cut wire is shipped via PVC tubes or wood crates, depending on the quantity.

Spool Equivalent Flange Hub Traverse Bore Max capacity* Diameter Spool composition

55.88 cm x 27.94 cm
[22 in x 11 in]

--

55.88 cm
[22 in]

35.56 cm
[14 in]

27.94 cm
[11 in]

12.7 cm
[5 in]

204.1 kg
[450 lbs]

0.762 mm - 3.66 mm 
[0.030 in - 0.144 in]

Polystyrene

45.72 cm x 25.4 cm
[18 in x 10 in]

--

45.72 cm
[18 in]

27.94 cm
[11 in]

24.38 cm
[9.6 in]

12.7 cm
[5 in]

68.03 kg
[150 lbs]

0.762 mm - 3.66 mm
[0.030 in - 0.144 in]

Polystyrene

30.48 cm x 15.24 cm
[12 in x 6 in]

--

30.48 cm
[12 in]

15.24 cm
[6 in]

15.24 cm
[6 in]

3.3 cm
[1.3 in]

27.21 kg
[60 lbs]

0.304 mm - 1.524 mm 
[0.012 in - 0.060 in]

ABS

Weld wire

--

29.72 cm
[11.7 in]

21.08 cm
[8.3 in]

9.2 cm
[3.62 in]

5.08 cm
[2 in]

13.60 kg
[30 lbs]

0.102 mm - 1.27 mm 
[0.004 in - 0.050 in]

ABS

20.32 cm x 8.89 cm
[8 in x 6 in]

--

20.32 cm
[8 in]

11.68 cm
[4.6 in]

15.24 cm
[6 in]

3.048 cm
[1.2 in]

11.33 kg
[25 lbs]

0.304 mm - 1.524 mm
[0.012 in - 0.060 in]

ABS

15.24 cm x 8.89 cm
[6 in x 3.5 in]

--

15.24 cm
[6 in]

8.89 cm
[3.5 in]

8.89 cm
[3.5 in]

1.575 cm
[0.62 in]

4.54 kg
[10 lbs]

0.076 mm - 0.508 mm 
[0.003 in - 0.020 in]

ABS

34.59 cm x 9.017 cm
[13.62 in x 3.55 in]
biconical spool

--

34.59 cm
[13.62 in]

28.34 cm
[11.16 in]

9.017 cm
[3.55 in]

5.08 cm
[2 in]

6.803 kg
[15 lbs]

0.0508 mm - 0.762 mm
[0.002 in - 0.030 in]

ABS

11.43 cm x 7.62 cm 
[4.5 in x 3 in]

--

11.43 cm
[4.5 in]

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

7.62 cm
[3 in]

1.57 cm
[0.62 in]

1.133 kg
[2.5 lbs]

0.076 mm - 0.254 mm
[0.003 in - 0.010 in]

ABS

6.35 cm x 7.62 cm
[2.5 in x 3 in]

HK 76-45

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

4.318 cm
[1.7 in]

7.62 cm
[3 in]

1.57 cm
[0.62 in]

0.453 kg
[1 lb]

≤0.177 mm
[≤0.007 in]

ABS

HK 76-45
biconical spool

6.35 cm x 7.62 cm
[2.5 in x 3 in]

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

4.445 cm
[1.75 in]

5.994 cm
[2.36 in]

1.57 cm
[0.62 in]

0.453 kg
[1 lb]

≤0.101 mm
[≤0.004 in]

--

DIN80

--

8.128 cm
[3.2 in]

5.08 cm
[2 in]

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

1.60 cm
[0.63 in]

0.453 kg
[1 lbs]

≤0.0762 mm
[≤0.003 in]

ABS

DIN100

--

9.606 cm
[3.9 in]

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

7.874 cm
[3.1 in]

1.60 cm
[0.63 in]

1.360 kg
[3 lbs]

0.0254 mm - 0.127 mm
[0.001 in - 0.005 in]

ABS

DIN125

HKV 125

12.446 cm
[4.9 in]

7.874 cm
[3.1 in]

9.906 cm
[3.9 in]

1.60 cm
[0.63 in]

2.267 kg
[5 lbs]

0.101 mm - 0.254 mm
[0.004 in - 0.010 in]

ABS

HKV 125
biconical spool

DIN125

12.496 cm
[4.92 in]

7.112 cm
[2.8 in]

6.502 cm
[2.56 in]

1.60 cm
[0.63 in]

1.360 kg
[3 lbs]

0.101 mm - 0.254 mm
[0.004 in - 0.010 in]

--

DIN160

HKV 160

16.002 cm
[6.3 in]

9.906 cm
[3.9 in]

12.7 cm
[5 in]

2.209 cm
[0.87 in]

4.54 kg
[10 lbs]

0.254 mm - 0.508 mm
[0.010 in - 0.020 in]

ABS

HKV 160
biconical spool

DIN160

16.002 cm
[6.3 in]

8.99 cm
[3.54 in]

8.509 cm
[3.35 in]

2.209 cm
[0.87 in]

4.54 kg
[10 lbs]

0.254 mm - 0.508 mm
[0.004 in - 0.010 in]

--

DIN250

--

24.892 cm
[9.8 in]

16.002 cm
[6.3 in]

16.002 cm
[6.3 in]

2.209 cm
[0.87 in]

9.071 kg
[20 lbs]

0.304 mm - 1.016
[0.012 in - 0.040 in]

ABS

Wardwell bobbin

--

6.604 cm
[2.6 in]

3.302 cm
[1.3 in]

7.112 cm
[2.8 in]

2.794 cm 
[1.1 in
spline]

0.226 kg
[0.5 lbs]

≤0.0762 mm
[≤0.003 in]

Nylon

Medium braider bobbin**

--

4.267 cm
[1.68 in]

2.578 cm
[1.015 in]

2.641 cm
[1.04 in]

1.054 cm
[0.415 in]

0.113 kg
[0.25 lbs]

≤0.0762 mm
[≤0.003 in]

Acetal Copolymer

Larger braider bobbin**

--

3.987 cm
[1.57 in]

2.971 cm
[1.17 in]

2.641 cm
[1.04 in]

1.054 cm
[0.415 in]

0.054 kg
[0.12 lbs]

≤0.0762 mm
[≤0.003 in]

Acetal Copolymer

New England #2
braider bobbin

--

4.318 cm
[1.7 in]

1.574 cm
[0.62 in]

6.35 cm
[2.5 in]

0.762 cm
[0.3 in]

0.340 kg
[0.75 lbs]

≤0.127 mm
[≤0.005 in]

Nylon

Endura® bobbin**
biconical spool

--

4.292 cm
[1.69 in]

2.590 cm
[1.02 in]

3.556 cm
[1.4 in]

1.054 cm
[0.415 in]

0.090 kg
[0.2 lbs]

≤0.0762 mm
[≤0.003 in]

Acetal Copolymer

* Actual capacity varies with wire size and alloy type. Please check with your Customer Service Associate for details.
** Designed for use on Steeger® braiders.

 

Endura® bobbins

The Endura® bobbin's angled flange design avoids wire pileup during spooling, minimizes contact of the wire with the flange during pay-off and removes the potential for flange toe-in. And each spool is carefully manufactured in order to provide smooth surfaces with no snag points. Many Endura® bobbins are designed to simply replace their conventional counterparts, so switching will be quick and easy. If your manufacturing process could benefit from increased machine uptime, contact your Fort Wayne Metals representative and ask them to show you how Endura® bobbins will go the distance for you.

Labeling

An integral part of our packaging process is quality control through spool labeling. Standard information on a spool label include:

  • Alloy type
  • Size
  • Lot number
  • Spool net weight
  • Customer purchase order number
  • Date
  • Spool number
  • Ultimate tensile strength
  • Average break load
  • Percent elongation of the wire

Spool returns and recycling

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, Fort Wayne Metals offers a 50% refund of the deposit on our spools returned to us in good condition. (Please note that you will be responsible for freight charges.)

To qualify for this refund, a spool is considered “in good condition” when it meets the following specifications:

  • Is free of wire scrap or other material debris.
  • Has not been altered, including drilling new holes.
  • Is not damaged beyond normal or reasonable wear.

While spool deposit refunds are not issued for returned Endura® bobbins, broken or damaged spools, and select spools due to their size or nature of use, Fort Wayne Metals will accept them as part of our Sustainability Initiative for recycling. We recycle the various spool compositions through manufacturers and other responsible vendors in order to reduce the volume of recyclable products being taken to landfills.

Please ship your spools directly to the Fort Wayne Metals Recycle Center. This will help minimize the environmental impact of sending products between facilities.

Fort Wayne Metals Recycle Center
3618 West Ferguson Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Fort Wayne Metals encourages our customers to take advantage of the spool return program. If your organization would prefer to recycle within your community, you are welcome to contact the Fort Wayne Metals Environmental Team for assistance locating resources in your region. To contact the Environmental Team, or to find out more about Fort Wayne Metals Recycling Program and Sustainability Initiatives, please visit the Corporate Responsibility page.