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Spring Prototyping at AWP

Precision, Quality, and Speed

Automated Wire Products (AWP) is renowned in the manufacturing industry for precision and quality. Specializing in ground compression springs since 1997, we’ve built a reputation for delivering high-quality products that meet the rigorous demands of the fluid power industry.

Prototyping is a critical step in the manufacturing process. It serves as the bridge between design and production, validating designs and ensuring all specifications are met before full-scale manufacturing. At AWP, we provide accurate and efficient prototyping services to support this critical phase.

Read on to learn why our commitment to quality and efficiency in prototyping is unmatched and allows us to provide our customers with prototypes that precisely represent final production parts.

The Prototyping Process at AWP


Initial Design Review

Our prototyping begins with a comprehensive initial design review to optimize costs and enhance the design. Collaboration with our customers’ engineering staff is also key. We work closely with them to review design inputs, incorporating their feedback and recommendations into the final print specifications. This collaboration achieves 100% design concurrence, making certain that both AWP and the customer are aligned on the part design requirements before moving forward.

Design Input and Modifications

The next step in AWP’s prototyping process involves a detailed review of design inputs with our customers’ engineering staff. This collaboration is vital to meet all aspects of the design’s precise needs and our customers’ expectations. During this phase, our team evaluates the initial design, discussing potential improvements and adjustments with the customer’s engineers.

We value the input from our customers and make it a priority to incorporate all recommended design modifications into the final specifications. This iterative process addresses every detail, refining the design to achieve optimal performance and manufacturability.


Prototype/PPAP Submission Strategy

Our prototype/PPAP submission strategy ensures prototypes accurately reflect final production parts. Using the same production tooling and equipment for prototypes as in mass production guarantees consistency and quality. This approach allows us to identify and address potential issues early for a seamless transition to production.


Quick Turnaround

At AWP, we understand the importance of speed in the product development cycle. That’s why we’re committed to submitting PPAP parts and supporting data in less than ten days. Our streamlined processes and efficient production systems enable us to deliver high-quality prototypes quickly – without compromising quality.

For select prototypes, we offer the capability to expedite production and shipping, ensuring you receive your prototypes as quickly as possible. This rapid turnaround time allows customers to move forward with their projects promptly, meet critical deadlines, and gain a competitive edge in their markets.


Advanced Technologies and Equipment for Accuracy and Quality

We leverage state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced coiling, presetting, and grinding capabilities, executed on CNC production equipment. SMI Advanced Spring Design software is utilized for design review and optimization, guaranteeing every design meets the required tolerances and performance standards.

Our prototyping process mirrors production conditions. By executing all prototype work on the same production equipment used for full-scale manufacturing, we guarantee the parts received during prototyping will match those in production.


Key Benefits for Customers

AWP’s prototype capabilities provide a strategic advantage, supporting rapid product launches and giving customers a competitive edge. Emphasizing “time-to-market” allows customers to bring products to market faster, capturing market share and generating revenue sooner.

Our unique 27-year strategy for launching prototype ground compression springs sets us apart. No other US spring manufacturing firm uses this approach, meaning we deliver the highest quality prototypes that precisely match production standards. Additionally, our experienced team offers upfront design assistance, optimizing designs for manufacturability and cost-effectiveness. We provide comprehensive guidance throughout the development process, ensuring the final product meets all specifications and performance requirements.


Customer-Centric Approach

Customer feedback is integral to our prototyping process. Effective communication and collaboration lead to the best outcomes. We actively seek and incorporate customer input; this collaborative approach results in successful projects and strong customer relationships.

One notable success involves a fluid power customer who faced repeated PPAP submission failures with another supplier. AWP delivered a successful PPAP within 48 hours, enabling the customer to meet their critical launch deadline and demonstrating our reliability and efficiency.



Automated Wire Products stands out for its unmatched expertise and unwavering commitment to quality. Our advanced prototyping capabilities, coupled with state-of-the-art technologies and a customer-centric approach, set us apart in the industry.

We invite potential customers to experience the precision and efficiency of AWP’s prototype capabilities and to see firsthand how we can bring their designs to life. If you’re ready to take your project to the next level, visit our “Request a Quote” page to discuss your specific needs and learn more about our prototyping services. Our team is here to provide the solutions and support you need to succeed.