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About Our Aluminum Manufacturing Process
Our unique aluminum carabiner manufacturing process starts with a dimensional inspection and hardness testing of incoming aircraft quality 7000 series alloy aluminum rod stock to ensure conformity to our stringent specifications and proper aircraft strength specification. The rod stock is precision sheared to a predetermined length and bent to
the individual carabiner frame configuration in one of our own custom designed and manufactured benders.

The formed carabiner frame is then ISO Cold Forged in our 150 ton cold forge press utilizing proprietary forging techniques which minimizes the flash prevalent in hot forged frames.  At this time the logo, strength rating, lot number and CE markings are also forged into the frame.

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The frame is then final formed and trimmed.  After trimming, the frames are heat treated to T-6 temper per military, aircraft, ASTM and CE specifications.  Upon completion of heat treating, frames and test coupons are destruct tested to ensure proper heat treatment. Deburring follows in our own vibratory units and the frames are then burnished to a brilliant luster.

Assembly, (with stainless steel springs, rivets and pushers), spin riveting, proof testing and inspection complete the manufacturing process.

As a point of interest, all our carabiners are designed to open under body weight and proof tested to a minimum of 50% of rated strength (standard requires only 30%).   The small indentations on the inside radii of every Omega Pacific carabiner is evidence of this testing.

Additionally, our special spin riveting operation allows us to "contour" the rivet head to the curvature of the gate minimizing the sharp "bottom rivet lip" on which webbing or a rope can snag.

We do not press fit rivets which invites stress corrosion cracking of gate holes and our "hooded gate" eliminates the abrasive underside slot found on most competitor's conventional gates.

Furthermore, we hand inspect each carabiner at a minimum of 5 manufacturing steps to ensure proper dimensional conformity, functionality and smooth
gate action.

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8003 W. Sunset Hwy
Spokane, WA 99224
Phone: 509.624.1061 or toll free: 800.360.3990 Fax: 509.624.1069

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