From Raw Material to Final Inspection


Learn how a precision steel ball is made.  From heading, flashing, heat treating, grinding, lapping and final inspection.

Click on each section for a more detailed explanation, including photos and sound.

Heading a Precision Steel Balls

1. Heading

Wire or Rod Produces “Slugs” through Header
Flashing a Precision Steel Ball

2. Flashing

Flashing Removes the Ring Around the “Slug”
Heat Treating a Precision Ball

3. Heat Treating

The Rough Balls are then Heat Treated
Grinding a Precision Steel Ball

4. Grinding

Ball is then Ground
Lapping a Precision Steel Ball

5. Lapping

Lapping Polishes the Ball
Final Inspection of a Precision Ball

6. Final Inspection

The Precision Ball is Inspected