The Antoniana Minuterie’s technicians will be able to suggest you in the best choice of the most suitable material for your products, depending on the use and working conditions (corrosive environments, humidity, temperature, electricity, etc.) to guarantee the best performance. Our products are made with:
IRON with very low carbon content. These materials arrive in Antoniana Minuterie in cold-rolled tapes. They are mild steels, which represent the best compromise between mechanical strength and toughness, designed to resist the high loads, impacts and above all to resist the efforts. They are suitable for the construction of all small metal parts for shoes. Based on the surface roughness chosen, they lend themselves to any type of surface finish.
STAINLESS STEEL: the main feature of the stainless steel is that it doesn’t rust if it is exposed to the atmosphere and to the water thanks to the presence of Cromium in the metal alloy. When the Cromium comes into contact with the oxygen it creates an adherent and very resistant layer of chromium oxide (CrO2) that prevents further oxidation. These steels are used to making accessories for footwear that must resist the different environments, in contact with water, humidity or corrosive substances.
HARDENED STEEL: tempering is a heat treatment of the steel. Thanks to this process the material has greater mechanical strenght, high hardness and considerable breaking load. It is used to produce hooks, loops for laces and accesories that must be resist to important workload.
BRASS: Copper and zinc alloy. Depending on the zinc alloy content, properties such as mechanical strength, color, electrical and thermal conductivity and resistance to abrasion and corrosion are improved. These last two, together with the mechanical resistance are the characteristics that most interest the footwear sector and that see the brass parts used on shoes that must resist in corrosive or particularly hostile environments.
ZAMAK: Zamak (an acronym derived from three of its main components: zinc, aluminum and magnesium) is an alloy with a high economic and ecological zinc content, particularly suitable for the production of parts with very complex shapes and with very high tolerance limits downs. Hardly the same items could be made with other alloys, except at the expense of accuracy and tolerances to be maintained, or impact resistance.
POLYMERS: nylon and technopolymers are materials with great functional and technical performances, versatile and resistant. They can have the most varied applications, allowing the creation of innovative and economically competitive pieces characterized by high thermal, electrical, chemical and wear resistance, as well as physical and thermal characteristics comparable to those of metals, low weight and in many cases easy transformability with constant process parameters. There is no limit to the achievable performance and to the characteristics required, the polymeric materials can meet any design requirement, both for technical shoe and for the fashion sector.