Parts assumed to require progressive dies and stamping presses may be candidates for fourslides—a common wire forming machine not routinely found in stamping companies. If you require a progressive die capability, it might be worthwhile to investigate the fourslide option.
In general, set ups for fourslides are probably more complex, as the tooling is bolted onto the machine with timing accomplished via cams and slides.
On the other hand, there may be less waste, less expensive tooling, and at least comparable speeds. For example, if the part is 1” wide, a fourslide can use 1” material while the progressive die needs excess to trim.
So if this shoe fits, let us see if we can find the best option for you. We have both capabilities.