IN THE BEGINNING

Forged metal work has a romance and history that goes back to Vulcan's forge, conjuring up images of medieval craftsmen setting their anvils ringing with hammers and bellows.

Hot forging as a method of shaping heated metal by compression is the oldest known metal working process. Prehistoric man realised that he could heat metal and shape it by hitting it with a rock and as time evolved, forging became a process that man used to shape tools, implements, blades and other items made of both nonferrous and ferrous metals. This activity became known as blacksmithing.

The blacksmith was immortalised as the true hero of early villages as he crafted armour for the soldiers, tools for the local artisans, metal soil tilling implements for farmers, and tools and other metal devices for homeowners and trades people of the time.

TODAY'S HOT FORGING PROCESS

During the hot forging process, a metal work piece is plastically deformed by pressing, squeezing, or hammering forces, usually at temperatures ranging from ambient to 1,500 degrees C, so that it approaches its maximum theoretical density and the upper limits of the material's potential strength. The properties of the worked metal can be greatly enhanced by selecting the proper types and sequence of operations. The controlled process of deformation that takes place imparts exceptional metallurgical soundness and mechanical properties to the forging: structural integrity, impact strength, fracture toughness, fatigue life and uniformity.

Technological advances in forging processes provide substantial advantages over other competing manufacturing processes, such as higher strength, superior internal integrity, more consistent and higher metallurgical properties. We have introduced sophisticated control systems and advanced processing equipment to produce products with greater uniformity, to extremely tight dimensional tolerances, in time to meet our customers' stringent delivery schedules.

Modern day forging imparts advantages that few processes can duplicate, and we consistently strive to improve these advantages:

*Forgings can produce high tolerance features.
*Forgings can be manufactured from readily available bar stock.
*Forgings impart high strength and reliability to components.
*Almost all metals and alloys can be forged.
*Forgings typically have relatively low life cycle costs.
*There are few restrictions on part size.
*At the end of the economic life cycle, products are fully recyclable.
*Forgings generate less waste material than traditional methods of fabrication such as cutting   from plate or machining from bar stock0

Forgings are used in high performance, high strength, and high reliability applications where tension, stress, load, and human safety are critical considerations. They are also used in a wide range of demanding environments, including highly corrosive and extreme pressures and temperatures.