1.2 Ongoing Improvements

The forging industry is keeping pace with other metal forming processes through continuous progress in many areas. Five of the most important are:
  • Alloys are being developed and refined to improve their processing characteristics, or "forgeability".
  • Ongoing manufacturing development in forging processes is increasing the industry's understanding of the mechanics of the forging process. As a result, production rates are being increased, costs reduced, and many companies are producing shapes and forms that are much closer to net shape than were considered practical a few years ago.
  • Forging companies are utilizing state-of-the-art systems to control critical processes. As process variables are reduced, dimensional precision is improved, and costly chip-making operations are eliminated.
  • CAD/CAM is being used throughout the design and production processes to improve dimensional accuracy of forgings while reducing lead times. The industry is also adopting rapid prototyping techniques to an increasing extent.
  • Modeling and forging simulations, such as flow simulations and thermal simulations, are being used by some forging companies to minimize development time.
  • Fast tool change capability facilitates the preplanned replacement of die inserts in long production runs, and reduces changeover time for shorter runs, such as those required with just-in-time delivery schedules.

 

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  • Alloys are being developed and refined to improve their processing characteristics, or "forgeability".
  • Ongoing manufacturing development in forging processes is increasing the industry\'s understanding of the mechanics of the forging process. As a result, production rates are being increased, costs reduced, and many companies are producing shapes and forms that are much closer to net shape than were considered practical a few years ago.
  • Forging companies are utilizing state-of-the-art systems to control critical processes. As process variables are reduced, dimensional precision is improved, and costly chip-making operations are eliminated.
  • CAD/CAM is being used throughout the design and production processes to improve dimensional accuracy of forgings while reducing lead times. The industry is also adopting rapid prototyping techniques to an increasing extent.
  • Modeling and forging simulations, such as flow simulations and thermal simulations, are being used by some forging companies to minimize development time.
  • Fast tool change capability facilitates the preplanned replacement of die inserts in long production runs, and reduces changeover time for shorter runs, such as those required with just-in-time delivery schedules.

 

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  • Alloys are being developed and refined to improve their processing characteristics, or "forgeability".
  • Ongoing manufacturing development in forging processes is increasing the industry\'s understanding of the mechanics of the forging process. As a result, production rates are being increased, costs reduced, and many companies are producing shapes and forms that are much closer to net shape than were considered practical a few years ago.
  • Forging companies are utilizing state-of-the-art systems to control critical processes. As process variables are reduced, dimensional precision is improved, and costly chip-making operations are eliminated.
  • CAD/CAM is being used throughout the design and production processes to improve dimensional accuracy of forgings while reducing lead times. The industry is also adopting rapid prototyping techniques to an increasing extent.
  • Modeling and forging simulations, such as flow simulations and thermal simulations, are being used by some forging companies to minimize development time.
  • Fast tool change capability facilitates the preplanned replacement of die inserts in long production runs, and reduces changeover time for shorter runs, such as those required with just-in-time delivery schedules.

 

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