2.3 Selecting a Forging Company

The selection of candidate forging companies is determined by the type of forging process, the alloy used and the size of the component. Information relating these factors to forging companies is readily available in the Custom Forging Capability Guide. This Guide is published every two years by FIA. It lists the forging companies alphabetically for each process and gives the alloy group(s) forged and size capability. It also provides information on types and sizes of forging equipment. Table 2-3 summarizes the process, alloy and size information found in the Guide, and gives typical production quantities. An electronic (and fully searchable) version of the Guide can be accessed through FIA's website at http://www.forging.org.

The custom forge plant is essentially a service organization. One of the most important aspects of the service is assistance in the design and development of a product to be forged. This assistance is best made available by the formation of a concurrent engineering team. The key to the success of a concurrent engineering team is to begin early.

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The selection of candidate forging companies is determined by the type of forging process, the alloy used and the size of the component. Information relating these factors to forging companies is readily available in the Custom Forging Capability Guide. This Guide is published every two years by FIA. It lists the forging companies alphabetically for each process and gives the alloy group(s) forged and size capability. It also provides information on types and sizes of forging equipment. Table 2-3 summarizes the process, alloy and size information found in the Guide, and gives typical production quantities. An electronic (and fully searchable) version of the Guide can be accessed through FIA\'s website at http://www.forging.org.

The custom forge plant is essentially a service organization. One of the most important aspects of the service is assistance in the design and development of a product to be forged. This assistance is best made available by the formation of a concurrent engineering team. The key to the success of a concurrent engineering team is to begin early.

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The selection of candidate forging companies is determined by the type of forging process, the alloy used and the size of the component. Information relating these factors to forging companies is readily available in the Custom Forging Capability Guide. This Guide is published every two years by FIA. It lists the forging companies alphabetically for each process and gives the alloy group(s) forged and size capability. It also provides information on types and sizes of forging equipment. Table 2-3 summarizes the process, alloy and size information found in the Guide, and gives typical production quantities. An electronic (and fully searchable) version of the Guide can be accessed through FIA\'s website at http://www.forging.org.

The custom forge plant is essentially a service organization. One of the most important aspects of the service is assistance in the design and development of a product to be forged. This assistance is best made available by the formation of a concurrent engineering team. The key to the success of a concurrent engineering team is to begin early.

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