SMS Meer has successfully commissioned an open-die forging press at ThyssenKrupp VDM’s Unna plant. The order placed with SMS Meer was for a new push-down forging press of four-column design. The press can operate at a speed of 124 strokes/minute and is able to handle billets with a maximum weight of 60 tons. SMS Meer supplied the complete mechanical equipment, including electrical systems and automation.

The whole press was mounted on a spring/damper combination to allow for the specific mining-related ground conditions at the site and at the same time to protect the neighboring residential area against the typical forging-related vibrations. The entire project was completed in only 14 months.