Firth Rixson Installing Isothermal Forging Capability
Firth Rixson will install a new large isothermal forging press, along with a fully automated manufacturing line, in its newly commissioned closed-die forging plant (Firth Rixson Forgings LLC) in Georgia. The isothermal unit will have the capability of manufacturing the broad range of current and projected high-temperature aero-engine isothermal component requirements. The installation will increase the 200,000-square-foot manufacturing space at the facility by approximately 20%, and it will include the integration of additional dedicated manufacturing process equipment.
According to Firth Rixson, the next generation of aero engines will rely on greater numbers of isothermally forged components. The company’s addition of isothermal forging capability affirms its commitment to provide the aerospace industry with technological solutions to cost, capability and capacity constraints. The expansion facilitates the development of technological partnerships, guaranteeing supply-chain security for the aerospace industry customer base.