Erie Press Systems received an order from Meadville Forging Company (MFC) for a new 4,000-ton mechanical forging press to support the company’s growth in gear blanks, bearing races, wheel hubs and other critical forgings for the automotive market. The closed-die press will feature Erie’s patented Scotch Yoke ram, which produces less stretch and improves off-center load capability. The ability to produce top-quality forgings and the requirement for reliability were critical elements in MFC’s discussion to purchase the press. MFC and ERIE engineers reviewed improvements to the clutch and hub design as well as other mechanical areas now incorporated in the press, which is scheduled to go into service in 2014.