VSMPO-AVISMA of Yekaterinburg, Russia, placed an order with Germany’s SMS Meer for a ring-rolling line that will be used in the production of large-OD titanium jet-engine rings from titanium alloys. A combined forging and ring-rolling process will be employed on the new line for the first time. The technology will enable VSMPO to produce rings with complex inside and outside profiles. The new line will allow the company to expand its product offerings to the aerospace industry and enhance its competitiveness. The line, which cuts material consumption when compared to the conventional forging process VSMPO currently uses, is scheduled to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2015.
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