Weber Metals Inc. of Paramount, Calif., ordered two furnaces as part of its 60,000-ton press expansion project. The company contracted Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. of Niagara Falls, Ontario, to design, manufacture and commission a rotary furnace system and an aluminum conveyor forging furnace. The rotary furnace system will be used for the heating and hot working of titanium and alloy billets and preformed shapes. The aluminum conveyor forging furnace will heat aluminum-alloy preforms and billets prior to forging. Both furnaces will be installed at Weber Metals’ Long Beach, Calif., facility.
The new equipment is part of Weber Metals’ 60,000-ton press expansion project, which will allow the company to manufacture larger and lighter forgings utilizing more advanced materials for global applications. According to Weber Metals, which is a subsidiary of Germany’s Otto Fuchs KG and an operating unit of the Otto Fuchs Aerospace Group, the new facility will house the largest aerospace forging press in the Americas and make some of the world’s largest monolithic forging components. Can-Eng was selected for these projects because of its demonstrated capabilities in the design and development of large-capacity forging furnaces for the aerospace industry.