Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd. (WST) successfully put a 63-/80-MN two-column open-die forging press into service. Supplied by SMS group, the high-speed push-down press has a maximum press force of 63 MN and an upsetting force of 80 MN. Due to the advanced hydraulic and control systems installed, the press is capable of forging highly demanding and temperature-sensitive materials such as titanium and titanium alloys with extreme precision.

The supply also included two integrated railbound 25-ton manipulators and a mobile 8-ton loading and unloading manipulator. The railbound manipulators handle forgings weighing up to 25 tons accurately to the millimeter and enable WST to boost its throughput of forgings.