Japanese forging company Ohmi Press Works and Forging placed an order with SMS group for a radial-axial ring-rolling machine. It will be Ohmi's sixth ring-rolling machine from SMS group. By expanding capacity at its Shigaraki plant, the company can supply larger and heavier rings for a range of applications in the automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, mechanical engineering, oil-and-gas and wind-power industries. The machine is capable of rolling seamless rings with diameters up to 4,500 mm (177 inches) and a maximum height of 800 mm (31.5 inches). It is scheduled to go into operation in May 2024.

The ring-rolling machine has a radial rolling force of 5,000 kN and an axial rolling force of 4,000 kN. SMS group’s scope of supply covers all machine components, including the rolling tools, and an extensive software and technology package.