Traditionally, the technology of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) provided the benchmark for dimensional accuracy of parts and dies. During the last 20 years, however, non-contact scanning devices using laser and X-ray technologies have also proven to be versatile and accurate.
Residual stresses are inherently introduced to forged products during their deformation. These stresses influence the integrity of load-bearing parts. Their effects depend on their nature (tensile or compressive), location and magnitude.
Often hidden beneath the skins of military aircraft, forgings were nonetheless widely used in the engines, ordnance casings and landing-gear assemblies of historic military aircraft, just as they are at the present time.
Western Forge Corporation of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a producer of quality hand tools. They recently upgraded their blast-cleaning operations by investing in new equipment from Blast Cleaning Technologies.
Check out the October 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on "Fever Screening and Forging Quality". Other features include "Forging with Hybrid Steel", "FutureForge in Scotland: The Goldilocks Effect", and much more.