Forgers weigh options such as repair, rebuild, remanufacture or new equipment when considering options to increase capacity. This article considers the four options and the pros and cons associated with each.
October 7, 2019
When forges need to expand production to meet increased demand for existing parts or to add new product lines, selecting from available options to bring new equipment online can be challenging.
Material-handling automation plays a key role in today’s forging equipment solutions. Even older equipment can be updated and upgraded to take advantage of automation technologies that improve safety and increase production efficiency in your plant.
June 12, 2019
Without the ability to forge steel and other metals over the past century and a half, industry would have lacked the parts needed to manufacture cars, build aircraft, drill for oil, mine for minerals or lay down rail tracks.
FIA will hold its biennial Forge Fair May 21-23 at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center. This article, geared to the less experienced tradeshow attendee, will give you tips on how to make the most of your time on the exhibit floor and in the technical sessions.
Lefere Forge of Jackson, Mich., will be closing on or about Dec. 1 after 89 years in business. The family-operated company is ending operations due to financial and labor issues. Lefere Forge’s website has been deactivated, but according to local reporting the company sent out an email on Nov. 1 to its customers stating that “…the last several years have been challenging financially, and a continuing labor shortage has not allowed us to operate the plant efficiently.” Approximately 60 employees will be displaced.
In June’s issue, we opened the topic of MES/ERP systems by discussing what they are and how they are used in today’s business climate. The majority of forge companies today continue to discuss the need to establish information integration that is coordinated and summarized among their various departments.
Forging companies are often faced with the decision about whether to add services to offer their customers. The investment in and addition of, for example, heat treating or machining service departments to your operation are viable growth strategies.
Check out the February 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on the "Proper Use of IR Temperature Sensors (Part II)", "How Hatebur Solved a Shearing Production Problem", "Optimized Cooling Rates of Microalloyed Steels (Part II)", and much more.