Schuler received an order for a 30,000-ton closed-die forging press from Otto Fuchs, a manufacturer of high-quality forged pieces, extruded products and rolled rings for the aerospace, automotive and construction industries. The press will be used to manufacture aircraft landing gear, engine discs and structural parts made of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and nickel alloys. It will be supplied with press mechanics, adaptation of water hydraulics, transport, full assembly and CE certification. Start-up is scheduled for January 2021.
At the FIERF 32nd Technical Conference held last September in Long Beach, Calif., Weber Metals’ Justin Owen made a presentation about the process by which OTTO FUCHS (OF)/Weber Metals made the decision to invest $180 million in what they say is North America’s largest forging press. This became the largest single investment decision in company history.
Arconic introduced an advanced titanium alloy called ARCONIC-THOR that is designed for higher-temperature applications in next-generation aero engines and adjacent structures. The new patented alloy is nearly 50% lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys, driving cost savings and fuel efficiency for customers and helping Arconic capture growing demand for advanced aero engine and airframe materials. ARCONIC-THOR can be produced as sheet, plate, foil, billet, rolled rings, forgings and extrusions. It is formable (cold, hot, superplastic), heat treatable, forgeable and weldable.
HBD Industries of Dublin, Ohio, parent company of California Drop Forge and Precision Metal Products, announced the expansion of its Precision Components Group through the acquisition of True Position Technologies LLC of Valencia, Calif. True Position provides complex machined components for flight control applications and specializes in the manufacture of high-specification components that require multiple machining, testing and finishing processes within extremely tight tolerances.
Arconic announced a multi-year cooperative research agreement with Airbus to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. The companies will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D-printed components, such as pylon spars and rib structures, up to approximately 3 feet in length. The deal combines Arconic’s expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus’ design and qualification capabilities.
Norsk Titanium held a dedication ceremony at its Plattsburgh Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The facility, which currently houses nine of Norsk’s proprietary rapid plasma deposition (RPD) titanium printing machines, will produce aerospace components for Boeing and other aerospace companies. The RPD process uses titanium wire with plasma torches to print titanium structural components on an industrial scale.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a United Technologies Corporation company, entered into a long-term purchase agreement (LTPA) in which ATI will supply isothermal forgings and nickel-based powder alloys for P&W's next-generation jet engines.
Ceramabond 571 is a water-based, two-part, fast-set magnesium-oxide-filled ceramic adhesive ideal for assembling and insulating ceramic and metal components used in high-temperature devices up to 3200°F (1760°C).
Check out the February 2019 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on the study on the forging of AM parts, "Is the End of the ICE Age Near?", the Forge Fair 2019 returns to Cleveland, and much more.