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.
Cost of quality (CoQ) is a hot topic right now. There have even been committees formed in various trade groups to take a closer look at CoQ. You probably have had internal discussions about the CoQ in your company and how those costs compare to other like manufacturers.
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.
The ability to automatically scan the entire surface of forgings for tiny cracks, pores or other glitches is of great benefit to the forging industry. Fluorescent-penetrant testing is a well-established inspection technique used in the metalworking industries.