A group of forging professionals recently gathered in Long Beach, Calif., to attend the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation’s (FIERF) 32nd Technical Conference. Attendees were treated to a great plant tour, two days of technology, and a chance to greet old friends and network with new ones.
Long Beach, Calif., is perhaps best known as the retirement home of the legendary cruise ship Queen Mary, which is permanently moored there and is currently an operating hotel and museum. But on Sept. 11-12, Long Beach hosted some of the forging industry’s best and brightest technical people, industry professionals, suppliers and educators at what was FIERF’s 32nd Technical Conference.
Improvements in steel manufacturing processes have yielded advancements in the purity of steel that, in turn, yield higher-quality end-use products. Clean steel is produced by judiciously controlling parameters in melting, refining, degassing and casting operations. The demand for clean steels will continue to increase due to the global push for energy efficiency and stricter CO2 emission regulations.
Steel is an amazing material when you consider its versatility. Steel can achieve the needed characteristics for a vast array of end products; it is relatively low cost compared to many other materials; it is endlessly recyclable without loss of property; and it can be mass produced, with annual global production of over 1.5 billion tons.
The sawing of bar stock into billets is one of the first steps in many forging processes, yet for some reason the bandsaw operation and equipment often do not get the attention they deserve. This article discusses how to improve your bandsaw’s operational and performance efficiency.
If there is one machine on your manufacturing floor that isn’t getting the attention it deserves, it’s most likely your bandsaw. For many forging houses, it is a bottleneck at worst and ignored at best.
The international ISO 50001 standard puts forth ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources. Energy-intensive manufacturing industries, such as forging, can reduce electricity costs and improve their competitive position through ISO 50001 certification.
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.