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 Press Forging | KT Forge

Steel Forging | Hot Forming | Cold Forming

We do
  1. Open Die, Hammer or Smith Forging
  2. Drop forging.(closed die)
  3. Press forging
  4. Upset forging
  5. Roll forging
  6. Swaging
Work With
  • All Steel Types including Carbon, Alloy and Stainless
  • Aluminum Silicon Bronze
  • Bronze
Worked for
  • Components for the Oil Related Industry
  • Automotive Industry
  • Transportation Industry
  • Ship Building Industry
  • Heavy Plant Engineering Industry
  • Vehicle Springs
  • Steel Works Equipment

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Worked On
  • Anti-Roll Bars
  • Automotive Leaf Springs
  • Box Tongs upto 12 inches
  • Bracket Work
  • Davit Arms
  • Engineering Parts and Repairs
  • Engineering Requirements - Bolts (Off Standard)
  • Forge Test Pieces
  • Heat Exchanger Fabrication
  • Jominy Test Pieces
  • Main Leafs for Locomotives
  • Open Die Forging
  • Prototypes and Small Production Runs
  • Shackles up to 40Kg
  • Special Hooks
  • Sporting Gun Parts (barrels - chop a lump)
  • Torsion Bars
  • more ...

Press Forging

Our long list of clients include:
  • British Waterways
  • Bridon International
  • C F Booth Engineering Ltd
  • Europa Engineering
  • Firth Rixson Super Alloys
  • MAN Diesel Ltd
  • MBH Analytical Ltd
  • MSI Quality Forgings
  • National Railway Museum
  • National Railways
  • OutoKumpu Stainless Ltd
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Tata Steels
  • Tinsley Bridge Ltd
  • Wavin Pipeline Services
  • William Cook
  • many more ...
Press forging works by slowly applying a continuous pressure or force, which differs from the near-instantaneous impact of drop-hammer forging. The amount of time the dies are in contact with the workpiece is measured in seconds (as compared to the milliseconds of drop-hammer forges). The press forging operation can be done either cold or hot.

The main advantage of press forging, as compared to drop-hammer forging, is its ability to deform the complete workpiece. Drop-hammer forging usually only deforms the surfaces of the workpiece in contact with the hammer and anvil; the interior of the workpiece will stay relatively undeformed. Another advantage to the process includes the knowledge of the new part's strain rate. We specifically know what kind of strain can be put on the part, because the compression rate of the press forging operation is controlled. There are a few disadvantages to this process, most stemming from the workpiece being in contact with the dies for such an extended period of time. The operation is a time-consuming process due to the amount and length of steps. The workpiece will cool faster because the dies are in contact with workpiece; the dies facilitate drastically more heat transfer than the surrounding atmosphere. As the workpiece cools it becomes stronger and less ductile, which may induce cracking if deformation continues. Therefore heated dies are usually used to reduce heat loss, promote surface flow, and enable the production of finer details and closer tolerances. The workpiece may also need to be reheated. When done in high productivity, press forging is more economical than hammer forging. The operation also creates closer tolerances. In hammer forging a lot of the work is absorbed by the machinery, when in press forging, the greater percentage of work is used in the work piece. Another advantage is that the operation can be used to create any size part because there is no limit to the size of the press forging machine. New press forging techniques have been able to create a higher degree of mechanical and orientation integrity. By the constraint of oxidation to the outer layers of the part, reduced levels of microcracking occur in the finished part.

Press forging can be used to perform all types of forging, including open-die and impression-die forging. Impression-die press forging usually requires less draft than drop forging and has better dimensional accuracy. Also, press forgings can often be done in one closing of the dies, allowing for easy automation.