Founded over 50 years ago, our forging company specializes in manufacturing high-quality custom forgings produced from steel, stainless steel, and steel alloys.
What Are Custom Forgings?
Custom steel forgings are created by compressing metals into specific shapes using high-pressure machinery. The forgings we create are considered custom because we can produce precise shapes according to customer specifications.
During the forging process, the material’s grain structure is retained and refined. The resulting forgings are durable and can outperform components that are made through other processes.
How Does Custom Forging Work?
Producing a high-quality forged component requires the efforts of the entire Trenton Forging team. When our intake team receives a custom request, our engineering department and our metallurgist work together to produce a plan and design. Our team can make a design from a simple sketch, photo, or the physical part itself.
Our design process may require several changes and different prototype options. We will experiment with other materials to see what works best.
What Are Our Custom Forging Capabilities?
We can produce custom steel forgings weighing up to 15 pounds and measuring 24 inches in length. Whether the part you need weighs just ounces or up to fifteen pounds, you can count on our team to produce resilient components for your needs. Additionally, we can produce custom components for a variety of industries, including trucking, medical, aerospace engineering, and automotive.
What Materials Does Trenton Forging Use for Custom Parts?
Trenton Forging can produce custom forgings from many different types of metal. We specialize in working with steel, stainless steel, and steel alloys.
Every metal that we use has its own strength, weight, and unique characteristics that we consider during the forging process. Based on different requirements, various metals may be used to satisfy client requirements.
What Custom Parts Can We Forge?
We can produce parts for agricultural, construction, automotive, trucking, military, marine, mining, power transmission, racing and railroad applications. Some examples of parts we can supply include:
- Blade Applicators
- Center Drive Knife
- Combine Fingers
- Knife Heads
- Seed Tubes
- Sickle Heads
- Balance Shafts
- Camber Links
- Connecting Rods
- Convertible Top Links
- Exhaust Flanges
- Tooth Bases
- Carbide Bits
- Center Pivot Irrigation
- Grain Augers
- PTO Attachments
- Sickle Guards
- Tie Rods
- Universal Joints
Please keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list of the parts our American forging company can forge. We can produce virtually any shape based on customer requirements.
What Are the Benefits of Custom Forging?
Durability and reliability are the two primary benefits of custom-forged parts. Custom forgings can help you improve production rates and enhance your business’s overall efficiency. Additional advantages of custom forging include:
Leak-resistance: Metal forged components are created from extremely dense, non-porous metals. The durability of metal allows you to design a part with thin units or pieces without risking future defects or leaks. Further, forgings made from lighter materials are often more affordable than heaver configurations.
Lower Costs: We can produce a large number of forgings in a single production run. Making more parts at one time will result in lower prices while still keeping the quality high.
Corrosion Resistance: Many forgings we produce require unique surface coatings that protect from future rust corrosion. Trenton Forging offers various high-quality coating options that can help you avoid problems with rust in the future.
Closer Tolerances: Custom metal components generated in a steel die using tight tolerances have several benefits. First, part dimensions are more exact than in casting methods. If you need to have multiple forgings produced, tight tolerances allow for minimum variation between components.
What Are the Differences Between Custom Forgings and Castings?
While the applications are similar, there are many differences between custom metal forgings and castings. Custom metal forgings are generally superior to custom castings because of their durability and affordability. Other differences include:
- Component Strength: The high-pressure method used when producing forgings strengthens components in a way the casting process cannot. Metal forgings have far superior strength properties than castings, creating more durable parts.
- Cost: Parts produced through the casting process are more likely to contain defects. The high temperatures used in our forging techniques make more reliable parts and have far fewer deficiencies. Further, custom castings require extensive quality control and expensive inspection processes.
- Fewer defects: The casting method cannot always avoid the creation of metallurgical blemishes and surface flaws. The excellent quality of forgings ensures you will not have to replace or fix your parts year after year.
Why Choose Metal Forgings Suppliers in the U.S?
As a leading metal forging supplier, Trenton Forging has more than half a century of experience producing forgings in the United States.
Our quality is superior to suppliers based in other countries because of our strict adherence to U.S. regulations, ISO standards, and our access to high-quality materials. Additionally, since many of our customers are based in the U.S., they are welcome to visit our facility at any point during the forging process to audit for quality.
If you have questions about our custom steel forging process, or would like to request a quote, please contact us today.