With over 50 years of experience in the custom metal service industry, our forging company specializes in manufacturing and supplying high-quality custom forgings forged out of steel, stainless steel and steel alloys.
Custom metal forgings are generally superior to custom castings because of their durability and affordability. Here’s what you need to know:
What Are Custom Forgings?
Forging is the process of heating, reforming and finishing a metal component to a particular specification. Forgings are created by pressing materials into specific shapes using high-pressure machinery.
Because of the way metal grains are realigned when heated and reformed, these types of forgings are durable and can withstand extreme pressure. The forgings we create are considered custom because we can produce precise shapes according to customer specifications.
The custom forging process’s main benefit is it prolongs the life and improves the performance of a tool or mechanism. After being forged, parts can withstand high-impact strength while maintaining structural integrity.
Custom mechanisms can operate in severe working conditions and weather elements. The durability and reliability of custom forged parts can improve your business’s efficiency and improve your production rates.
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 and use them in an industrial application to see what works best. During the industrial forging process, we utilize high-pressure machines to create durable, custom components. We can create custom components for a variety of industries, including trucking, medical supplies, aerospace engineering and automotive.
What Are Our Custom Forging Capabilities?
Our forging operations process utilizes lifts and drop style hammers to create the component shape. Our closed-impression dies work with steel, stainless steel and steel alloys to heat and form billets to ensure each forging is high-quality and durable. We can produce forgings weighing up to 15 pounds and measuring 24 inches in length. Whether the part you need is one or fifteen pounds in weight, our team will create a component you can use for years to come.
Our forgings process is set apart by our unique close die forging capabilities. Also called impression die forging, we utilize closed die forging on the majority of our projects. This procedure is unique because it can produce a virtually endless number of three-dimensional shapes, ranging in size and shape.
During the custom forging process, we use precut dies to surround a heated material such as steel or aluminum. Strategically positioned at the bottom of the die tooling, the top die is pressed against the forged material. The final part takes shape from the extreme pressure of the two dies pulling against one another. The presses we routinely use for the process included hammers and hydraulic and mechanical presses. The presses we employ weigh up to 50,000 tons.
What Materials Does Trenton Forging Use for Custom Parts?
Trenton Forging can produce custom forgings from many different types of metal materials. We specialize in working with steel, stainless steel and steel alloys. We may also make components from other metals such as aluminum, titanium, brass and copper based on customer requirements.
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?
The manufacturing process we employ uses a hammer or a closed impression die to create a custom shape. 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?
There are many benefits of having a custom forging produced for your business. These advantages include:
Leak-resistant: 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.
Prevent rust corrosion: 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.
Close 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. Generally, the overall quality of forgings is superior to castings. 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 frequently have 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. However, forgings are built without this added cost.
- Fewer defects: The high-pressure close die forging process we employ refines defects from cast ingots. The casting process does not use the same grain flow process and the risk of defects is greater. 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 forgings supplier, Trenton Forging has more than half a century of experience producing forgings in the United States. Our process’s quality is superior to suppliers based in other countries because of our strict adherence to U.S. laws and regulations and our access to high-quality materials. Further, 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 gauge the quality.
We specialize in custom steel forgings, closed die forging and stainless steel forging. We employ a dedicated team of engineers, design experts and manufacturing technicians that work together to ensure you get the best quality product possible.