Trenton Forging offers a variety of forging services. Our capabilities allow us to make a diverse selection of parts from steel, stainless and alloys. Through our microalloy process, we are able to produce steels with specific characteristics and exceptionally tight tolerances.
If you are seeking a steel that offers superior performance and cost compared to traditional alloys, consider Trenton Forging’s microalloy forging services.
What Is Microalloy Forging?
In conventional industrial forging, each element added to the alloy must be in relatively large quantities to be manipulable. However, microalloyed steel forging uses advanced tools and techniques to enable very small amounts of alloying elements to be added to the steel. These can be as smaller as 0.05% or less in some cases.
Common alloying elements used in microalloy forging include niobium, titanium, molybdenum, vanadium, boron, zirconium and rare-earth metals. Additionally, the process can help refine the microstructure of the alloy and facilitate hardening.
The significantly improved control over the alloy means that the result has better characteristics and improved consistency.
What Are the Benefits?
Since microalloy forging gives us more control, we can produce steels that more exactly meet your requirements. These are some of the potential advantages:
- No Heat Treatment Necessary: MA steel can achieve high strength and hardness without the need for heat treatment. Although this has some disadvantages in terms of maximum durability, it also means that the hardness and yield strength are consistent throughout. This can be desirable in many applications.
- Lower Cost: Typically, MA steels can be forged with the desired properties at a lower cost compared to hot forging services. Even compared to cold-worked steels, the desired strength can be achieved with less work compared to other steels, reducing the expense.
- Greater Control: Sometimes you have very clear requirements and low tolerances for your project. The available control with MA steel helps to ensure that the alloy perfectly matches your needs.