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What Is Drop Hammer Forging?

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The manufacturing industry plays a major role in the national economy. It also literally creates as well as maintains modern lifestyles through the components it produces. These items are not just end products, such as clothing or athletic shoes you shop for at the mall. This industry also makes specialized tools that make fabricating end products possible. Manufacturers have developed various methods to make particular items. One of these processes is called drop hammer forging. The drop forging process ultimately helps make your life more comfortable and convenient.

Technique Basics

What is drop hammer forging? Simply put, it is a fabrication method employing two dies, one on a stationary anvil and the other attached to a moving ram.

  • Heated metal is poured into the lower die.
  • The ram brings the other die down, delivering a set number of blows to shape the hot metal.
  • The number of blows needed varies depending upon the item being manufactured.

The drop forging process is aptly named, and while it sounds simple, a great deal of power is involved. In some cases, the upper hammer on the ram may be dropped using the force of gravity alone. However, it is also common for mechanical force to be applied to move the hammer. Some hammers can drop with a pressure of 50,000 pounds. At Trenton Forging, we use this technique to produce components for numerous industries, including the aerospace, automotive, agricultural, and material handling sectors.

Advantages of Drop Hammer Forging

Now that you know what drop hammer forging is, here are some of the advantages this focused manufacturing process offers:

  • No wasted material
  • Strong parts with good mechanical properties
  • Fast production method

The drop hammer process also makes it possible to align metal grains along with potential stress locations, which improves overall strength. The components we make using this process are generally stronger and work for longer in high-stress conditions, making this process a valuable operational aspect of the manufacturing industry.

Drop Hammer Products

Drop hammer forging is an efficient way to produce specialty components and tools. Examples include:

  • Gears
  • Levers
  • Connecting rods
  • Crankshafts
  • Spanners

This manufacturing process allows us to fabricate items based on specific requirements and needs. Just as the lone blacksmith formerly used his strength to swing hammers to produce metal objects such as horse shoes and wheels, we also apply force to shape metal. Our techniques, though, allow for broader scope because we employ advanced machine hydraulics along with human skill in our high-precision drop hammer process.

Considerations With This Production Method

While the drop hammer process offers many advantages, it requires an advanced manufacturing process itself. The die must be created, which can be expensive. Skilled metal workers must use special equipment to make accurate die. These specialized parts must then be maintained so that they keep their original integrity. This process is also time-consuming and costly.

Also, if the finished parts have excess metal on them, which is called flash or flashing, it must be trimmed off to achieve the final form. This also takes time and money. Overall, though, drop hammer forging is worth the time and work put into it because it produces accurate components that meet the exacting requirements of today’s high-tech manufacturing sectors.

Learn More From a Trusted Manufacturer

Trenton Forging is pleased to offer drop hammer manufacturing. If you need specialized components, let us answer your questions and guide you through the process. Contact us for more information about how the high-precision drop forging process can deliver the parts you need. From conception to shaping to finishing, we work with you every step of the way to produce accurate parts that make your life easier.

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