Siempelkamp supplies new forging press for titanium

High forging frequency allows forging within the tight temperature tolerances necessary for the process / 110 planishing strokes per minute

(PresseBox) (Krefeld, ) Goldsky Titanium Industry Technology Co., located in the Chinese province of Hunan, ordered from Siempelkamp a forging press for titanium. Because of the tight temperature range which has to be kept during the forging of titanium, this press is especially challenging.

With the new machine that has a press capacity of 40/45 MN Goldsky will forge rods, square bars, flat bars as well as tool blocks, flanges, washers and pins. These parts are primarily made of titanium but also contain tool and stainless steels. The investment in the new press was triggered by an increasing demand for high-strength and, at the same time, light-weight components for the aircraft industry.

Because of the tight temperature range which has to be kept when forging titanium, the Chinese customer made their buying decision depend upon the high forging frequency of the press. This high forging frequency not only results in shorter processing times but it also applies thermal energy to the workpiece. This, in turn, reduces the temperature drop of the workpiece during forging. As a result the forging can take place in a temperature range that is advantageous for the forming properties.

Siempelkamp's solution to this technological challenge is an optimized press design and an optimized control concept for the hydraulics and electrical engineering.

Two forging manipulators working synchronously with the press are responsible for the product handling. This concept ensures that the customer can manufacture a versatile range of products.

The visualization of the process data during forging is carried out by Siempelkamp's newly developed process control system PROD-IQ Metal, a system which incorporates the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of process data, as well as the preparation for product changeover and the maintenance of the machine.

The Goldsky company is a new Chinese customer for Siempelkamp.

The supply of the press is scheduled for December 2009, the startup for January 2010.

Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG

For decades Siempelkamp has gained vast experience in engineering, design and manufacturing of metal forming presses and supply among others plate bending presses for manufacturing large-diameter pipes and half shells, straightening presses, side-member presses, heat exchanger plate presses, hydroforming presses, rear axle housing presses as well as the complete range of closed-die and open-die forging presses.

Customized presses with high pressing forces are Siempelkamp's core competence.

The Siempelkamp Group is an internationally active technology supplier with three business branches - machinery and plant manufacturing, foundry and nuclear technology. As system supplier of presses and press lines for the metal industry as well as turn-key plants for the wood-working industry Siempelkamp enjoys international standing.

The Group employs worldwide almost 2,500 people.

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