What is drop forging?

What is drop forging?

Drop forging is a metal shaping process. The process involves a hammer being lifted and then ‘dropped’ onto a heated piece of metal to mould it into the desired shape.

When materials are manufactured this way, they are stronger than their equivalent solid or cast parts. Forging is also classed as one of the oldest metalworking practices and it can be traced back to 8000 B.C. The forging process is widely used by manufacturers due to the optimum use of materials with little waste. Any excess or offcuts can be reused and eventually recycled.

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What is it used for?

Forging companies use this method to produce strong and durable parts for a range of industries. These include aerospace, automotive, saddlery and motorbikes which all require reliable and robust parts.  Examples of where the drop forging method may be used are in the production of seat belt buckles, climbing gear, spanners and tractor parts.

Open die Drop Forging

Open die forging involves the repetitive action of heating metal and working the metal between a top ram and die and bottom anvil and die. The operator manipulates the material using his skill to produce the shape required. This process of open die drop forging is usually used for less intricate parts.

Closed die Drop Forging

Closed die drop forging process involves a metal bar being heated before being placed in the die then hammered until the metal fills the die cavity. Closed-die drop forging fully covers the item being forged whereas open-die drop forging does not.

The process can also be referred to as impression die forging. Closed-die forging tends to be the more popular method of forging. This is because it allows forging companies to produce smaller and more intricate parts.

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Rare Earth Magnets

A Beginners Guide to Rare Earth Magnets

Rare earth magnets are the pinnacle of the magnetic industry, they are the strongest permanent magnets available on the market today significantly outperforming ferrite and alnico magnets. There are two types of rare earth magnets being used daily due to there outstanding magnetic capabilities. These are neodymium magnets also known as NdFeb and samarium cobalt magnet or SmCo, and although they are both rare earth magnets, they each have unique magnetic properties.

Samarium Cobalt Rare Earth Magnets

Rare Earth MagnetsSamarium cobalt rare earth magnets were the strongest magnets available on the market until the introduction of neodymium. This type of magnet is known for being extremely difficult to demagnetise and several other benefits its application can provide. For example, they have very high maximum operating temperature and high resistance to corrosion.

Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets

Neodymium rare earth magnets took the market by storm, taking the title of the strongest permanent magnet available away from SmCo magnets and still retaining it this very day. This type of rare earth magnets differs in properties from the samarium, it is made up of neodymium, iron and boron giving this a lower maximum operating temperature and are susceptible to corrosion if they are not coated or covered.

Rare Earth Magnets in Industry

Throughout the industrial and consumer market rare earth magnets have been progressively increasing in popularity year in year out. Once you understand what rare earth magnets applications and implications you are can understand why they are used so frequently across several industries.

Rare Earth magnets are applied to a situation or job where space is limited as they can be specifically designed and shaped to fit the available space. Rare earth magnets are vital as part of the everyday running of some business’s and their factories as they are the preferred magnet of choice when the greatest possible magnetic pull is required for the task at hand. Therefore, they can be seen across a magnitude of industrial application including a vast variety of industries including:

  • Aerospace industry
  • Renewable energy
  • O.S displays
  • Consumer electronics
  • Food and drink processing
  • Deep-sea exploration

Uses of Industrial Racking In Our Local Businesses

Industrial racking is quite important for businesses and they help to make storage more efficient. Pallet racking is one of the most common industrial racking available on the current market. The pallet racks have been designed to store pallets and other high-density loads. They have been made to make storage and salvage more efficient. They are used in many areas in businesses.

Used In Warehouses         

The pallet rack systems are used in warehouses, which makes storage easier. The business is able to enhance the workflow and efficacy of their operation. This is made possible by the creating reliable structures that serve the storage purpose, which also helps to save up space that is used. The racks can be lined up on the walls, which help to create more room for other activities.

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In Retail Storage

For the businesses that have less space, with higher production volumes, they will be able to store up more products, while saving on the space. The pallet racks will be installed on the walls, which can then be accessed easily and at the same time saving up the space.

In Manufacturing

The pallet racking system also plays a huge role in the manufacturing industry. The pallet racks have been designed to adapt to the manufacturing industry, by enhancing the functionality of the workplace. This is made possible by offering the businesses with enough storage space.

Benefits Of Pallet Racking

  • They use less space on the floor, which in turn will create more storage space.
    • They can be held firmly on the floor in case extra stability is needed.
    • They have been built to support heavy loads, with steel constructions, which offers more safety.
    • They are scalable and for that, they can easily grow as the business is also increasing.
    • They are easy to assemble and are maintenance free.
    With the pallet racks, you will be sure of having a reliable storage system for your business, which will also create more space.

Heavy duty racking

How to store itemsheavy duty racking

Heavy duty racking Systems are the solution to productive and safe workshop organisation. Systems can include, racking and shelving, for the storage requirements of a wide range of industries, garage and even the home.

The use of heavy duty storage equipment such as, steel stillage post pallets, industrial truck trolleys, bar sheet storage systems, shelving, can save time and money, and help utilise and maximise available floor space within the workshop. Most suppliers will also supply a wide range of storage bins and containers, and these are available in either plastic bins or even cardboard boxes. Other storage products can include, drive in pallet racking, mobile pallet racking, longspan racking systems, and column guards and protectors. Many products are supplied in kit form, and are easily erected.

Racking uses

Heavy duty racking is commonly employed for the storage of heavy and bulky items. It is designed to handle very heavy loads, and some racking systems can support up to 20 tonnes per level. Racking systems are also required for supporting very wide loads which cannot be stored on alternative racks because of the need for closer upright centres. Due to the design of racking, storage of very heavy items can be easily stored vertically, and this can help maximise floor space.

Racking can be supplied with optional extras such as, drum cradles, fork spacers, coil cradles, and timber or steel decking. This racking is available in a range of various colours, and galvanized products are available for outside use. Other types of racking can include, Special racking, Cantilever racking, Pigeon hole racking and Vertical racking.

The use of these heavy duty racking system can have the following benefits :

o Reduced labour costs
o Reduced stock picking times
o Optimised productivity
o Reduced inventory
o Warehouse floor-space utilized more efficiently

Design it to your needs

Some heavy duty racking systems come in kit form, and some may not even require bolting together. Boltless pallet racks assemble with snap together parts, and require no bolts clips or tools.

Other types of heavy storage systems may be specifically designed for a particular item or product, such as a grain storage steel silo.

Heavy duty cantilever racking is ideal for storing long items such as worktops, timber, sheet-boards, sheet-steel and pipes.

Archive racking is generally used with the appropriate storage boxes. These boxes may be strong heavy duty cardboard or plastic.

Heavy duty racking systems are widely used in many different industries and there are systems to suit almost any type of heavy storage requirements.