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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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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.