North American Forgemasters is installing a new open-die machine described by the builder as “the largest forging press in North America.” Danieli Breda designed and is installing the 10,000-metric ton / 90-MN press, a project that will be complete late this year for start up in 2015.
Published reports estimate the project at more than $80 million.
North American Forgemasters, New Castle, PA, is a joint venture of Ellwood City Forge and Scot Forge, started in 1997.
Detailing the four-column operation, Danieli Breda said its RNST (Rapid New Standard) design achieves process efficiency for a wide product mix by combining high force with high deformation speeds. More than 100 strokes/min. will be achievable, with substantial deformation, it indicated.
Along with the associated heating and manipulation systems, the new press will allow North American Forgemasters to process ingots weighing up to 100 metric tons, and eventually up to 150 metric tons. The consumers for finished forgings will be manufacturers supplying the subsea oil-and-gas and power-generation markets, including the smaller nuclear reactors.