Sanghvi Forging & Engineering Ltd.,at Waghodia, Gujarat, is one of the largest Indian producers of closed-die forgings, supplyingshafts, flanges and high-precision componentsfor shipbuilding, oil-and-gas, and other energymarkets. Now, Sanghvi has commissioned a new open-die press that it claimed is “likely to be the most modern plant in the country.”
The four-column hydraulic machine was ordered from Danieli Breda in 2010, and joins a 3,600-metric tons/year press already in operation at Waghodia.
At the time of the contract placement, Danieli Breda noted the order would include the 45-MN open-die press with a push-down design, automatic tool and die changing capability, top die locking, and other custom features for producing rings and flanges. The operation is controlled by the builder's Danforge automation system.
The operation involves a manipulator operating on a 20-m track to handle 60-metric ton hot ingots of different alloy steels. Plans are in place to incorporate super-alloy processing, too, according to Sanghvi.
Finished forgings are heat-treated in five car bottom furnaces.
The new open-die press has an estimated annual capacity of 15,000-metric tons/year.
Sanghvi Forging indicated it has obtained ISO9001:2008, ISO14001:2004, and OHSAS BS18000 product certifications.