Sheffield Forgemasters has a dedicated Research & Development (R&D) team that supplies expert design services to the wider company and to external contracts.
Our R&D department is vital to the quality and complexity of many of the services and products that we offer. The team provide sophisticated design services which allow us to optimise components and solve complex engineering challenges.
The team are able to modify and optimise existing components designs, for example combining several fabricated components into a single cast or forged steel solution. This can increase component life cycle expentancy by reducing in-service fatigue.
We use 3D solid modelling to design parts, assemblies, tooling and processes for steel casting and forging activities.
Complex assemblies are used to assess the logistics of manufacturing large components. Models are also used for finite element analysis to ensure that they meet the demands of their working environment.
We have a great deal of experience in the design of bespoke tooling for specific processes that can be manufactured in-house. A full design and manufacture capability is available at our site in Sheffield.
We have a vast knowledge of relevant industry codes and standards such as ASME and ASME NPT (Nuclear Partials).
We can refine our methods using prediction technology reducing the need for costly production trials whilst promoting a ‘right first time’ approach.
We engage early in the design process which allows us to improve the final products for our customers and also to suggest enhancements or alterations to designs. A small change in the design phase can result in a cost saving of tens of thousands.
We combine hundreds of years of steel forging and casting history with some of the latest methods, technologies and software to provide a full mix of capability and experience.
Consistent with our policy of advancing and sustaining heavy steel forging and casting development, we have also complemented its infrastructure. We have strong links to universities, strategic client partnerships, other manufacturers and centres of technical development in this field.
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Sheffield Forgemasters has a rich history in the steel industry and has been a major part of the Sheffield steel story. The company is now a high technology solutions provider offering some of the largest and most complex steel components in the World but our legacy dates back over 200 years.
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