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Forgemasters underway with Chinese contract

17 December 2009

Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited (SFIL) has cast two highly complex pieces of a forging press for the heavy truck production market in China.

The contract, worth more than 2m euros, means SFIL has produced two giant pieces of a 12,500t eccentric forging press for German client SMS MEER GmbH - Closed Die Forging Division, of the SMS group.

The two companies have been collaborating on the project with SMS MEER designing the pieces and SFIL supporting in finding the best casting layout. On completion, the pieces will be shipped to China.

The first and most complicated piece to be cast was the frame crown, with a finished weight of 256 tonnes.

Originally designed in three separate pieces, the engineering skills at SFL working in conjunction with SMS Meer has meant the Brightside Lane business was able to create a monoblock one-piece solution. The vast crown now measures in at 6.3m in length and 4.5m x 3.5m in width.  

The second casting to be produced was the frame bed, with a finished weight of 172 tonnes.

Mick Holloway, senior sales manager at SFIL, said: "This order was taken on the strength of our expertise in making large-scale castings and the excellent relationship we have with SMS Meer.

"To cast components of this complexity takes an enormous amount of preparation and innovation. Producing a monoblock solution for a frame crown of this size is some feat and speaks volumes for the skill and ingenuity of our engineers.

"The sheer scale of the project dictated that SFIL was one of only a handful of companies across the world which had the capacity to produce these castings."

Both machined pieces are expected to be delivered in the latter part of 2010.