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Drop forging is manufacturing process where metal is pressed under great pressure into high strength parts known as drop forgings. The process is normally (but not always) performed hot by preheating the metal to a desired temperature before it is worked. It is important to note that the drop forging process is entirely different from the casting process, as metal used to make forged parts is never melted and poured (as in the casting process).

The drop forging process can create parts that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking process. This is why forgings are almost always used where reliability and human safety are critical. But you'll rarely see drop forgings, as they are normally component parts contained inside assembled items such a airplanes, automobiles, tractors, ships, oil drilling equipment, engines, missiles and all kinds of capital equipment - to name a few.

Drop forging is a superior to casting or machining bar stock since the metal’s natural grain flow is made to conform to the shape of the product. Castings have an isotropic grain structure and, for a given part, may be as strong in compression loads, but forgings are superior in tensile and shear loads due to the utilization of the grain flow.

Fly Forge typically uses specialty bar stock as our incoming raw material. As these metal bars are heated and forged, the grain structure within the material is forced to flow along the centerline of the bar.  When a forging is produced from the bar, this inherent grain flow follows the contour of the forged shape. Any machined part, whether produced from bars or plate, will by definition cut through part of the grain flow. Castings essentially have no grain direction. This is one of the primary reasons forging produces a superior part.

The structural reliability of drop forgings allows designers to trust the material to adhere to the safety factors of the design.  It also can provide more uniform response to heat treatment and machining operations.

 is a key part of the automotive generator and also the main component forming a rotating magnetic field. Shown in below picture, the shape is very complex with six high and sharp claws. Its shape and electromagnetic properties directly affect wave form of the induced EMF and power generation capacity of the AC alternator, so size accuracy is highly required.

Although there are lots of suppliers for forging claw pole, there still exsit difficulties to make this part, such as the process is multi-step and long, lifespan of the mould is short, cost is high, and the quality is hard guaranteed.

The main reasons are that the top of claw-pole is hardly completely filled, loading of the forging is heavy (more than 1000 tons), consumption of the burrs is high and the flow line of metal is complex. How to form the top of claw-pole with lighter loading, reduce the material consumption and make the flow line more conductive, all the above issues are the key difficulties in producing claw pole.
T6 heat treatment for aluminum forgings
Aluminum forgings are heat treated for the same purpose as steel forgings: to relieve stresses, improve mechanical properties or facilitate machining. The processes generally produce nearly uniform properties throughout the forging, and are not used for localized effects such as surface hardening.

For most of the forged aluminum alloys: 60616063 and 7075, most commonly used heat treatment method is T6 heat treatment. T6 heat treatment of aluminum forgings offers increase in hardness and other mechanical properties, which is often required for many applications. 

It takes a certain amount of time and energy to qualify a potential forging supplier. Getting the best value from any forging requires a cooperative effort on the part of the customer and the forging supplier. Good planning ahead of time will pay dividends for both you (the customer) and the supplier.

Assuming you have a drop forging part ready for sampling or production, the first place to start with any new forging company is to request pricing for the part. The purpose of requesting a quotation for a forging is to determine capability, experience and the lowest possible forging price of a potential vendor supplier. It is always advisable to have more than one forging company participate in the quoting process.
Steel and aluminum are the two most popular closed die forging materials used in hot forging. Each material has a defined and distinct set of characteristics that make it the right – or the wrong – material for the application. Below are the main differences of steel forging and aluminum forging, that can help you to consider your design with a ideal forging material.

Cost and price are always an essential factor to consider when making any product by hot forging. The price of steel bars and aluminum bars is continually fluctuating based on global supply and demand, fuel costs and the price and availability of iron and bauxite ore; however steel is generally cheaper (per pound) than aluminum. The cost of raw materials has a direct impact on the price of the finished forged products. 
6061 vs 6063 aluminum forgings
 and 6063 aluminum alloys are the most common alloys for forging. Although they possess many of the same qualities, they each offer their own distinct properties that mean manufacturers need to do their research when deciding between them.

The second most popular aluminum for forging, 6061 is precipitation-hardened and uses magnesium and silicon as its major alloying elements. It was first developed in 1935 as part of the early advances in the aircraft industry. It offers good weldability and machinability, good joining characteristics, accepts applied coatings well, and is highly corrosion resistance while having a high strength to weight ratio. In contrast, 6063 is the most popular aluminum used for forging. It also uses magnesium and silicon as its alloying elements. Its unique properties allow it to be formed into complex shapes with very smooth surfaces, making it fit for anodizing. Its major drawback compared to 6061 is that it does not have the same level of strength.

Fly Forge, is one of the most important aluminum forging companies in China for various industries. With 9 production facilities in our company, all equipped with state-of-the-art tools and machines, we cover the whole spectrum of forging techniques and provide the complete development of components, from the design to the production. We forge all types of aluminum forgings required.

The Employees at Fly Forge are committed to servicing our customers through the entire process, from quoting to receiving our products.  Every customer is different, each with their own needs and expectations.  We take the time to understand how your business works so that we can exceed your expectation on every order.  We want to make sure that when an aluminum forging is needed Fly Forge is the only manufacturer that comes to mind. 
Skip lugs are the important components to fit these waste containers. They are designed and produced in closed die drop forging process. Drop Forging will involve the manipulation of material to achieve a desired skip lug shape, offering a compressed and directional grain flow to produce a stronger and more resilient skip lugs. Forge manufactures and supplys a large range of drop forged components for the skip and container refurbishment industry, including Skip Lugs. 

Lots of benefits can be enjoyed by our company:
  • Ningbo port is the forth largest habour in the world. As the largest drop forging company in Ningbo, Fly Forge can deliver high quality drop forged skip lugs with attractive price.
  • With an individual material warehouse, we stock numerous material types at different specifications. And, we have the capacity to purchase material in larger more economical volumes, minimising the requirement for multiple deliveries from suppliers.
  • Our quality control is backed with our ISO 9001 registration giving us the independent checks and systems to monitor and improve our in-house performance, and giving our customers the independent quality assurance of drop forged skip lugs that they expect.
Vibratory finishing is a type of mass finishing manufacturing process used to deburr, radius, descale, burnish, clean, and brighten a large number of forgings.

Fly Forge is one of the few forging companies that can provide vibratory polishing service of forgings for our customers in China. Besides vibratory polishing, we can also other surface treatment services of forgings include shot blasting, powder coating, electropolishing, color painting, ect. All our forgings serves the agricultural, aerospace, automotive, medical, and construction equipment industries.
With a number of beneficial properties, aluminum forging is an easy choice for manufacturing aircraft. Wood was originally used to build aircraft, but it is prone to rot and can splinter without proper maintenance. Likewise, steel forging is stronger than aluminum forging, but weighs significantly more. Steel forging is only used in aircraft when extremely high strength is needed, such as landing gears.

Fly Drop Forge is a leading manufacturer of aluminum forgings in closed die forging process for aerospace application. End use applications include landing gear, engines, structural components, brakes and rotors components. Fly Forge has the experience and expertise in aluminum forgings that ensures the structural durability and high strength-to-weight ratio capabilities needed in a aluminum forged product for aerospace applications. Contact us today to talk about your aluminum forgings needs and how we can get your project done quickly and to your specifications.
Closed die forging is not limited to steel components, it can be used to produce aluminum components as well, just different heating methods. Before forging of aluminum alloys, blanks are cut from round bars, then these aluminum bars are preheated to temperatures in the range of 400° - 500°C, according to the alloy used. 

At Fly Forge, our closed die forging process can produce aluminum components in all shapes and sizes required to conform to your specifications. We supply our superb custom-made aluminum forgings to meet our customers' needs and even exceed their expectations.