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Industrial forging operations are used to produce components for the mechanical and plant engineering sectors and for the automotive, aircraft and marine construction industries. Forging is a metal-shaping process in which the metal is deformed by compressing it between two dies.

In contrast to machining operations, forging has a number of advantages: it produces little or no waste, it enables the controlled modification of the steel’s microstructure and it increases the strength of the component through strain hardening. A disadvantage of the forging process is its lower precision. Forging is usually performed at temperatures above the service temperature of the part being forged and results in a modified microstructure; if performed at normal temperatures, higher pressures are required. At Steeltec, forging is performed on bar stock with lengths between three and twelve meters. If sufficient quantities are required, Steeltec can produce other customer-specific lengths. Steeltec offers a wide range of bar stock diameters from 16 mm to 66 mm.

We also offer a variety of additional services, including bar straightening, crack detection and ultrasonic testing, end-face stamping, PMI testing and in-line surface analysis. The goal at Steeltec is to supply customers, who include OEMs in the automotive sector, with the material that they require and at the quality they expect. To ensure that it can meet this goal, Steeltec produces steels of excellent purity in addition to being certified as an IATF 16949 supplier.

Steeltec steels for forging shops

  • Standard engineering steels, e.g. S235JR
  • C-steels, C10–C60
  • Mn steels, e.g. 52Mn5
  • Cr steels, e.g. 41Cr4
  • Mn-Cr steels, e.g. 16MnCrS5
  • Cr-Ni steels, e.g. 16CrNiS4
  • Cr-Mo steels, e.g. 42CrMoS4
  • Cr-V steels, e.g. 31CrV3
  • B steels, e.g. 22B2
  • Mn-B steels, e.g. 30MnB5
  • S steels, e.g. 46S20
  • S-Mn steels, e.g. 11SMn30
  • S-Mn-P steels, e.g. 11SMnPb30 

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Will the part or component be subject to a cold-forming process?

The required properties - for example in terms of machinability, cold formability or weldability - can be precisely adjusted to customer specifications during the process. Thanks to very good cold forming properties, steels are formed into components, e.g. fasteners, by cold forming. Depending on the application requirements, they exhibit high strength and high durability. To achieve this, the materials must combine high initial strength with good formability. Special steels from Steeltec enable efficient and resource-saving production.

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Will an additional heat-treatment stage be carried out?

Thanks to in-depth chemical analysis, Steeltec is able to design materials in such a way that desired mechanical-technological component properties are achieved after heat treatment. This results in a wide range of high-quality steel designed to meet individual customer requirements. In the bright steel sector, we will be pleased to advise you on what needs to be taken into account in the case of additional hardening.

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Will the part or component be welded?

Welding is particularly important for chains and structural grades, but also for applications such as the manufacture of wire baskets. Steeltec's rolled steels can be welded using various techniques. Welding requires materials that are alloyed. In addition, just as in bending, the steel needs a certain hardness, but it must be possible to machine it. And it must be possible to heat it without creating too much stress.

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