NORTH AMERICAN FORGEMASTERS
North American Forgemasters operates a custom-built 4500 ton hydraulic forging press with an automated 10-station die change magazine, 8 main hydraulic pumps, and a planishing capability of up to 300 strokes per minute. This press is capable of producing forgings as large as 80,000 pounds. The 4500 ton press complex also houses 2 – 100,000 pound lift capacity mobile manipulators, 6 forge furnaces, and 2 slow cool furnaces, each capable of holding more than 1,000,000 pounds of steel.
In 2016, ECF and its partner spent nearly $95M to build a state-of-the-art forging complex to house a new 9000 metric ton open-die forging press. The press is the greatest tonnage, largest opening, fastest action, and most reliable open-die forging press in North America. The complex also includes a 200 metric ton rail bound manipulator and a 100 metric ton mobile manipulator, each the largest in North America.
The 9000 metric ton press can forge ingots up to 170 tons (340,000 pounds), cross sections to 186”, and solid lengths to 75 feet.