Types of Forging
B.B. Price limited were founded in 1875 by Joseph Price (great grandfather of our current directors) Joseph started off in the nail trade, operating a simple forge in an outhouse at the family home. The business soon diversified into forging specialised galvanized steelwork for the overhead lines and many telecommunications industries, to this day this type of work still represents the main bulk of B.B. Price’s production.
There are many types of hot forging, we carry out many different types here at B.B. Price, the main three types are :
Drop forging is a manufacturing process where a hammer is lifted and then dropped onto a heated piece of metal, this allows the metal to be reshaped into the shape of the die/tool.
When the metal is preheated it will soften the metal's structure, allowing it to be deformed into the desired shape in a controlled manner. The metal then starts to solidify as the metal cools, this results in a stronger metal.
The two types of drop forging are open die and closed die. Open die forging does not cover the heated metal completely, but closed die forging fully covers the item.
Here at B.B. Price, we offer our drop forging facilities to many industries including sea defence, rail and construction industries. Drop forging creates durable and strong parts which are an absolute necessity in manufacturing and production.
Hand forging is the simplest form of forging, the metal will be heated in the fire to red heat, using an anvil and hammers it will then be beaten into the desired shape. Our skilled engineers ensure that their handwork covers many processes meaning their hand forgings can produce all sizes, types and shapes that may be required.
Upset forging is one of the most common methods, also be known as “heading”. A pre-heated bar will be placed into grooves that will hold it in place ready for the pressure to compress the end of the bar into a die. The dies are typically used to widen the bar to increase its thickness.