Advanced Forming Research Centre equipment Hot forging & forming

For the full specification of our equipment please download the AFRC equipment directory .

  • Schuler AG 2100 tonne screw press

    Schuler AG 2100 tonne screw press

    A state of the art high speed forging press suitable for undertaking forging trials on a wide range of components and material types. The Schuler AG 2100 is a 2100 tonne direct drive screw press with 400mm press stroke. It has been integrated into an automated forging cell with robot loading/unloading and die spraying.

  • ACB Loire 200T Superplastic Forming Press

    ACB Loire 200T Superplastic Forming Press

    Supports forming of mid-sized single and multi-sheet structures, with design features representative of production parts, to validate, via experimental trials, finite element modelling studies and optimal forming curves.

  • ACB 1200T Superplastic Forming

    ACB 1200T Superplastic Forming

    Supports experimental research programmes one step further with test work performed on large single and multi-sheet production components. This work usually follows the validation of simulation models and forming curves carried out via experimental trials on smaller-scale representative geometries on the ACB 200T SPF Press.

  • Die Wear Cell

    Die Wear Cell

    To replicate hot forming die-part interface conditions for the investigation of die wear mechanisms. The cell robot allows for the replication of 24 hour production cycles by continuously loading and unloading metallic test samples from the die set.

  • Schuler Multiforge – 3500kN

    Schuler Multiforge – 3500kN

    This press was designed and built by Schuler to AFRC requirements. It is typically used as a preforming press, converting cylindrical billets or slugs into basic shapes, and features Schuler Servo-Drive technology which allows user control of the press stroke. It is a direct drive horizontal split die upsetting press with separate servo drive motors providing up to 5000kN grip load and 3500kN upsetting force respectively.

  • HARE clipping press – Model 63HP

    HARE clipping press – Model 63HP

    The HARE clipping press is designed for trimming flash from forgings. It is a Hydraulic 63 tonne press which is synchronised for automated operation with the 2100 tonne screw press and Electrotherm furnace.

  • Fanuc M-61B Robot

    Fanuc M-61B Robot

    This is a 6 axis robot with a 6kg payload capacity and is designed for operation in compact spaces. It works in conjunction with the integrated forging cell to provide controlled, repeatable lubricant application to forging dies. Programs can be tailored to provide the optimum lubrication to the dies during forging trials.

  • Fanuc M-710iC Robot

    Fanuc M-710iC Robot

    This is a 6-axis robot that can handle a 50kg payload. It is mounted to a track (effectively a 7th axis).This significantly increases the working envelope, allowing integration of a forging press, a clipping press and a furnace.

  • LAND thermal imaging cameras

    LAND thermal imaging cameras

    For high temperature measurement and thermal imaging, capable of looking inside a furnace to provide vital asset management and failure prevention information.

  • Schuler AG 2100 tonne screw press
  • ACB Loire 200T Superplastic Forming Press
  • ACB 1200T Superplastic Forming
  • Die Wear Cell
  • Schuler Multiforge – 3500kN
  • HARE clipping press – Model 63HP
  • Fanuc M-61B Robot
  • Fanuc M-710iC Robot
  • LAND thermal imaging cameras