New UK Center for
The University of Strathclyde’s (Scotland) Advanced Forming Research Centre(AFRC), is opening an office in Sheffield, England, to offer forging and forming research and expertise to local manufacturers. The AFRC’s new base complements theHigh Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult centers attached to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear AMRC.
The AFRC promotes advanced manufacturing and engineering, and the decision to opena new office is seen strengthening links with U.K. forgers ahead of its launch of FutureForge, a $27.5-million operation that will include an advanced hot forging platform.
FutureForge will be a collaboration platform for organisations across the forging supply chain to address sectoral challenges.
“The past year has taught us that we can connect with people and companies any-
where in the world, and here we are
putting that into practice - if there
is a problem manufacturing a part
on a drop stamp, we can plug into
the modelling and simulation facil-
ities in Glasgow but carry out test-
ing on the manufacturer’s shop floor
in South Yorkshire,” according to
AFRC chief operating officer Hel-
en Lightbody. “Our support can be
anything from helping the transition
from gas to electric furnaces to re-
ducing energy costs, to exploring ways to meet sustainability targets, improving prod-
ucts and processes, or accessing large scale collaborative research projects with global
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Weldaloy Specialty Forgings Taps VP/CTO
Weldaloy Specialty Forgings, a Michigan forger supplying aero-
space, defense, electronics, oil-and-gas, and power-gen industries,
named Dr. Ramachandra Canumalla as its new vice president and chief
Dr. Canumalla, known as “Dr. Ram,” is one of the leading metallur-
gists in the world’s aeronautics industry, with over 36 years of metallur-
gical engineering experience, and over 90 academic papers and research
“Dr. Canumalla is a genuinely great man who values the research
Dr. Ramachandra Canumalla
and the continued discovery and development in metallurgy and ma-
terial sciences,” stated Andrew Smith, Weldaloy’s COO. “His accom-
plishments, including chief metallurgist at major forge facilities, along
with his time working at the raw material mills, gives him a com-
plete perspective starting from the melting of the engineered alloys
followed by thermomechanical processing aspects of Ingot to billet
conversions and forging of the products, and thus unique ability to
support Weldaloy’s customers.”
Canumalla will provide R&D collaboration with Weldaloy’s custom-
ers on new parts, processes and challenges, and partner with raw materi-
al suppliers to support commercialization of new alloys.
New Schuler Press for Otto Fuchs in China
Otto Fuchs KG is increasing production of aluminum chassis components at its Shenyang, China,plant, and now has ordered a fifth PK 3150 crank forging press with servo-control for that plant.“Thanks to the ServoDirect technology and the adjustable slide movement, the number of strokes andthe forming speed can be optimally adapted to the part,” according to Schuler managing director FrankKlingemann, explaining the press-builder’s proprietary process-control function. “This increases output and improves energy efficiency.”
In crank forging presses with ServoDirect technology, several torque motors operate on a main shaftvia a step-down gear unit. They are suitable for both wear-free single-stroke operation and for forgingin continuous operation.
With a press force of 3,150 metric tons, the new machine will be the most powerful available at OttoFuchs’ Chinese plant.
In addition to automotive manufacturers, Otto Fuchs in Shenyang forges aluminum parts for aerospace and construction applications.
A screw press installed at the Advanced FormingResearch Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. [AMRC photo]