£2.5m contract for massive press

Showing their mettle: Casting molten steel into a mould at Sheffield Forgemasters' Brightside Lane plant.
Showing their mettle: Casting molten steel into a mould at Sheffield Forgemasters' Brightside Lane plant.
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Sheffield Forgemasters has won a £2.5 million order to supply crucial castings for one of the world’s largest counter-blow hammer presses.

The Brightside Lane firm is supplying the upper and lower rams for a press at ATI Ladish’s Cudahy plant in Milwaukee, which makes highly engineered forgings from titanium for the aerospace industry.

In order to produce the finished rams, weighing 165 and 155 tonnes, Forgemasters will have to make two castings, weighing 380 tonnes and 360 tonnes respectively, each of which requires four ladles of molten steel.

The latest contract is the fourth to be placed with Forgemasters by ATI Ladish and brings the total value of the work Forgemasters has done for the firm to £5 million.

Forgemasters’ senior sales manager, Michael Holloway, said: “I have been working with ATI Ladish for three years on the detail of this contract and through our great partnership, consider them one of our best clients.

“The size of this latest batch of castings requires them to be finish-machined in a vertical boring machine which is capable of operating up to five and a half metres in height.

“Sheffield Forgemasters has the only facilities in the UK with the physical capacity to machine finish the components, after a £10 million investment in our new North Machine Shop

“In addition, Forgemasters’ foundry is also the only one in Europe which can produce castings of this size and weight,” said Mr Holloway.

Counter-blow presses use two hammers, or rams, which move together to deliver the huge forces required for specialist forgings.