Forged rolled rings play an essential role in countless industries. As a result, these metal components are high in demand and the need for them shows no signs of slowing down. While the promising future of forged rolled rings comes as no surprise, the history of the forging process may shock you. What is the history of this metalworking method? Keep reading to find out.
The forging process dates back to at least 4000 BC, however, the exact year is most likely earlier. Back then, metals such as wrought iron and bronze were forged to produce various war weapons and hand tools. These type of forgings continued until near the end of 19th century for similar purposes and using similar metals.
Throughout the 19th century, forge smiths were particularly skilled at hand and open die forgings of wrought iron. Then, the forging industry saw a major breakthrough in 1856 thanks to the invention of the Bessemer steel-making process, which enabled forgers to have a huge supply of low-cost steel for major forging productions.
The Industrial Revolution and World War II both lead to the development of better forging equipment and processes. Eventually, electrical motors and induction heaters enabled forged rolled rings to be produced quicker, easier, and more effectively than ever before.
Now, we have computer controlled hammers and presses that are capable of making rolled ring forgings in a variety of materials for countless applications.
Clearly, forgings have come a long way since 4000 BC. Start using the modern power of forged rolled rings for your next project by contacting us. Ferralloy, Inc. is an international company that serves the global marketplace and offers competitively priced, engineered products that are produced in both North America and Asia. Connect with our forging experts online today to learn more!
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