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Custom Engineering & Forge Consultation

Reducing manufacturing costs. Improving part performance. Minimizing material waste

The Scot Forge customer value engineering team brings the knowledge of custom forging experts to work in your plant, helping you to achieve long-term cost reductions and improved lead times through:

Forge Engineering

Our Forge Engineering team brings more than 90 years of combined experience to your project, which includes first-hand blacksmithing and modern simulation technology. They have developed a unique semi-closed die forging technique that allows for the flexibility of open die forging with the near-net shape of closed die. This method allows the conversion of pieces from castings or fabrications to forging that were once thought not possible or cost effective.

Optimized Specifications

Our technically trained Account Managers, Forge Development team and Metallurgists can increase your product value with customized solutions that meet your existing requirements. Even the simplest material change or process modification has helped many Scot Forge customers realize significant savings.

How we deliver added value for our customers:

  • Improve lead times
  • Lower part costs
  • Eliminate non-value processing
  • Reduce marking costs
  • Enhance quality

Even the simplest material change or process modification has helped many Scot Forge customers realize significant savings. Below are just a few examples.

Product specification type

Thermal Treatment

Thermal treatment

Previous problems

  • Past practices on a customer part called for normalizing, quenching and double tempering. These practices ran up costs and production times.
  • Previous requirements on a customer application called for meeting both a minimum tempering temperature and a hardness range on certain parts. This often resulted in a requenching operation, which lengthened lead times.
Thermal treatment

Modified solution

  • By eliminating the normalizing and second tempering operations which were unnecessary, the customer saved over 7¢ per pound, as well as one to two weeks' lead time.
  • Through temperature modification, not only was Scot Forge able to meet the specification the first time, but also shorten the lead time.

Product specification type

Material Grade

Material cost

Previous problems

  • A customer was looking for cost reduction assistance with a gear application which needed to meet Brinell requirements and was formerly specified as 4340 material.
  • The customer was previously specifying Vacuum Arc Remelting (VAR) material for a pinion shaft. Lead times were unacceptably long, and the material costs were extremely high.
Reduced material cost

Modified solution

  • The substitution of 4150 for 4340 lowered part costs by 10%, while still meeting minimum Brinell requirements.
  • By switching from VAR material to air melt, lead times were reduced by months, and base material costs were reduced by over 45% without sacrificing product quality.

Product specification type

Marking/Stamping

Marking stamping

Previous problems

  • For part identification purposes, a customer previously specified elaborate markings on each part, then routinely machined them off upon receipt.
Marking stamping

Modified solution

  • Now a simple purchase order and heat number identify each part, saving time and excess marking costs.

Computer Modeling & Simulation

Our Forge Engineering team has a full range of simulation capabilities that enable more precise tool design and optimal forge process plans. As a result, material and machining requirements are reduced, minimizing costs and turnaround times.

Forge Modeling Forge Modeling

Our accurate simulations model a wide range of metalworking and material characteristics including:

  • Complex shapes
  • Upsetting
  • Forward extrusion
  • Back extrusion
  • Gear forming
  •  Stress analysis
  • Heat treat modeling
  • Grain flow characteristics

Custom Alloy Development

Scot Forge is capable of adding our forge engineers and metallurgical experts to your team to study and evaluate alloy compositions to create material that is capable of meeting the strict criteria for forged components used in markets such as Maritime, Aerospace and Defense applications. Resulting in the development of a alloys that offer better properties with potential material cost savings. Download this case study to learn more. 


Custom Alloy Development Case Study