Open Die Forging

Open die forging uses multiple dies which do not completely enclose the material being forged. Items made through this type of forging often need extra work to finish to the required specifications.

Small quantity parts are where open die forging is used a lot, as well as simple parts such as cylinders or shafts. Due to the repeated working of the steel the strength of the grain structure will be increased therefore creating a stronger part.

The main feature of open die forging is its simplicity which also means the cost is low. Due to its low-cost open die forging can be used for bespoke one-off products. Less material waste is also created from the forging process therefore reducing the cost even more.

Some of the materials which can be open die forged include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Inconel
  • Titanium
  • Aluminium
  • Tool steel
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Nickel

There are drawbacks of using open die forging and one of these is the capability of producing high precision parts. Open die forging often requires extra machining to create high precision parts.

Forging

The alternative to open die forging is closed die forging. Two dies are used to form the piece into the required shape. The two dies are a negative image of the part being formed. As viewed from above pressure from the top die forms the raw material into the required shape.

Closed die forging is very economic for a large run of items and the parts produced require very little finishing.

Overall both types of forging have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of product you want produced. Low volume simple products are best suited to open die forging whereas higher volume more complex products are best suited to closed die forging.

Pallet Racking FAQ’s

What is Pallet Racking?

Pallet racking is a type of storage system. This type of racking is designed to hold pallets of stock normally at a large scale, in horizontal rows. Pallet racking is a great way to increase storage capacity as it stores the stock at multiple levels meaning one section of space can be used to store more than one pallet.

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What are the different types of pallet racking?

There are many different types of pallet racking and choosing the right one for your business can be hard. Depending on the storage you need, the pace of your business and how accessible you need your stock to be will depend on which type of pallet racking you choose to invest in.

The different types of pallet racking include:

Carpet Racking: Like it says in the name, carpet racking is a storage system that is capable of holding different lengths and diameters of carpet.

Double Deep Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking is ideal for warehouse storage as it stores the pallets in unit loads. It works on the same principles as wide aisle racking except it is stacked at each pick face.

Drive-In Pallet Racking: This type of racking is extremely space efficient, working on a first in last out basis and working on a 0-metre aisle width.

Dry-Stack Boat Racking: Storing your boat can be hard, but with dry-stack boat racking you can conveniently store RIBS and motorboats out of the water.

Galvanised Pallet Racking: Galvanised pallet racking is designed to handle harsher conditions compared to other types of pallet racking. Suitable for external applications and harsh climates, galvanised pallet racking can store a wide spread of palletised products.

Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking optimises space by keeping the aisle width to a minimum and therefore freeing up more space whilst still having the same capacity as other racking configurations.

Push Back Pallet Racking: This combines the efficiency of drive-in pallet racking with pallet live storage, therefore allowing you to access pallets that are four pallets deep from one face.

Very Narrow Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking is ideal for warehouses with minimal space. It has aisles ranging from 1.5 – 1.6 metres, saving nearly half the space you have.

Wide Aisle Pallet Racking: This is the most commonly used type of racking, storing your stock horizontally with 2.5 – 4.0  metre aisles in between each rack.