Forge Design Engineering
Anchor Harvey delivers high-quality, pristine, and exactly engineered forged aluminum components. Why do customers trust they will get their exact part shape even if we’ve never forged this specific part before? How does Anchor Harvey ensure part-to-part consistency, from the first forge to the millionth? The answer is through preparation and skilled forge engineering.
The answer is through preparation and proper forge engineering.
The Benefits of Forge Engineering
By getting involved in early-stage forge design and engineering decisions, the engineering team can make the process faster, improve the final forge, reduce material scrap and waste, and provide consistent feedback to customers throughout the entire process.
Here are some of the many benefits that Anchor Harvey’s engineering team can provide:
- Forge Design Optimization: Customers know what they need but may not know how to forge it. Our forge engineering team can advise customers on best practices to forge their part. Our engineers can identify possible faults and consult on complex forge design features.
- Customized Alloys: Anchor Harvey engineers can provide a detailed exploration of the various alloys available and what modifications can be made to enhance the material properties. Customers will also be advised if we recommend material changes to best support the intended application.
- Process Elimination: Often, Anchor Harvey engineers will make recommendations to eliminate unnecessary procedures and processes to achieve the desired component with less material waste and more process efficiency. For example, a specific heat treatment may not be necessary to achieve the desired material strength, and Anchor Harvey forge engineers may recommend omitting the process. In another case, our team may recommend a forge design with complex shaping to replace the need for unnecessary welding. By designing the forge tool and dies to more rigorous specifications, Anchor Harvey can greatly reduce machining procedures.
- Final Shaping: Having a custom die-forged part made from a custom tooled die can mean a consolidation of post-forge processes. Forged parts requiring very precise shapes may require machining to be done, but with a final shape in mind and the custom engineering solutions from Anchor Harvey, many parts will require less machining than a similar part from other manufacturers (and may eliminate this process entirely).
- Material Waste: By optimizing the production process, we can greatly reduce scrap and material waste. We can achieve less waste by achieving a near-net-shape forge with tighter tolerances, reducing the amount of machining and post-forging processes, and exchanging constant feedback with the customer throughout the process. Less material waste means that Anchor Harvey can optimize material purchases and extend those savings to the customer.
- Lead Times: Anchor Harvey consistently forges and delivers parts within lead times considered extremely competitive within the industry. Each of the above benefits contributes to a shorter lead time, including early-stage engineering, near-net-shape forge design, and reducing unnecessary processes.
- Final Cost: Customers benefit from a competitive cost-per-part with the added benefits of a premier manufacturer, delivering high-quality parts, made in America. Anchor Harvey’s custom engineering results in fewer material purchases, faster turnarounds, more reliable parts, and better part performance.
Forge Engineering from Anchor Harvey
Anchor Harvey pushes the boundaries of our customers’ product innovation and forging design to produce a higher-quality forged aluminum component. By getting involved in the early-stage design, our engineers can make recommendations to optimize the forged product, regardless of complexity, and provide a superior product.
Anchor Harvey has the capabilities to engineer tooling for our customers’ parts, designing the forge from a napkin sketch, drawing, or full 3D model. Request a quote today.