Light­weight

Aluminium as problem solver for weight restricted parts.

Many applic­a­tions ask for light and highly dynamic parts. We can forge most of the major high-strength aluminium alloys, which can be an altern­ative for tradi­tional mater­ials like steel. There are many areas were a light and highly dynamic aluminium forging can provide bene­fits to the complete product. Our customers have success­fully substi­tuted steel by aluminium to increase productivity through faster moving parts in their machinery. In the Energy sector, copper or brass alloys can be replaced by silver plated aluminium parts. This can result in savings of up to 90% of material usage when trans­itioning form copper to aluminium for live parts.

Use Case

Light­weight Hydraulics: Aluminium replaces Steel

A welded 3‑part steel assembly had to be replaced by a single machined forging from aluminium. The aluminium parts had to be 100% compat­ible to the steel part so the right alloy had to be selected to fulfil all mech­an­ical require­ments. As a result, the part weight could be drastic­ally reduced. As only one part had to be machined, and the welding process could be omitted, the complete process could be auto­mated also for medium lot sizes. This resulted in costs savings through a more effi­cient produc­tion methodology.