CHICAGO Ohio Star Forge Co. (OSF) is ramping up its final Hatebur hot forging press, part of a $20-million expansion project that included a 33,000-square-foot plant addition.
"We are running parts on the new equipment," Carl Paglia, director of sales and business development at the Warren, Ohio-based company, told AMM.
"The components (being forged) are transmission hub products. Right now, they are passenger car and light truck parts. We will have product that goes to heavy truck and off-highway and bearing product (applications)," he said.
Ohio Star ships forgings throughout North America. Last year, shipments exceeded 27,000 tons. With the largest press in the Hatebur series now in place, Ohio Star has the capacity to ship nearly twice that level.
"This new Hatebur AMP 70XL is the largest machine for us. It gives us the only continuous lineup of Hatebur equipment in North America," Paglia said.
OSF can now run parts through every model in the series. "This gives us the right machine for every part. We are not forcing parts onto the wrong machine. ... It helps our competitiveness," he said.
The lineup helps OSF become "more of a one-stop shop," especially for customers that have a series of parts, hub and gear components. "We can supply all of the part numbers. Theres nothing missing now (whereas) before we couldnt hit the highest end of the range."
Ohio Star Forge will now run components up to a maximum outer diameter of 165 millimeters (6.5 inches) and maximum height of 130 mm (5⅛ inches).
"In addition to transmission hubs, we can produce larger wheel-hub components, as well as larger components within the markets we currently serve. That is across the board. We can make larger fasteners," Paglia said.
The company, a subsidiary of Japans Daido Steel Group, just celebrated its 25th anniversary and expects to forge its 1-billionth part early next year.