Peter Campbell gave a presentation at FTCON 09 Forging Conference in Pune, India September 2009

My presentation covered the repair of damaged parts from forging equipment such as crankshafts, pitmans, rams, columns, frames and other major component parts. I provided photos and examples of parts that we have repaired in the past and showed how these parts can be restored for reuse in forging hammers, presses, and upsetters.
I also discussed the manufacture of replacement parts. Most large forging equipment parts are not available as an off the shelf item and many equipment builders are no longer in business consequently making replacement parts is important. Parts can be reverse engineered and made new, sometimes redesigned and improved for better performance.
The frames of forging equipment tend to be large and well built but they are not immune from cracks, wear or major failures. I will show how these parts can be repaired and restored. Many times this work can be performed in the field to save time and the expense of rigging.
Forging equipment is generally well built and durable consequently it is worth the cost to rebuild this equipment to keep it in service. Rebuilding is often necessary due to the tighter tolerances and standards required for finished parts. I discussed rebuilding and also upgrading or modernizing equipment to take advantage of new technologies that are available for better operation, productivity and quality also for some equipment modernizing will save energy cost as well.
I concluded with a brief discussion of preventative maintenance inspections for overall better tracking of the health of the forging equipment and minimizing down time and unscheduled repairs.

Peter Campbell gave two presentations at Metalform 2009

1. Evaluating and Improving Preventative Maintenance Inspections
During downturns in the market, preventative maintenance inspections are often overlooked. However, slow times provide a good opportunity to refocus on PM inspections and get your files up to date. When work picks back up you don’t want to be surprised by presses that can’t get the job done. This program will help you evaluate and improve your PM inspections.

  • Where to look for early signs of problems
  • Simple items to add to your PM’s that will have great paybacks
  • New technologies that can be used to detect unseen problems

2. Options for press repair and modernization.

A lot of deferred maintenance occurs during slow periods in manufacturing. However, you will see from this presentation that early detection of problems will save you high repair bills in the future. This talk will show some of the areas where presses tend to fail and what parts will be affected if maintenance is deferred. I will also show you some of the top causes of press failure so you can make sure you don’t make the same mistakes as others.

  • What parts typically break on a press
  • What are some of your options when a failure occurs
  • What you can do to avoid common mistakes in press operation