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23.03.2022

Material saving – forging wheel bearings

With minimal use of raw materials, the greatest potential for cost savings on a forging and consistent component quality are achieved on Hatebur HOTmatic machines.

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Lightweight construction of a wide variety of vehicles has become an established part of the market nowadays. Moreover, raw material costs account for around half of the costs of a finished part. To be able to remain competitive on the market and meet sustainability requirements, Hatebur designs the suitable forging using the simulation software Forge, depending on the finished part – near to net shape.

Particular attention here is paid to the use of raw materials in the wheel bearing “flash”. In most cases, the excess material – known as flash in the forging industry – is detached and separated from the forging in the Hatebur HOTmatic. In order to ensure that the form of the highly complex geometries is filled and transported correctly, a flash is required when forging. The reduced flash is adapted precisely to the optimal volume distribution of the part, tool loads and transport surfaces. After making full use of the machine kinematics, even the transport surfaces on the flash can be dispensed with, depending on the part geometry, and are transported directly on the part shank. What’s more, the material additions and drafts of dies on the forging can be reduced to lower the weight even further.

Make the most of your machine’s potential – talk to your Hatebur contact!