Manufacturing process

Melting

At Sorel Forge, our 45-ton electric arc furnace gives us the flexibility to custom-melt a wide range of carbon, alloy, mold and tool steel grades. At that point, we will intruduce the first additive in order to match the client demands.

Our product is now on its way to reach the higher level of quality.

Melting

Refining station

Our ladle metallurgy station enables us to consistently produce high quality steel with tight controls on chemical composition. This process also increases desulphurization.

This, in turn, translates into products with improved micro-cleanliness, toughness and isotropic properties. This advanced technology demonstrates, once again, Sorel Forge's commitment to supply the highest quality forgings.

Refining station

Vacuum degassing

At Sorel Forge, vacuum degassing technique is used to ensure the lowest hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen levels, resulting in a steel of superior quality.

Ingots.

Ingots weighing up to 42 tons are bottom poured to ensure surface and internal quality. Bottom pouring improves quality, forging yields and productivity

Vacuum degassing

Forging

Two forging presses maintain the heartbeat of Sorel Forge. Our 5000-ton open-die hydraulic press equipped with its wide dies ensures high internal quality and strength even in the largest forgings. With this press, we can produce forgings up to 50 feet long, round sections up to 72 inches in diameter, discs up to 114 inches in diameter and rectangles measuring over 2000 square inches in cross section and up to 90 inches wide.

Sorel Forge's 2000 ton press offers more flexibility. This system runs computer assisted, fully synchronized with the 40 meter-ton rail-bound manipulator. This press offers great predictability of yield, consistency of operation, tight dimensional controls and homogeneity of the forging for parts up to 20 tons. All that quality translate into a reduction in cost and in improved competitiveness in the medium-size product range.

Forging

Heat treating

Sorel Forge's heat treating facility is among the most advanced in the industry. A number of furnaces, quench tanks and cooling systems enable us to heat treat the full range of forged products to the most exacting specification.

Our furnaces, extending from gas fired for applications such as normalizing, annealing and quenching to electric powered for better accuracy during tempering operation, are verified to MIL-H-6875 and API 6A assuring uniformity and consistency of heat treatment.

Heat treating

Machining

At Sorel Forge, our skilled operators can rough machine all our forgings to customer's dimensional requirements. Our machine shop is equipped with an extensive array of equipment which include medium and large engine lathes, C.N.C. lathes, planer milling machines, vertical boring mills and complementary equipment such as saws, horizontal boring mills and a trepan lathe.

Machining