C10100 Ofe Copper Forgings

By: chad kimball

Forging is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. It is comprised of 3 different categories including custom forgings, captive forgings and catalogue forgings. By far, custom forgings are the largest sector and accounted for over $8 billion dollars of revenue in the U.S., Canada and Mexico in 2006.

Forging is a manufacturing process that normally first heats up a product up to a predetermined temperature and then has extreme pressure applied to it. This pressure is typically applied by a forging press or a forging hammer that could have a variety of capacities in terms of size or weight that it can process.

The general advantage of parts that are manufacturing by the forging process is that the products produced are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking process. When safety and reliability are an issue, forgings are almost always used.

That is why industries like aerospace (commercial, industrial or space exploration), power generation (motor manufacturing, turbo machinery or specialty bearing) and material processing parts used in rugged environments rely on forged products.

Although ferrous products (or those containing iron) account for most custom forgings, nonferrous products (or those that don't contain iron) are an important part of many industry applications. This is due to the particular mechanical or physical properties that are exhibited by special nonferrous alloys, especially those of electrical and/or thermal conductivity.

Some of the most common and popular copper alloys that are used in the industry today and produced by Weldaloy include:

-C10100 - Oxygen Free Electronic (OFE)
-C46400 - Naval Brass
-C18200 - Chromium Copper
-C70600 - Copper Nickel
-C18150 - Chromium Zirconium Copper
-and many others...

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