2013 ASM Historical Landmark: The World's Heavy Hydraulic Closed-Die Forging Presses


Alcoa, Cleveland, OH Alcoa, Russia PCC Wyman Gordon, Grafton, MA Aubert Duval, France Weber Metals, Paramount, CA VSMPO, Russia These giant presses enabled quantum changes in the approach of modern aircraft design by producing large, forged monolithic structures. In turn, this capability provided designers with greater flexibility in the application of new alloys; lighter, stronger, and affordable aerostructures; and more powerful and fuel efficient gas turbine engines.