The Basque company has been invited by the University of Strathclyde to address the keys to extend tooling life and therefore reduce tooling costs.
Lazpiur has recently made significant developments in the cool forging tooling manufacture which set new standards in this industry.
Bergara (Gipuzkoa), 4th September 2015
Lazpiur investments in new technology and innovation in forging tooling has been recognized by this sector in Europe, and the company has been called upon to explain the company's latest developments in the 13th International Cold Forming Congress in Glasgow.
Yesterday, two representatives of the Basque Company, Ainhoa Ondarra and Juan Vicente Bengoa took part in this event and delivered a presentation entitled "Trends in the manufacture of forging tooling". In this presentation addressed to the main stake holders in the forging sector, they gave an account of Lazpiur's current and future innovations.
The great challenge is to extend tooling life, i.e. to make tooling manufactured by Lazpiur as durable as possible. This approach reduces significantly manufacturing costs for the company's customers. That was the main conclusion of the presentation addressed to an audience of approximately 200 professionals.
In their paper, Ondarra and Bengoa presented the processes currently used to extend part service life. They also provided an account of technological advances anticipated for the next few years.
Lazpiur has broadened its range of cold forging products in recent months with new types of dies. Manufacturing cost savings are among the advantages brought about the company, which can be of special benefit in the automotive sector. For this reason, the Congress organisers have requested the representatives of the Bergara firm to explain the latest trends.
Lazpiur was able to take up the challenge of manufacturing this type of tooling which has high technical difficulty by building upon the experience gained over many years in the manufacture of high speed steel tooling treated for very high hardness (67 HrC) and high accuracy. These parts, in addition to accuracy, require a highly polished finish and a strict control of geometry.
In short, these new innovations help customers comply with one of the current trends in the automotive sector called 'net shaping', where highly complexed formed and finished parts are sought not requiring subsequent machining operations. This translates into significant savings when manufacturing these types of parts.
Another advance made possible with this forming technology is the improvement of part performance. During the process, the flow lines generated within the internal part structure, which remain intact as no subsequent machining is required, provide higher part strength. Forged parts are therefore more durable.
The Glasgow event
The Glasgow International Cold Forming Congress (ICFC) is held from 2 to 4 September. Lazpiur's contribution strengthens the Basque company as an international benchmark in the sector, after it took part in the International Forging Congress (IFC) in Berlin last year, where it was the only company in the sector at a global scale to be invited to present tooling manufacturing innovations.
The Glasgow Congress has been held since 1955 every five years, and alternates the event venues between Germany and the United Kingdom. It is organised by the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) of the University of Strathclyde. This is one of the seven elite organizations under the British Government's programme that seeks to encourage commitment to R&D in the industry. In addition to the University and the British Government, multinationals such as Aubert & Duval, Barnes, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Timet are involved.