Forgemasters castings are en route to Italian factory

Sheffield Forgemasters' shift manager Lee Gauntly and machinist Chris Dobson check out a massive table casting which will form part of an enormous screw press for engineering company Bifrangi UK's Lincoln site.
Sheffield Forgemasters' shift manager Lee Gauntly and machinist Chris Dobson check out a massive table casting which will form part of an enormous screw press for engineering company Bifrangi UK's Lincoln site.

Two massive castings for one of the world’s largest screw presses have left Sheffield Forgemasters International’s Brightside Lane site.

The 315 and 285 tonne castings have been despatched to Italian company Bifrangi’s Lincoln plant, which supplies forged parts, including engine crankshafts, to the power generation sector.

Forgemasters had to pour 1,200 tonnes of liquid steel in order to make the two castings, which will form the table and headpiece of the screw press, which form part of a £50 million upgrade of Bifrangi’s plant.

The table casting is seven metres long, four metres wide and three metres high, while the headpiece is six metres long, four metres wide and 3.6 metres high.

Both were completed ahead of schedule and moved to Lincoln on two specialist trucks with a girder trailer.

Forgemasters’ senior castings sales manager, Mick Holloway, said: “The table and headpiece were manufactured and finish machined entirely in-house at our Brightside Lane site and we completed the job ahead of schedule.

“The project included using Forgemasters’ expertise in many areas, from pattern making to moulding, casting, heat treatment, fettling, non-destructive testing, finish machining, and to complete with painting and packing.”

Forgemasters was awarded the contract to make the parts by German press maker Schuler Pressen, in the face of tough worldwide competition.

Mike Holloway said: “The relationship with our client Schuler Pressen grows from strength to strength.

“The Schuler group recognise Sheffield Forgemasters as a key supplier and a world leader in the supply of critical castings and forgings for this market.”

SFIL has a long history of making complex components for presses.