Over the centuries, progress has been forged in the blacksmiths fire. Human beings have been manipulating metal, hammering out metal and forging metal across the millenniums. You would figure as much, since metals make up 2/3 of all elements.
The modern civilization we live in today would not exist if mankind had not learned to shape metal. Some examples of our forged metal products in our modern civilization: Jet Planes, Rockets, Buildings, and Ocean liners.
Forging Operations in World War 2 were at an all-time high due to the increased demand for armaments. The above image shows workers forging the M1 Rifle
Machines and Processes
Companies in this industry manufacture formed and stamped metal products. When it comes to reshaping metal by means of stamping and forging, the process involves placing metal into various machines for creating new shapes and parts. Common products made from forging operations are metal light fixtures, porcelain enameled products, household appliance housings, and cooking utensils. Here is a look at some of the machines and processes used in this industry:
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Power is applied to a slide in order to draw or stamp metal. Hazards occur as the stock metal material is inserted, held, and withdrawn by hand.
Equipment that bends metal: Power Presses, Press Brakes and Tubing Benders.
Power is applied to a slide for the purpose of blanking, drawing, or stamping metal. Hazards occur as the stock metal material is inserted, held, and withdrawn by hand.
Equipment that punches metal: Power Presses and Iron Workers.
Applying power to a slide or knife in order to trim or shear metal. Hazards occur as the stock metal material is inserted, held, and withdrawn by hand.
Equipment that shears metal: Mechanically Powered Shears, Hydraulically Powered Shears and Pneumatically Powered Shears.
What often goes unnoticed are the many workers helping forge the modern metal world, often times using their very own brute muscle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows over 95,000 workers are employed in the forging and stamping metal industry. As in other metal fabrication industries, metalworkers make up the majority of occupations, with over 43,000 workers. One unique occupation making up a significant amount of employment are those cutting and punching metal, with over 13,000 employed. These workers saw metal, cut metal, split metal, bend metal and straighten out metal. These workers will definitely want to check out our Cut Protection page.
Here is a look at the many occupations found in the Forging and Stamping Industry:
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Assemblers and Fabricators
Assemble finished products, along with parts and pieces that go into them. There are over 1.8 million people employed across the US in an assembly and fabrication position. You will find this worker assembling bolts, using many different types of tools, and moving heavy parts. There are around 4,900 of these workers in Forging and Stamping.
Cutting, Punching and Press Machine Setter
Operate machines that saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal. There are around 13,500 of this occupation in Forging and Stamping. You will find these workers aligning metal parts and grinding out burrs or sharp edges. This makes cut resistant gloves a high priority for this worker. Common Job titles for this position are Die Setters, Press Operators, Machine Setters and Operators, Press Punch Operators.
Forging Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
Operate machines to taper, shape and form metal. Around 7% of the workforce falls into this occupation. You will find these workers removing dies, forging hammers and moving metalwork pieces. Common Job titles for this position are Forger, Blacksmith, Hammer Operator, and Forge Press Operator.
Industrial Maintenance Workers
Lubricates machines, changes parts, and performs machinery maintenance. You will find these workers cleaning machines and machine parts. Cleaning solvents, oil parts and metalworking fluids are a definite concern for these workers. Common Job titles for this position are Lubricator, Maintenance Man, and Oiler.
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Worker activities include repairing, installing, and adjusting industrial machinery. There are around 1,100 of these workers are in Forging and Stamping. You will find these workers cutting and welding metal to repair broken metal parts. Job titles for this position are Fixer, Industrial and Master Mechanic.
Metal and Plastic Workers
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Keeps and repairs machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. There are around 4,600 of these workers in Forging and Stamping. You will find these workers pipe fitting, repairing equipment, and repairing buildings. Job titles for this position are Maintenance Worker, Maintenance Mechanic, and Facilities Manager.
Machine Tool Cutting Setters and Operators
Metal Forging Machine Operators
Rolling Machine Setters and Operators
Operate machines that plate, roll and flatten steel. Around 1,400 of this occupation works in the Forging and Stamping Industry. You will find them working around shears, grinders and adjusting machines. Common Job titles for this position are Rolling Mill Operator, Mill Operator and Roll Form Operator.
Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators
Operate welding, soldering or brazing machines that weld, braze, or heat treat metal products. The Forging and Stamping Industry employs around 3,700 employees. You will find these workers adding material to work pieces, joining metal components, and annealing finished work pieces. Common Job titles for this position are Fabricator, Mig Welder, Spot Welder, Fitter-Welder, and Braze Operators.
Welding Cutters and Fitters
Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, and brazing equipment to weld/join metal components, fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. There are around 2,700 of these workers in Forging and Stamping. You will find these workers welding components in flat, vertical or overhead positions. Common Job titles for this position are Maintenance Welder, Mig Welder, and Welder/Fabricator.
Even though this industry does not have a large amount of workers like the Machine Shop industry, the BLS shows the forging and stamping industry as one of the most dangerous. There is a lot of metal these workers must handle, which means cut injuries run on the high side. On average, the industry experiences over 20% more recordable injuries than the metal fabrication industry average. Out of every 100 employees, there are 6 recordable cases, compared to 4.4 for the entire metal manufacturing industry.
Knowing safety is not enough, you must practice it! At MCR Safety, We Protect People! So, we want to give you every tool possible in making sure you practice safety and wear the correct PPE. To back this statement up, we highlight specific hazards causing injuries across this dangerous industry.