Trenton Forging’s focus on custom forgings rather than commodity items is why customers look to us to fulfill their specific component needs. We’ve been instrumental in helping many companies by producing parts unique to their particular needs and exacting standards. Below, we’ve listed some examples of problems our customers faced as well as the solutions we were able to provide.
A potential customer touring Trenton Forging saw a forged part very similar to one of the parts he had asked the company to quote on.
The Trenton, Michigan, forging supplier had received prints from this customer just the previous week.
However, the customer learned it wasn’t a similar part he was seeing, it was his own part. Within one week of receiving prints, Trenton Forging had modeled the job, machined the die and made a run of good forgings.
The company was showing off. But at the same time, it was communicating an important point about its new capabilities. Thanks to a change in how dies are machined and who does the machining, this automotive forging supplier can now assure its customers of significantly tighter lead times. The die for this job was ready within a week; Trenton can promise any die within two weeks. The company never could have made that promise more recently than a year ago this month.
October 2000 was when Trenton installed two new 18,000-rpm machining centers for die milling. In September 2000, the company finished construction of the building created to house these machines. With this new shop, and with the employees hired to staff it, the forging supplier now has the potential to take on all of its own die machining – work the company has contracted out for decades. The ability to make dies through milling alone accounts for why the work can now be done in house.