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WORKING HAMMER

=HAPPY TEAM

From troubleshooting to

full on-site training…

we have tackled it all.

WORKING HAMMER

=HAPPY TEAM

From troubleshooting to

full on-site training…

we have tackled it all.

CASE STUDIES

Bolton Forging Equipment Solutions brings decades of hammer experience to bear on solving every hammer malfunction or problem you can imagine. Below are recent examples of problems our customers sought help on, and our solution strategy for each.

We look forward to helping YOU achieve reliable, efficient performance — not only from your hammers but from your hammer team.

CASE STUDIES

Bolton Forging Equipment Solutions brings decades of hammer experience to bear on solving every hammer malfunction or problem you can imagine. Below are recent examples of problems our customers sought help on, and our solution strategy for each.

We look forward to helping YOU achieve reliable, efficient performance — not only from your hammers but from your hammer team.

EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGION

PROBLEM: Hydraulic hammer requires constant repairs
SOLUTION: Methodical energy adjustment optimizes impact force, extends die life and uptime

An eastern Great Lakes hammer shop contacted us to help them figure out why their hammer was experiencing constant problems, including bolts coming loose, motor covers falling off, Ram guides coming loose, and other issues contributing to frequent downtime. We found that they had, due to a misunderstanding of how their hydraulic hammer works, mistakenly increased its energy.

After adjusting the energy, we put the hammer back into production with a noticeable difference in the violence of each hammer blow. We worked with the inspector checking the parts as they were being forged on the hammer, and we slowly and methodically adjusted the energy of the hammer’s blows throughout the 5-blow sequence for each part until we archived at a sequence with no wasted energy.

The change was so dramatic that the hammer operator was certain that we must not be forging good parts because the hammer was hitting so lightly. I told him that we had carefully checked each part and that they were, in fact, forging good parts. The hammer man thanked us because he could feel a real difference, physically, on himself.

The production team was happy because the die life increased, dramatically. The maintenance department was grateful because the hammer stopped “falling apart.”

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

PROBLEM: Hydraulic hammer failure with no available in-stock replacement parts
SOLUTION: Modify and improvise repairs to quickly return hammer to production

We received an urgent call from a forging company in the Southeastern U.S. that had a hydraulic hammer that was completely down, halting production. We immediately visited the plant and although we quickly diagnosed the problem, the required replacement parts were not in stock. We were able to modify and improvise a repair from available parts in order to quickly return the hammer to production.

EAST COAST

PROBLEM: Inexperienced team wrestles with reliable operation of new hydraulic hammers
SOLUTION: Provide training on proper procedures, maintenance, and operation

An East Coast hammer shop had had four hydraulic double acting hammers installed fairly recently, and wanted best practices training for their engineers, maintenance and operators to ensure optimal use of their investment in the hammers.

While we were at the plant instructing the team on proper procedures and how the hammers work, a couple of minor problems occurred. These issues provided an opportunity for teaching the team a process to diagnose and repair problems as part of our hands-on training.

For example, we discovered that the hydraulic head on one hammer was not sufficiently isolated from the blows of the hammer, which caused multiple problems such as parts falling off. We identified that it had been installed incorrectly back when the manufacturer originally installed the hammer, and are presently in the process of correcting it.

MIDWEST

PROBLEM: Frequent failure of internal hydraulic component
SOLUTION: Provide maintenance training on proper installation techniques

An upper Midwest hammer shop kept having failures of a major hydraulic component inside the hammer. We learned that the maintenance department had been installing the component incorrectly, which was the cause of their problems. We were able to quickly instruct them on correct installation procedures.