ETF produces closed-die forgings that typically weigh 100 to 5,000 pounds and are made from steel, stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys. The company markets its products in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
Areas of expertise
Ellwood Texas Forge specializes in precision-engineered closed die forgings. In this process, a hot starting blank is squeezed between metal dies that contain a cavity with the shape of the desired product. Closed die forgings offer a number of advantages, including low input weight to make desired parts, minimal metal removal after forging, batch-to-batch consistency and unique metallurgical properties.
ETF serves three different markets. The company produces forgings for:
- The oil and gas market: wellhead and valves, subsea and downhole parts
- Industrial products manufacturers: compressor and turbine discs, off-road vehicle parts, mining components, valve bodies, gear blanks and crane wheels
- Military/aerospace applications: missiles, aircraft engine discs and shafts, landing gear, nuclear valves, helicopter shafts and ordnance
In addition, Ellwood Texas Forge produces extrusions (e.g. 20-foot lengths of heavy wall pipe).
Facilities and equipment
The Company's technological strength lies in its forging, heat treatment and machining equipment.
ETF has 6,000 and 11,000-ton hydraulic forging presses. With one squeeze, they create complex shapes that would require several operations on smaller, more conventional forging equipment. These complex shapes include asymmetrical geometries, odd contours and multiple cavities.
Depending on the application and the customers' requirements, ETF also can perform a range of finishing operations, such as heat treatment, machining, cutting, grinding, special surface treating, and complete inspection and testing.
One of the most critical operations in the closed die forging process is the design and manufacturing of the dies. ETF personnel use sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling software to design a die that minimizes material use and finishing requirements and maximizes product quality and performance.
ETF is organized into two business units that match its markets - the first, oil and gas, and the second, military/aerospace and industrial products. Each unit consists of sales and technical personnel. Each business unit is also responsible for its sales, inventory, receivables, profitability, cost reduction and new product development. They, in fact, operate as separate companies, but share resources when it makes sense to do so.
Internally, Ellwood Texas Forge is committed to world-class safety, quality and environmental control. It received its ISO 9001 certification in 1992 and ISO 14001 in 1998 - the first U.S. forger in each case, we believe, to do so. ETF also has AS 9000 and NADCAP approvals.
Ellwood Texas Forge
P.O. Box 1477
Houston, TX 77251
(713) 434-5156 Fax