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Optimizing product value through tailored specifications.

Our customers can increase value by working with our technically trained account managers to customize a solution and meet their existing requirements. Even the simplest material change or process modification has helped many Scot Forge customers realize significant savings. Below are just a few examples.

Product specification type

Thermal Treatment

Thermal treatment

Previous problems

  • Past practices on a customer part called for normalizing, quenching and double tempering. These practices ran up costs and production times.
  • Previous requirements on a customer application called for meeting both a minimum tempering temperature and a hardness range on certain parts. This often resulted in a requenching operation, which lengthened lead times.
Thermal treatment

Modified solution

  • By eliminating the normalizing and second tempering operations which were unnecessary, the customer saved over 7¢ per pound, as well as one to two weeks' lead time.
  • Through temperature modification, not only was Scot Forge able to meet the specification the first time, but also shorten the lead time.

Product specification type

Material Grade

Material cost

Previous problems

  • A customer was looking for cost reduction assistance with a gear application which needed to meet Brinell requirements and was formerly specified as 4340 material.
  • The customer was previously specifying Vacuum Arc Remelting (VAR) material for a pinion shaft. Lead times were unacceptably long, and the material costs were extremely high.
Reduced material cost

Modified solution

  • The substitution of 4150 for 4340 lowered part costs by 10%, while still meeting minimum Brinell requirements.
  • By switching from VAR material to air melt, lead times were reduced by months, and base material costs were reduced by over 45% without sacrificing product quality.

Product specification type

Marking/Stamping

Marking stamping

Previous problems

  • For part identification purposes, a customer previously specified elaborate markings on each part, then routinely machined them off upon receipt.
Marking stamping

Modified solution

  • Now a simple purchase order and heat number identify each part, saving time and excess marking costs.