Metal Forming Equipment In Material Research


Whether a university is using our rolling mills for educational purposes, a research facility is using our drawbenches for metallurgical development, or a client is using our swage machine for pilot runs to improve their production process, our custom machinery has been paving the way in the materials research industry for over a century.

Another significant part of the materials research industry is performed in universities and research labs worldwide. Our experts are able to design and build a custom piece of metal forming machinery to perfectly fit the specifications and budgetary requirements of the materials research being performed.

From metallurgical development in research facilities and universities to process enhancement in metal production plants, these are the most common types of FENN equipment used in the materials research industry, and beyond.

  • Rolling Mills
  • Drawbenches
  • Swaging Equipment

If you are in the materials research industry and you would like to learn how our innovative, customizable machinery will benefit you, please contact Fenn today.

Used to roll hot or cold ferrous or non-ferrous strips, wires and even rods, our rolling mills can be engineered to meet the unique needs of metallurgists and scientists in the materials research industry. Our rolling mills can also be custom designed to help metal producers perform test runs in order to refine their processes for maximum efficiency. The advanced design, precision, incredible versatility, and unwavering dependability of our rolling mills make them perfect for the materials research industry.
Our full line of drawbenches is also used in the materials research industry in order to die-draw round rods, tubes, and wires. We offer both motorized chain units and hydraulic cylinder units to fit any application, and with a vast selection of accessories and features, they bring many of possibilities to clients performing materials research, whether for educational or business purposes.
Swagers are also popularly used in the materials research industry to improving grain structure and finish. Commercially, swagers offer a cost-effective way to form and reshape wires, tubes, and rods, but the properties of a swager make them a cost effective way to test and analyze alloy stength and refine grain structures. Swaging improves grain structure since reduction is by a succession of blows that don’t seriously disturb the metals molecular arrangement. This allows for a smooth flowing rearrangement of grain. It is possible in fact, to swage material of a fragile crystalline structure to a point where it will become ductile enough to withstand severe bending. It has also been found that swaged pins and punches may have many times the wear life of a machines part due to this grain refinement and increased density. Swagers produce impressive force; to duplicate a swagers performance with a slower force would require a punch press or drop hammer with massive proportions. For example, a small 1F swager weighing 625 lbs, can deliver the equivalent of 8 tons of force, a 3F weighing 1900 lbs can deliver approximately 75 tons of force, and a 6F swager weighing about 10,000 lbs can deliver an impressive 700 tons of force.