Grand Opening :On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 Weber Metals and OTTO FUCHS KG unveiled our 60,000-TON forging press.
With an investment of over $ 180 million, the 60k is one of the world's largest and most advanced forging presses. As a result, Weber will double its employment to 800 jobs.
The world’s largest forging press in private ownership :Construction time
In 2018 the OTTO FUCHS Group will take the new hydraulic press generating a 54,000 t (60k) of power into operation at the Weber Metals site in California/USA. For the third time in our history we will have the world’s largest forging press in private ownership. The OTTO FUCHS Aerospace Division, an OTTO FUCHS KG and Weber Metals team, applies its joint know-how and resources to come up with the best operative solutions.
The main unit will be the 60 k press (540 mega newton). This will be the most powerful forging press on the American continent’ and the most state-of-the-art machine of its kind ‘in the world.
Completion is approaching
Test trial in August
Press fully assembled - Start Closing Cover Plates 0-Leve.
Closing temporary Roof Opening.
Assembling Upper Crosshead.
Lifting the third pressure sleeve with tie rod.
Assembling Moving Bolster East.
Foundation Beam in Place (Heaviest Pick in the project: >2,200t).
Pre Assembling of the Pressure Sleeve and the Tie Rod.
View to the Pump Room (-16ft level) - Welding of piping ongoing in the main trench.
First Cylinder arrived on-site.
Lower Crosshead in Place.
Lower Crosshead ready for the first big lift (1,200t).
Floor Slabs ready to start delivering Heavy Casting Components 60k press.
First of four parts for the lower crosshead.
Moving Bolster West Foundation Waterproofing.
Three different maintenance level completed (-41ft, -29ft, -16ft).
Formwork of the four major foundation pedestals for the press.
Pouring the 13ft thick base plate.
First Set of Trench Box in place (-70ft).
Crane for lifting the first components of the Trench Box.
Further Excavation of the Press Pit (-60ft) - View to the south.
Main Trench Pump Room for Piping visible - Further excavation of the actual Press Pit (-50 ft.).
View to the Pump Room with first rebar and Waterproofing on the side walls (-41ft).
The hall is is in process.
View from South East to West - Mud Mat Pump Room East ready.
Excavation Press Pit and Pump Room to -35ft.
Excavation Press Pit and Pump Room to -25ft.
In 2015 the 17th of November, after issuing the building permit, excavators and trucks in Paramount are ready to commence earthworks.
With the groundbreaking ceremony, OTTO FUCHS has taken the first step towards the largest single investment in over 100 years of company history. 170 million US$ will be invested in the 60K.
The 3D-Animation of the 60K - it is intended for aerospace enbineering products made of forged aluminium, titanium and nickel materials.