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Steel Forging

IQ-Enterprises (IQE) is a premium manufacturing firm, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and in China. Established in 2004, IQE supplies high quality and low cost steel forging including open die forging and closed die forging. We make alloy steel forging, stainless steel forging and aluminum forging. Forgings are handled with great care to meet required dimensions and surface finish. IQE also offers engineering services and secondary operations, such as machining, plating and e-coating.

Communication, Quality, On-Time Delivery: In the US, we handle your project from beginning to end. We communicate design ideas, and convert all standards via bilingual Engineers to help work through all other challenges to make sure we exceed your quality, service and financial goals. Quality, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction is the goal of our service. IQE’s quality management team in China checks the product quality at each stage in the production process to make sure the product meets the specifications before shipping. Based on request, we deliver your product to your dock or may stock your product in North America. ISO 9001-2000 certified.

Steel Forging Samples

Ball joint
Turnbuckle Jaw and Jaw Type Galvanized Carbon Steel 1045
Tie Rod End
Wire Rope Clips SS304

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Equipment list

Equipment Name Equipment Type
Equipment Origin
Equipment Q’ty Capacity Parameter
Forging Equipment
Friction Press J53China 10 sets 630T 1 set
400T 2 sets
300T 2 sets
160T 5 sets
Die Hammer DY1.0
1 Set
1 Set
Forging power 30000J
Air Forging Hammer C41-750China 1 Set Forging power 19000J
C41-400China 2 Sets
Heating Equipment
Frequency Furnace
with Pyrometer
China 9 sets 160KW 4 sets
250KW 3 set
500KW 2 set
Reverberating furnace China 7 Sets
Heat Treatment Equipment
Continuous Heat
Treatment Furnace
China 1 set 400KW
Sealed Box furnace China 7 sets 45KW 3 sets
55KW 2sets
110KW 2sets
Quality Assurance Instrument
Spectrometer ARL3460Swiss 1 set Quick analysis of chemical
content of raw material
Hardness test Instrument China 5 sets Test Brinell and Rockwell
microscope for
Japan 1 set Could print out the photo of
metallographic microstructure
of raw material
Proof Load Test machine WE-300
2 sets 300KN
CMM from Brown & Sharp U.S.A. 1 set Dimensional check for tooling
and finished parts

Commonly used forging alloys

Carbon steel: more info

China, GB: 1015 1020 1025 1030 1035 1040 1045 1050 1055
ASTM/AISI: 1015 1020 1025 1030 1035 1040 1045 1050 1055
UNS: G10150 G10200 G10250 G10300 G10350 G10400 G10450 G10500 G10550

Alloy steel: more info

China, GB: 42CrMo 40CrNiMo 20CrNiMo
ASTM/AISI: 4140 4150 4340 8630 8620
UNS: G41400 G41500 G43400 G86300 G86200

Tool steel

A-2 A-6 D-2 D-5 SKT4 SKD61 H13

Stainless Steel: more info

ASTM/AISI: 304 316 316L 410 630
UNS: S30400 S31600 S41000 S17400

Aluminum Alloy

6061 6063 2024 7050

Closed die steel forging technical data and secondary operations

Hot die forging tolerance thumb rule (not for precision forging) < 0.8″ in die open direction, +/- 0.02″
> 0.8″ in die open direction, +/- 0.03″
The larger part, the looser tolerance; also depends on the part shape.
Part weight range 0.2 to 44 lbs for die forging
44 lbs up for open die forging
Die draft 5 – 7 degrees
Wall thickness range Less than 4″
Tooling construction All molds are constructed from Premium H-13 or 30Cr tool steel and are heat treated to 50Rc or higher. Tooling is produced in-house, or out-sourced.
Die lifetime 5K – 20K shots per tooling maintenance
Deburring belt sanding, grinding machines, brush deburring, filing, sand blast, tumbling, vibration deburring, etc.
Die forging surface roughness (RMS, µin) 125-63
Normal lead time Tooling and sample: 2 weeks – 3 weeks. Complicated parts take longer.
Secondary operations
  • Heat treatment
  • Magnetic Crack Detection
  • Machining
  • Zinc plating
  • Nickel plating
  • E-coating

Engineering assistance

Impact simulation of a cone shaped plastic cushion

Engineering: Based on request, IQE can provide the following services for our customers:

  • CAD model development from your sample;
  • Stress analysis, which helps in knowing whether the design is adequate and optimized, and what changes are needed before the physical part is made;
  • Some Mechanical and Chemical Lab tests for your prototype part.

Main products

Automotive parts, lift anchors, rigging hardware, etc.