Wendell August Forge

Background:

Wendell August Forge in Grove City, PA produces hand-wrought ornamental metal-ware, including approximately 100,000 Christmas tree ornaments per year.  This forging process forces a sheet metal blank against a die surface using multiple hammer blows, transferring the image to the metal blank.  Additional operations are used to trim, deburr, polish, and package the ornament. 

 

The Project:

The team will develop an automated feeding process for the sheet metal blank material as well as a computer controlled mechanism to automatically stamp the Wendell August logo and the year of manufacture on the back of the ornament.  Wendell August eventually wants to develop a fully automated production machine. ​