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Production history

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Forging systems for over seventy years

In 1932, Domenico Farina founded “Costruzioni Meccaniche Farina”, a shop which manufactures tools for metal cutting dies. The company started out as a crafts shop but quickly expanded. A press was required to test dies: thus the first Farina press was constructed, initially only produced to forge metal. In the 70s, press production focused on hot forging, that requires more complex machines with special technologies when compared to cutting presses. From then on, Farina Presse production shifted to hot steel forging presses, enriching its range with the production of all the machines required to complete – and automate – the hot forging process. An example are the mechanical hands that automatically handle pieces. Today Farina Presse designs, customises and produces complete hot steel forging lines sold as both complete lines and single pieces. It also provides “Retrofitting” services, reconditioning existent presses.

1930-1940

1930-1940

1932 Domenico Farina established “Costruzioni meccaniche”, a shop that manufactured tools for metal cutting dies and, from here, a press to test these products. The first cold metal cutting machines were manufactured.

1940-1950

1940-1950
Construction of the first metal drawing machines.
First automation experiments in cutting metal strips.

1950-1960

1950-1960

1952 Construction of the first hot deformation machine (Berta).

1953 Construction of a two-post press series with pneumatic sheet press.

1956 The first work site safety devices, brand new in Italy, were introduced at the Milan expo: the first safety system with multiple ray barrier mounted on a two-post press was introduced. The first machine equipped with pneumatic clutch was introduced at the same event. Domenico Farina was visited by the Minister of Finance, Vanoni, at the Lecco expo.

1960-1970

1960-1970

1966 The production department moved to new, larger facilities in Suello to meet the continuous large-sized press production demand for automobile chassis.

1967 VieThe T 500, the first hot “rolling” press. It was created upon a specific customer request for a particular production need, opening a “new world to be explored” for Domenico Farina.

In fact, the first actual hot steel forging press, the T 630, was created in the next year, 1968, and put into production by a local forger. Given the excellent investment returns, other forgers began to demand the new machines.

1970-1980

1970-1980

More sophisticated and productive large cold metal deformation machine construction continued while research and development for the construction of more powerful and reliable hot forging presses moved forward at the same pace.

1972 The first T 1000 press was introduced at the BIMU expo.

1977 The company becomes a joint-stock company and from then on, all company resources are exclusively focused on the hot forging “niche” sector.
Domenico Farina S.p.A. becomes the only Italian manufacturer of machines solely intended for this sector.

1980-1990

1980-1990

1980 The production range evolution continues to include four machine types from the T 400 to the T 1600.

1982 The first T 2500 is designed and manufactured.

1984 Introduction of PLC control for machine functions. An important date that marks the beginning of the forging automation process.

1987 A special transfer press for 800°C semi-hot forging was designed and manufactured. While new machine design and manufacturing continued, Retrofitting work began to recondition decommissioned systems, later sold with full warranties. At the end of this decade, demand growth is high in foreign markets, especially Germany.

1990-2000

1990-2000

These years are characterised by high company growth, specialising in the production of not only presses, but also all the parts in the hot forging line. 2 and 3 axis mechanical hands are conceived with capacity up to 500 kg. A series of hot cutting lines are designed and manufactured to cut 100 to 250 mm rods.

1995 The company becomes Farina Presse S.p.A. In the second half of the decade, a new series of “flexible” transfer presses are produced to ensure customers the chance to use the same machines for both automatic and manual production.

1999 The GAS 2000 transfer is designed and manufactured.

2000 The market expands to Austria with the GAS 1000 press. The GAS 3500 transfer is designed and manufactured.

2005-2008

2005

2000 TCF 250 complete hot cutting line.

2002 The foreign market expands to include Sweden where a complete hot cutting line with GAS 3150 press is introduced.

2003 The first GAS 4000 press (Germany).

2004 Foreign expansion continues with a complete hot cutting line with GAS 5000 press (Spain).

2005 Automatic line with GAS 2500 press with 5 anthropomorphous robots in Italy.

2008-2012

2008

2006 The new GLF press is introduced.

The new press series is characterised by extreme fast and precise forging and larger work area at maximum power.

2007 The new GLF series reaps success.

Key figures:
Delivery and roll out of the GLF 4000 aluminium forging press in Germany
Delivery and roll out of the GLF 1600 for the same customer.

2008 The new GLF series continues to reap success.

Key figures:
Delivery and roll out of the GLF 4000 motor shaft production press in Germany.
Delivery and roll out of the GLF 5000 ground movement part production press.
Installation of 2 forging lines in China for ring production.

2013 - today

2013

2013  Construction of the GLF 6000 press.

First 6000 ton press fully manufactured in Italy.

2013 The GLF press constructed with a frame assembled without ties.

Key figures:
GLF 6000 press construction for Mexico.
GLF 4000 press construction without ties for China.
GLF 2500 press construction without ties for the USA.