During hot stamping the article will be continuously affected by presses with the force varying from 6 to 20 thousand tones and dies weighting approximately 10 tons. After every cycle of processing the billets are heated anew in high-temperature furnaces. The process is quite similar to forging – the presses play the role of the “hammer”, while the automatic-forges – the “hearth”. In order to be able to withstand such treatment and take the intended shape, the metal has to possess certain characteristics. In order to achieve the required physical properties, alloying elements are added.