Productivity of automated forging equipment can be improved by increasing the speed of the handling operations. It is necessary to increase the speed of a forging press to increase the productivity of the whole forging equipment. This higher speed can be achieved by adjusting the drive as presented in this article. The typical drive of a forging press consists of an electric motor, gears, energy accumulator (flywheel), clutch and a brake. For each working stroke, the required energy must be available which is taken from the energy accumulator so that the rotation speed can be reached within the permissible speed drop. This article describes the working stroke of the press, including the changes in speed and accumulated energy. Modifications to the press drive involve changing the electric motor and gear modification (belt drive and gearing). The result may be, apart from increased productivity, also weight savings (in the flywheel and electric motor) and financial savings (electric motor).