Hammer Forging

Stop! Hammer Forging Time

In addition to open die forging, Anderson Shumaker uses hammer forging to manufacture many of our products. What’s the difference? Let’s find out in today’s blog post. What is Hammer Forging? This forging technique uses two dies. These dies are attached to a moving ram and a stationary anvil. The operated places heated metal on…

forged rolled ring provider

Put Me In, Coach!

Anderson Shumaker is an approved forged rolled ring provider for many industries. Our forged rings are critical components for many industries. Due to their importance, all our rolled rings must be durable, accurate, and able to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions. But, how does a customer choose a seamless rolled ring provider? Choosing the…

power generation

Turn Up the Lights: Forging for Power Generation

One of the main industries Anderson Shumaker forges for is power generation. We have a proven record as a forged/rolled material, semi-machined, or finished machine product provider for this industry. Today let’s take a deeper look into forging for the power generation industry. The Power Generation Industry Power plants are industrial facilities where energy conversions…

ferrous non-ferrous steels

To Be, Or Not to Be: The Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metals Question

While there are a lot categories for metal, the most important difference is whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous. Anderson Shumaker forges in both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, but what is the different between these categories? Let’s learn more. What Are Ferrous Metals? Simply defined: ferrous metals include iron in their composition, often as…

forged seamless rolled rings

Keeping Operations Rolling!

Forged seamless rolled rings are an Anderson Shumaker specialty. While we’re carefully following new health and safety protocols to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, we’re at work fulfilling our customers’ critical supply chain needs. This includes the need for forged rolled rings. Let’s take a deeper look into these specialty products. How are Forged…

health safety covid-19

Health & Safety: COVID-19 Measures at Anderson Shumaker

March 23, 2020 – Important Announcement: Anderson Shumaker’s Operation Schedule On March 21 at 5:00 PM, the State of Illinois enforced a “Shelter at Home Order.” This order aims to flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this order, all non-essential businesses will temporarily close. However, manufacturing is considered an essential business. Therefore, Anderson…

forging exotic alloys

Take a Walk on the Wild Side… With Exotic Alloys

Some days, we like to get a little wild in the forge shop; at least we do with our exotic alloys. But what exactly are exotic alloys? Today we’ll discuss 3 popular exotic alloys that we forge at Anderson Shumaker. What Are Exotic Alloys? Exotic alloys (also called super alloys) contain a very high alloy…

Forging Equipment Needs

Equipped for All Your Forging Needs

Our forging equipment works just as hard as our talented employees. Moreover, if we didn’t have proper equipment, we wouldn’t be able to offer diverse products or meet our high-quality standards. Today we’ll take a look at our most important forge shop equipment. FORGING & RING ROLLING EQUIPMENT Anderson Shumaker uses all of the below…

new heat-treat furnace

It’s Getting Hot in Here!

In November 2019, we welcomed the newest addition to the Anderson Shumaker equipment family: a brand-new heat-treat furnace! Additionally, our new furnace was designed, engineered, and built in-house. This is quite an accomplishment. Consequently, we’re really proud of this latest equipment addition. Here are a few fun facts about our new heat-treat furnace: Clam Shell…

happy holidays Anderson Shumaker

Have a Holly, Jolly Holiday Celebration!

Happy holidays from your friends at Anderson Shumaker! Yesterday was our annual company holiday luncheon. Consequently, our workforce took a break from forging and we turned the shop floor into a winter wonderland. One of the best parts of Anderson Shumaker is our amazing company culture. For instance, our annual holiday party gathers all employees…

Customer Satisfaction Survey

And the Survey Says…!

Customer satisfaction surveys are a big part of how we do business at Anderson Shumaker. We know our customers have options when it comes to forged products suppliers. Therefore, we regularly gather feedback about our services and products. This feedback gives us insight into what our customers need. Most importantly, it drives future decisions. At…

forging aluminum grades

Meet Our Metals: Aluminum

Forging aluminum grades is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s production. Our skilled team knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many materials we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Therefore, not all metals are appropriate for all products. A few weeks back we discussed…

Quench Tank Chance Chicago

A New Chance for Chicago’s Favorite Snapper

This summer Chicago gained an unusual celebrity: Chance the Snapper. Chance is a 40 lb, 5+ foot alligator named after the city’s very own Chance the Rapper. For one whole July week, the rogue gator lived his best life swimming around the Humboldt Park Lagoon. We loved following our resident reptile’s Chicago adventures. We even…

Record Breaking Team Sales

Fall Into Record Breaking Sales

Our team achieved record breaking sales in July 2019. We’re only 1 week into autumn, but we’re already beating those numbers. Each month keeps getting better! What’s our secret? First, Anderson Shumaker has a stellar sales team. From our top sales management to our customer service experts, each sales team member is industry knowledgeable and…

Anderson Shumaker AS9100D Aerospace

Rocket (Forging) Man: We’re AS9100D Certified!

Anderson Shumaker is now AS9100D (aerospace) certified. This certification is based on the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)‘s aerospace industry standards. This is an important achievement for an open die forging company if the company seeks to become an aerospace industry supplier. For example, all major aerospace regulators endorse and require the AS9100D certification: DoD…

Anderson Shumaker's Summer Blast

Summer Lovin’, Had Us a Blast (Furnace)

Anderson Shumaker really had a blast this summer. While Chicago’s weather was thankfully mild, we kept things hot on the shop-floor. From hosting tasty company barbeques, celebrating our 1-year new management anniversary, and earning coveted company certifications, we really had a fantastic summer! This June we proudly celebrated our 1-year anniversary under new management. Over…

Independence Day Celebrate Fun

Red, White & Bluetiful!

Happy Independence Day from Anderson Shumaker! It’s a fantastic weekend for a barbecue, fireworks, or a fun getaway. Most importantly, today Americans come together to celebrate our nation’s history and heritage. To help you celebrate, here are a few fun Independence Day facts: Did You Know…? While July 4th was not a federal holiday until…

forging university open die

Forging University: Open-Die Forging vs. Centrifugal Casting  

Forging University: Lesson #5 – Open-Die Forging vs. Centrifugal Casting   Welcome back to Forging University! The fifth and last topic in our 5-part discussion compares two popular types of forging: open-die and centrifugal casting. Before reading on, take a quick look back to: Lesson #1, Lesson #2, Lesson #3, and Lesson #4 to review what…

carbon steel forging rings

Meet Our Metals: Carbon Steel

Forging carbon steel is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s production. Our skilled team knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many materials we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Therefore, not all metals are appropriate for all products. A few weeks back we discussed alloys. Today…

in-house testing forgings

This Will Be on the Test…

Did you know that Anderson Shumaker offers in-house testing on our forgings? While our forgings and ring rolling represent the best in high quality products, they wouldn’t be the best if it wasn’t for our in-house testing services. Usually, testing is the final step in manufacturing. Consequently, it’s a critical for cost-savings. Most importantly, by…

forged round bars

Spring Forward with Forged Round Bars

Spring has finally sprung in Chicago! We’re “rolling” in the season with an increased production of our forged round bars. Did you know that round bars are an Anderson Shumaker specialty? We really strive to raise the “bar” with both our materials inventory and production. Our custom round bars are suited for multiple applications and…

forging alloy steel

Meet Our Metals: Alloy Steel

Forging alloy steel is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s production. Our skilled team knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many materials we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Therefore, not all metals are appropriate for all products. Last week we discussed tool steel. Today we’ll…