Medical Industry Steel

In honor of our hardworking healthcare professionals, today we’ll discuss the importance of steel in the medical industry. While Anderson Shumaker doesn’t make end-use medical components, we do forge many of the same steel grades the medical industry relies on for lifesaving tools and equipment. Let’s take a look into why steel is a top…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Need It Custom? We Got You Covered!

Do you need something custom forged? Anderson Shumaker has got you covered! We are an industry leader in forging durable, custom parts. Furthermore, we forge in a variety of materials for many industries and applications. Our Custom Forgings We can take our customers’ demanding requirements and create custom parts from forge to finish machining. Best…

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Blocks for Days…

Did you know that Anderson Shumaker is a leading manufacturer of forged steel blocks? We forge blocks for all types of industries, including oil & gas, food processing, aerospace, defense, and many more. We make our forged steel blocks through our open die forging process. Our blocks exhibit ductility, ease of machining, and high strength.…

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Beind the Scenes: Personnel, Consultants & Interns

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s the people and employees at Anderson Shumaker who make our company truly successful. Our dedicated employees are eager to learn, show great integrity, have confidence, excellent attention to detail, and above all, are diversely talented. Our carefully crafted company culture is a unique part of…

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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…

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Meet Our Metals: Nickel-Based Alloys

Forging nickel-based alloys is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s operations. 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…

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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…

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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…

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We’re All About Our ISO 9001:2015

Our many certifications are very important at Anderson Shumaker. We’re proud to be PED (June 2019), AS9001D (March 2019), and ISO 9001:2015 (September 2018) certified. We’ve earned each key certification due to our diligent management and our dedicated workforce. However, while we’ve blogged about our PED and AS9001D certifications, we haven’t highlighted our very important…

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Meet Our Metals: Titanium

Forging titanium is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s operations. 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 aluminum.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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We’re No Fools When It Comes to Finishing!

Anderson Shumaker offers complete finishing services on our forged products. Because we’re one-stop shop, our in-house extras save our customers both time and money. Above all, we offer seamless traceability. This means that with one phone call, our customers can trace the exact status of an order from start to end. From a CAD drawing…

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