Forging University: Open-Die Forging vs. Closed-Die Forging

Forging University: Open-Die Forging vs. Closed-Die Forging The fourth topic in our 6-part discussion compares two popular types of forging: open-die vs. closed-die. Before continuing, take a quick look back to Lesson #1, Lesson #2, and Lesson #3 to review forging basics. You can also check out Anderson Shumaker’s Forging page. What is Open-Die Forging? Open-die forging (also known as…

We’re No Fools When It Comes to Finishing!

Anderson Shumaker is the one-stop shop provider for our clients’ forging needs. By keeping product finishing in-house, we save projects both time and money. We proudly offer the following services: Finishing Heat Treatment Machining Saw Cutting Testing (Destructive & Non-Destructive) Anderson Shumaker can take a CAD or physical drawing and forge finished part. This allows…

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…

Meet Our Metals: Alloy Steel

Metals are the beating heart of our industry. The skilled team at Anderson Shumaker knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many metals we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes, and not all metals are appropriate for all products. Last week we discussed tool steel. Today we’ll take…

Meet Our Metals: Tool Steel

Metals are the beating heart of our industry. The skilled team at Anderson Shumaker knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many metals we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Not all metals are appropriate for all products. Last week we discussed the pros and cons…

Heat Treating

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

But it’s not cold in our Heat Treatment department! Heat treating is a significant part of the forging process. Anderson Shumaker keeps heat treatment in-house, which saves our clients time and money. Our electronically controlled furnaces ensure both temperature and accuracy, giving us control on variables and documentation. We use heat treating to optimize our products’ mechanical and physical properties. While…