Forged Steel vs. Steel Plate Material: Which is Better?

As always, it depends on what you are doing with the steel, but for the most part, forged steel is superior to plate steel in many ways. What Are Steel Plate Material Components? Steel plate compresses steel sheet material to form a steel plate. These plates can then be cut and welded into more complex shapes. Some of the uses …

Uses and Benefits of Producing a Forging Out of Stainless-Steel

Stainless-steel has been a preferred material for pressure vessel connection forging. Why is this? Here are just a few of the reasons: Corrosion Resistance Stainless steel has always been known for its corrosion resistance. And corrosion resistance is one of the most important reasons that stainless steel is the material of choice for oil and gas production processes. Many of …

Finished forged component from an industrial flange manufacturer

Custom Forging vs. Weldment/Fabrication – Which is Better?

The short answer is that it depends on what you are using the components for. Forged components and fabrication weldments are similar in several ways. Both use similar design methods and require exact measurements to get the components to the right size. Both can have surface finish treatments applied, such as painting, powder coating, polishing, etc. Both processes require expensive equipment …

Forged steel rings

What Are Some of the Benefits of Rolled Ring Forging?

Rolled ring forging is a process where a preformed metal disc (usually a steel alloy) has a hole punched through its center via the open die forging process.  The remaining “doughnut” is superheated for recrystallization and then set onto a rolling mill and squeezed to shape the ring to meet the desired measurements. This provides several significant benefits for the …

Forged components from an industrial flange manufacturer

Forged Components vs. Cast Components – Which is Better?

The short answer is that it depends on what you are using the components for. Forged components and cast components are similar in several ways. Both require the steel to be heated at high temperatures until it becomes malleable Both can have surface finish treatments applied, such as painting, powder coating, polishing, etc. Both components may be altered in some way …

Fracking equipment including goat heads from a wellhead casing manufacturer

What Are the Differences Between Casing Heads, Tubing Heads, and Goat Heads?

Casing heads, tubing heads, and goal heads are all types of equipment used for oil exploration and production. They each have a specific function and construction process to manufacture them. Casing Head A casing head (AKA casing bowl, a-section, Braden head, or starting head) interfaces with the surface’s pressure control equipment. This primary interface for well drilling is a blowout …

Coal-burning power plant boiler using custom pressure vessel components

What Are Coal-Fired Power Plants?

Coal-fired power plants burn coal to produce electricity. Despite the environmental hazards presented by coal mining and burning, coal-fired power plants supply over 40% of the world’s electricity. Coal-fired power plants are used far more often in developing countries such as China and India who use coal to supply up to 75% of their electricity needs. However, coal is still …

Production wellhead from a wellhead casing manufacturer

What Are the Qualities of a Wellhead Casing Head?

A casing head has many other names: casing bowl, a-section, Braden head, or starting head. The casing head is the surface pressure control equipment’s primary interface. These interfaces would be blowout preventers for well drilling or the Christmas tree for production wells. The casing head is often welded or screwed on the top of the conductor pipe, and the casing …

Custom forged cylinders for custom pressure vessel connection

Everything You Need to Know About the 4 Basic Custom Forged Shapes

There are four basic forged shapes from which products are manufactured. These shapes are: Ring Disc Block Cylinder When forging basic shapes, you need to start with a strategic and metallurgical approach to selecting raw material for forging, heat treating, machining, and NDE. Forged Steel Rings A forged ring is known to deliver higher strength and toughness versus the alternatives of castings, …