Oil and Gas forging

What to look for in your company

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Forging is essential to the oil and gas sector and makes up a large part of their day to day running. Most components for are made through open die forging.  Certain components are vital to having an efficient business. Gas and oil forging companies produce variety of products including tension rings, custom flanges, and drill heads all of which are necessary for your business. Most companies will produce these products and more for you. It becomes difficult knowing which company to choose as most make the same products. This blog post will give you the all-important questions to ask, a potential forging company so you can make the best informed decision.

How do you keep us informed throughout the process?

Communication is vital for a good working relationship with your forging company. Making sure that you have a point of contact throughout the process and someone who deals with your issues specifically is important not only so you can be in control of the project but also giving you peace of mind. Make sure you ask them how frequent you will receive updates and how

How long will it take?

Ask them how long it will take for them to form oil and gas forgings. You can then compare for different quotes. Some businesses also offer an ‘express service’ which allows you to pay extra for a quick forging process.

Are your products bespoke?

Oil and gas forging is created with the intention of being made specifically for your company. Make sure you check that any part you order is made for you and your specifications. There is no point settling for a company that provides you with a standard part when most companies offer bespoke fittings.

What accreditations do you have?

Making sure that your oil and gas forging companies is certified to ISO 9001:2015, AS9100D, and Nadcap for NDT and heat treating, means you can rest assured that the custom open die forging that you ask for will be built to the very highest standard.


Redundancy Advice

Redundancy can be an emotional time for both staff and employers. It is usually the last resort for a company to have to make redundancies. If this is a decision as an employer you must make, some processes need to be followed.

A redundancy process must be fair, and as an employer, you must be seen to not discriminate in any way.

If your employer is having to make redundancies, they will need to consult with you, in the current climate, this may be done by video call or over the phone.

Your employer should give you the chance to discuss the redundancy procedure, what they are planning and if you are at risk of being made redundant. You can put your point across at to why you believe you should not be made redundant, and if you have any issues within the process. Your employer should be able to explain the process of how they have selected people for the redundancy process.

As an employee, you can only be made redundant if the job you were employed to do is no longer needed. Redundancy can happen if an employer has plans to change the location of the business, close a part of the business or change how the company is going to work.

An employer cannot make you redundant because of performance so any work issues you have had should not be considered on this procedure. Also, if you have raised a complaint at work or your employer is not happy with you for some reason, he/she can still not use that as a reason to make you redundant.





The hazards of forging

Forging and being a blacksmith is quite a hazardous profession. Blacksmiths who have been in the Forging profession for many years will often be marked with scars and burns, they will have picked these up throughout their years of forging.

There are many hazards of forging, the obvious ones such as burns and smoke poisoning, other hazards can occur such as cuts, scrapes, crushed fingers and sight or hearing damage.

A blacksmith when forging will spend a long-time hammering iron and steel. This is mainly done on an anvil. The anvil is not good for rebounds, so can cause a blacksmith to do twice the work, this can cause repetitive strain on the elbows. Another joint that could suffer when forging is the knees, a blacksmith will spend many hours on their feet, standing on hard floors, this will put added strain onto their knee joints. It is a good idea to wear good quality safety boots to protect feet from any metal or tools that may be dropped.

When forging there is an obvious risk of fire and burns. In a forging workshop, fires can happen at any time. Your forge should be a safe distance from any wooden tools, it is advisable to have fire extinguishers and water nearby, just in case. A blacksmith should always be wearing protective clothing to protect the skin from being burned. Usually, a big fireproof apron is worn to cover as much of your body as possible.

A blacksmith also must be careful as there is a huge risk to sight and hearing. Hot pieces of metal can easily be flying around causing damage to eyes before you start hammering you should always put on protective goggles. Hearing can also be damaged too due to the roar of the forge and the surrounding machines; a blacksmith must always wear earplugs.

Another problem that can arise when forging is smoke and gas poisoning, Carbon Monoxide is extremely dangerous and even cause a fatality. When forging is carried out indoors there must be relevant ventilation and maybe a chimney or flue to get rid of the damaging fumes. There should be co and smoke detectors. Frequent breaks should be always be taken to get some fresh air.

Always protect yourself when doing forging, it is always better to be safe than sorry.






Racking Inspections

Businesses which store products or machinery and utilise storage equipment such as racking, mezzanine floors and shelving will need an expert inspection carried out. Carrying out in house inspections isn’t enough to meet legal requirements. An annual expert inspection by someone with the relevant qualifications and insurance cover needs to be done according to SEMA.

The person carrying out the inspection needs to be qualified as a SEMA Approved Inspector (SARI), this is the industry’s leading qualification so everything will be inspected to the latest legislation. An in-depth on-site assessment is carried out with any areas considered dangerous being highlighted and the racking itself being off-loaded.

Even if your racking is new, an inspection is still required to keep it in the best condition possible. The day to day wear and collisions from forklifts can lead to damage on the racking, this will show up on the racking inspection report and given a rating based on the severity. After the inspection has taken place a certificate is provided to comply with SEMA guidelines.

Your external provider for racking inspections needs to work closely with your PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) to ensure the inspection records are up to date and managed correctly. This person in charge is responsible for the regular maintenance and upkeep of the storage racking. Any problems should be identified and reported immediately to prevent any future problems.

What happens during a racking inspection?

A racking inspection starts from the ground level with the shelves still loaded with pallets. The risk is identified using a colour-coded classification system.

Red – This is the most severe type of damage and the racking itself should be unloaded and not used until repair work is carried out.

Amber – The racking is damaged, but it is not serious enough to warrant an immediate off-loading. Repairs should be carried out the next time the racking is off-loaded and not used until completed.

Green – Future monitoring needs to be carried out with items marked as green. This racking is only slightly damaged and is within the limitation of the SEMA code.

The actual inspection can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the warehouse. After the inspection is completed, a detailed report will be sent over to the customer. Recommendations will also be suggested for any areas with high traffic to prevent any future damage.

Racking Inspections

Minibus and Coach Hire

If you are organising a group trip, you should plan your transport ahead. This is due to the fact that if you are travelling a far distance, not many people will be willing to drive and therefore the majority will vote for alternative transport such as a minibus or coach.

You will be able to hire a minibus or coach for a day trip or a weekend stay with a designated driver. There are many companies which will offer this as a service but before you rush into anything, which vehicle will you require, a minibus or a coach?

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What is the difference between a minibus and coach hire?

The differences between a minibus and a coach usually lie in their sizes and use. To start with, a minibus can transport a lot fewer people to and from your chosen destination than a coach can. However, this may vary depending on the type of coach you chose. This is because many coaches offer reclining seats and luggage space and therefore take this into consideration when seating people on coaches. Also, a coach may include a restroom. Whereas a minibus is simple – minimal space and a small luggage area behind the back two seats.

You may be able to add add-ons to your journey on both a minibus and coach such as Wi-Fi, USB ports and a TV.

Minibus hire

Usually, there are 3 types of minibuses you can hire – standard, executive and luxury. Each comes with their own features and upgrades. It will depend on what you want out of your journey to which minibus you would choose.

Coach hire

Similar to a minibus, coaches have 3 types – standard, executive and luxury.

If you want any more information on minibus and coach hire, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Minibus and Coach Hire

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