Workforce Management: the only thing that can ease the agony of human resources

The football analogy

Workforc Management Systems

Imagine this. Manchester United vs. Manchester City. It’s the final game of the season and whoever wins this match will win the Premier League. It’s all to play for. Not only are all the seats at Old Trafford sold out, but every pub in Manchester will be showing the match on Sky Sports. Even the local cinemas have paid to show the match. There’s a sense of anticipation in the air. Everyone from Manchester will be watching and, like marmite, no one will be sitting on the fence on who they want to win.

But for one person there’s a building feeling of dread.

Amelia oversees human resources. She must organise who will be working the match. To do this she needs to work through previous match data to establish trends and predict how many people will be in attendance. From this, Amelia will have to assess how many people she will need working in the run up, during and after the big match. She needs to prepare a schedule, working to everyone’s preferences. She needs to assess everyone skills and place them in the correct area for that evening. And she knows that after spending the best part of the last month organising all this, the employees will start to call her and ask if they can do switch shifts. Poor, poor Amelia.

Only one thing can save her.

Workforce management.

She reads about it online. Her heart starts racing as she realises the effect that Workforce Management Software could have on her life. Maybe she’ll be able to go to bed at a decent hour. Maybe she won’t have her mum breathing down her neck about missing another family wedding. She even lets her mind wander to the possibility that maybe, just maybe, she’ll be able to cook her own meals instead of sticking ready meals in the microwave at work every evening. But she doesn’t want to get carried away. She takes a deep breath, tries to calm down, and scrolls down further to read a little more.

Amelia finds that if she were to download a workforce management system, the downloaded software would create a workforce forecast that would tell her how many stewards should be working that night. The workforce management system will create a schedule for her and automatically send it out to all the employees with the option for them to apply to switch shifts. The system will track the performance of each employee, allowing Amelia to discipline and reward accordingly.

Amelia presses the download button immediately, and friends, she hasn’t looked back since. Amelia was the only person in Manchester that night who didn’t care who won the match because in her mind she had already won by downloading a workforce management system. Everyone was happy with their hours, there wasn’t one person working a shift they weren’t suite for and best of all, she got home in time to make her own lasagne.


Open Die Forging

Open die forging uses multiple dies which do not completely enclose the material being forged. Items made through this type of forging often need extra work to finish to the required specifications.

Small quantity parts are where open die forging is used a lot, as well as simple parts such as cylinders or shafts. Due to the repeated working of the steel the strength of the grain structure will be increased therefore creating a stronger part.

The main feature of open die forging is its simplicity which also means the cost is low. Due to its low-cost open die forging can be used for bespoke one-off products. Less material waste is also created from the forging process therefore reducing the cost even more.

Some of the materials which can be open die forged include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Inconel
  • Titanium
  • Aluminium
  • Tool steel
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Nickel

There are drawbacks of using open die forging and one of these is the capability of producing high precision parts. Open die forging often requires extra machining to create high precision parts.


The alternative to open die forging is closed die forging. Two dies are used to form the piece into the required shape. The two dies are a negative image of the part being formed. As viewed from above pressure from the top die forms the raw material into the required shape.

Closed die forging is very economic for a large run of items and the parts produced require very little finishing.

Overall both types of forging have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of product you want produced. Low volume simple products are best suited to open die forging whereas higher volume more complex products are best suited to closed die forging.

Pallet Racking FAQ’s

What is Pallet Racking?

Pallet racking is a type of storage system. This type of racking is designed to hold pallets of stock normally at a large scale, in horizontal rows. Pallet racking is a great way to increase storage capacity as it stores the stock at multiple levels meaning one section of space can be used to store more than one pallet.


What are the different types of pallet racking?

There are many different types of pallet racking and choosing the right one for your business can be hard. Depending on the storage you need, the pace of your business and how accessible you need your stock to be will depend on which type of pallet racking you choose to invest in.

The different types of pallet racking include:

Carpet Racking: Like it says in the name, carpet racking is a storage system that is capable of holding different lengths and diameters of carpet.

Double Deep Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking is ideal for warehouse storage as it stores the pallets in unit loads. It works on the same principles as wide aisle racking except it is stacked at each pick face.

Drive-In Pallet Racking: This type of racking is extremely space efficient, working on a first in last out basis and working on a 0-metre aisle width.

Dry-Stack Boat Racking: Storing your boat can be hard, but with dry-stack boat racking you can conveniently store RIBS and motorboats out of the water.

Galvanised Pallet Racking: Galvanised pallet racking is designed to handle harsher conditions compared to other types of pallet racking. Suitable for external applications and harsh climates, galvanised pallet racking can store a wide spread of palletised products.

Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking optimises space by keeping the aisle width to a minimum and therefore freeing up more space whilst still having the same capacity as other racking configurations.

Push Back Pallet Racking: This combines the efficiency of drive-in pallet racking with pallet live storage, therefore allowing you to access pallets that are four pallets deep from one face.

Very Narrow Pallet Racking: This type of pallet racking is ideal for warehouses with minimal space. It has aisles ranging from 1.5 – 1.6 metres, saving nearly half the space you have.

Wide Aisle Pallet Racking: This is the most commonly used type of racking, storing your stock horizontally with 2.5 – 4.0  metre aisles in between each rack.