Bulk metal-forming processes contribute to the efficient, sustainable use of resources through their precise design and the implementation of process combinations. The design of process chains is used to achieve targeted form and material characteristics and is based on the premise of fast and flexible production – with a simultaneous reduction of costs. This requires a preferably simple analytic approach to defining the required early and intermediate forms and the generation of data for process control and tool design. It also calls for examining individual forming operations, as well as the modeling aspects of the entire process chain. The concept is presented here using the example of railroad-wheel production.