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Southern Thermal Systems/Texas. Marty and Matt Benegalia of Southern Thermal Systems, one of the best known heat treat rep firms in the Texas area are going through some changes. November 30, 2015

"Southern Thermal Systems , a well established sales rep company for over 20 years based in Texas is ending their 25 year relationship with Ipsen effective December 1st. Southern Thermal Systems will remain dedicated to the Thermal processing industry and exciting changes will be coming soon."

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Used Equipment Available. New or relatively new additions to our list of used equipment include these items; an Abar Vacuum Furnace, a CI Hayes Vacuum Temper, an AEG Elotherm Induction Billet Heater, Induction Furnaces, a Dow Batch IQ Line. Remember if you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we will try to find it for you. November 30, 2015

A few examples include:

ThermProcess. The world’s largest heat treat show is without a doubt ThermProcess which is held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany. We have spoken before about the shear size of this show and how it dwarfs all others including China and the US. For good or for bad it has now become a three year event. We like it but will Exhibitors? This is a pretty big expense for anybody that wants to be seen at the show and of course the point generally is not being seen at these shows but not being seen. We randomly selected this photo from the most recent show which shows Petra and Otakar Prikner of Prikner Heat Treat in the Czech Republic . November 30, 2015

Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has many top notch positions available in the heat treating industry which indicates both the shortage of good people available and also the fact that we get results for our advertisers. A small sampling of recent offerings include these; a captive heat treater requires a Heat Treat Supervisor/Manager, a company in the US Northwest needs an Experienced Heat Treater and a really good Metallurgical Engineer in Brazil is looking for a new job-we will actually vouch for him. November 30, 2015

Do you want results when it comes to filling a position within the heat treating industry? "The Monty" is the most economical, fastest way to fill that position. Looking for a job? Send us your ad and we will put it on the site free of charge for as long as you would like. When it comes to filling positions within the heat treating industry "The Monty" can't be beat. With a readership of over 20,000 heat treaters/month we will help you fill your position or help you find a job. Just contact


IHI/ Steinmüller Engineering. We actually don’t really care about this news item as it has a Japanese company, IHI buying a Siemens company in Germany which is not involved in the heat treating industry. However what makes this interesting is that IHI make makes heat treating furnaces and has recently shown a very large interest in the European heat treating market and there are a lot of rumors that they are very interested in the North American market as well. For instance they recently purchased a five location commercial heat treat operation in Germany and also set up offices in Europe to sell their furnace systems. Let’s see where this goes. November 30, 2015

“IHI buys 100% of the shares of Steinmüller Engineeringfrom Siemens AG. After refreshing its product portfolio in 2013 Siemens AG decided to look for a new owner for Steinmüller Engineering GmbH. From July 2014, IHI Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan has taken over Steinmüller Engineering GmbH in Gummersbach from Siemens AG. IHI is a major Japanese machinery & plant manufacturer with international activities. The product range includes besides steam generator and flue gas cleaning systems, among other products also storage installations for liquefied natural gas, aircraft engines and turbo chargers. IHI will not only take over all employees of Steinmüller Engineering GmbH, but also intends to further expand the Company, which today employs almost 100 people. The new owner, IHI Corporation, with an annual turnover of about 10 billion EUR is a good strategic partner for further growth of Steinmüller Engineering GmbH. This is supported by the existing long year business relationship between IHI Corporation and Steinmüller Engineering GmbH. With the acquisition of the company, from July 2014 Dr. Hans-Ulrich Thierbach will have Mr. Tetsuya Iwasaki, an experienced colleague from IHI Corporation, at his side in the managing board of the company."

Dry Coolers. Without a doubt the most successful company in the world when it comes to providing water cooling systems for vacuum furnaces is Dry Coolers in Michigan. This is not an exciting news item by any stretch of the imagination but worth mentioning anyway.

“Dry Coolers of Oxford, Michigan recently was authorized to apply the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) Certification Mark to its products.  Dry Coolers can now offer the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 “U” and “UM” Certification Mark to its Solanus quench oil coolers, Thermoflow plate & frame heat exchangers, CyClean centrifugal separators, and other products. This certification mark means the pressure vessel offered has been designed with engineering formulas for its pressure rating, was made with certified material with material traceability, the welding was done by certified welders, the pressure test was witnessed by an authorized 3rd party witness, and the overall quality system is reviewed and monitored by an Authorized Inspection Agency.   This quality mark will enhance Dry Cooler’s 30 years of experience in designing and building the highest quality cooling systems for the heat treat industry." November 30, 2015

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Solar Manufacturing/20 Bar Quenching Furnace. More educated people than we at "" can tell us why this is worthy of a new patent. Don't get us wrong we are impressed and we hope this new concept is well received in the industry. November 27, 2015

"Solar Manufacturing announced today the issuance of US Patent No. 9,187,799 for its new 20-Bar super quench vacuum furnace.   The unique design is for a horizontal, single chamber front-loading vacuum heat-treating furnace capable of in-situ gas quenching at pressures up to 20-Bar, with cooling gas speeds up to 200 mph. The official patent is available to the public at The advanced design incorporates movable radiation baffled doors.  The doors remain closed during the heating cycle to prevent heat loss and provide excellent temperature uniformity.  Combined with the use of a variable speed, high power, constant horsepower blower fan, a spacious gas recirculation plenum, and specially designed cooling gas nozzles, opening the doors allows for gas recirculation speeds providing inert gas quenching at 20 Bar typically achieved only with oil quenching, for example, large cross sections of alloys like 4340 in production workloads.    The new cooling system utilizes a variable speed blower fan operating in constant horsepower mode over a large range of quenching pressures, resulting in improved cooling efficiency at lower quenching pressures. Commercially, Solar Manufacturing’s first 20-Bar high pressure quench vacuum heat treating furnace is located at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, a sister company. The cooling rates are reported to be significantly better than any other high pressure gas quench furnace currently in production.  The new furnace is a proven design in 24/7 operation for more than a year".

Pictured is Solar Manufacturing’s 20 bar high pressure quench vacuum heat treating furnace currently in production at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA.

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US Thanksgiving. As Canadians (a fact which surprises many of our readers) we wish our friends in the US a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Our personal ties to the US are extremely close and the ties between the two countries is just as close which is something we cherish. November 26, 2015

Mario Ciampini/Bodycote. There are few people in the heat treat industry as well known as Mr. Mario Ciampini, former North American head of furnace builder Ipsen and for the past number of years one of the top people at commercial heat treater Bodycote. We have below the official press release from Bodycote but before we get to that we have a few personal comments from Mario himself. November 25, 2015

"After my North America General Industrial operational plants responsibility completion last year, 2015 was fully expanded in Asia where Bodycote focused on strategic developments for the Specialist Technologies Division, and going forward on Group Corporate Development. With my involvement, Bodycote will accelerate the efforts in organic strategic acquisitions which was previously lead only by Antony Woods. Our objective is to continue to acquire quality heat treat businesses to develop and expand our network and served markets. Our focus will not only be North America but also globally (Europe and Asia). Any individuals or companies considering a potential divestment either at present or as part of planning for the future are welcome to contact Mario Ciampini".

"Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treatment services provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Ciampini as Vice President, Special Projects. In his ten years with Bodycote, Mario has led the North American heat treatment business serving General Industrial markets, developed and launched business in Asia, and implemented several strategic initiatives. Well known in the heat treatment industry, Mario joins Antony Woods, Vice President, Corporate Development in searching for acquisition targets core or complementary to the company’s markets and services. About Bodycote. With more than 180 accredited facilities in 24 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit"

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Rohde GmbH/Kern Liebers. Furnace builder Rohde GmbH of Germany is doing well these days and we have this announcement about the company's latest success-a nitriding system to be delivered to Kerns Liebers in Queretaro, Mexico. Kerns Liebers is a manufacturer of precision springs made from steel strip and wire. The second photo below shows the Kern Liebers plant in Queretaro, Mexico,

"Customer visit at Rohde GmbH for the mechanical acceptance of a chamber furnace for nitriding including pre- and post oxidation, control of nitriding index KN, NH3 pre-splitter and fast gas cooling for the automotive industry. The furnace will be delivered to the customer’s plant in Mexico in December of this year." November 25, 2015

Left to right: Andreas Wiesemann (Rohde), Emmanuel Garcia (Kern Liebers Mexico), Jörn Rohde, Hans-Peter Haag, Fabian Mutschler (both Kern Liebers Germany) and Luis Ruiz (Kern Liebers Mexiko).

Rolls Royce Auction. Captive heat treater Rolls Royce in Indianapolis is having a Timed Online Auction which is currently active and ends of December 4th. The auction features a reasonable amount of heat treating equipment including an Ipsen 924 Vacuum Furnace, a Sunbeam Casemaster Batch IQ Furnace, a couple of Surface Endothermic Generators and a few other odds and ends including at least one oven. Their ad can be found on this page. November 24, 2015

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European Used Equipment Available. For 16 years “The Monty” has been very successful at putting buyers and sellers of used heat treating equipment together and we now bring this model to Europe. If you have surplus heat treating equipment we would be very happy to help you find a buyer on a non-exclusive small commission basis. Please let us know what questions you have and we will be happy to answer them. If you are a buyer looking for a particular item please let us know and we should be able to find it for you. November 24, 2015

A few examples include:

Solar Atmospheres/AS9100/ISO 9001:2008. "Solar Atmospheres Southeast is proud to announce the successful completion of the AS9100 / ISO 9001:2008 certification – the premium quality system standard for companies operating in the aerospace industry. The AS9100 quality standard was established in 1999 from the desire of leading businesses and organizations in the aerospace and defense industries to identify quality suppliers. AS9100 encompasses the entire current version of ISO 9001, as well as specific requirements addressing well-known problems related to the aerospace sector. Solar Atmospheres Southeast certification is the culmination of a five-month effort that was fast-tracked at the request of several current and prospective customers. With this assessment completed, all of Solar Atmospheres’ commercial vacuum heat treating and brazing facilities are now AS9100 registered. President Steve Prout notes, “The successful certification of our South Carolina facility is a testament to our commitment to continual improvement, and to growing our business within the aerospace industry.  We are excited about the opportunities this certification will allow and the added confidence it provides to our customers.” November 24, 2015

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United Process Controls Press Release. "United Process Controls (UPC) has been confirmed compliant with ISO 9001:2008 in a reassessment audit completed by QAS International. The scope of the recertification covers the design and manufacture of oxygen sensors at the company's North American center in West Chester, OH. Amy Neugebauer, Quality Systems Manager, said "The effective application of this quality management system ensures that ongoing improvements are part of our manufacturing process, and that employees in their day-to-day production improve and protect customer investments, and that customer satisfaction with our Furnace Control and Marathon Monitor brand probes remains high. This certification is not strictly a formality, it's an invaluable approach for delivering quality sensor products and services to the heat treating and combustion marketplace." "The next phase of our total quality management begins January 2016. A surveillance audit for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is scheduled at our Milwaukee, WI calibration laboratory, which tests and calibrates Waukee brand flow meters." commented Neugebauer.

ABOUT UNITED PROCESS CONTROLS. UNITED PROCESS CONTROLS provides process control, flow control, and automation solutions to furnace OEMs and customers with thermal processing equipment and operations. The company is comprised of 4 brands - Furnace Control Corp, Marathon Monitors, Process-Electronic, and Waukee Engineering - with products ranging from probes, analyzers, flow meters, programmable controllers, generator mixing control systems, SCADA to complete turnkey systems." November 24, 2015


Monday Morning Briefing. Let’s start off in the Southeastern US for our “Monday Morning Briefing”. First up we see that Apex Tool Group LLC is expanding its Sumter County, SC facility. This is of interest to us because this includes more austempering capacity at the plant. "Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Md., is one of the largest manufacturers of professional power and hand tools in the world, serving the vehicle assembly and maintenance, industrial, aerospace, electronics, construction and do-it-yourself market segments. The company's Sumter facility produces hand tools under the Crescent®, Wiss®, HK Porter® and Xcelite®brand names, and will be adding production of Armstrong® and Allen® hand tools as well as private label brands. Apex will be consolidating several of its manufacturing facilities into its Sumter plant, which currently employs approximately 200 associates". GKN Sinter Metals. Powdered metal company GKN is sinking $20 million USD into their Conover, NC location. We hear that part of this expansion will include more sintering capacity. This plant makes  makes camshaft caps and transmission ends that are used in General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler automobiles. We might as well stick with GKN (in this case GKN Aerospace) where we see the company will be adding more heat treating capacity to their plant in Orangeburg, SC-in this case in the form of a monster aluminum drop bottom oven. “Plant modifications are underway at GKN Aerospace's second Orangeburg County facility as the company prepares for the manufacture of inlet lip skins for the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X. GKN is raising the roof of its second plant in the Orangeburg County/City Industrial Park to about 56 feet and digging pits about 20 feet deep”. Notice a trend here? Business investment is booming in the Carolinas. Personally if I were to start up a brand new heat treat facility in North America the Carolinas would be my first choice and Mexico my second choice.

We’re chasing down a real interesting rumor to the effect that there is a new commercial heat treater in the DFW area of Texas a heat treater who will be specializing in Gas Nitriding. We’re pretty darn sure this is a definite but we’ll get some more details first before providing names. While gas nitriding is a growing area the Texas market is a tough one these days especially for a brand new commercial heat treater. It was announced earlier this year that Machine Tool & Gear in Corunna, Michigan was planning on making a large investment in the plant. We have been told that the company now has a total of 5 batch IQ furnaces. "Alhern-Martin Industrial Furnace Co. received a contract for the supply of a continuous-belt copper brazing and bright annealing furnace line from a multinational automotive supplier. The 2,000-pounds/hour furnace with atmosphere-agitation cooling chambers includes an exothermic gas generator and exothermic gas dryer. Thermcraft Inc. of Winston-Salem, N.C., received an order for a large box furnace from an Alabama-based company that remanufactures steel mill rolls. The company will use the furnace to heat up steel mill rolls to operating temperature so they can be welded and remanufactured to their original size".

Leybold Vacuum is a well known name in the vacuum heat treating business which is why it is worth mentioning that their parent company Oerlikon will be selling this division to Atlas Copco. "Pfäffikon SZ, Switzerland – November 20, 2015 – Oerlikon today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Leybold Vacuum business to Atlas Copco. The transaction is based on an enterprise value of CHF 525 million and is expected to close by middle of the year 2016". Moving on to really important news we were able to help celebrate the 40th birthday of KC Wilbur one of the best known heat treat reps in the Chicago area.

Ipsen Lights Out Installation. We ran across a very impressive “Lights Out” batch IQ installation the other day. Lights out refers to a completely automated heat treating operation and while there are a few out there it is not something you see every day. In this case the installation (provided by Ipsen) is up for sale and consists of 2 hardening furnaces, 4 tempers and a washer and cost over $3.5 million USD when it was installed a few years ago. The photo below shows you what part of the installation looks like.

San Yung Electric Heat. You see very few Asian built furnaces in North America (with the exception of Japanese furnace builder Dowa) for the very simple reason that it is a heck of a long way to ship a piece of equipment weighing many tons and there are some pretty darn good local furnace builders in North America. So it caught our eye when we ran across a San Yung 2,000 pound per hour mesh belt hardening line. San Yung is located in Taiwan and is a very large provider of mesh belt furnace lines but this is the first one we have seen outside of Asia. This photo shows the installation. And that wraps up our  Monday Morning Briefing for November 23. November 23, 2015


Lindberg/MPH ships Aluminum Immersion Holding Furnace. Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an electric immersion aluminum holding furnace for a leader in the automotive parts industry to maintain aluminum at the required temperature for die casting. The aluminum holding capacity of the furnace is 2400 lbs. This furnace utilizes Lindberg/MPH patented board lining and high efficiency immersion tubes/heaters.  Dual air-over-oil lifting tanks insure smooth opening and closing of the fill well cover. A cast fill well was added to the furnace shell using a castable virtually inert to aluminum.

About Lindberg/MPH; In addition to melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys, Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets.  Lindberg/MPH customers cover a wide range of industries including aerospace/military, automotive, commercial heat treating, energy/oil, electronics and the forging markets. Founded in 1917, the company has more than 75,000 industrial furnace installations worldwide and their equipment is backed by a full range of customer support services and the most extensive replacement parts inventory in the industry.  Lindberg/MPH is a proven leader in the thermal processing industry, with a long track record of proven policies and management practices.  Lindberg/MPH is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including BlueM, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH, Wisconsin Oven, and Baker Furnace. November 23, 2015


Certified Heat Treat/Springfield, Ohio. Commercial heat treater Certified in Springfield, Ohio recently issues a press release about their new Batch IQ line but this is what the local press had to say. November 20, 2015

"A local manufacturer is wrapping up a more than $2 million project to consolidate and upgrade, which includes buying one of the one of the largest machines of its type in the country. As part of moving its West Carrollton operations to Springfield, Certified Heat Treating Inc. installed a custom-built furnace that should attract more business. Joe Biehn, president of the company, said the 48-inch height capacity means the furnace, a $900,000 investment, can handle larger loads. It also can administer a larger variety of heat treat processes. “We have the only one of these in the Midwest,” Biehn said.

Biehn said Certified Heat Treating already is getting more jobs from existing customers because of the new machine and he now plans to market it more aggressively to go after new business. Heat treating involves high-temperature processes on metal parts under strict conditions to make them stronger, which is in high demand with the resurgence of manufacturing. Certified Heat Treating, which has about 30 employees, had been operating from two locations since it acquired Heat Treating Inc. in Springfield in 2013. It completed the move to Clark County this year"

Ipsen/George T. Hall Company. "Ipsen USA is pleased to announce that, effective December 1, 2015, they will be expanding their sales support on the West Coast with the addition of a new Sales Representative: George T. Hall Company. The George T. Hall Company will be responsible for Ipsen and VFS customers located in California, Nevada and Arizona. This addition will allow Ipsen to continue providing prompt, expert sales support to their customers located on the West Coast. With a team of Sales Engineers, Project Engineers and Field Technicians that are experienced and trained in the latest technology, the George T. Hall Company’s extensive industry experience allows them to provide innovative and efficient solutions to meet customer needs. As an Ipsen Sales Representative, they will be instrumental in supporting Ipsen’s mission to be a partner in their customers’ success. About George T. Hall Company. The George T. Hall Company, established in 1932, has evolved into a unique and skilled systems integrator and distributor of industrial products. With expertise in a wide range of industrial and combustion applications, their key industries include Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Food and Beverage, Minerals and Mining, Petrochemical, Power Generation and Water/Wastewater. For more information, visit

About Ipsen.  Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing 360° support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. Visit to learn more." November 20, 2015

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Wirco. Earlier this week we posted a picture of the new global headquarters of alloy supplier Wirco located in Avilla, Indiana. To go with that earlier photo we have this  photo of the entire Wirco team including sales reps in the assembly area of the new location which is incidentally the third plant which Wirco has in Avilla. Front and center we have Mr. Chad Wright the President of the company. November 19, 2015


McLaughlin Services/Avilla, Indiana. With all due respect to the good people of Avilla it is not a large town which makes it rather surprising that there are two companies in town involved in the heat treating industry. The first is alloy supplier Wirco which we have mentioned this week, the second is furnace re-builder and new furnace builder McLaughlin Services. by Jeff McLaughlin the company was started a number of years back and has thrived and prospered over the years. A visit this week showed us a number of furnaces either being built or rebuilt. The one photo shows a brand new 1400F temper which will shortly be delivered to Seattle Heat Treat out in Washington state, the second picture shows a batch IQ being rebuilt. November 19, 2015

"Bodycote Trading Statement. International commercial heat treater Bodycote released November 17th/2015 their most recent trading update. What you see below is a very condensed version of the update (the complete update can be found at

“Group revenue was 7.5% lower at constant exchange rates (9.7% lower at actual exchange rates). Group margins have remained similar to the first half. The Aerospace, Defence and Energy business revenues were lower by 11.9% at constant exchange rates (10.8% lower at actual exchange rates). The Automotive & General Industrial business saw revenues decrease 4.1% at constant exchange rates (8.8% lower at actual exchange rates)”.

Personally we find their list of new investments to be of even more interest than the financials although we are very curious what “a classical heat treatment facility” is. We believe the new Mexico location will concentrate on vacuum carburizing while the new facility in Poland will be dedicated to the country’s growing aerospace industry and will compliment the other large investments they have recently made in Poland. Bodycote shares rose by almost 40 pence yesterday. November 18, 2015


New investment: The Group is accelerating its greenfield investment program in line with its strategy to increase capacity and capability in specialist technologies and higher growth territories. Investments include:

  • A new classical heat treatment facility in Taicang, China, serving the greater Shanghai region. A new facility in Mexico, focused on specialist technology for the automotive industry. The facility will open mid 2016.
  • A greenfield site is under construction in South West France, serving the aerospace sector. The facility will open in the second half of 2016.
  • A new specialist technology facility in South Eastern USA which will start production towards the end of 2016.
  • A new specialist technology facility in Chicago, USA, which is planned to open in Q3 2016.
  • A new facility in southern Poland serving the growing presence of aerospace manufacturers in this region This facility should open in late 2016."

REMIX S.A./Galvanizing Line. November 18, 2015

September 2015 – REMIX S.A. has completed the first of two phases of an order for a customer in the middle of Ukraine.  The first phase was the delivery and commissioning of a new, high temperature, hot dip galvanizing line used for the manufacture of small parts.  It is believed to be the first such technologically advanced line in the country for small parts such as galvanized screws, small cast iron or steel fasteners. Once complete, the line will provide the customer with advanced solutions such as automatic drum line for surface chemical preparation, ventilation with absorber, charge dryer, galvanizing furnace, water tank and load transport system. A second phase of work involving equipment retrofitting is now underway.   As part of Phase 2, the customer’s existing galvanizing line will receive several improvements, to be completed by the end of 2016.  The line will be retrofit to include extra tanks for surface preparation, as well as modifications to the furnace, dryer and automatic galvanizing and centrifugation.

About REMIX S.A. founded in 1990, REMIX is a Polish Company with 25 years’ experience in heat treatment equipment manufacturing. The production scope covers manufacturing of high quality heat treatment: furnaces and technological lines for thermal and thermo-chemical heat treatment (atmosphere and vacuum heat treatment), units designed for joint operation with external loaders, quench baths, washers, casting and non-ferrous metals heat treatment furnaces, hot-dip galvanizing lines as well as repairs, modernizations and spare parts delivery. In October 2012, Remix became the exclusive partner of AFC-HOLCROFT in the European market. More information here:"

Wirco Global Headquarters. As a provider of cast and fabricated high temperature alloy components for the heat treating industry Wirco is one of the best known names in the North American market  (although the company does deliver product to areas such as Europe and Australia). Headquarters is in Avilla, Indiana with the casting division in Champaign, Illinois. Big changes are happening at Wirco and one of them is a brand new building in Avilla which you can see in the photo below. November 17 2015

"Shanghai Advanced Metallurgical Technology Corporation (SAMT). “Every two years, the largest heat treatment event in China takes place in Beijing and SAMT was part of this event Nov. 2~4th, 2015.

SAMT highlighted their vacuum technology which they called “Vacuum Multi-purpose Heat Treatment Line” which included a vacuum carburizing and oil (gas) quenching furnace, a vacuum solvent cleaning machine, and a vacuum tempering furnace. SAMT predicts that this new technology will replace the traditional atmosphere sealed quenching line in the next decade in China.

Meanwhile SAMT is the exclusive partner of Codere Swiss, EMO Germany and Burgdorf Germany  for the Chinese market. November 17 2015

Monday Morning Briefing. Italian fastener manufacturer SBE has a furnace line for sale and it comes with an interesting history. Going back to 2005 Vermont Fasteners (which was part of the Infasco Group) went bankrupt which resulted in all the equipment being put up for auction. Included in the equipment was a 4,000 pound per hour Aichelin cast link belt line including temper, wash, etc., etc. The complete system was bought by SBE and shipped to Italy where it was never installed mainly because SBE around this time bought two other Aichelin lines giving them enough heat treating capacity (incidentally the company is now up to 13 lines which is a pretty darn big heat treat department). So it would appear that the whole line can be yours for just 1.9 Million €. Going back to 2001 a new similar line from Aichelin would have been approximately 3.1 Million € so the asking price is almost 2/3 of new. For a 14 year old furnace this certainly seems to be on the high side. Good luck with that.  Where are they now? Robert Nobauer. For many years Robert worked for commercial heat treater and furnace manufacturer Rubig in Austria-at one point working as Sales Manager. Turns out Robert recently left the company (on very good terms by the way) to act as an consultant and also as a manufacturers rep selling heat treating products. The name of his company is IBNP GmbH and we wish him the best of luck.

We thought the recent heat treat show in Germany, HK 15 was well organized but a little light on attendance. Turns out several exhibitors are complaining about how few visitors there were and the extremely high costs. Cologne is an expensive place to begin with but to really rub salt in the wound all the hotels in the area double or triple the room rates which means you can be paying several hundred euro per night for a room which is normally a fraction of that. I know were pretty pissed at paying $300.00 USD per night for a pretty average Marriott. In the US commercial heat treater Bodycote has this to tell us about their plant in Berlin, Connecticut. "Bodycote, the world’s leader in heat treatment, is pleased to announce the installation of additional heat treating and stress relieving capability at its Berlin, Connecticut facility in November. The new capability will allow processing of random length 12 foot bars up to 13 ½ feet and up to 10,000 lbs per load. The Berlin facility’s new super-sized raw material air furnace, which will accommodate larger parts and products, will expand on existing services for materials including stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium. Berlin has all necessary approvals in place to run the processes".

Johnson Electric has completed their acquisition of Stackpole a company which truly was THE pioneer in vacuum carburizing and which remains a large captive heat treater. "Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, headquartered in Hong Kong, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Stackpole International, headquartered in Ontario, Canada. Stackpole is a supplier of highly-engineered components to the automotive industry including engine and transmission pumps and Powder Metallurgy components. The company has nine manufacturing facilities located in North America, Europe and Asia". Oregon-based Esco Corporation has closed their steel foundry in Nisku, Alberta, citing weakening demand for mining equipment. What this means is that the equipment will be auctioned off December 1 and there are a few items which might be of interest to heat treaters such as a Wheelabrator Table Blast & Tumblasts and three gas fired car bottom ovens.

Down in Houston, Texas, captive heat treater AFGlobal is bragging about receiving their AS9100 certification from amongst other things heat treating. "AFGlobal Corporation today announced that its Steel Industries facilities in Michigan received AS9100 Rev C certification from the PRI Registrar for demonstrating its ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements of the aerospace industry specifications. This achievement positions AFGlobal for growth in the aerospace industry, and boosts the Company's number of certified facilities to eight. The latest certification covers forging, machining, assembling, heat treatment and testing processes. Along with its NADCAP certification for heat treatment, AS9100 certification gives the Company a solid foundation for meeting the stringent requirements of the aerospace sector". Thermcraft Inc. of Winston-Salem, N.C., received an order for a large box furnace from an Alabama-based company that remanufactures steel mill rolls. The company will use the furnace to heat up steel mill rolls to operating temperature so they can be welded and remanufactured to their original size.  The furnace has a heating chamber that measures 96 inches high x 96 inches wide x 240 inches deep with a maximum operating temperature of 1200°F. It features Eurotherm controls, metallic-sheathed heating elements and type-K thermocouples.

Metallurgical High Vacuum Corporation (MHV) is proud to announce another milestone in their commitment to excellence: they were awarded certification attesting to establishment of their quality management system in conformance with the International Quality System Standard ISO-9000-2008, with a scope for Design and Manufacture of High Vacuum Mechanical Pumps and Rebuild of Mechanical Pumps. This was granted by American Systems Registrar, LLC. which are accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. November 16 2015

IHI/VTN. This will probably rank as the largest commercial heat treat acquisition for 2015. Japan based IHI Corp. has acquired commercial heat treater VTN which with 5 locations and annual sales of over 30 millions Euro is one of the larger commercial heat treaters in Germany. November 16 2015

IHI Corporation Acquires VTN. "IHI Corporation (“IHI”) of Japan is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in VTN Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (“VTN”), a leading company in heat treatment job service business in Germany, from the current majority shareholders funds managed by BPE Unternehmensbeteiligungen G.m.b.H., Hamburg, and the other minority shareholders (“Transaction”). IHI Machinery and furnace Co., Ltd (“IMS”), IHI’s 100% subsidiary company, is a top share supplier of the vacuum furnace with more than 2000 installations all over the world and a leading company especially for vacuum carburizing technology with its unique patent for carburizing with acetylene gas. The acquisition of VTN is the step for further global expansion of IHI/IMS vacuum heat treatment technology through the European market, and the combination of VTN’s process engineering coupled with the design engineering excellence at IHI/IMS for heat treatment machinery, would contribute to our customers in the coming years. Going forward, VTN, IHI and its other subsidiaries for surface treatment, IHI Ionbond AG, IHI Hauzer technocoating BV, will work together to provide a comprehensive portfolio of services in both metal and non-metal applications, furthering IHI’s ambition of becoming a global leader in heat treatment and surface treatment technology markets which are expected to show significant future growth. The headquarters of VTN will remain in Witten, Germany. The Transaction is subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.

About VTN; VTN is a leading, high-quality provider of advanced heat treatment job service. The company offers wide range of heat treatment technologies, including vacuum heat treatment, induction heating, protective atmosphere heat treatment. VTN operates 5 heat treatment plants in Germany for customers in the market of automotive, aviation, industrial, agricultural, etc. In 2014 the company generated net sales of approx. EUR 30m.

About IHI; Established in 1853, IHI is a listed Japanese industrial conglomerate with a capital of ¥107.1bn (EUR 793mn) and 2014 sales of ¥1,456bn (EUR 10.8bn). The company operates through its four major business areas, “Resources, Energy and Environmental”, “Social Infrastructure, Offshore facilities”, “Industrial Systems, General-Purpose Machinery”, “Aero Engines, Space & Defense”.

Fred Specht. Now this is a very upsetting news item-the passing of long time induction heat treater Fred Specht. He will be missed by us and many other people. November 13 2015

"It is with great regret that we inform you on the passing of Fred Specht.  Fred was an induction “guru” with over 40 years of experience with various induction and heat treating companies, including Induction Heat Treat Corporation, IEH, Pillar, AjaxTocco, and most recently with Interpower Induction as Vice President of Sales.  Fred enjoyed teaching industry classes for the Forging Industry Association (FIA) and  ASM International.  Fred was most recently at the Heat Treat show in Detroit and had the chance to see many customers and colleagues.  Fred enjoyed people and having a good time and was never without a smile". 

California Brazing/Ipsen. "As Aerospace electronics become increasingly powerful, the industry’s need for robust thermal processing equipment capable of manufacturing such components also grows. To better support this increased demand for aluminum brazing services, California Brazing recently purchased their third vacuum aluminum brazing (VAB) furnace from Ipsen. This VAB furnace is their eighth Ipsen furnace with five located at California Brazing and three at Nevada Heat Treating. According to Jeff Ager, General Manager at California Brazing, “There is a growing need for aluminum-brazed assemblies across multiple industries. California Brazing is committed to meeting our customers’ requirements by continuing to invest in brazing and machining equipment to further improve capabilities, lead times and quality.” As such, California Brazing will use this VAB furnace to expand their capacity and manufacture a variety of aluminum-brazed assemblies, such as cold plates, heat exchangers, waveguides and antennas, for their customers in the Aerospace, Defense and Semiconductor industries. This VAB furnace features a 38” x 40” x 62” (964 mm x 1,016 mm x 1,575 mm) all-metal hot zone with a 1,500-pound (680 kg) load capacity, and it operates at temperatures of 500 °F to 1,200 °F (260 °C to 650 °C) with ±5 °F (±3 °C) temperature uniformity. This furnace is also equipped with a 35-inch diffusion pump and Ipsen’s CompuVac® controls system. Featuring multiple individually controlled heating zones, Ipsen’s VAB furnaces provide fast cycle times and precise, uniform heating of the workload. In addition, the use of joint-free heating elements eliminates resistance buildup and hot spots. To learn more about Ipsen’s VAB furnaces, visit

About California Brazing; California Brazing is a turnkey manufacturer of critical brazed components located at the heart of complex machines for the Aerospace, Defense, Semiconductor and Photonics industries. Committed to providing only the highest quality products and services, California Brazing maintains leading industry accreditations and certifications, including Nadcap, AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008. In addition, with extensive brazing, machining and manufacturing sequence expertise, California Brazing has the capacity, experience and flexibility needed to give customers’ products a competitive edge. Visit to learn more.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." November 12 2015

Nitrex Metals. "Congratulations to team Baja ETS (Ecole de Technologie Supérieure) of Montreal, Canada who placed 5th in overall standings out of a total of 90 teams for a second consecutive year. Baja is an intercollegiate competition organized by SAE where engineering student teams from universities all over the world design, build and race off-road recreational vehicles on closed courses of rough terrain. For the past 3 years, Nitrex Metal has sponsored the Baja ETS team by providing complimentary nitriding of transmission and suspension components. Last week team members visited our offices to present their race car, and we used this opportunity to take it for a spin. We look forward to working with the Baja ETS team on improving their vehicle’s components for next year’s race. Additional information about Baja SAE is available at" November 12 2015

Members of the Baja ÉTS team and the Nitrex heat treating services crew

The Baja ETS vehicle flying through the course in Maryland

Remembrance Day. Today the world remembers those who fought for our rights and freedoms. Please do not forget. November 11 2015

Meritor/Heath, Ohio. It was announced just a few months ago that auto parts supplier Meritor would be closing their plant in Heath, Ohio. The plant which suppliers parts for heavy trucks had an in house heat treating department with all the equipment going to the auction block December 2 2015. This appears to have been an “all Surface Combustion” operation which includes a couple of old style endothermic generators and a 3 row pusher. The generators will probably go for a few thousand each at best mainly because of their age and the fact that there is very little demand for generators these days. The pusher is a bit of a wild card but it is probably 50/50 whether it gets scrapped, the reason being that while there is some demand for pushers there is almost no demand for 3 row pushers. We shall see what happens. November 11 2015

Lindberg/MPH Press Release. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an electrically heated box furnace used for hardening industrial grade saw blades for the woodworking industry. The box furnace is designed with a maximum temperature rating of 2,000°F and normal operating temperature of 1,600°F and work chamber dimensions of 72”W x 48”D x 10”H. The design of the heat treat furnace features a flow through configuration that allows green product to be loaded on one side and treated materials to be unloaded on the opposite side of the furnace. The flow through design provides the customer with an efficient load/unload operation. The heat treat furnace shell is fabricated with 3/16” mild steel plate and the refractory lining utilizes vacuum formed ceramic fiber modules with low heat storage for fast heat-up rates. The furnace has two (2) chamber doors, one in the front and one in the rear of the furnace, that open vertically away from the furnace using two pneumatic cylinders on each door. Each door has a flame curtain that provides an atmosphere and heat barrier when the doors are opened and foot pedals for ease of operator loading/unloading.

Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets. Lindberg/MPH customers cover a wide range of industries including aerospace/military, automotive, commercial heat treating, energy/oil, electronics and the forging markets. Founded in 1917, the company has more than 75,000 industrial furnace installations worldwide and their equipment is backed by a full range of customer support services and the most extensive replacement parts inventory in the industry. Lindberg/MPH is a proven leader in the thermal processing industry, with a long track record of proven policies and management practices.  Lindberg/MPH is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including BlueM, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH Wisconsin Oven, and Baker Furnace. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at" November 11 2015

World's Largest Production Vacuum Furnace/Solar Atmospheres. Regular readers of "The Monty" know that we love our lists of the largest, biggest and newest so here is one for you-how about probably the world's largest production vacuum furnace? Read on and while you are at it have a look at a photo we took a few years ago at this same plant. It shows an enormous vacuum furnace but nothing compared to this one. November 10 2015

"Solar Atmospheres Press Release. "Solar Atmospheres of Western PA recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for a facility to house their newest addition - a brand new 6-1/2 foot diameter by 48 foot long vacuum furnace with a load capacity up to 150,000 lbs. In the beginning of the new year, the behemoth furnace will be assembled within the newly constructed 18,000 square foot building. The furnace will be uniform to within +/- 10°F per AMS 2750 E between the production temperature ranges of 300°F to 2250°F with a maximum operating temperature of 2400°F.  Rapid vacuum pump down to the low 10-6 Torr range will be attained by utilizing three Edwards booster pumps, three Stokes roughing pumps, and three 35” Varian diffusion pumps. Fast and uniform cooling will be achieved by using three 300 HP variable speed drive blower motors.  Finally, a unique insulation pack will be installed into both load cars which will ultimately help reduce normal atmospheric (dew point) contamination. This $10 million dollar plus project will complement the other large US patented dual bottom load car vacuum furnaces (one 36 foot long vacuum furnace, three 24 foot long vacuum furnaces, and one 12 foot long vacuum furnace) that are currently in production along with ten mid-size vacuum furnaces. Bob Hill, President of Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, states, “It is truly hard to believe that only 15 years ago we bought an empty 16,000 square foot building with a vision to expand Solar’s customer base into western PA and northeast Ohio. After three building expansions, extensive investment, and hiring 50 extremely talented and dedicated employees, Solar will soon be operating within an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.  The markets served will continue to be primarily quality aerospace and nuclear vacuum heat treating and brazing of large components."

From left to right:  Brian Rogers - Taylor Engineering, Steve O’Brian and Jess Sowers – Rien Construction, Bob Hill – President, Solar  Atmospheres of Western PA, Marcia Hirschmann – City of Hermitage, Jeff Wallace, Rex Knisly, and John Kline – FNB Bank, and Solar Atmospheres of Western PA employees.

International Heat Treatment Exhibition/Nitrex Metal. Besides ASM in the USA and HK in Germany, another show of importance to heat treating is the International Heat Treatment Exhibition in Beijing, China. The event wrapped up last week, and during the 3-day event, Nitrex Metal registered a record number of visitors to its stand, generated a dozen RFQs for nitriding systems and a significant number of leads for heat treating services at its Wuxi plant. The joint presentation by Nikola Dzepina and Jimmy Liu, "Controlled ‪Nitriding and ‪Nitrocarburizing Technologies for Better Quality and Productivity", which focused on the benefits to the mining/drilling and armament industries, and included low-temperature nitriding and carburizing applications, was well-received by the 40 participants. And in other goods news, Nitrex Metal finalized a number of system deals in China, including a compact furnace for a piston ring manufacturer and a large furnace for a plastic machinery manufacturer. November 10 2015

Featured above, from left to right, are Mr. Nikola Dzepina (Nitrex Metal Sales Engineer), Mr. Tong (Chairman, China Heat Treatment Association) and Mr. Jimmy Liu (Nitrex Thermal Technology Co. Ltd., heat treating center in Wuxi).

Doreen Thompson. We mentioned yesterday the very unfortunate passing of a woman we had a great deal of respect for, Doreen Thompson who for many years was quitely in the background of Marathon Monitors and SSi. November 10 2015

"Doreen Thompson (nee Stokes), age 78. Beloved wife of William (Bill) passed away at her home in Cincinnati on November 7, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born June 21, 1937, in Manchester, England, Doreen lived in England until she and Bill moved their family to the United States in 1974. She worked as a court stenographer while raising her family in Hopewell Junction, NY. She, along with her husband Bill, was instrumental in the creation of two successful businesses. The family relocated to Cincinnati in 1986. She entered college at age 55 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Xavier University . Doreen was a lovely person, known for her kind smile and generous spirit. Gracious in life and in death, she showed us how to love and be kind to others. A voracious reader, she also loved playing golf and mahjong with her friends in Cincinnati and Jupiter, FL. Doreen is survived by her husband, Bill and sons Stephen (Lori) and Peter; sisters Elsie, Muriel and Joyce; beloved grandchildren Paige and Will and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her many friends and family in Cincinnati, Florida and England. A celebration of her life will be held at on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Services will be held at Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. A celebration of her life will also be held in Jupiter, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 or online at"

Nutec Bickley/Weber Metals. Furnace builder Nutec Bickley is having a good year. To the details below provided by the company we are adding a photo we took of their plant just a few weeks ago. “Nutec Bickley has been awarded a contract for a total of 3 new furnaces from  Weber Metals Inc. based in Paramount, California, part of the Otto Fuchs Aerospace group. The furnaces are of the Moving Hood type design.  The combustion equipment will include the latest Ultra Low Nox Burner technology to comply with the tight local emission regulations.  Delivery of the units is planned for 2016 and 2017.” November 9 2015

Beijing Heat Treatment Show. We don’t mean to overload our readers with heat treat show news but in addition to the ASM show in Detroit a few weeks ago and the German heat treat show in Cologne, Germany just a little over a week ago there was also the Chinese heat treat show in Beijing just last week. We have two separate sets of photos from this show with the first set coming from Mr. Andy Chen of Powermax Corp., the AFC-Holcroft licensee in China. In the photos we see Mr. and Mrs. Bill Disler (Bill is CEO of AFC-Holcroft), Andy Chen of Powermax, Damian Bratcher of SSI and a couple of fellows from alloy company SAFE Cronite. November 9 2015

Wes (Wiesław) Dzięcioł. One of the best known individuals in the European vacuum heat treating community Mr.  Wes (Wiesław) Dzięcioł, passed away this past week in Warsaw. Services will take place this Friday, November 6th at the Warsaw Powązki cemetery. Wes started his career in the early 1970's by selling three Ipsen vacuum furnaces to a steel mil in Poland and starting them up in record time. In the 1970's he worked for Ipsen Industries as a Project Manager and then worked for Abar in the 1980's as the European Operations Manager. In the 1990's he started his own company TWC INVAC and worked closely with Bodycote when they were expanding their Eastern European operations including working with their first plant in Warsaw. Wes also helped build and design furnaces for companies such as ALD (BMW R&D),  ECM (Airbus), Swindell Dressler, DMP CryoSystems and Sistem Teknik.  He will be missed. November 6 2015

Heat Treatment Australia. The largest commercial heat treater in Australia is a family owned firm by the name of Heat Treatment Australia. It has three locations in Australia including the head office in Brisbane which is shown in the attached photo a couple of months back. Anyway that’s the background their name comes up today because they seem to be receiving awards right left and center. The first was the Lord Mayors award for Business Innovation and the second is from Metal Treating Institute (MTI). The organization is the largest in the world for commercial heat treaters and certainly the largest in North America however they have few members outside of North America so this is quite an achievement by Heat Treatment Australia and probably the first time a commercial shop outside of NA has received this award. November 5 2015

NovaTherm. “Three years after the launch of the “Innovative Solutions in Heat Treating” Seminar, Nitrex Metal conjunction with United Process Controls and the Institute of Precision Mechanics, held a second successful edition at the Black Forest Palace Hotel in Central Poland on October 8-9, 2015. The seminar relies mainly on leading academic researchers and industry practitioners from around the world to deliver high quality content on the latest innovations that improve manufacturing quality and efficiency. Presentation titles ranged from very specific themes such as “High nitrogen carbonitriding – Improving energy efficiency of power train components” and “Simulation of nitriding and nitrocarburizing processes”, to more general ones, such as “Importance of flow control in heat treatment processes” and “Global heat treating trends of the 4th industrial revolution”. In addition to improving their knowledge of available technologies, over 75 participants had the opportunity to form closer relationships with industry/academic players from diverse countries and continents. Due to popular demand, a third edition has been planned for 2018. For more information visit November 5 2015

Certified Heat Treating, Inc./New AFC-Holcroft UBQ. Certified Heat Treating, Inc., of Springfield, Ohio, is proud to announce the instillation of a new AFC-Holcroft UBQ batch style atmosphere furnace. The new furnace is 36 inches wide, 72 inches long, and customized to have a 48 inch vertical height capability. It is capable of processing loads up to 8,000 lbs. The furnace is equipped with a top cool chamber, and is set up to provide ferritic nitrocarburizing as well as all other atmosphere heat treating processes. It features state of the art furnace controls which will be integrated with Certified Heat Treating, Inc.’s existing production and quality control systems. The furnace has been installed in a line of existing furnaces already in operation and is now up and running. Certified Heat Treating, Inc., provides heat treating services to a diversified customer base including automotive, agricultural, appliances, heavy truck, and material handling equipment manufacturers. For more information regarding the new furnace or any of Certified Heat Treating. Inc’s. abilities contact Mark Grubb or Joe Biehn at 937-352-3121. You can also visit us online at Certified Heat Treating, Inc. 1807 W. Pleasant Street, Springfield, Ohio 45506, (937)325-3121. November 4 2015

HK 15. With these final photos we bring to a close the recent heat treat exhibition in Cologne, Germany and move on to other topics. November 4 2015

SECO/WARWICK always has a very impressive booth. The fellow on the left in this picture is Mr. Kent Zuo owner of Shanghai Heat Treatment probably the largest commercial heat treater in China. On his left is Gord Montgomery, Liu Yedong, sales manager vacuum SECO/WARWICK RETECH from Tianjin and the new SECO/WARWICK Marketing Director, Katarzyna (Kasia) Sawka.

Part of the of the Aichelin Team including Sladjana Jokesz, Wolfgang Brosche and Harald Berger

Atmosphere Engineering

Dirk Ott, Chief Sales Officer, Ipsen, Thorsten Kruger, CEO, Ipsen Group, Gord Montgomery

Heat Treat Shows. As we mentioned yesterday we have a few more photos to share with you of the two recent heat treat shows. November 3 2015

Engineered Heat Treat, Madison Heights, Michigan.  Gord Montgomery, Greg Pilibosian, Bob Fincken, Ron Pilibosian and Nick Pilibosian ( Greg's son)

The UPC team are always one of the happiest at any show.

Part of the Bodycote Team including our friend Florian Elwart (in the center)

 Remix/AFC-Holcroft Group

Alberto Zanazzo, Streamline Italy, Francesco Pieropan, Cieffe

Gunther Plutke (head of heat treat for Rexroth Bosch, Germany), Volkan Kocaman, Rexroth, Turkey. Gunther will be retiring shortly from Rexroth after many years as the top Bosch heat treating guy. We will miss him.

Thermal Product Solutions/Baker Furnace. "Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”) has acquired Baker Furnace, a leading American manufacturer of custom-built industrial ovens, furnaces and pollution control equipment serving the aerospace, finishing, environmental, heat treating, oil and gas industries. The company strives for superior equipment quality and a commitment to customer service. Baker Furnace is located in Yorba Linda, CA which establishes TPS’ presence on the west coast and will allow the group to better serve customers logistically in the surrounding areas. With the Baker Furnace acquisition TPS continues to increase their geographic footprint and provide the most expansive product offering in the Thermal Processing marketplace. The TPS brands are recognized for manufacturing quality equipment that exceeds customer expectations in both performance and dependability. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including Blue M, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH, Wisconsin Oven, and now Baker Furnace. TPS is headquartered in New Columbia, Pennsylvania. Lindberg/MPH is located in Riverside, Michigan, and Wisconsin Oven is located in East Troy, Wisconsin. "Baker Furnace is known for high quality heat processing and pollution control equipment. Their pollution control line of thermal oxidizers and industrial afterburners will strengthen the TPS product line for the environmental market. The acquisition by TPS will provide Baker Furnace additional resources along with the opportunity to expand their current operations. The California location benefits the entire TPS group by allowing us to better serve our west coast customers logistically.” David Strand, President/CEO, TPS, LLC. November 3 2015

Cieffe Open House. Italian furnace builder Cieffe just last week held their yearly open house 16th October, which was attended by Italian and European customers  together with their sales network, and a certain number of their institutional finance and supplier partners. During this event Cieffe presented the new group configuration with the presence of three Accu Ag board members. Amongst the presentations was one about a large turn key project completed for Korean steel producer POSCO. A tour of the Cieffe workshop and a gala dinner closed this very successful event. November 3 2015

Heat Treat Shows. We are suffering from an overload of heat treatment shows with the recent ASM show in Detroit, Michigan and the HK 15 show in Cologne, Germany this past week. Both were very well organized, reasonably well attended and a lot of fun but two in two weeks? Rather tiring. We have a number of final pictures from both shows (mainly from Germany)  which we will be presenting over the course of this week. November 2 2015

Furnace Rebuilders/North Carolina. Looks like changes at well-what else can we say furnace rebuilding company Furnace Rebuilders down in North Carolina. "John Murphy, president and CEO of Furnace Rebuilders, Incorporated, has announced that he has become the sole owner of the business as of September 30.  Murphy has been a partner of Tim Smith Sr., who established the Denver, NC- based business in 1995.  Smith retired on January 1, of this year, but remains active in the business as a consultant. Furnace Rebuilders, (,), has become a leading industrial heat treating furnace service provider in the Southeast specializing in refractory repair and relining, combustion and heating systems, mechanical services and preventive maintenance programs.  The company’s customers include a number of Fortune 500 firms as well as small independent companies.

“Tim Smith Sr. has always been committed to providing a high level of quality and service from day one, commented Murphy. He has always believed that doing the job right and on time is the correct way to operate.  That core value remains our focus going forward” John has 26 years in the furnace industry with experience ranging from refractory design, sales and marketing during employment with a leading refractory manufacturer.  He has additional experience in the construction segment of the industry for the past 13 years and is well equipped to lead the company in the future. Contact information:  888-532-8453 / 704-483-4025 November 2 2015

MTI Award. Software company Throughput received an MTI award at the recent MTI meeting in Quebec City.

"THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™ is the recipient of the prestigious Metal Treating Institute’s Associate Member of the Year Award given at the 2015 Fall Meeting in Quebec City, Canada. The Metal Treating Institute (MTI) is an international non-profit trade association for the heat treating industry. Each year MTI recognizes the supplier within its membership that has shown high level commitment and service for the betterment of the association, its mission and the commercial heat-treating industry. THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™ has been an active member, Diamond Sponsor since 2006 and graduates of MTI’s 2014 Management Training Program, a 10-month intensive leadership program for executives and managers. "We get more out of MTI then we give. It is a dynamic association that provides members with the tools to succeed in this ever changing and challenging industry. We are honored to receive this award and look forward to our continued partnership,” states Todd Wenzel, President of THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™.   November 2 2015

Ipsen Press Release. "Last week at ASM Heat Treat/Gear Expo 2015, Ipsen unveiled their TITAN® 2.0 vacuum furnace and PdMetrics™ software platform for predictive maintenance, which helps users optimize operations while avoiding unnecessary costs and unplanned downtime. They also featured their ATLAS batch atmosphere furnace line, which provides intelligent interfaces, advanced controls and ease of integration. In addition, attendees were able to enter Ipsen’s drawing for an iPad by becoming a Jedi Master, as well as have their photo taken with Star Wars characters: Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and a Stormtrooper. The winner of the iPad drawing is Nels Plough from Stack Metallurgical.

About TITAN® 2.0; Ipsen’s TITAN 2.0 vacuum furnace allows users to achieve powerful performance and experience cutting-edge technology in a single, compact vacuum furnace. This furnace incorporates years of customer feedback to deliver improved, user-friendly features, all while maintaining a global platform, small footprint and short delivery times.

About PdMetrics™. Ipsen’s PdMetrics software platform for predictive maintenance utilizes proprietary sensors and control algorithms to determine the appropriate timing for replacing parts and servicing equipment. By monitoring critical data and key parameters via PdMetrics, such as temperature, vibrations and pressure, users are able to improve the health and integrity of several systems: the hot zone, pumping system, cooling system and vacuum integrity. Visit to learn more. November 2 2015

Solar Atmospheres/Solar Manufacturing. "Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing exhibited at this year’s ASM Heat Treating Society Conference and Exhibition held in Detroit, Michigan.  On display were Solar Atmospheres’ vacuum heat treating services, as well as, Solar Manufacturing’s Mentor® furnace, and the newly developed hot zone.

Along with the displays, three Solar personnel gave presentations during the conference sessions.  Bob Hill, President of Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, gave a presentation on Vacuum Furnaces Were Made for Additive Manufacturing.  Don Jordan, Vice President/Corporate Metallurgist, presented a session on Minimizing Alpha Case during Vacuum Furnace Heat Treating, and Roger Jones, Corporate President of Solar Atmospheres, presented on Retiring Paper-Based Maintenance Systems within Commercial Heat Treating Shops.  These presentations can be found on our website at

Bill Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres, also took part in a panel discussion on New Developments and Opportunities in Heat Treating, and his focus was on New Developments in Vacuum Processing. A highlight for the Solar Atmospheres organization, Roger Jones received the 2015 George H. Bodeen Heat Treating Achievement Award, along with a plaque for serving as the HTS President from 2013-2015. For additional information about Solar Atmospheres visit, and visit for additional information about Solar Manufacturing. November 2 2015

HK 15. I would imagine if you had asked many of the exhibitors at the ongoing HK 15 heat treat show in Cologne, Germany their thoughts on the first day of the show the general response would have been "we want our money back". Such was the attendance for the first day. However after the second day the response would have been "money well spent" and this is perhaps typical of most heat treat shows a good day and a bad day. However the quality of the exhibits and the technical sessions was as usual for this show top notch. Here are a few photos to give you a feel for the show. October 30/2015

Codere. Swiss furnace builder Codere was as always in attendance. We understand theat the company recently delivered modular batch systems with salt quenching to the two largest bearing manufacturers in the world. In addition the company also received their first order from an aerospace company in China.

Part of the Rohde team along with some very distinguished guests.

Turkey's largest furnace builder Sistem Technik has a strong precense at the show.

Karl-Wilhelm Burgdorf Prize 2015 goes to Hans Veltrop. During yesterday’s Evening Gala Event at the biggest and most important European Heat Treatment Congress & Expo in Cologne (Germany), organized by the German Heat Treatment and Material Engineering Association AWT and this year again co-sponsored by the Global Heat Treatment Network, Mr. Hans Veltrop has been awarded with the famous and precious Karl-Wilhelm-Burgdorf prize. This annual prize was founded several years ago by the German premium hardening oil developer & supplier Burgdorf for the memory of Karl-Wilhelm Burgdorf who established the company 1949 and is awarded by the Board of the AWT. Hans Veltrop, according to AWT, is transferring in his whole professional life in an extraordinary manner his scientific knowledge into daily heat treater’s business. He was starting his long successful career at Hauzer Techno Coating, later leading for a long time period Bodycote’s Central and Eastern European Group activities, being co-responsible for the fast expansion of that #1 commercial heat treater worldwide and now as important member of the Global Heat Treatment Network he is supporting several well-known market players and international corporations in the fields of equipment design and technology application.

He is engaged in heat treatment and coating business his whole life long, creating cutting edge developments already in the ’70, later inner companies he was working for, but also at equipment suppliers and customers as well (from automotive to aerospace). A countless number of customers worldwide are still taking advantage of his wide spread experience and several patents. Hans Veltrop as the pulse of our industry is also organizing heat treatment conferences, as an international acknowledged specialist giving presentations, or practical lessons to the equipment manufacturers and is well known (and feared for) as a critical questioner too, he is also taking care of knowledge transfer as well and encouraging science on new development directions. October 30/2015

From the left: Hannes Burgdorf, Hans Veltrop, Michael Lohrmann

Ouch! Now here is a lesson on how important heat treating is. “A problem with the rear axle has promoted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall a selection of Ram trucks. The campaign affects 2015-16 Ram 1500 series trucks – specifically those manufactured between June 17 and September 28, 2015. All told, that amounts to over 65,760 units across the United States. The issue stems, according to the statements below, from the rear axle shaft. Some of those trucks may have not had those axle shafts properly heat-treated, which could cause them to fracture and separate from the wheel. And that, it should go without saying, could lead to a crash. FCA states that most of the vehicles in question are in dealer hands, but while the manufacturer says it is aware of one accident to have resulted from the issue, no injuries have been reported”. October 30/2015

SHU/ULM Germany. The world's largest single location commercial heat treater is getting bigger. SHU in Ulm, Germany was started in 1979 by Mr. Hugo Burgmaier and since that time has grown to over 900 employees in a single location largely based on the auto industry. In spite of it's immense size the company is expanding yet again with a 15,000 square foot addition which will be completed early in 2016. Rumor has it that this addition will include a number of brand new multi purpose batch furnaces, continuous furnaces and a dramatic increase in the amount of aluminum processing the company can handle. One of photos below shows another fairly recent addition for the company a number of CIEFFE vacuum Nitriding furnaces. October 29/2015

Joern Rohde, Gord Montgomery, Hugo Burgmaier, Jurgen Mautsch

Jurgen Mautsch, Joern Rohde, Gord Montgomery

Graphite Materials/Oberasbach, Germany. One of the many exhibitors at the HK 15 show in Cologne, Germany this week (and a company whose banner ad can be found on this page) is Graphite Materials a firm started back in 2000 who provides graphite products for the heat treating industry. Graphite has long fascinated us because of it's light weight, high strength capacity and distortion resistance. We are not going to dwell on the properties of the product rather we would suggest you stop by their booth this week but we will offer these photos of the company as we saw it this week. Incidentally if you do stop by their booth we would suggest asking for Rolf, the owner of the company and a fellow who is passionate about his product. October 29/2015

Dr.-Ing. Rolf Terjung, Adrian Kirchner, Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Kern, Joern Rohde.

"Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Supplies Vacuum Systems for the COPT.Zentrum of the University of Cologne October 28th, 2015 – For the University of Cologne, the COPT.ZENTRUM is a central element of their technology transfer strategy from science to practice. Small and middle-sized companies will benefit from the premises of the center, the technology, and the newest scientific findings in the field of organic electronics. Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum supplies the necessary vacuum technology. After two years of construction, the building, which was financed with funds of the European Community and the country North-Rhine Westphalia, was opened on October 19th with almost 600 selected guests with a scientific or economic background. Minister of Science Svenja Schulze, Minister of Economic Affairs Garrelt Duin and Assistant Secretary Michael Theben from the Environment Ministry where present at the inauguration of the new building for the „Center for Organic Production Technologies“ (COPT.Zentrum) at the University of Cologne. Rector Professor Dr. Axel Freimuth and Professor Dr. Klaus Meerholz spoke at the opening ceremony of basic research on an internationally top-level, which will be achieved by cutting-edge technology, and the bundling of competences of companies with the field of organic electronics.

In the laboratories of the COPT.Zentrum, the focus is on visions for the future: organic electronics researches on chemical and physical processes generating ultra-thin molecular coatings that are only visible with the aid of electron microscopes. Organic electronics – or polymer electronics – enable completely new products where the realization of production was not possible before: flexible displays, solar cells and modules on foils, diagnostic medical equipment in clothes or even adhesives for skin applications. OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) are already omni-present in lamps or in displays of smartphones. The first televisions with OLED are already placed in the market and unbreakable displays made of plastics will follow soon. In the coming years, organic electronics will complement silicon based electronics with many new applications. Most of these process steps are only possible under vacuum conditions. Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum provides special experimental research chamber systems, in which diverse coatings can be applied to various substrates. The UNIVEX 350 G coating systems, equipped with absolutely dry running pumps such as SCROLLVAC and TURBOVAC MAGiNTEGRA, protect the sensitive OLED materials from oxygen. For that purpose, three UNIVEX 350 G vacuum systems were combined with glovebox units, which are operated under the protection of a pure nitrogen atmosphere. „This is cutting-edge technology that has been tailor-made by a Cologne pioneer of vacuum technology for the COPT.Zentrum of the University of Cologne. We are delighted that once again we can make valuable contributions to technological innovations here and at the same time promote the transfer of technology between research and economy”, emphasizes Dr. Martin Füllenbach, CEO Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum." October 29/2015

HTU Hartetechnik GmbH/Muhlhofen, Germany. With the annual heat treat show in Cologne, Germany (HK 15) starting tomorrow we took the opportunity to visit a number of heat treaters and industry suppliers around Germany before the actual show started. We are pleased to be able to show you a couple of photos of a large commercial heat treater HTU in the southern portion of Germany. HTU was founded roughly 30 years ago by a Mr. Heger (who remains the owner) and now has over 200 employees servicing primarily the automotive industry through Induction heat treating, austempering, quench and temper, nitriding and a few other processes. One of the photos below shows you a continuous mesh belt line manufactured by Kohnle which HTU put into operation just a few months ago. October 28/2015

Gord Montgomery, Annette Oswald

 Joern Rohde, Annette Oswald, HTU

WERZ/Cleanest HT in Town? The full name of this commercial heat treater located in the Southern German town of Harthausen is WERZ SpezialHarterei Fur Werkzeug & Formenbau and in our humble opinion there is a very good chance that this is the cleanest heat treat, either captive or commercial which we have ever seen in any part of the world-bar none. The company was started in 1991 by Bernhard Werz and over the years it has grown to include his two sons and wife as well as roughly 40 other employees. The building where the company is now housed is relatively new, is sized for a great deal of future growth and is almost totally self sufficient-as an example all waste heat from the furnace water cooling system is used to heat the building with no additional heating required. Payback for the system was 2-3 years. Kind of interesting is that fact that the whole company is divided into separate departments-vacuum in one wing, plasma nitriding in another, coating in one and shipping/receiving in the last. The equipment consists of 8 vacuum furnaces up to 12 bar quenching (7 Schmetz furnaces and 1 Ipen), 5 Rubig Micropuls Plasma Nitriding units, a large coating department and several vacuum tempering units. In the news department we can add that two more brand new vacuum furnaces are on the way and will be installed in just a few months. With all due respect to the Werz family we have to say that we were amazed to see one of the cleanest, most sophisticated, newest heat treats in the world in what appeared to be a rather out of the way area in Southern Germany. An amazing sight. October 27/2015

Joern Rohde, Frank Werz, Bernhard Werz, Gord Montgomery

Frank Werz, Berhard Werz, Joern Rohde

Frank Werz, Gord Montgomery

Wisconsin Oven Ships Oven. “Wisconsin Oven designed and manufactured a gas fired cold car industrial batch oven for a custom metal solutions company. The batch oven is used for stress relieving steel assemblies weighing up to 20,000 pounds at temperatures up to 1,250°F. The cold car oven design provides the customer with ease of loading/unloading of larger loads along with energy efficient operation and excellent temperature uniformity.

The heat treating oven has work chamber dimensions of 10’0” wide x 15’ long x 10’0” high with an operating temperature range of 250°F above ambient to 1,250°F maximum. The cold car oven utilized Wisconsin Oven Corporation’s patented high efficiency Expandable Surface® design. The powered load/unload cold car is rated at a capacity of 20,000 pounds and limit switches were provided to limit the car travel in both directions. A direct gas heating system is used on the industrial oven and a forced exhaust for rapid cool down. The recirculation system utilizes combination air flow and (2) 40,000 CFM @ 50 HP blowers to provide even heating and maximize temperature uniformity.

The stress relieving oven has a UL 508A certified and labeled NEMA 12 control panel. The customer required a 9-point temperature uniformity of +/-25° F at 1,200° F. The oven temperature is controlled and recorded by a Eurotherm Nanodac programmable recorder/controller. This cold car oven was fully factory tested and adjusted prior to shipment to help reduce installation and start-up times. “At Wisconsin Oven we work closely with our customers to design a piece of equipment that will improve their production process and result in consistent and reliable part quality. Focusing on the production process along with the optimal temperature uniformity ensure that the customer will be receiving the best equipment for their operation.”  Gene Vetter, Application Engineer of Wisconsin Oven”. October 27/2015

SECO/WARWICK, HK 15. Tomorrow marks the first day of the HK 15 heat treating show in Cologne, Germany and needless to say furnace builder SECO/WARWICK will be in attendance. This note gives you a taste about what the company has to offer. “UniCase Master® challenges conventional case hardening methods of gears solving the main problem known for over 50 years, namely distortions in repeatability of results. The premier of the product comes with another invention - ZeroFlow® ammonia only, single gas nitriding process characterized by extremely low consumption and emission of gases, fully automatic & with excellent control over layer’s phase structure of processed components also with FNC and sulphurnitriding capabilities. “UniCase Master® and ZeroFlow® have been tailored to meet the demand for such technologies in German automotive market which constitutes an important part of our portfolio of clients. “We are really happy that more and more of our clients in Germany are satisfied with our products. Our share of sales to Germany has been constantly growing”, says Paweł Wyrzykowski, SECO/WARWICK CEO. “During HK2015 show, SECO/WARWICK will introduce a new approach to reducing distortions of gears in continuous production that challenges conventional case hardening methods with a single flow, precision case hardening system for high volume manufacturing, the UniCase Master®” adds Maciej Korecki, Vice President of the global Vacuum Product Group of SECO/WARWICK. “We are very proud of this invention and happy to stay ahead of today’s market solutions” summarizes Maciej Korecki.

This year Heat Treatment Congress in Cologne will see a few worldwide premiers presented by largest and most advanced manufacturers in Heat Treatment technologies in the world. UniCase Master® by SECO/WARWICK maybe the most revolutionary one since for the first time it offers not only a step forward in minimizing production cost, maximizing reliability and availability of service but a real breakthrough in quality and repeatability in case hardening methods of gears by LPC and 4D high pressure gas quenching.  The technology of carburizing and quenching of steel gears used for over a half century by mostly automotive manufacturers has had its biggest disadvantage in product distortions. Distortion is most often corrected by  the costly process of post-heat treat machining. The goal of every high-volume gear heat treating process is the reduction of distortion.  ZeroFlow® is another invention that SECO/WARWICK brings to the HK 2015 Congress with excellent recommendations and as usual answering global market manufacturer’s needs. It was created in collaboration with Professor Leszek Małdziński from the Institute of Work Machines and Vehicles of the Technical University in Poznan as a new method of controlled gas nitriding and nitrocarburizing. In the gas nitriding methods, used so far, the processes based upon the adjusted double-component atmospheres NH3 + NH3 dissociated, NH3 + N2 or traditional, single gas – raw NH3 with limited control have been used. The ZeroFlow® method, developed by us, is based upon performing the nitriding process with use of only a single-component atmosphere – raw ammonia (NH3)”. October 27/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. We're going to tell you a rather interesting heat treat story which covers two continents, North America and Asia. A few years back a joint venture was set up in Elgin, Indiana to produce very large gears for the windmill industry. There seems to have been a number of companies involved in this venture so take your pick about whether you want to say GE, Flender or Siemens. This was of course one of a number of companies that decided that wind energy was the road to riches, as it turns out the whole thing was rather a bust and at the end of the day most of these operations have switched gears (no pun intended). This location invested big dollars and this included the heat treating department which consisted of a number of very large Aichelin pit furnaces which represented a multi million dollar investment. The furnaces have languished on the market for probably close to two years now mainly because it is an extremely limited market for furnaces this size. Update time. It appears the equipment has sold with the bulk of it being bought by Doskan Heat Treat in Ankara, Turkey with the remainder going to NC. Doskan is one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Turkey and with the addition of these furnaces the company will have an enormous capacity. Speaking of used equipment available we see that Plymouth Tube in East Troy, WI is auctioning off some of their equipment December of this year. While the heat treating "stuff" is more geared to annealing it might be of interest to some heat treaters out there. We might as well mention that November 4th a manufacturer in Rural Hall, NC is having an auction and included is a big electrically heated Flynn & Dreffein pit temper furnace which appears to be in not bad shape.

Auto parts supplier and captive heat treater  Kamax in Mayfield Township, Michigan had a fire in a heat treat furnace just four days ago. Not a big deal, a bit of damage, a bit of smoke with production slowed down and that was about it. We don't imagine there is such a thing as a good fire but if there is this was a good fire. We mentioned how bolt supplier Dokka Fasteners in Michigan was closing by the end of the year with all of the very impressive heat treating equipment soon to be available (or maybe available). It is sad to say the last load in the Ipsen Batch IQ furnaces was run just last week. Commercial heat treater Parker Trutec in Urbana, Ohio is growing yet again which might mean more heat treat equipment and certainly means more electroplating. "An $8 million expansion at Parker Trutec will add a third line to its Urbana plant, the second major expansion for the company recently. Parker Trutec - a Honda parts supplier - said Tuesday that it will build a 57,000-square-foot addition at its 4795 Upper Valley Pike facility. That will provide space for a new electrocoating line, as well as room for four new trucking docks. This is the second major expansion for the company. It recently put the finishing touches on a $13 million project that added 20,000 square feet to its Springfield plant at 4700 Gateway Drive. Parker Trutec provides heat treating and other services for several industries, including as a long-time parts supplier for Honda. That includes heat treating auto parts, a process that allows manufacturers to use lighter-weight steel to reduce the weight of vehicles and improve fuel efficiency. The company was previously known as Trutec Industries, but changed its name recently to make clear its association with its parent company Nihon Parkerizing Co., based in Tokyo, Japan. The company has operated in Urbana since 1988.

Rick Smith of Fluxtrol (Induction guys) will be retiring in just a few short weeks. Rick had his own Induction company in Michigan many years ago and ended up selling it to commercial heat treating giant Bodycote and eventually found his way to Fluxtrol.  We have to confess we don't know Rick real well but he is a long time heat treater, seems to be a friendly sort of fellow and his experience will be missed. Rick is on the left in this photo and on the right is Anthony Edwards of Fluxtrol.

Dry Coolers. And to round things out we have this photo taken just last week of the entire team at Dry Coolers in Michigan, well known for their water cooling systems especially for vacuum furnaces. October 26/2015

Nadcap Update. Adeel Karim of Doctor Furnace (whose banner ad can be found on this page) sent us this very interesting update about Nadcap requirements. “Gord, just got back from a very interesting week at Nadcap.  I attended in parts both Heat Treating and Metallic Materials Manufacturing groups.  Quick summary for those readers that didn’t make it:

1. There will be new cleaning related questions in the checklist forthcoming
2. Updates on Auditor Advisories and Pyro Guides.
3. Updates on new Brazing Checklist to be released soon.
4. AMS 2759 and respective slash sheets are in ballot and will most likely be released next year.
5. Make sure you know the new Boeing Flow down requirements
6. Cyril from Safran gave a nice presentation on basics of Nadcap audit preparation which should be available shortly
7. If you want to see more workshops please contact PRI so they can formulate and present them they are looking for more input
8. A template is being formulated for Instrument Calibration by a group of dedicated individuals and should be released soon as a recommendation
9. Strongly looking for folks who have the background to apply for auditor jobs and the like.
10. Looks like AMS 2772 rewrite is also nearly complete and on the horizon
11. Next meeting to be in Madrid in Feb, then in London in June.

I can’t impress upon your readership enough to try and attend as it gives them a good working knowledge of the process.  There is always insight on where the industry is going from an aerospace standpoint. On the MMM side of things the group is still hard at working developing the checklist, handbook, and auditor interview questions etc.  Kudos to that team as it is not an easy task and they have made a lot of progress. For more specific questions contact me at or   October 26/2015

Lindberg/MPH Ships Furnace. “Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of a gas fired, aluminum melting and holding furnace for a leader in the lawn and garden industry. The furnace has a holding capacity of 13,700 lbs and a melting rate of 1,500 lbs/hr. The industrial furnace shell is ruggedly reinforced with steel members to form boxed sections sufficient for a die casting facility environment. The aluminum holding and melting furnace includes a hot face castable around the belly band that is microporous and inert to aluminum oxide formation. A preheat hearth with a full width door is included for loading ingot and the opposite side of the furnace includes a clamshell door for loading scrap. Both doors are powered by air cylinders through a manual hand valve for ease of use. The furnace includes a dip well on each side to provide molten aluminum to two die casting machines. The furnace temperature controller has the ability to automatically preheat and dry out the furnace lining. The controller will indicate when dry out is complete and hold until the operator is ready to switch to normal operation.

About Lindberg/MPH. In addition to melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys, Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at" October 26/2015

ASM Heat Treat Show. The recent ASM Heat Treat Show is now in our rear view mirror and in our opinion it was a success both from an organizational standpoint and an attendance standpoint (athough until we see attendance figures we can't confirm the attendance part). Our opinion is contrary though to more than a few exhibitors who felt attendance was down-again time will tell. We leave you with a few more photos from the show. Incidentally next week we will be reporting from HK 15 the annual heat treating exhibition in Cologne, Germany. October 23/2015

Rohde. German furnace builder Rohde is shown here along with guest star star Damian Bratcher of SSI.

"McLaughlin Services Booth"

SECO/WARWICK. No matter what the show Seco always has a very substantial precsense.

Gord Montgomery, Steve Cropper, H & S Heat Treating

Eurotherm. Controls company Eurotherm as always was in attendance and included Peter Sherwin, Steve Miller and Steve Rakers

Gasbarre Furnace Group. CI Hayes, Sinterite and JL Becker Company

Phoenix TM. In the Phoenix TM booth we see Marty Keylon and his lovely wife.

ASM Heat Treating Show/Detroit, Michigan. We continue with our coverage of the ongoing ASM Heat Treating show with these photos. October 22/2015

Turkish Heat Treat Delegation. 42 heat treaters from Turkey descended on the show and this photo shows them at the SSI booth.

Gord Montgomery, Ray Monahan, Harald Roth (KGO)

Kowalksi Heat Treat, Cleveland, Ohio

Part of the Ipsen Team with their very interesting "Star Wars" theme (we'll have to tell you one of these days how this came about)

No show would be complete without a photo of the Heat Treating Services Unlimited booth.

Gord Montgomery, Gurkan Gencler, Doksan HT, Ankara, Turkey. Next week we will tell you how Doksan HT has made an investment that might make them the largest commercial heat treater in Turkey.

ASM Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition. We are reporting live from the 2015 ASM Conference being held in Detroit, Michigan as we speak. We should point out at that there are actually two shows being held jointly, the Gear Expo with exhibits from October 20th to 22nd  and Heat Treat 2015 with exhibits from October 21st to October 22nd. Gear Expo consists largely of manufacturers of gear making equipment combined with gear suppliers with a few commercial heat treaters such as Stack Metallurgical, ALD Thermal Treatment and Rubig also exhibiting. The heat treating side of things includes virtually every single North American supplier to the industry with a few European and Asian companies also included. The heat treating side of the exhibition  is sold out and while we have yet to see attendance figures it would appear to be better than normal with a general strong sense of optimism. More photos and coverage to come. October 21/2015

"AFC-Holcroft Team"

Marco Moser, Alcon Industries, Gord Montgomery

Bernie Parry, AFC-Holcroft, Jorge Gonzalez, Mattsa Mexico

Gord Montgomery, Brent Williams, Williams Industrial Services, Chris Zubroski, Donohoo Steel Treating

"Praxair Expands Heat-Treat Offerings through Joint Marketing Agreement. DANBURY, Conn., October 19, 2015 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has signed a joint marketing agreement with Atmosphere Engineering, combining the core competencies of the two companies into a comprehensive heat-treat offering. Customers will have access to Praxair’s industrial gases, applications technologies and supply systems as well as Atmosphere Engineering’s precise furnace control systems and sensors. The combined capabilities of the two companies cover a broad spectrum of batch and continuous heat-treating processes such as carburizing, carbonitriding, neutral hardening, annealing, gas quenching and heat treatment under vacuum. “The automotive and aerospace industries are expanding technology and material requirements in the heat-treat market,” said Steve Mueller, business development manager for Metals and Materials Processing in Praxair’s U.S. industrial gases business. “Our team approach will better enable heat-treaters to meet high-quality product needs and reproducible standards in their furnace operations.”“This collaboration with Praxair will help us to build on our global presence while providing our customers with the best solutions to meet their heat-treating requirements,” said Eric Jossart, vice president of sales for Atmosphere Engineering. Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) and Atmosphere Engineering will present their expanded capabilities at the 28th ASM Heat Treating Society Conference and Exhibition taking place October 20-22 at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan." October 21/2015

"BODYCOTE INCREASES HOT ISOSTATIC PRESSING CAPACITY INVESTMENT TO MEET GROWING DEMAND IN AEROSPACE AND ADVANCED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, is expanding its high pressure Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) capability with the addition of a new mid-range vessel to increase its volume capacity. The new HIP system, scheduled to enter service in 2015, will be focused on high pressure developments in aerospace and advanced materials and will be capable of processing up to 2,000 bar (30,000 psi) and temperatures up to 2,000°C (3,632°F). This additional vessel to the fleet is complementary to the company’s extensive range of installed capacity across North America and Europe. This new capacity further enhances Bodycote’s ability to respond to future market requirements, particularly those needing high pressure processing. The new unit complements the company’s extensive line of high pressure equipment serving the medical, aerospace & defense, consumer products and sputtering targets markets, and strengthens Bodycote's position as the world’s leading provider of HIP services. Bodycote operates a global HIP business with the largest equipment network in the world and continues to invest in greater capacity in recognition of growing demand for HIP technology. Having established HIP expertise over decades, Bodycote has over 50 HIP vessels of varying sizes in multiple locations. Processing capability can accommodate components which are nominally up to 2m diameter by 3.5 m high; and weighing 0.1kg to over 30,000kg. In addition to standard quality and environmental accreditations, Bodycote’s HIP facilities hold ASTM, NORSOK and Nadcap accreditations." October 21/2015

Heat Treating Services Corporation of America. One of the largest commercial heat treaters in the USA is Michigan based Heat Treating Services with four plants in the Michigan area. A family owned company (the Hynes family) the company specializes in large volume truck and auto parts. We will have more about the company at a later date but for now we are telling you about their latest addition a furnace which was just fired this week for the first time. What you see is an AFC-Holcroft gas fired roller hearth furnace with a capacity of 10,000 pounds per hour. The furnace is part of a large expansion by the company which rumor has it totaled over $7 million USD by the time the building expansion and installation were included. October 20/2015

Steve Hynes and Jordan Montgomery

Steve Hynes and Gord Montgomery

"Vacuum Brazing Furnace made by SECO/WARWICK ordered by HI TecMetal Group. SECO/WARWICK Corporation, Meadville, Pennsylvania, signed a contract to supply a 2-bar 60” x  60” x 72” with graphite hot zone and high vacuum diffusion pump with Hi TecMetal Group, Cleveland Ohio. The furnace is a state-of-the-art Vector vacuum brazing furnace customized to HI TecMetal’s specifications. To eliminate vacuum leaks, the furnace has no rotating vacuum shaft seals and is equipped with SECO/WARWICK’s signature linear motion clamping ring for the furnace door, both standard features. The furnace is one of many furnaces being designed and manufactured in Meadville, Pennsylvania. “Our global commitment to research and development is paying dividends to many of our customers, both commercial heat treat customers like HI TecMetal and other manufacturers with in-house heat treating capabilities. We are 100% committed to their success and to providing all of our partners with the most efficient, technologically innovative and reliable equipment available global,” said Pawel Wyrzykowski CEO of SECO/WARWICK Group. HI TecMetal Group is headquartered in Cleveland Ohio and offers over 100 metal technologies and services to a diversified customer base. Major markets serviced include automotive, aerospace, hydraulics and industrial OEM. Examples of services offered include brazing, heat treating, welding, and machining. HI TecMetal Group also offers value-added services such as a state of the art Materials laboratory and design engineering support. The new Vector vacuum furnace will be installed at HTG’s HITEC Aero facility in Eastlake. The Eastlake plant is building an 18,000 sq. ft. addition to house the new Vector furnace and also permit HTG to consolidate its Nadcap welding unit with the Eastlake plant. SECO/WARWICK will deliver the furnace in the 3rd quarter of 2016." October 20/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. Marco Moser who was VP of alloy company SAFE Cronite parted ways with the company a few months back. Well you can’t keep a good man down and Marco has just started with another alloy company, Alcon Industries of Cleveland, Ohio. "Alcon / Castalloy is pleased to announce that Marco Möser has accepted the position of Vice President of Business Development. Marco will be responsible for the development of new business and for support of the sales team, drawing on his global knowledge of the heat treat market and its changing requirements as well as support of the production team with product and process innovations. Marco has worked for more than 15 years in the industry in Europe, Eastern Europe and North America as sales manager, area manager and lately as an executive and has an extensive knowledge of the Heat Treat Market and its requirements, especially in the automotive sector. The addition of Marco Möser to the team of Alcon/Castalloy is another step in our growth and diversification into new markets and new geographical areas. Marco can be contacted at 216 385 3555 or via email" Remember Tracy Glende? He was President of the Aerospace, Defense and Energy North American division of Bodycote. He and Bodycote went their separate ways a couple of years back and we lost track of him. Turns out he is CEO of a company by the name of Valence Surface Technologies who have seven locations doing Surface Finishing-kind of related. Recently a fellow by the name of Greg Dozer who was very respected in the heat treating industry passed away at a relatively young age. Several people commented on what a fine individual he was including Mr. John Hansen a competitor of his who had this to say; “If there is ever any place for comments about Greg’s passing please include my feelings about the man. He was truly one of the finest gentlemen this industry ever had. A very honorable man and one of the finest competitors I have ever tried to sell against. I have all the respect in the world for him. Never ever a bad word was spoken of the man”. I can only hope that my competitors have such kind comments when I am gone. Furnace builder Surface Combustion of Ohio has a new President. "Maumee, Ohio – October 8, 2015 – Surface Combustion, Inc., a leading manufacturer of thermal processing equipment, is pleased to announce that William J. Bernard, III (B.J.) has been appointed President of Surface Combustion, Inc., effective October 1, 2015. Prior to his new role, Mr. Bernard has held a series of leadership positions both within Surface and the industry, most recently as Director of Technical Services and Research and Development for the company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in material science and engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is also the current President of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA)". We are assuming that William Bernard III is the son of the current owner William Bernard the II?

Vacuum Furnace builder Vac Aero has just shipped a bottom loading vacuum furnace. Vac Aero is a Canadian company and the Canadian dollar has dropped substantially against the US dollar in the past year so I would imagine the company will be quite busy these days. "Burlington, Ontario, October 19, 2015 - A VAV6648 HV-2 bottom loading vacuum furnace with a work chamber of 66" diameter x 48” high has been shipped to an international Aerospace company. The furnace includes a high vacuum pumping system and a 2-bar argon quench system designed to incorporate unique performance features; the cooling nozzle configuration and location have been engineered to improve gas penetration into the workload, gas velocity and cooling speed. The energy-efficient graphite hot zone lightweight design and low thermal mass enables faster quenching and longer life. The heavy duty hearth is constructed with quickly removable rails of pure molybdenum capable of handling distributed loads of up to 4400 lbs. The furnace operating system is based on VAC AERO's versatile Honeywell HC900 interactive hybrid control package with SCADA and complete network integration capabilities and remote monitoring and control". Furnace Parts LLC is a pretty common name in the North American heat treating industry and the name comes up today because the company was just sold last week. "Ultra announces that it has acquired Furnace Parts LLC for a cash consideration of $12m from Takoda Group LLC. Furnace Parts is a developer and supplier of thermocouple-based temperature sensors for high performance and demanding applications in the nuclear and process control sectors. The acquisition will extend Ultra's specialist temperature sensing capabilities in both US and international markets. The acquisition of Furnace Parts will be financed using Ultra's existing facilities and it is expected that the full accretion of earnings will occur during 2016. The company has 28 employees based in Cleveland, Ohio. The business will be integrated into Ultra's Nuclear Sensors & Process Instrumentation business based in Round Rock, Texas within Ultra's Aerospace and Infrastructure Division". Axletech/Chicago Illinois. Axletech a manufacturer of drivetrain components and part of the Carlye Group is located in Chicago, Illinois and a pretty good sized captive heat treater. For years the company has had a couple of older Surface Combustion batch IQ furnaces with working dimensions of 36 X 72 X 36 and all the companion equipment, all of which I don’t believe was being used. Well I think they finally got tired of looking at the furnances and sold them to a used equipment dealer in the area.

Bad heat treating can ruin your day! "New Zealand is known as a land of adventure, but four French hikers got more excitement than they might have wanted on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in the country's Te Urewera National Park. As a dramatic, recently released video shows, when a cable on the Hopuruahine Suspension Bridge along the track gave way, the hiking party was sent plunging 28 feet (8.5 meters) into a river below. The bridge spans approximately 215 feet (65 meters) across the river and is rated for 10 people at one time. In a press statement, Department of Conservation deputy director general operations Mike Slater said laboratory analysis revealed manufacturing defects (known as quench cracks and embrittlement) in a section of 24-millimeter-diameter high-tensile chain used on the bridge". In the UK commercial heat treater Wallwork is very fond of letting the world know what they are up to, something which we happened to agree with; "Metal improvement specialist, Wallwork Group, report that their Nadcap approval has now been extended to cover both their aluminium and magnesium heat treatment processes. The company is one of a small number of UK heat treatment companies able to process aluminium to aerospace industry standards. There are even fewer companies that have the rare ability to heat treat magnesium. The company processes complex components from satellite and aircraft parts through to motorsport and sports cycle equipment. Parts processed vary from fabrications and castings to small pressed-metal parts. Within their high-tech furnaces, Wallwork can heat treat loads of up to two cubic metres in each process cycle. The furnace model used by Wallwork has integral quench facilities to give a transfer time of just ten seconds or less from furnace to quench. Depending on the treatment specification, components maybe air cooled, hot or cold water quenched or polymer quenched. In addition, components can be subjected to post quench freezing to prevent age hardening. Wallwork laboratories provide a range of post treatment testing services including hardness, conductivity and mechanical testing. A nationwide collection and delivery service, using company owned dedicated vehicles, enables a typical 24 to 72 hour turnaround on commercial work and 7-10 day return on aerospace work where more extensive post-treatment quality assurance is required". According to press releases Canadian furnace builder Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. has received four contracts for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of its 6,000-pound/hour continuous mesh-belt atmosphere furnace system. The press release doesn’t say when these orders were received or where they are going, we can think of two orders the company received in the last while, one in Rockford, Illinois and one in Mississauga, Ontario. October 19/2015

Carbolite Gero Press Release. "Carbolite Gero has released the new EBO catalytic debinding system. The EBO is a high efficiency debinding solution for metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM). The EBO is unique as it is the only system available from Carbolite Gero that utilizes a water heated vessel that ensures a homogeneous debinding environment and low operational costs. With an operating temperature of 120oC the EBO is also the lowest temperature system offered by Carbolite Gero. Preheated nitric acid is evaporated and introduced into the chamber to act as a debinding agent. The EBO is able to monitor binder levels in green parts and will automatically conclude the process once all binder has been removed. The EBO is a fully automatic system and is equipped with all appropriate safety precautions. EBOs are also tested for safety by certified national testing laboratories. Verder Scientific, Inc. Marketing Team, 74 Walker Lane, Newtown, PA 18940, Phone: 866-473-8724, Email:" October 19/2015

Manuel Granillo Open. Manuel was a long time heat treater who very unfortunately passed away earlier this year at a relatively young age. It is very impressive to see that his last employer Bodycote has renamed their annual customer appreciation golf tournament in Pacific Palms, CA to the Manuel Granillo Open.

"Bodycote California held its customer appreciation golf outing on October 13 at Pacific Palms and renamed it the Manuel Granillo Open in his memory. Manuel passed away in July of this year and was highly thought of in the heat treat industry. Numerous donations were made on Manuel’s behalf to The City of Hope Cancer Treatment and Research. Pictured from L-R are Paul Dymond, Jimmy Hollman, Ron Adams, Terri Galvan, Dave Ochar Connie Casillas and Bruce Adam." October 16/2015

Lindberg/MPH Press Release. "Lindberg/MPH Announces Exclusive Three-Year Warranty on New Equipment Purchases. Lindberg/MPH, a leading manufacturer of melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys and standard and custom industrial heat-treating furnaces for both ferrous and non-ferrous markets, today announced it has begun offering a three-year warranty on all new equipment purchases. This exclusive warranty covers all new equipment and parts (except wear items) and also covers labor for any defects in workmanship.

Lindberg/MPH, a leading manufacturer of melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys and standard and custom industrial heat-treating furnaces for both ferrous and non-ferrous markets, today announced it has begun offering a three-year warranty on all new equipment purchases. This exclusive warranty covers all materials for all components (with the exception of wear items), including, but not limited to:  recirculation, exhaust, and combustion blowers; burner, burner controls, and all gas train components; temperature controllers; high-limit instruments and recorders; programmable logic controllers and human machine interface touch screens and related components; disconnect switches; power distribution blocks; terminal blocks; transformers; fuse blocks; selector switches and push buttons; pilot and beacon light assemblies; process and purge timers; solid state relays and silicon controlled rectifiers; contactors; relays; alarm horns; pressure switches; limit switches; vent fans; power supplies; variable frequency drives; etc. as applicable to the Lindberg/MPH equipment listed in the company’s quote to the customer. The warranty also includes labor for any defects in workmanship. “At Lindberg/MPH, we stand by the quality and dependability of our equipment,” said Steve Kempowski, Vice President of Operations. “Lindberg/MPH is proud to offer the longest warranty in the industry on new equipment purchases.” Lindberg/MPH is based in Riverside, Mich., and is a division of Thermal Product Solutions, a global manufacturer of Industrial Ovens and Environmental Chambers. All equipment is designed and undergoes final assembly in the US. The company provides technical and equipment support worldwide. For more information, visit" October 16/2015

Donald Jordan/Solar Atmospheres. "Solar Atmospheres’ Corporate Metallurgist, Don Jordan, was awarded the high honor of ASM Fellow (FASM) at the ASM Awards Dinner held October 6, 2015 during the MS&T15 Conference in Columbus, OH. According to ASM, “The honor of Fellow represents recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering, and develops a broadly based forum for technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the Society.”  Don’s citation reads: "For sustained technical excellence in a career that includes development of wear and corrosion resistant materials for Navy submarines and outstanding leadership in the development and implementation of novel vacuum heat treatment technology for surface treatment of metals."  Don’s comment on becoming FASM, “Obviously I am honored, yet I am privileged to work with the Solar R&D Team; they make me look good.” Mr. Jordan is a 27-year member of ASM International and has served in every executive position of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter, including 2002-03 Chairperson.  As evidence of Don’s service and commitment to the ASM Philadelphia Chapter, he has received: two President’s Awards (2004 & 2007), Adolph Schaeffer Special Achievement Award (2005), Philadelphia Chapter Distinguished Service Award (2008), Delaware Valley Materials Person of the Year Award (2010), Albert Sauveur Lecture Award (2013), and Meritorious Service Award (2014). Mr. Jordan also is a member of: NACE, SAE & the Aerospace Metals Engineering Committee (AMEC), and APMI. October 15/2015

HEESS. At least in North America HEESS is not the top known brand when it comes to press quenching systems however in the global market HEESS is the best known brand in the business. October 15/2015

The 2 HEESS owners, Karl Heeß (3rd from left) and Thomas Streng (2nd from right) explain a 4 ram quench press plant to State Secretary Mark Weinmeister (in the middle).

Anthony Price/UPC. So controls company UPC has hired Anthony Price as their new North American Sales Manager. October 15/2015

"Ohio-based UNITED PROCESS CONTROLS (UPC) is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Price as the North American Sales Manager. Anthony comes to UPC with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and brings a wealth of knowledge in ductile iron casting, heavy manufacturing, and industrial sales. Working closely with the Vice President Sales & Marketing North America, Patrick Torok, and the UPC sales network, Anthony will play an integral role in building the sales of the company’s heat treating products in North America and ensure sales support to its manufacturer representatives across the country.

ABOUT UNITED PROCESS CONTROLS; UPC provides process control, flow control, and automation solutions to furnace OEMs and customers with thermal processing equipment and operations. The company is comprised of 4 brands - Furnace Control Corp, Marathon Monitors, Process-Electronic, and Waukee Engineering - with products ranging from probes, analyzers, flow meters, programmable controllers, generator mixing control systems, SCADA to complete turnkey systems".

TITAN 2.0. What you are looking at in this photo is the first  Ipsen TITAN 2.0 vacuum furnace coming off the Assembly Line in Rockford, Illinois and presently under final ISO check-out in Illinois. Apparently it comes standard with the PdMetrics platform for predictive maintenance.  Through advanced algorithms PdMetrics predicts both upcoming maintenance needs and potential for future component failure. Kind of cool. October 14/2015

SECO/WARWICK, ASM. "Pawel Wyrzykowski, CEO of SECO/WARWICK Group, announced today the company’s plans for the upcoming ASM Heat Treating Conference and Exposition. According to Mr. Wyrzykowski, the company’s “commitment to innovation and precision design and manufacturing will be evident in both our booth and the technical papers we present. Our global commitment to R&D will be on display in Detroit and we hope many of our current and prospective customers will visit.” SECO/WARWICK Corporation, Meadville, Pennsylvania, will be presenting three (3) technical papers and exhibiting a full-size, production-scale vacuum furnace at the upcoming ASM International Heat Treating Conference & Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, October 21 & 22, 2015. The full-size, production-scale vacuum furnace will be available for inspection by potential customers during show hours or by special appointment and will ship directly to the new owner’s sight immediately following the close of the show. The new owner Exco Tooling Solutions, Exco USA, is North America's largest supplier of extrusion dies, and a major force in the global extrusion die-making industry, currently serving customers in more than 40 countries worldwide. The SECO/WARWICK vacuum furnace, proudly manufactured entirely in Meadville, Pennsylvania, will ship to Exco USA’s plant in Wylie, Texas." October 14/2015

Expanite/Twinsburg, Ohio. "There is a new commercial heat treater in Twinsburg, Ohio a company by the name of Expanite. Read on to see what they are up to these days.  “Since the opening of the 6500 ft2 production-, laboratory- and test center in Hillerød, Denmark, in 2013, Expanite has been experiencing rapid growth in the European markets.  During 2015, the company has seen a significant number of new customers in the USA and Canada, and it has therefore been natural to establish a subsidiary Expanite Inc. – and at the same time open a new treatment center in Ohio. Expanite can now offer its North American customers the same superior gaseous surface hardening treatment options as in Europe.  Customers can choose to have their material processed in our facilities in Ohio on a day-to-day basis or opt for a fully automatic solution installed directly in their production line thereby eliminating the cost, logistics and risks involved in shipping the parts for hardening. About Expanite; Expanite offers the best solutions for surface hardening of stainless steel and other high performance metals. With Expanite's processes for the curing of stainless steel, it is possible to increase the material’s surface hardness tenfold while at the same time maintaining and even increasing the corrosion properties. This is unprecedented in the heat treatment and hardening of the stainless steel.  October 14/2015

Nutec Fibratec/Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Everybody in the heat treating industry is familiar with ceramic fiber insulation and takes it for granted-however probably most individuals (including ourselves) have ever actually seen how it is made. We had the good fortune a week ago to see one of the largest suppliers in the world Nutec near Monterrey, Mexico and it was a fascinating experience. A very, very basic description of the manufacturing process would go like this;  The basic material consists of Alumina-Zirconia and Silica which is mixed, melted and “blown” would be the description we would use which means the material is rather like “cotton candy”. At this point the material is compressed, knitted and cut to both length and width. How is that for a basic description? While we are sure there is a great deal more to this process that we didn’t see at least to an uneducated eye it looked pretty simple and quite interesting. (photos below). October 13/2015

Ramon Cripsin Padilla, Alejandro Walls Quiroga, Gord Montgomery

Applied Process. Applied Process is the largest commercial heat treater in North America when it comes to salt processing. With that background out of the way lets see what the company has to say today. October 13/2015

"LIVONIA, MI - This past week Applied Process Inc. hosted the Fall 2015 session of the AP University casting design seminar in Livonia, Michigan.  The seminar is an invitation-only educational event for metal component design engineers hosted twice per year by Applied Process (AP). The event proved to be a big success with more than 30 people in attendance for the three day seminar.  Last week’s session included classroom lectures and workshops on casting design and metallurgy, as well as tours of heat treatment and metal casting sites. The goal of the three day seminar is to teach engineers new component design concepts made possible by working with ductile iron and austempered ductile iron (ADI) castings.  

Attending engineers and presenters traveled from as far as Western Canada and England and represented various industries such as heavy truck, agricultural equipment, light vehicle, metal casting and railroad.  These engineers were trained on how to design castings that are usable in the as-cast and heat treated states, depending on the application.  More than 250 engineers have attended the event since its inception in 2013. The AP University students toured the Applied Process facility in Livonia to see austempering heat treatment first-hand. On the last day of the seminar, APU attendees visited Joyworks Studio in Ann Arbor, MI to see foundry operations up close.  Those operations included molding as well as melting, treatment and pouring of ductile iron.  The next session of AP University will be in May 2016." 

IWT Bremen. IWT in Bremen, Germany is every heat treaters dream, an institute dedicated to heat treating with all the latest toys. Brand new vacuum furnaces? Induction? Nitriding? Vacuum Carburizing-you name it this location has it, and in our opinion this is the most advanced research institute in the world when it comes to the latest heat treat technologies. So read on about what are friends in Germany are up to. October 9/2015

"Institut für Werkstofftechnik Bremen has held one of the project meetings of their actual research project “controlled plasma nitriding” (funded by Bundesministerium fuer Wirtschaft und Industrie) in collaboration with Rohde GmbH and Process Electronic GmbH. The research on this project has been very successful so far. After developing different programs, the testing has been performed in a Rohde combined plasma-gas-nitriding furnace. Some results will be presented by Marian Skalecki of IWT Bremen at the Heat Treat Congress in Detroit in 2 weeks and also at the Haertereikongress in Cologne the last week of October."

From left to right: Karl Michael Winter (Process Electronic), Sebastian Bischoff (Rohde), Thaddaeus Nungesser (Rohde), Dr. Heinrich Kluemper-Westkamp (IWT), Marian Skalecki (IWT) and Joern Rohde.

Ipsen Press Release. "Downtime is one of the biggest enemies for those in the Thermal Processing industry. Whether equipment is down for routine maintenance or an unexpected mishap, being able to quickly receive critical parts and consumables can be the difference between success and disaster. Now, customers can use Ipsen’s Quick Ship program to receive one-day shipments of high-demand replacement parts. With rapid turnaround times and on-time deliveries, the Quick Ship program provides access to specific parts during standard business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST. Customers can call 1-844-Go-Ipsen to receive immediate support. Not only are customers guaranteed same-business-day shipment for Quick Ship parts orders placed by 10 a.m. EST, but they also have the convenient option to request quotes through Ipsen’s online form: “Ensuring customers have key parts when needed is critical to providing a positive customer experience. Our ultimate goal, and reason why we created the Quick Ship program, is to provide customers with the tools and support needed to minimize downtime and keep their furnaces operating at peak performance,” said Aaron Bolhous, Aftermarket Parts Manager at Ipsen USA. Replacement parts and consumables available through Ipsen’s Quick Ship program include:

  • Ceramics
  • Element Hanger Assemblies
  • Gas Nozzles
  • Machined Graphite
  • Moly-Threaded Rods
  • Power Feedthrough Assemblies
  • Pumps and Pump Fluids
  • Raw Materials
  • Thermocouples
  • Washers, Wires and Nuts

When it comes to unparalleled support, Ipsen is a partner in success. Find the full list of Quick Ship parts and learn more about Ipsen’s 360º support for furnaces at About Ipsen. Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." October 9/2015

Nutec Bickley/Monterrey, Mexico. Nutec Bickley is part of the Nutec Group, which was established in 1975 as a burner and refractory representative in Mexico. In 1990, Nutec started manufacturing furnaces and ovens. It didn’t take the company long to become a leader in the industry in Mexico, and Nutec started exporting its equipment to the U.S., Canada and South America. It was the acquisition of Bickley Inc. (founded in 1958) out of Bensalem, PA however that transformed the company into a global solutions provider. Additional acquisitions from Australia (GFC Kilns) and the UK (Dragon Kilns) in the following years consolidated its international presence. Nutec is now organized into four business units. Ceramic Kilns, Combustions & Controls, Fabrication Services and Metals (Furnaces and Ovens). The latter unit is currently focused mostly in North American markets.  Today, the Monterrey, Mexico based company designs a variety of thermal-processing equipment that operates in a temperature range of 200-3200°F with tolerances to ±5°F.

Our focus today is on Nutec Bickely which is involved in the Metals portion of the business meaning furnace, oven and kiln construction. This would typically cover car bottom style furnace, tip ups, kilns, drop bottom ovens, roller hearth furnaces, pushers and mesh all of which were on display recently at the company’s 80,000 square foot  plant in Monterrey a plant which is going to expand by 50,000 square feet in 2016 by the way. The company’s signature technology, however, is its pulse-firing combustion system. Nutec started working with this technology more than 20 years ago and has since incorporated a vast amount of knowledge and experience from different industries. We don’t know whether Nutec Bickely is the largest furnace builder in Mexico or not but certainly with 250 employees and 2014 sales of $27 millions USD it must be right up there. By the way an average order for the company is in the $800,000 to $1 million USD range with the largest ever order of $8 million USD just being landed by the company. These photos will give you an idea about their capabilities and shows several style of furnaces including an Aluminum Solution Heat Treating drop bottom oven with working dimensions of 48” W x 36” H x 141” L, a capacity of 3600 pounds and an operating temperature of 537 C with a tolerance of +/- 10 °F. All in all this is a pretty impressive company and one that we will be hearing more of in the future. October 8/2015

Aichelin-USA Moved Their Offices. "We are pleased to announce that we have moved our Aichelin-USA offices to 39205 Country Club Dr C-45 in Farmington Hills, MI 48331. This location we will house our Sales, Service and Spare Part teams to support our customers in North America.  Aichelin is a world leader in providing batch, multi-chamber and continuous furnaces for a wide range of thermal applications. We can also be reached at or 734-459-9850."  October 8/2015

ALD TT Adding Processes in Mexico. Commercial heat treater ALD Tratamientos Termicos SA (shall we shorten this to ALD TT? Lets) in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico is adding a new process, vacuum nitriding and we were able to see to see the new equipment this past week. At this point we will back up a bit and tell you that ALD, a division of AMG of Germany is a manufacturer of a number of different types of heat treating systems but the company is probably best known for vacuum carburizing. While ALD builds new furnaces they also have three commercial heat treating plants, one near Chemnitz, Germany, one in Port Huron, Michigan and one in Ramos Arizpe which is the topic of this news item. ALD TT in Ramos Arizpe was established in 2008 and for one particular customer, GM Powertrain which of course means transmission gears although they do have other customers including Magna and Linamar.

This plant currently has 3 ALD ModulTherm systems which means 20 treatment chambers of LPC/UPQ. What they have added is two very large brand new FNC/Nitriding units which can be seen in the one photo below. For those of you interested we can say that all three of these heat treat facilities are very large by any standard; for instance Port Huron had sales of over $23 million USD in 2012 and this location has grown since then making this plant one of the largest single location heat treats in North America. ALD TT in Mexico recorded sales of almost $14 million USD in 2014 making them probably the largest single location heat treat in Mexico. If you ever find yourself near Monterrey. Mexico and for some inexplicable reason have the desire to see a really impressive heat treat I am sure the Manager, Mr. Hector Ibarra would welcome you with open  arms knowing what  a friendly fellow he is and more importantly how proud he is of this very impressive heat treat. October 7/2015

Jesus Calderon, Sales Account Manager, Moises Garcia, Sr. Plant Metallurgist

From left to right; Gord Montgomery, Jesus Calderon, Moises Garcia, Carlos
Torres, Jose Luis Zavariz Ramos

HEESS 70 Year Anniversary. "On the occasion of the 70 year HEESS anniversary year, the European State Secretary Mark Weinmeister, visited HEESS on August, 11th. He took a lot of time for an intensive discussion with the management – Karl Heeß and Thomas Streng. The politician got a personal factory tour and explanation about HEESS products. HEESS GmbH & Co KG. 2015 is the year that quench press builder HEESS, located in Lampertheim, Germany celebrates his 70th anniversary - a milestone reached by very few quench press builders anywhere in the world. HEESS rates as the  most advanced supplier for automated quench press systems in the world. Their CompactPress line,  including expanding and fix mandrel  technology is used all over the world.

In its 70-year history, HEESS has developed and manufactured quench presses used for everything from small sliding sleeves to very large bevel gears. The range gets from parts with an outer diameter of approximately 4 inch to large parts with an outer diameter of  100 inch. HEESS is offering standard machines and taylor made solutions. “Everybody always wondered, ‘What’s a quench press?’ ” said Chief Executive Karl Heeß, who has been President of the company since 1981. The company produces a variety of industrial quench presses and automation equipment and holds several patents. The founder moved the company 1956 to Lampertheim, Bahnhofstraße 101. HEESS is located in Southwest Germany, so that customers in North – and South-Germany can be reached in one day. More important, HEESS Lampertheim is just 45 minutes away from Frankfurt International Airport so communication and support of international customers ist fast. Currently HEESS has about 110 employees, said Thomas Streng, Co-owner and the 4th generation in the family owned company.

The company’s various quench press plants are used to handle, harden, clean and dry parts. The main purpose of the quench press is to minimize distortion during the quench press operation. Different quenching liquids are used depending on part, material and process. In general it is oil or polymer. HEESS Engineers develop and design equipment for specific quench press needs, then the company manufactures and ships the equipment, sometimes building it on-site, depending on the size. “We do a lot of work in the green energy field, automotive, off road vehicles, trucks, farming, mining industry — wherever you have a need for hardening parts with high accuracy and quality,” said Mr. Thomas Streng. HEESS has made quench presses used to quench cutters so that they cut the grass right. Its quench presses have helped to shape and quench moldboards simultaneously for agricultural equipment companies. Most common application are parts used in gear boxes. The firm has developed such equipment since the early 1970. Mr. the European State Secretary Mark Weinmeister pointed out that he is impressed by the long, successful history and world wide activities of HEESS in over 50 countries and with big customers like Daimler,BMW, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Ford and many others. He calls the “little hidden champion in Lampertheim” ." October 7/2015

CRIO Expands. Commercial heat treater CRIO in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico is in the midst of a substantial expansion and we were there to see it just last week. Crio has to locations in Mexico with the other being in Querétaro, Mexico. Currently CRIO has a number of batch IQ furnaces in operation and the company is in the process of adding another one (an AFC-Holcroft UBQ with working dimensions of 36” X 48” X 36”) with one more slated for December of this year. The company is finding business to be so good that current plans have at least one batch IQ furnace being added each year for the next several. CRIO is part of the MATTSA/CRIO Group who in additions to commercial heat treating also builds new furnaces all under the direction of Carlos Torres Senior and Junior. October 6/2015

Jose Luis Zavariz Ramos, Carlos Torres

Monterrey Mexico. Since we have been talking about heat treating in Mexico recently we're going to throw in a "fun" picture. This one shows from left to right; Chris Dankert (Wirco), Jose Luis Zavariz (Wirco Mexico), Alyssa Bretz (Design Engineering Manager Wirco). (Wirco), Gord Montgomery and Carlos Torres (MATTSA CRIO). October 6/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. We're starting in Brazil today with a news item about the former Bodycote plants. If you recall heat treating giant Bodycote recently sold their facilities in Brazil to a company by the name of STI/SADALLA who we have never heard of before. A reader very kindly gave us some background; "They have 5 plants in Brazil; São Paulo City, Sorocaba City, Piracicaba City, Sertãozinho City and Caxias do Sul City. The plants offer Induction, Tip up furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and some salt baths. The General Director is Mr. Benedito Pedro De Ávila and with this acquisition the company becomes the largest commercial heat treater in the country". Canadian furnace builder Can Eng has received an order from an automotive manufacturer located in California to design, manufacture and commission an automated system for the heat treatment of thin-walled, high-pressure die-cast aluminum automotive structural components. The high-volume system includes a solution furnace with customized structural product fixtures, Can-Eng's precision air-quench (PAQT) system, an artificial-aging system and controls integrated into a Level II SCADA system. Commercial heat treater Vancouver Heat Treat in Vancouver, Canada has closed their doors for good which is a real shame. This was the largest commercial shop in the state (although admittedly it is a small market) and we understand the equipment will be headed for auction.

Captive heat treater Star Manufacturing CO., out in Freeport, Illinois had a reasonably serious fire last week in their heat treating department. The company describes themselves this way; "Star produces a wide spectrum of Hot Forged, Hot Formed, and Heat Treated Parts to customer print from stainless, alloy and carbon steels.We are a cellular to print customized manufacturer with over 20 different work cells. Complete operations are bar code scheduled in the shop allowing for streamline operations which results in high quality parts and on time delivery at competitive prices". The fire started in furnace ducting and the department consists of Holcroft and Sunbeam belt furnaces plus a rotary retort furnace. We see that DOWA THT AMERICA, INC. (“DTA”) in Bowling Green, Ohio has a new President a very likeable and compotent fellow by the name of Mr. Hamada. DOWA is a Japanese company which manufacturers new furnaces and also does commercial heat treating. Furnace builder KGO in Germany has this to say today; "KGO GMbH announces its newest addition to the Gas Nitrider and Vacuum tempering furnaces. The latest design has a usable space of 1500 MM High X 1600 MM Wide x 2400 MM deep and can hold 7000 KG. This is one of the largest horizontal Gas Nitriding and tempering furnaces available in the market. KGO is represented in the USA by Ray Monahan at"

And to round things out we  have this from Poland; "REMIX S.A. – a Polish Company with 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of heat treatment equipment, has announced a new order for a large capacity rotary hearth furnace. This latest project is for the manufacture and delivery of a gas heated rotary hearth furnace for forgings. This immense installation will be dedicated to heating of forgings at a rate of 4500 kg per hour load capacity.  In addition to the large capacity of the equipment, also significant is the usage of a heating system utilizing high efficiency regenerative burners. The furnace will be designed, manufactured and will operate in compliance with the AMS 2750E standard.

The installation will be delivered and commissioned at one of the leading forgings manufacturers in Poland. Prior to this newest order, Remix has enjoyed a high level of business activity throughout the year, and their workshop in Swiebodzin, Poland holds a full backlog of projects scheduled to commence by the end of 2015 and into the first quarter of year 2016.  About REMIX S.A. founded in 1990, REMIX is a Polish Company with 25 years’ experience in heat treatment equipment manufacturing. The production scope covers manufacturing of high quality heat treatment: furnaces and technological lines for thermal and thermo-chemical heat treatment, units designed for joint operation with external loaders, quench baths, washers, casting and non-ferrous metals heat treatment furnaces as well as repairs, modernizations and spare parts delivery. In October 2012, Remix became the exclusive partner of AFC-HOLCROFT in the European market. More information here:" October 5/2015

SISAMEX/Monterrey, Mexico. "Joint venture SISAMEX in Monterrey, Mexico a manufacturer of transmission components is a fascinating operation and one which we appreciated the opportunity to see earlier this week. As most people are aware investment in the automotive and truck industries in North America has shifted dramatically in just a few years with investment in Canada dropping to almost nothing, investment in the US growing but investment in Mexico increasing dramatically. While this plant has been around for a number of years it is also seeing this increased investment. The company’s heat treat department is large by any measure and includes pushers furnaces, batch IQ’s with a number of other varying processes and furnace types thrown into the mix. The latest addition can be seen below, an AFC-Holcroft UBQ temper with working dimensions of 36” X 48” X 36” built and being installed by AFC-Holcroft’s Mexican licensee Mattsa. Now what impressed us the most about the whole plant was the metallurgical lab and testing area which is a centerpiece of the company. We long to be able to tell you what we saw, what the investment is and what it is capable of but that is not possible. However we can show you the man in charge of this investment a very passionate individual by the name of Victor Manuel Calderon Cabrera who is shown in a portion of the lab. Victor is a man who loves his job which is no surprise considering he has the best and most expensive toys any Metallurgical Engineer could possibly have." October 2/2015

Gord Montgomery, Carlos Torres, (Mattsa/Crio)

From left to right; Gord Montgomery, Carlos Torres (Mattsa/Crio), Victor Manuel Calderon Cabrera (Metallurgical and Materials Engineer, New Developments), Jose Luis Zavariz Ramos (Crio, Wirco)

Eric Boltz. Eric Boltz is a well known and well respected individual in the heat treating industry due to his many years at Marathon Sensors and UPC. October 1/2015

"Dear Friends & Family,

Just a quick note to say thanks and to update you on my situation. Last Thursday I was struck by a speeding car in Hyde Park while cycling on Erie approaching Delta. I am fortunate to be alive, but sustained severe spinal cord damage, tissue damage and a bunch of fractured ribs. Presently, I am paralyzed from my chest down. This might never improve, but there is a possibility I will walk again. What is most amazing, however, is the outpouring of support from our friends, the cycling team, work colleagues and from family. I can honestly say we've never felt so loved. Thank you all, we love you so much. We don't know what our next chapter has in store for us as we battle through this recovery. We just know that we couldn't face it alone.

Thank you,
Eric & Yvonne

PS. If you have questions, please contact Pat Torok who will receive updates about Eric’s status periodically. My final words to all of you is to be a little softer and kinder. If you love someone, tell them every chance you get, and forgive people who need your forgiveness."

Bodycote Press Release. "Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, continues to advance in the area of specialist technologies by investing significantly in new S3P (Specialty Stainless Steel Processes) facilities. Demand for S3P processing is growing exponentially. As part of Bodycote’s expansion program, capacity was added in London, Ohio this year. A new Greenfield site, located in North Carolina, is currently under construction and will open in 2016. Stainless steel applications present specific technical challenges to the engineer. Bodycote’s S3P technologies are proven solutions dedicated to the treatment of stainless steel, nickel-based and cobalt chromium alloys (including martensitic and precipitation hardened stainless steel materials) to improve resistance against surface wear such as galling, cavitation erosion and abrasive wear. Bodycote’s S3P processes are special for a number of reasons, but in particular the anti-galling properties. Customers need a reliable and repeatable solution and tell us that S3P delivers every time. Many surface treatments, when applied to stainless steel, will negatively affect the metal’s inherent corrosion resistance. Uniquely, Bodycote’s S3P process imparts increased mechanical and wear properties without adversely affecting corrosion resistance, presenting engineering benefits for industries such as medical /pharmaceutical, automotive and chemical engineering.

About Bodycote. With more than 180 accredited facilities in 25 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit" October 1/2015

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Press Release. "WATERLOO, IA — Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) has purchased and installed several pieces of equipment, increasing the surface treatment capabilities at each of its four US locations.

  • The Burton facility located in Waterloo, IA recently installed two new batch integral quench furnaces, along with support equipment such as temper units, washers, transfer carts and endogenerator. These acquisitions will allow AHT to increase capacity of its carburizing, carbonitriding and quench & temper projects by over 40%. This location also offers UltraGlow® Induction Hardening.
  • The Corporate Headquarters at the MidPort Blvd. location in Waterloo, IA, will expand its gas nitriding, high temperature stress relief and ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) capabilities with its recent investment in a new vessel. Nearly 35 years ago, the company started with just two ion nitriding units and has grown to over 50!
  • A new, large, state-of-the-art gas nitride/high temperature stress relief unit has been  added to Cullman, AL, increasing the surface treatment offerings at that location by adding gas nitride/nitrocarburize, stress relief and UltraOx® capabilities. The Cullman location currently offers ion/plasma nitriding and nitrocarburizing in addition to others.
  • Finally, the Monroe, MI location recently completed their installation of a new gas nitride / ferritic nitrocarburize (FNC) unit, allowing for added capacity at that location as well! The Michigan location specializes in long and complex parts and Advanced Heat Treat Corp.’s technical knowledge remains unparalleled in the industry.

“Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is pleased to meet customer demand and invest in the future with the addition of this new equipment. Our commitment to quality and service has allowed us the growth that has led to making these improvements possible, and we are truly thankful for that.” Stated Gary Sharp, President and CEO. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe.  Established in 1981, AHT is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like they are their first born, understanding when your customer needs their parts back ‘yesterday’ and the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today. To learn more about AHT’s capabilities, contact Mr. Mikel Woods (Sales / Marketing) at 319-232-5221 or Or visit AHT online at" September 30/2015

Lindberg/MPH Press Release. "Lindberg/MPH announced the refurbishment of an electric immersion aluminum holding furnace for a leader in the automotive parts industry to achieve optimal performance of their furnace after years of use. The modifications to the electric immersion furnace increased the furnace’s aluminum holding capacity. This furnace is used to maintain aluminum at the required temperature for die casting. Aftermarket services and maintenance are critical in minimizing downtime, maximizing production and extending the life of equipment. The refurbishment of the industrial furnace included adding a fill well and hinged insulating fill well cover with remote open and close operation. The existing steel shell was modified to accept a side-mounted fill well and the existing refractory lining was replaced. A cast fill well was added to the furnace shell using a castable virtually inert to aluminum oxide formation. The new hinged fill well cover installed utilized smooth air-over-oil operation. This holding furnace utilizes Lindberg/MPH patented board lining and high efficiency immersion tubes/heaters. “At Lindberg/MPH we take pride in our aftermarket services. With over 100 years in the furnace business our goal has always been to build lasting relationships with our customers and work with them to keep their equipment performing to the level they have grown to expect from a Lindberg/MPH furnace.”  Andrew Paul, Sales Representative

Unique features of aluminum holding furnaces include:

  • Rugged steel plate furnace construction
  • Fill well cover with pivot axle rod connection that allows the cover to close against an uneven surface due to minor metal spill buildup
  • Quick release pin for easy removal of fill well cover for maintenance
  • Side mounted fill well
  • Lindberg/MPH patented board lining
  • Castable inert to aluminum oxide formation
  • Drain tap

About Aftermarket Services
Lindberg/MPH provides aftermarket services for existing industrial furnace equipment regardless of brand. Their experienced service team can provide proper equipment maintenance to minimize downtime, improve efficiencies, and increase profitability. Some typical services under this category may include: calibrations, preventative maintenance, SCADA systems and controls upgrades, temperature uniformity surveys, training classes, and turn-key installations and commissioning.

About Lindberg/MPH
In addition to melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys, Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets.  Lindberg customers cover a wide range of industries including aerospace/military, automotive, commercial heat treating, energy/oil, electronics and the forging markets.   Founded in 1917, the company has more than 75,000 industrial furnace installations worldwide and their equipment is backed by a full range of customer support services and the most extensive replacement parts inventory in the industry.  Lindberg is a proven leader in the thermal processing industry, with a long track record of proven policies and management practices.  Lindberg/MPH is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including BlueM, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH and Wisconsin Oven. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at
" September 30/2015

Greg Dozer. Greg had been involved in the heat treat industry for many years and was a sales rep for alloy company Cast Alloy.

"It is with great sadness that we advise of the death of our friend and colleague Greg Dozer. Greg lost his battle with cancer on September 27, 2015 and leaves a void in all our lives.Funeral arrangements are as follows: Wagley Funeral Home, 310 S. Lane St, Blissfield, MI  49228, Visitation: Wednesday September 30, 2015; 11 am – 3 pm, and 5 pm to 8 pm, Funeral: Thursday October 1st." September 30/2015

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