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"Breaking News From Ipsen…Companies Recognize Correlation between Education and Heat Treatment Success

CHERRY VALLEY, IL – With an ever-increasing need for first-hand knowledge of thermal processing and the intricate functions of specific equipment, companies are recognizing the importance of sending employees to Ipsen U. Not only was Ipsen U’s April class full, but the upcoming June course is also completely booked. Ipsen U’s three-day course allows attendees to ask questions about specific equipment and processes, as well as learn directly from Ipsen experts in a casual, open-forum environment. This proves useful for those wanting to expand their thermal-processing knowledge base, as well as for first-time furnace buyers.

Attendees from the most recent Ipsen U course came from a wide variety of locales, including California, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Mexico. A survey of Ipsen U’s April participants found they thought the course provided a “much better understanding of the overall function of vacuum furnaces, as well as the key principles to how they work and troubleshooting when issues arise.” Another participant surveyed praised the instructors’ “incredible amount of knowledge, hints, tips and real world advice.”

Ipsen U’s instructors cover an extensive range of topics, from an introduction to vacuum furnaces and heat treating to furnace sub-systems, leak detection, maintenance and so much more. Most notable about Ipsen U is participants’ ability to bring up any topic pertaining to their specific vacuum furnace operations for discussion. This allows for some fluidity and permits the instructors to shape the course to individuals’ specific needs and concerns.

In addition to making experts available for one-on-one discussions, Ipsen U also puts information concerning furnace maintenance and upkeep into the participants’ own hands, providing them with the tools necessary for the continued, successful operation of their own equipment. With equipment that contains a multitude of parts that are expensive to replace and can be damaged in various ways, sending employees to learn from the experts has its benefits.

The value of attending such a course is immeasurable because employees have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the equipment and processes they will be utilizing in the workplace. Learn more and register for one of the two remaining Ipsen U courses this year, August 5-7 or October 14-16, at IpsenUSA.com/IpsenU." April 25/2014.


Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has never had so 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 includes these; an Oxygen Probe Manufacturer in Switzerland looking for a US Partner, a Top Executive in the commercial heat treating industry looking for a new position, a Production Manager required at Bodycote, a Sales Engineer needed at Gabarre Furnaces and a Quality Manager Position at Bodycote in Grand Rapids, MI.

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 jordan@themonty.com. April 25/2014.


Milind Kulkarni/SECO/WARWICK Allied. Milind Kulkarni has been named Managing Director of SECO/WARWICK Allied in Mumbai, India. As Managing Director, he is responsible for the SECO/WARWICK Allied day-to-day operating activities, including revenue and sales growth, expense, cost and margin control, profitability, and monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kulkarni worked for Batliboi, as CEO reporting to the chairman of the board. He was responsible for 2 manufacturing business units and one trading unit in India apart from being on the board and responsible for the Canadian business unit. Prior to this he was with multinationals like Protego, ABB and General Electric in various functions. Mr. Kulkarni is an Electrical Engineer and certified lead auditor for ISO systems. He has undergone various trainings on financial management, TOC, profit center management from reputed institutions and academies. About SECO/WARWICK Allied; SECO/WARWICK Allied is a highly accomplished producer of industrial furnaces and incineration systems.  Along with SECO/WARWICK’s standard vacuum and atmosphere equipment, the group specializes in hydrogen bell annealing, roller hearth, galvanizing, continuous hardening & tempering, reheating, bright annealing, bogie hearth, pit pot, rotary and special application furnace systems along with hot air generators, fired process heaters and incinerators.  As an integral member of the SECO/WARWICK Group, SECO /WARWICK Allied shares engineering expertise and provides local manufacturing services in India. April 25/2014.

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Used Equipment Available. We have lots of additions to our used equipment listings these days in spite of the general shortage of good used equipment. Recent additions include two Surface Combustion 36 X 72 X 36 1400F gas fired gas tempers, a very nice Williams 5600 CFH Endo Generator two small Radyne Induction Systems, a small Sunbeam Batch IQ Nadcap Certified, a beauty of a Super 30 Allcase, a Gleason Model 529 Press Quench, with a Rotary Hearth Furnace, and 3 monster Surface Combustion Batch IQ Furnaces. A very large Beavermatic Batch IQ Furnace along with an immaculate condition AFC-Holcroft Pusher Line are also recent. If you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we will try to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com April 25/2014.

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The Global Heat Treatment Network. Several times recently we have mentioned the name of The Global Heat Treatment Network. We asked the organizer of the network Mr. Karol Forycki of FOKA Engineering to tell us a bit about it. This is what Karol has to say; April 24/2014.

"The Global Heat Treatment Network is a global network of more than 80 Heat Treatment Experts worldwide. The members are all kind of “hands on” heat treat professionals, engineers, equipment designers, metallurgists, scientists, CEO’s, Presidents & General Managers, experienced heat treat shop managers, supervisors & operators, advisors & consultants. We are working for the heat treatment industry and we support our customers and partners in all areas of heat treatment:

  • In their decision making processes
  • We help them in their equipment selection, but we are independent and impartial
  • In set up & optimization of heat treatment processes & heat treatment equipment
  • With the analysis of defects & damages, in problem solving & solution development
  • With design support for furnace manufacturers
  • In modernization of  their furnaces and equipment
  • In case of production emergency, including selection of alternative suppliers
  • With outsourcing of client’s heat treatment activities
  • With appraisals and outsourcing of idle/obsolete equipment
  • Trainings & Seminars
  • We are solving also their HR problems incl. people search, employees selection and… people outsourcing
  • Support in PPAP, CQI-9, NADCAP procedures

We are also filing empty spaces on the globe with HT conferences and exhibitions as we did in Poland with this 1st  annual CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPEAN HEAT TREATMENT FORUM & EXPO. Next in our planning (where The Monty is always our media partner!) we have;

  • European Nitriding Summit in 8-9 October 2014
  • EuropeanVacuumCarburizingSummit in December 2014
  • EuropeanBrazingSummit in February 2015
  • EuropeanHeatTreatmentControls&SimulationForum in June 2015
  • EuropeanInductionMeeting in October 2015
  • Starting 2015 we will follow with same conferences in Asia and later in Americas

We also help local heat treaters to get them organized, we help them to become international as we did in Poland and helped to organize the Polish Heat Treatment Forum. We started in 2008 and are currently organizing our website. We would like to present it as a worldwide communication platform for equipment manufacturers, component suppliers, commercial heat treat shops, service, repair & maintenance enterprises, spare part suppliers, consulting companies. It should be used for all job issues, as an RFQ platform, and as a platform for all global conferences and exhibitions.. Our temporary e-mail address: GHTN@heat-treatment-forum.eu"

European Used Equipment Available. Surplus Heat Treating Equipment. For 15 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. jordan@themonty.com April 24/2014.

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Heat Treating Turkey. Our final photos of heat treating in Turkey shows a small commercial operation on the outskirts of Istanbul. It is actually located in the same building as furnace builder Sistem Teknik although it has no affiliation with the company. This plant has earned in our opinion the title of "The Most Colorful Heat Treat Company in the World". April 24/2014.

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Advanced Heat Treat Corp./Press Release. Far and away the largest commerical Ion Nitrider in North America has issued this press release. April 23/2014.

"WATERLOO, IA —Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) was recently audited by PRI to maintain Nadcap (National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation at their MidPort Facility in Waterloo, Iowa for nitriding and AQS (Aerospace Quality System). The audit took place February 11-14, where they were awarded twelve months of accreditation. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. became Nadcap certified last year, receiving formal accreditation on April 22, 2013. Employees undergo intense training to ensure proper procedures are in place for ion and gas nitriding processes, and AHT staff proficiency is tested every two years; recertification every three years. According to PRI: “Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both Industry and Government to establish requirements for accreditation, accredit Suppliers and define operational program requirements. This results in a standardized approach to quality assurance and a reduction in redundant auditing throughout the aerospace industry because Prime contractors, Suppliers and Government representatives have joined forces to develop a program that:

 Establishes stringent industry consensus standards that satisfy the requirements of all participants

 Replaces routine auditing of suppliers with one approved through a consensus decision-making process of members from the user community

 Conducts more in-depth, technically superior special process audits

 Improves supplier quality throughout industry through stringent requirements

 Reduces costs through improved standardization

 Utilizes technically expert auditors to assure process familiarity

 Provides more frequent audits for Primes, fewer audits for Suppliers”

"Advanced Heat Treat Corp. takes pride in holding ourselves to the highest quality standards and looks forward to continuing to offer the Nadcap certification for our aerospace and defense customers." Quality Specialist, Connie Mackey, stated. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe. In 33 years, AHT has developed into a multi-service heat treat company that takes pride in fitting the ideal solution to any application. AHT’s UltraGlow® family of processes includes Pulse Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening (i.e. Quench & Temper), Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more services. The company’s unsurpassed customer service, high quality standards, prompt turnaround, commitment to research and development, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have led AHT to where it is today.

To learn more about AHT’s capabilities, contact Mr. Mikel Woods (Sales / Marketing) at 319-232-5221 or woodsm@ion-nitriding.com, or visit AHT online at www.ahtweb.com. About Nadcap; Created in 1990 by SAE Inc., Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute. PRI exists to advance the interests of the mobility and related industries through development of performance standards and administration of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification programs as well as related activities for the benefit of industry, government, and the general public. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response. Learn more at www.pri-network.org or contact PRI at PRINadcap@sae.org".


Cihan Balaban/Sarvion, Turkey. In the growing heat treating market of Turkey the company that stands out as the largest supplier to the industry is Sarvion based just outside of Istanbul. Sarvion was founded in 2010 and the main shareholders are Avion of Germany and furnace builder Sistem Teknik of Turkey, also included is Sarvion's sister company Sistem Makina another furnace builder. As a company Sarvion offers furnace parts, controls, furnace rebuilds, new furnaces, project management and design. These efforts are supported by SSI of the US, Avion of Germany, DOH Mesh Belt of Germany, US Burner Company of Germany and Inex of the US. Chihan Balaban is the main force behind the company and in our opinion there is nobody that knows the Turkish market better. I am sure if you have questions he would be happy to answer them cihan@sarvion.com In the first photo below we see Cihan on the left and in the second picture we see Cihan second from the left at Sistem Teknik. April 23/2014.

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Doksan Heat Treatment/Ankara, Turkey. A recent tour of heat treating operations in Turkey was extremely interesting and one of the most intriguing operations was a fairly new commercial operation by the name of Doksan Heat Treatment in Ankara. The owner a fellow by the name of Gurkan Gencler was first introduced to the heat treating industry by his father who owned a foundry which included a heat treating department. While Gurkan drifted away from the industry to some extent (although he has owned an Induction heat treating company since 1988) heat treating has always been in his blood which lead to his opening a new heat treating facility within the past few months. This operation has several large Ipsen batch IQ furnaces, a 10 bar vacuum furnace and room for a great deal of growth. As you can tell from the pictures not all of the furnaces are up and running yet but all are very close. Based on the capacity of each furnace Doksan is going to be taking a great deal of business from other commercial heat treaters in the area and listening to Gurkan’s plans for the future we would expect this company to grow and prosper. April 22/2014.

Gurkan Gencler, Asli Gencler, Dale Montgomery, Gord Montgomery

Gurkan Gencler and part of his team along with Matt Cross, SSI Europe, Gord Montgomery and Cihan Balaban, Sarvion

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Tecvac Press Release. Tecvac in the UK is the sister company of Wallwork Heat Treat one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the UK. According to this the company is becoming more involved in vacuum brazing. April 22/2014.

“Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ‘one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varying size. Tecvac currently provide vacuum brazing services to key technology sectors such as aerospace, motorsport, medical devices, instrumentation, vacuum equipment and the oil and gas sector. “We have a highly skilled team who are able to assemble the most intricate components, comprising scores of parts, with precision. Joining under vacuum requires no flux and the process is controlled so that the finished assembles produced are clean and dimensionally accurate every time, requiring no further finishing operations,” explained site director Simeon Collins. Most commonly used for joining metal to metal components, brazing can also be used to join more exotic materials such as ceramics and carbides. Brazing will satisfactorily join dissimilar metals such as copper, stainless steel and titanium. All joints are free from surface oxidation and therefore have high strength, often greater than that of the materials being joined. Brazed joints are ductile and so components perform reliably, even when subject to shock and vibration, retaining their strength and remaining leak proof. It is possible to combine heat treatments such as solution treatment or hardening during the brazing process leading to reduced lead times and total part price reduction. Each project is carefully evaluated and Tecvac select braze materials and develop a bespoke process for assembly, furnace control and final testing that are appropriate to the needs of the customer. With extensive metallurgical laboratories and operating an ISO9100 aerospace-standard quality assurance system, the company can deliver a quality product every time. They also welcome individual company inspection and accreditation. E-mail: simeon.collins@wallworkht.com Web: www.wallworkht.com


SECO/WARWICK Press Release.  Furnace builder SECO/WARWICK will be holding their annual Furnaces & Atmospheres for Today’s Technology program June 16-18, 2014 at Holiday Inn Express in Meadville, PA. April 22/2014.

"SECO/WARWICK Corp. has announced the following program highlights for the Furnaces & Atmospheres for Today's Technology seminar, an educational event for individuals new to heat treating equipment responsibilities.

  • Daniel Herring, The Heat Treat Doctor®, Keynote speaker- Current Industry Trends
  • Praxair - Bulk Atmospheres
  • Ceramic Fiber Engineering - General Refractory Design
  • Rolled Alloys – Alloy Applications
  • Houghton – Quenching & Quenchants
  • Super Systems Inc. – Analyzers with a portable equipment demonstration
  • Eurotherm – AMS2750E and understanding temperature uniformity

The core curriculum has been developed by SECO/WARWICK's engineering staff, who collectively bring over 200 years of combined experience in the design and manufacture of industrial furnaces. About Furnaces & Atmospheres for Today’s Technology; The Furnaces & Atmospheres for Today's Technology event is held every year for industry professionals to present the latest improvements in heat treat furnace technology. The event provides basic, practical information for individuals new to heat treat responsibilities or planning to buy new or used equipment. We take great care to make the presentations non-commercial and provide useful information for the design, operation and maintenance of heat treatment equipment and atmospheres in common use by manufacturers throughout the NAFTA region. About SECO/WARWICK; The SECO/WARWICK Group provides industrial metal heat treatment furnaces used in a variety of processes for material finishing and component manufacturing applications.  We supply furnaces to customers involved with steel, titanium and aluminum production as well as aluminum recycling, forging, automotive, aerospace, commercial heat treating, HVAC/R, electronics, wind energy, medical equipment and nuclear industries. The globally integrated organization includes the manufacturing sites SECO/WARWICK Corp. (USA), Retech Systems LLC (USA), SECO/WARWICK S.A. (Poland), SECO WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd. (India), SECO/WARWICK RETECH Thermal Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (China) and SECO/WARWICK do Brasil ltda (Brazil). Sales and service offices in Russia, Belarus and Germany complete the customer care network."


Alloy Prices Going Up? A couple of months back we speculated that nickel pricing would be increasing due to rather misguided government policies in Indonesia, a large exporter of nickel a key element in heat resistant furnace alloy components and fixturing. We have to confess that we had forgotten this story until we ran across the article which suggests that if things don’t change nickel pricing could reach levels not seen for almost 7 years. April 21/2014.

"The price of nickel, a key alloying element in low alloy steels, stainless steels, high alloy steels and non-ferrous alloys, broke the US$17,000/t barrier in early April, a rise of 16% since the start of 2014. The strong performance of the nickel price is forecast to continue as a result of reduced supply of nickel ore following an Indonesian ban on exports. Until this ban, Indonesia was the world’s top high-grade nickel ore supplier. According to a report from Standard Bank quoted in the Financial Times on April 10th, if the export ban remains in place beyond July’s presidential election in Indonesia, the global nickel market will see significant deficits of 134,000 tonnes in 2015, 106,000 tonnes in 2016 and 77,000 tonnes in 2017. “In the absence of a change in Indonesian policy, we think that by 2016, the market will get tighter than in 2006-7, when prices traded in the $30,000-$50,000 a tonne range,” the bank stated. Potential sanctions by the EU and the US against Russia could impact on the supplies of nickel from Russia’s Norilsk Nickel, a producer that accounts for 17% of the global nickel production."

Super Systems

Sanjeev Deshpande/Atmosphere Annealing Inc. Sanjeev Deshpande former president of Atmosphere Annealing Inc. and last seven years V.P. of Value Added Group Gerdau Special Steel North America has parted ways from Gerdau Special Steel N. America. Sanjeev has been in the heat treating business for 28 years and is well known in the metal forming and forging industry, his future plans are unknown at this time." sanjeev2018@icloud.com. We have consistently rated Atmosphere Annealing as one of the 10 largest commercial heat treaters in North America. April 21/2014.

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Bluewater Press Release. "Bluewater Thermal Solutions’ Southwest Heat Treat plant achieves ISO 9001 Certification HOUSTON PLANT SUPPORTS NEARBY OIL and GAS INDUSTRY.

Houston, TX –Bluewater Thermal Solutions announced the company’s Southwest Heat Treat facility located in Houston, TX has achieved ISO 9001 certification. The Houston plant was acquired by Bluewater in December 2012 to enhance its energy industry service offerings and to expand the company’s geographic footprint to support its customer base. The facility received its certification in April 2014, with a ceremony which is to be attended by many of the company’s key leadership, as well as distinguished guests from a range of regional oil and gas industry participants. Bluewater is a leading provider of heat treating services and solutions to a number of North American manufacturing industries. The company provides a range of metallurgical heat-treating processes in which metal parts are exposed to precise temperatures, atmospheres, quenchants, and other conditions to improve their mechanical properties, durability, and wear resistance. Bluewater has locations in Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada. From these locations, Bluewater services over 2,000 unique customers in the automotive, heavy truck, aerospace, construction, agriculture and energy industries.

Jeff Hemmer, Chief Operating Officer of Bluewater, commented: “This has been a critical initiative for our facility and is a testament to the processes and procedures the Southwest Heat Treat team has implemented since Bluewater acquired the facility in 2012.  Obtaining our ISO 9001 certification provides our current and future customers with greater visibility into the capabilities of the plant and demonstrates Bluewater’s ongoing commitment to continuing to provide its customer base with the highest quality thermal processing services and market-leading turnaround times. ” Ilya Soroka, Regional Operations Manager for Bluewater, added: “The presence of an ISO 9001 accredited facility enables companies in the oil and gas industry to access the highest quality heat treatment services in the region. We look forward to continuing to provide our existing customer base with a compelling value proposition and to establishing new relationships in the Houston market as we further enhance our thermal processing capabilities in the very near future.”

About Bluewater Thermal Solutions; Bluewater Thermal Solutions owns a multi-state network of commercial heat treatment and brazing plants. With 11 locations in the northern US and Canada, Bluewater provides thermal processing and metal joining to over 2,000 customers. Bluewater processes components to stringent engineering specifications for the auto, truck, aerospace, oil and gas, construction & agriculture equipment end markets. Bluewater’s staff is the most experienced in the heat treating and brazing industry. Providing solutions to our customers is where Bluewater excels. Technical and economic challenges are welcome and are viewed as opportunities to utilize innovative heat treating and metal joining techniques to provide required component performance at a competitive cost. For more information, visit www.bluewaterthermal.com." April 21/2014.

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Poland Heat Treatment Forum. We have one final photo from the recent Heat Treat Forum in Poland. This comes courtesy of German furnace builder ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH. The photo shows Sebastian Bischoff and Thaddaeus Nungesser where Sebastian had a presentation about “Gas carburizing at atmospheric pressure without surface damage”. April 21/2014.


Heat Treat Safety. Fires in heat treat departments are certainly not an uncommon occurrence and as far as we can tell the number #1 cause is water in quench oil tanks. Jeff Smith jeff.smith@sbscorporation.com of SBS Corporation gives us a thoughts about what this is caused by and a solution. April 17/2014.

"Heat treating has always been a dangerous occupation although in the last 30 years the incidence of fires has been greatly reduced. The  elimination of water in oil quenches has been one of the keys to this increase in safety.

Prior to 1974 there was little choice for oil cooling. Water and shell and tube heat exchangers were the recognized mode to maintaining quench temperatures. To safeguard against water leaking into oil,  furnace engineers would design the cooling system with the oil pumped at a higher pressure than the water so a leak would put oil in water..not good but much better than undetected water in a quench tank. The problem with this designed was that water, either tap water or cooling tower water, was very easy on pumps...they will run for decades without losing pressure or capacity. Oh the other hand quench oil gets very acidic as it ages and attacks any brass or bronze in the system. Pump impellers were often made of bronze and heat exchanger tubes were most likely copper. The acids in the oil erode these metals and would cause the impellers to wear ( think lost pressure) and these heat exchanger tubes to develop pin holes( think big fire).

With the introduction of air- cooled heat exchangers and the elimination of water in quench tanks a heat treat is a much safer place. Loads will still get hung up half way submerged and fire fighters will still try to pour water on oil fires but at least one obvious hazard has been eliminated in most quenching operations. The day of the waterless heat treat can't be too far off into the 21st century".

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CIEFFE FORNI INDUSTRIALI. We welcome our newest advertiser Italian furnace manufacturer CIEFFE FORNI INDUSTRIALI whose banner ad can be found on this page. CIEFFE was established in 1984 and in 1987 it became what is  known today as CIEFFE FORNI INDUSTRIALI, enriched by high-skilled professionals. CIEFFE FORNI INDUSTRIALI designs and manufactures metal heat treatment furnaces and lines for: automotive components, aeronautical components, railway applications, windmill applications, energy & power generation, nuclear power applications, forged components, medical Components and provides Thermal Treatment solutions designed for high end applications with maximum flexibility. Technological know-how is obtained through continuous research of innovative solutions with a particular focus on energy savings and cost reductions. Currently the company is installing a complete batch IQ production line for SFS Corporation in Medina, Ohio. April 17/2014.


Heat Treatment Forum Poland. The first annual heat treatment forum was held in Poland last week and we have this report about how the event turned out. April 16/2014.

“The 1st annual Heat Treatment Forum Poland organized by the Global Heat Treatment Network in cooperation with IndustrialForum took place last week in Wroclaw (Poland) and it was quite a success. This premium meeting with top speakers from the main global players in the heat treating world has already been recognized as the best access to Eastern European customers. More than 200 registered participants attended the lectures and technical sessions and there were more than 30 exhibitors. A number of the largest commercial heat treaters in the world such as Bodycote, Hanomag, VacAero and Hauck were present. Also Polish Institutes & Univeristies.  Customers came from sectors such as automotive, energy, heavy industry and aerospace. Furnace makers included AFC Holcroft, ALD, ALD-Dynatech, AMP, ECM, Ipsen, IVA, KGO, Remix, Rohde, Rübig, Schmetz, Hermann Schwammberger, Seco/Warwick, Systherms, Tenova, Nitrex and industry suppliers such as Burgdorf, EuroFluid, Avion, SSI, FOKA ENGINEERING, United Process Controls, GTD, Lohmann, Schunk, Kronmeyer, AHOTEC, Herakles, Eclipse, Guenther, Stange, Graphite Materials and German printing house Vulkan Verlag. “During this event Michel J. Korwin was inducted into the Heat Treatment Forum Hall of Excellence. This Heat Treatment Forum Award will be award achievements of people of the heat treatment industry with the title “Member of the Heat Treatment Forum Hall of Excellence”. Mr. Korwin (owner of Nitrex Metal Inc and United Process Control) became the 1st Member, for his very successful industrial implementation of the controlled gas nitriding idea NITREG. His technology leadership has been proven  for years in hundreds of installations worldwide (last group of pictures). The next events organized by the Global Heat Treatment Network are the 1st EuropeanNitridingSummit (October 2014) and the 1st EuropeanVacuumCarburizingSummit (December 2014). Both European tours will be starting in Poland. The photos below show you the forum with the third group of photos showing; Presenters, Robert Noebauer / Rübig, Prof.Dr.W.Swiatnicki / Warsaw University of Technology (presenting Nanosteel), Karol A. Forycki / Global Heat Treatment Network and the two participants addressing most of the questions from the audience: Thomas Wingens / Tenova and “Professor” Hans Veltrop /Veltrop Consultancy. The last group shows Michel Korwin of Nitrex.

Kaori Heat Treatment Company/Taiwan. Not often do we run across news items from Taiwan but we have this interesting photo of a new Ipsen MetalMaster high temperature brazing furnace being installed as we speak at Kaori Heat Treatment Co., LTD in Taiwan. This apperently is the second brazing furnace at their new Kaohsiung facility.  April 16/2014.


Vac Aero Press Release. Vac Aero is both Canada’s largest commercial heat treater and well known around the world for their new vacuum furnaces. This press release tells us about a new order the company received and which is just about to go into production. April 15/2014.

“VAC AERO Commissions a Vacuum Furnace at an East Providence, RI-based Aerospace Manufacturer!Burlington, Ontario, April 14, 2014 - The production-scale, 2-bar VAH3436 horizontal vacuum furnace with work zone dimensions of 24” wide x 24” high x 36” is designed to process aerospace parts under high-vacuum and partial pressures with excellent process control and is rated at a normal operating temperature of 2400°F (1316°C). The hot zone is comprised of curved graphite elements and the heavy duty hearth is constructed with quickly removable rails of pure molybdenum designed to support a uniformly distributed load of 1000 lbs at 2400°F.  The vacuum chamber and door are constructed of carbon steel and feature a double-wall, water-cooled design. The furnace operating system is based on VAC AERO's versatile HC900 interactive hybrid control package with SCADA and complete network integration capabilities and remote monitoring and control. The furnace is expected to run at full capacity next month.About VAC AERO International Inc.Founded in 1959, VAC AERO International provides vacuum heat treating and thermal & paint coating services as well as vacuum furnace systems and controls to aerospace and high-tech industries worldwide. VAC AERO operates 6 production facilities near Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, Canada as well as in 2 production facilities in Poland. More information can also be found at: www.vacaero.com

Doksan Heat Treat/Ankara, Turkey. Commercial heat treater Doksan in the capital city of Anakara actually has a fascinating history which we will be explaining within the next few days. For today we look at one of the two facilities the company has in the Ankara region of Turkey. This particular shop is not large by any means but it works around the clock doing Induction hardening with several systems including the 3  metre vertical scanner you see in the background. In the foreground of this picture you see from left to right; Matt Cross, SSI Europe, Cihan Balaban of Sarvion (we will be having a complete write up about Cihan and Sarvion in the next few days), the owner of Doksan, Mr. Gurkan Gencler and Gord Montgomery. We would expect the second location which as mentioned we will be profiling in the next few days is going to make quite a mark on the local heat treating community. April 15/2014.

Bodycote/Ankara, Turkey. You know darn well that if there is a need for heat treating worldwide commercial heat treater Bodycote will be there. Such is the case in Ankara. This location was one of four which Bodycote purchased in 2005 from Istas which is now 80% owned by Bodycote. Out of the 50 or 60 Bodycote locations we have seen over the years this is probably the smallest however it has a long and rich history and must be profitable for the company. While we were not allowed photos of the plant we can show you who is largely responsible for running this plant. From left to right we have; Cihan Balaban (Sarvion), Firat Saci, Plant Manager and a very experienced fellow, Onur Kenar, Quality Manager, Matt Cross (SSI Europe) and Gord Montgomery. April 15/2014.

Klein Tools/New Heat Treating Facility. As we can see captive heat treater Klein Tools (who actually has a help wanted ad on this website under business opportunities) has just opened a brand new in house heat treating department in Mansfield, Texas. Now we will have to see what this consists of, hopefully more on this in the very near future. April 14/2014.

"Klein Tools Opens New Heat Treating Facility in Mansfield, Texas on April 10, 2014. MANSFIELD, Texas, April 10, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Lincolnshire, IL based Klein Tools, the number one hand tool choice of professional electricians in the United States, is opening its new state-of-the-art heat treating facility today at 10 a.m. at 501 Easy Drive, Mansfield, TX. Klein Tools’ employees, local officials and industry representatives are invited to tour the brand new heat treating facility and view how the best tools in the industry are made.Known for its exceptional quality, Klein Tools continues to invest in U.S. manufacturing and is committed to maintaining its place as the favorite among electricians. Klein is the only major tool manufacturer worldwide focused on electrical and utility applications. It offers a full line of electrical tool products, using only the highest quality materials and superior workmanship to deliver the best-performing and longest-lasting hand tools in the industry.“Since 1857, Klein Tools has been manufacturing tools in America, and it’s as important for us to keep that tradition now as it was more than 150 years ago,” said Thomas R. Klein, president of Klein Tools. “The opening of our new heat treating facility in Mansfield will help us keep up with product demand, streamline operations to stay competitive and provide American jobs in advanced manufacturing.”Klein Tools has already added a total of 200 jobs in Mansfield with two advanced manufacturing plants through the help of Texas Governor Perry. Klein Tools chose Mansfield in part because of incentives from The Texas Enterprise Fund, which was created to entice businesses to relocate to Texas.

Donusum Isil Islem/Istanbul, Turkey. This captive/commercial heat treater has the record as far as I know for the highest heat treat in the world. The parent company offers various types of steels and as a service for their customers Donusum provides hardening, vacuum hardening and very shortly gas nitriding all on the fourth floor of their warehouse and office building near Istanbul. There is a bit of a press release in this news item as the company is just completing construction of their first gas nitrider which will be equipped with a new SSI Nitriding control system with the entire system coming on line in just a few months. As a matter of fact in the one photo you can see a picture of Matt Cross, head of SSI Europe climbing a ladder to see into the furnace. Other photos also show a very impressive and fairly new Schmetz 10 bar vacuum furnace, the outside of the building with the heat treat on the top floor and another hardening system already in place. April 14/2014.

Sistem Teknik/Turkey. Heat Treating furnaces in Turkey appear to either come from Turkish furnace builders, German manufacturers, used equipment dealers in Europe or occasionally from North American builders (more on that later). Of the Turkish builders far and away the dominant player is a company by the name of Sistem Teknik which by any standards is a good sized builder with anywhere up to 100 employees depending upon business conditions. This is a company which covers it all from vacuum to batch IQ, mesh belt and roller hearth. As an example we saw under construction a monster horizontal vacuum furnace with 10 bar quenching, a mesh belt quench and temper line and a roller hearth. However the one that fascinated us the most was a line under construction which is dedicated to heat treating clutch plates. This is the second of two being provided for auto parts maker Valeo and there are 3 more of these lines coming up for various customers. The line is completely automated and consists of a carousel style hardening furnace followed by a press quench then by another carousel style temper. We have seen a number of rotary hearth style systems for clutch plates but the advantage of this style is the small footprint required. To give you a better idea we have two photos below which give you a very good idea of the design. April 11/2014.

Ipsen/PMF Industries. “CHERRY VALLEY, IL – PMF Industries in Pennsylvania selected Ipsen to manufacture a vertical MetalMaster® vacuum heat treatment system. PMF will use this furnace to manufacture stainless steel, flowformed products for the Aerospace industry. This particular MetalMaster vacuum furnace has a 48” x 84” (1,219 mm x 2,134 mm) all-graphite hot zone with a 6,000-pound (2,722 kg) load capacity. It utilizes gas cooling to 2-bar, absolute pressure and operates at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,400 °F (538 °C to 1,316 °C). The furnace also features a 35-inch (889 mm) Varian diffusion pump and Ipsen’s CompuVac® control system. The need for a clean manufacturing environment and overall uniform cooling drove PMF to select Ipsen’s MetalMaster. Respected as a workhorse in the Aerospace industry, the MetalMaster’s design has maintained ultimate performance and reliability for more than 45 years, with 500+ installations worldwide. It delivers the cleanliness and uniform cooling that customers request, while also providing a cost-effective, versatile and adaptable vacuum furnace system. Ipsen equipment is also capable of meeting Nadcap and AMS 2750E applicable requirements.

MetalMaster heat treatment furnaces are available in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, including horizontal or vertical designs and all-metal or graphite insulated hot zone packages. This multi-purpose vacuum furnace series features a specially engineered heat exchanger and turbine blower designed to optimize gas flow for more efficient cooling and excellent temperature uniformity of ±10 °F (±5 °C) or better. In addition to Ipsen's CompuVac control system, MetalMaster offers other high-productivity options, including specialized instrumentation, increased pumping capability and material handling systems. From assisting the efforts of NASA by providing brazing technology for rocket nozzle design to supporting Aerospace suppliers for the brazing and stress relieving of turbine blades, vanes, diffusion cages and combustion chamber liners, Ipsen’s world-class engineering team has the experience and resources to design and deliver the advanced thermal processing systems that allow our customers to innovate. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. Learn more about our products and services at www.IpsenUSA.com.

About PMF Industries
Since 1961, PMF Industries has been a pioneer in the development of the flowforming process by continually expanding their expertise and capabilities in metal forming and fabrication, allowing them to serve a wide array of industries: Aerospace, Environmental, Food/Beverage, Defense, Filtration, Medical, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical and Power Generation. PMF continuously develops proprietary manufacturing processes as a result of in-house research and collaboration with research organizations in the U.S. and Europe to develop new technologies. PMF offers concept to completion manufacturing with engineering consultation across a broad range of manufacturing capabilities, including flowforming, rotoforming, electromagnetic forming, hydroforming, laser cutting, machining, heat treating, press forming and others. Visit www.pmfind.com to find out more about PMF Industries.

About Ipsen
Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing markets, including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. April 11/2014.

Cremer Furnaces. While Cremer Furnaces of Germany is not a well known name in the North American heat treating market we have seen a number of their very innovative sintering furnaces at PM auto parts maker Stackpole in 2 of their facilities in Canada. It would appear that the company has acquired another furnace builder in Germany. April 11/2014.

“Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, based in Düren, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the majority of shares in SOF Equipment GmbH. Based in Eschweiler, Germany, SOF manufactures a range of furnaces for various industries including Powder Metallurgy (PM) applications. Cremer has been a manufacturer of industrial furnaces with a focus on the Powder Metallurgy (PM) and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) technology sectors for almost 50 years. The company produces a range of furnaces including walking beam, belt, pusher, multi-tube, drum type, batch type and rotary-hearth systems. “The acquisition of SOF by Cremer strengthens the market position and will provide an extended product range, more powerful technology and innovation support, plus an optimum service from a single source,” stated Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Cremer. Following the transaction, SOF Equipment GmbH has been renamed in Cremer-SOF Engineering GmbH and Ingo Cremer has been appointed General Manager (CEO).“

Clarence C. Hanson/Ajax Induction. It is with regret that we mention the passing of Mr. Clarence C. Hanson April 3 2014. Mr. Hanson was with induction company Ajax Magnethermic for over 25 years retiring as President of the company. Ajax Magnethermic (now Ajax Tocco) is a US based company and one of the largest in the world when it comes to Induction heating systems. April 10/2014.

Onerler Isil Islem/Bursa, Turkey. To date we have been extremely impressed with the quality of heat treating in Turkey probably largely because so much of it is new. Heat treating in Turkey appears to concentrate heavily on the auto parts industry with some aerospace and "general industrial" heat treating thrown into the mix. Onerler Isil Islem is a third generation commercial heat treater which fits this description to a tee with a mix of the most versatile of all heat treating equipment batch IQ (sealed quench furnaces), some very high end vacuum furnaces with some large capacity Induction systems. The company moved into this plant just 1 1/2 years ago and the whole plant was designed with an eye to the future such as the structure of the building. The very high, heavily vented ceiling is designed to reduce the build up of soot on the wall and ceilings with lots of extra space for future equipment additions which the company is already planning. At this point we should add that Isil Islem means Heat Treatment in Turkish. April 10/2014.

Keighley Labs, UK, Press Release. Work on the final phase of Keighley Laboratories’ ambitious new heat treatment facility is nearing completion, with its state-of-the art nitriding furnace newly commissioned and undergoing production trials and its sealed quench gaseous nitrocarburising unit currently being installed. Ancillary process equipment, including a solvent degreaser and pre- and post-treatment washers for removing any surface contaminants, are also being integrated into the streamlined workflow arrangement. Housed in a 5,000 sq ft purpose-built department, with a thermal insulation envelope designed to ensure optimum energy efficiency, the £1 million plus development adds the latest low temperature, low distortion thermochemical processes to the Keighley Labs’ heat treatment portfolio. It will meet more sophisticated surface engineering requirements for its existing customer base in the railway, mining, oil & gas and general engineering sectors, whilst opening up new applications in the aviation, nuclear power and renewable energy markets. In due course, the West Yorkshire company is hoping to gain NADCAP accreditation for this new department, to match the Materials Testing Laboratory accredited status for its Technical Services division. “We will have the new vertical pit, gaseous nitriding facility up and running in the spring of 2014, at which point we shall have amongst the best, most up-to-date low temperature, low distortion resource in the independent heat treatment sector, with the very latest process control software,” says Michael Emmott, Divisional Commercial Director for Keighley Laboratories Heat Treatment division.  “We’ve had a lot of interest from customers wanting to send jobs for processing already, but we wanted to conduct sufficient trial runs in order to obtain repetitive results, which will ensure meeting the quality and precision standards that the industry expects of Keighley Laboratories.”

Gaseous nitriding and nitrocarburising are heat treatment processes that enhance the surface properties of finished and near-finished metallic components. The gaseous nitriding process promotes wear resistance, together with corrosion resistance in the case of nitrocarburising, and these low temperature techniques ensure minimal distortion of the workpieces. In nitriding, the surface of the ferrous metal is enriched with nitrogen to improve wear resistance, fatigue strength and other characteristics; whereas with nitrocarburising small amounts of carbon are also introduced into the process, resulting in a more flexible compound surface layer, with good lubricant retention properties, as distinct from the classical white layer of gaseous nitriding. The furnace interface is via the latest SuperData SCADA software package, complete with full colour HMI touchscreen. This provides recipe-driven process control, continuous data logging, an EasyTrack load entry system, paperless recording and rapid access to historical records; accurate temperature control is achieved by three zones of heating elements, controlled by a sophisticated internal cascade system. SSI technicians have already delivered on-site software training, so that Keighley Labs specialists can adjust the basic programming to suit the company’s own processing routes.

Keighley Laboratories gaseous nitrocarburising sealed quench furnace is an IPSEN TQ7 gas-fired unit, which consists of a process-tight chamber with an integrated double-walled quench chamber, enabling the complex heat treatment cycle to take place in a protective environment. For their new processes, Keighley Labs envisages treating a wide variety of components, helping to substantially improve wear resistance, fatigue life and anti-corrosion properties. Both low distortion techniques mean that finishing operations such as post-grinding and machining can be eliminated or kept to a minimum. “With some of the most modern furnace equipment and process control technology outside the captive heat treatment sector, this enables us to compete with independent contractors throughout Europe,” says Keighley Labs MD, Debbie Mellor. “We shall be able to regulate the precise parameters for single- and multi-stage processes to suit exact customer specifications, allowing us to provide a service that is second-to-none.” For further information, contact Keighley Laboratories Limited, Croft House, South Street, Keighley BD21 1EG, tel 01535 664211, memmott@keighleylabs.co.uk , www.keighleylabs.co.uk April 9/2014.

Bodycote/Istanbul, Turkey. In November 2013 commercial heat treater Bodycote issued this press release about a new location in Istanbul, Turkey (the press release is further down is below). The photos below show the building as it stands now which represents very fast progress. We understand that the facility is on time and that this location is actually on the Asian side of Istanbul and that the previous plant which is currently on the European side of the straights of Bosphorous will be closed with the equipment from the old location beginning moved to the newer location plus some new equipment. April 9/2014.

"Nov, 2013 Press Release:  MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) - Bodycote is pleased to announce plans to establish a Greenfield site in Turkey to meet growing demand from its existing customer base. The new site, expected to be operational from early Q3 2014, will be located in the Gebze region of Istanbul which is an established automotive centre and home to major OEMs including Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda and their supply chains. This developing region is seeing increased investment in business and infrastructure, with a new road bridge connecting Kocaeli Bay and Bursa. Access will also be improved to other important industrial areas including Kocaeli, Duzce, Adapazari and Eskisehir. Bodycote's new facility will be equipped with modern sealed quench (IBQ) furnaces and will provide services including vacuum heat treatment, induction heat treatment, nitrocarburising, and Bodycote's proprietary Corr-I-durR process".

Bodycote/Bursa, Turkey. In our on going quest to see heat treating around the globe we visit Turkey for a look at a number of captive and commercial heat treaters in the country. It was not that long ago that Turkey would not have registered on anyones radar when it came to heat treating but due to it’s proximity to Europe, a relatively stable government (current issues aside), a nice climate, a well educated workforce and attractive labor rates ($2.00 USD per hour for furnace operators being not uncommon) the captive and commercial heat treating industry is a booming one. No surprise then that worldwide commercial heat treating giant Bodycote entered the market almost 10 years ago with the 50% purchase of commercial heat treater Istas. Istas (Bodycote) was and still is the largest commercial heat treater in the country with four locations with a new plant being constructed just outside of Istanbul. The first location we have visited shows a typical Bodycote model with a strong emphasize on batch IQ equipment, vacuum heat treating, Induction and some continous capacity. As expected this is an impressive, larger than average commercial heat treater with modern equipment including what is probably the largest vacuum furnace in a commercial operation in Turkey. By the way since 2005 the company has increased their ownership of Istas to the point that Bodycote has far and away the largest ownership stake in the company. In the one photo below we see from left to right; Emre Ozgun, Plant Manager, Cihan Balaban of Sarvion, Matt Cross of SSI Europe, Erhan Ayas, Sales & Marketing Bodycote and Gord Montgomery. More to come on this and other Bodycote locations around Turkey. April 8/2014.

Solar Manufacturing Press Release. “Solar Manufacturing Issues Podcast on Heating Elements. Souderton, PA. 4/8/14 – Solar Manufacturing published the latest podcast in its bimonthly series in cooperation with Industrial Heating called “Vacuum Heat Treat Minute”.  This second installment of 2014 has Mr. Bill Jones and Mr. Jim Nagy of Solar Manufacturing discussing the use of moly and graphite heating elements inside a vacuum furnace. The podcasts are available free of charge and can be accessed through the Industrial Heating website at www.industrialheating.com/media/podcasts/2731 or the Solar Manufacturing website at www.solarmfg.com/multimedia/podcasts.  If you would like to be alerted when the next podcast is posted, please email your request to info@solarmfg.com. ABOUT SOLAR MANUFACTURING; Solar Manufacturing designs and manufactures all types of vacuum heat treating, brazing, sintering, carburizing, and nitriding furnaces, as well as offers replacement hot zones and spare parts for various vacuum furnace brands.  To learn more about Solar Manufacturing’s diverse product line and services, contact Pete Reh, Vice President of Sales, at 267-384-5040 or pkr@solarmfg.com.  For more information on Solar Manufacturing visit www.solarmfg.com.” April 8/2014.

Monday Morning Briefing. We start off with rather a sad news item about a long time heat treater in Texas who recently passed away. This note comes from Danny McWilliams who was a good friend of Joe's. Joe McKinney passed away last Thursday the 27th of March.  He lost a 3 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Joe worked for AMT heat treat for a while, but his longest time was with Jerry Luce at Metroplex Heat Treat, Texas then with Bodycote-Arlington when it changed hands.  Joe was in charge of the Ion Nitriding, and was so good at it that when Bodycote took over, they sent him to Europe to teach the trade to several Bodycote plants. Joe was our hunting buddy.  He was someone you wanted to go hunting with.  He was a fine man, and a lot of us will miss him dearly. The industry is also losing another good man. Mr. Jeff Mays. Jeff was in charge of the heat treating department of SKF Bearings in Hanover, PA. Jeff's last day with the company was just this past week as he was forced to retire due to back issues. The heat treating department (pictured below) was constructed just a few years back and is one of the nicest we have ever seen featuring two Aichelin roller hearth salt lines. April 7/2014.

What the heck is happening to Bodycote (commercial heat treating) share pricing these days-it seems to keep climbing with no end in sight as you can see from this news item. "Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY)'s stock had its "buy" rating restated by research analysts at Jefferies Group in a report released on Tuesday, AnalystRatings.Net reports. They currently have a GBX 895 ($14.89) price target on the stock. Jefferies Group's target price would suggest a potential upside of 10.90% from the company's current price. Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Analysts at Numis Securities Ltd reiterated an "add" rating on shares of Bodycote PLC in a research note on Thursday, March 20th. They now have a GBX 770 ($12.81) price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of Bodycote PLC from GBX 540 ($8.99) to GBX 655 ($10.90) in a research note on Monday, March 17th. They now have an "underweight" rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Nplus1 Brewin raised their price target on shares of Bodycote PLC from GBX 700 ($11.65) to GBX 850 ($14.14) in a research note on Thursday, March 13th. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company's stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus price target of GBX 731.06 ($12.16)". In NY state it looks like the end of the line for Modern Heat Treating & Forging in Buffalo. This family owned business appears to have closed their doors for the last time. Please note that this is the Buffalo location only the Akron, NY facility is a separate entity specializing in vacuum heat treating.

New furnace builder Lucifer Furnaces recently received an order from the University of Washington for a furnace that will allow students to heat treat more parts in-house. The furnace, which has a work chamber of 18 x 24 x 36 inches, replaces a smaller, antiquated unit. In addition to heat treatment, the furnace can be used in casting and forging processes. EFD Induction recently sold its largest single-shot short-circuit ring brazing system to ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies. The system, which was installed at ABB's plant in Vittuone, Italy, can braze rings with a diameter up to 1,500 mm (59 inches). And in more personal news heat treat rep firm WG Montgomery Ltd. recently became the Canadian rep for alloy company Wirco out of Avilla, IN. The photo below shows Gord on the right along with some of the top management of the company. The second photo shows Wirco's foundry in Champaign, IL.

Edwards Limited Press Release. One of the best known names when it comes to vacuum pumps for vacuum furnaces sent us this press release. April 4/2014.

"Edwards continues strategic growth with opening of new us service center. A sign of Edwards’ commitment to improvement and efficiency. NIAGARA, NEW YORK, USA. (1 April, 2014) — Edwards Limited, a leading manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products and abatement systems and a global provider of related value-added services, is excited to announce the upcoming opening of its new vacuum and abatement Service Center in Glenwillow, OH.  This state-of-the-art center will replace its current remanufacturing hub in Strongsville, and will include Edwards’ latest remanufacturing and repair methodology as well as expanded product repair capability. “This is not simply a relocation”, commented Stephen Abate, the Americas Service Director at Edwards.  “We have reached the capacity of our Strongsville center and, in looking to the future, are eager to expand and improve our operations in Ohio.” The Glenwillow site has been designed to upgrade to the latest service processes and global best operating practices and will allow Edwards’ service teams to better support their valued customers in the United States. Overall, the new service hub will facilitate the lean manufacturing standards1 that Edwards holds itself to around the world.  New training facilities will provide a forum for hub staff, field service engineers and customers to benefit from hands-on instruction.  Brand new equipment and a streamlined layout will improve efficiency.  The combination of increased capacity and upgraded technology will support Edwards’ planned future growth and additional product lines. “This center is a statement of our commitment to our wide customer base”, added Abate.  “As our business grows, we need to respond to increasing service demands from our customers in the general industrial sectors, research and development labs, chemical process industries and the semiconductor industry.  This move-up will allow us to do just that and we look forward to providing even better service in 2014 and beyond.” The new center will begin operation on April 25, 2014.  After this date, all correspondence should be sent to the new address: Edwards, 7905 Cochran Rd, Glenwillow, OH".

Aichelin Group Press Release. "AICHELIN Group signed cooperation contract with BSN Thermoprozesstechnik.  The market for press-hardened steel sheets for the automotive industry, so-called blanks, is one of the most rapidly growing markets in the thermo-process sector and has quadrupled within the last decade. In order to take account of this dynamic development, two veritable “champions“ in this industry have now signed a trendsetting cooperation and license contract in order to comply even more precisely with their customers’ highly demanding and innovative challenges. Based on their common vision “We will not do anything but we will strive for perfection in what we do” Aichelin and BSN signed a license treaty in December 2013, which stipulates a close technological cooperation between the two companies according to the “best practice“ principle.

Their common service portfolio comprises design, engineering, manufacturing, delivery and starting-up as well as the after-sales service of ready-for-use plants for the heating of blanks for subsequent press-hardening for the automotive industry as well as the hardening of shafts and other steel components. “We have developed an innovative furnace whose walking beam technology allows to heat laminated blanks or components up to the right temperature within the shortest period of time and then subsequently convey them into the press with maximum precision”, says Dipl.-Ing. W. Schütt, managing partner of company BSN, regarding the technology process, which has been patented in the meantime.

Close cooperation across three continents and three time zones; For a promising customer, a major supplier in the automotive sector, BSN and Aichelin are already working intensively on the technological solution as well as the actual design for four comprehensive plants. “The particular challenge with this first project consists in the fact that the customer has demanded two plants for his sites in Europe as well as one for China and one for the USA, which are to be supplied within a continuous period of 18 months. The customer trusts in the new cooperation with BSN, which combines the innovation, precision and internationality of our sites in a unique way in order to carry out the project according to the customer’s wishes and in due time. The placement of an order is imminent“, says Dr. Thomas Dopler, CEO of Aichelin Ges.m.b.H., Mödling, Austria, who will assume overall project responsibility as an operative parent company.

About AICHELIN : AICHELIN Group has been a global leader in the supply of plants for the heat treatment of metal components since 1868. In addition to the manufacturing and service of industrial furnace plants for various sectors, Aichelin Group produces induction heating plants as well as industrial gas burner systems. The photo below shows;  Sitting : Werner Schütt, CEO BSN Thermprozesstechnik GmbH, Dr. Peter Schobesberger, CEO AICHELIN Holding GmbH. Standing : Bernd Schütt, BSN Thermprozesstechnik GmbH, Dr. Thomas Dopler, CEO AICHELIN Ges.m.b.H". April 4/2014.

Aberfoyle Metal Treaters Ltd./Ontario, Canada. Aberfoyle is one of the coolest commercial or captive heat treaters we have ever seen due to the size of the furnaces the company operates which you can see in one of the photos below. The press release below tells us of a small management change at the company. April 3/2014.

"We are pleased to announce the following management changes effective today: John Beingessner – President, Tom Bell – General Manager, Colin Hall – Plant Manager. Commenting on the change in presidency, outgoing President and company founder, Harry Hall had this to say: “It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mr. John Beingessner has been appointed President of Aberfoyle Metal Treaters Ltd., effective April 1, 2014.  John joined our company in 2010 as Vice President & COO. Prior to joining us, John served as President of B&W Heat Treating Ltd. in Kitchener, Ontario from 2004 to 2010 and served that company in various management positions for a total of 24 years. Since forming the company in 1989, I have had the honour and good fortune to lead and grow it over the last 25 years. I am eminently proud of our achievements and the solid reputation we have developed throughout North America and beyond. I will be staying on with the company for at least one year promoting sales and marketing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, suppliers and associates who have supported us over the years.” Tom Bell and Colin Hall will continue to perform their current duties but will now have additional responsibilities and authority in management and operations. About AMT; Aberfoyle Metal Treaters is a leader in commercial heat treating, grit blasting and coating services for heavy industrial fabrication, steel making, power generation, aerospace, petrochemical and other specialty markets. 2014 marks our 25th Anniversary in business. Any questions or comments should be directed to: Harry Hall – hhall@aberfoyle-mt.com, or John Beingessner – johnb@aberfoyle-mt.com "

Polish Heat Treatment Forum. Next week is the first annual Polish Heat Treatment Forum and the organizers are pretty excited about it, so much so that they sent us this summary. April 3/2014.

"We now have close to 200 registered exhibitors and presenters and the visitors are many times that! All of the exhibitors booths are spoken for. International participants are coming from the US, Canada, India, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Lithuania. Most of the major equipment manufacturers and their suppliers will be in attendance. Leading international companies from the automotive, energy, aviation, marine, mining, bearing and machinery sectors will be in attendance as well as the largest commercial heat treaters in Europe.  http://www.heat-treatment-forum.pl/homepage/

Certified Heat Treat/Wes Carrollton, Ohio. Just yesterday we told you about the terrible tragedy at commercial heat treater Certified Heat Treat where a worker lost his life. The Dayton Daily News just today had this story about what happened. April 3/2014.

"The heat treating company in West Carrollton where a worker died this week said it will work with federal safety officials to have "the safest workplace possible." This morning's statement by Certified Heat Treating follows the death of James L. Mitchell, 48, of Vandalia. Mitchell likely died late Sunday night after getting caught in a door while working with a furnace at the company's building on Infirmary Road, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. "We at Certified Heat Treating are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Jim Mitchell at our facility here in Miamisburg," according to the company's statement. "Jim had worked here for 25 years. Jim was a dedicated worker and he was highly regarded by all who had the privilege of working with him. Our feeling of loss is profound and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. "As a company, we have strived to maintain a safe working environment," according to the statement. "In the light of this tragedy we are taking a close look at those efforts and we are working with OSHA to ensure that we have the safest workplace possible". Mitchell was alone at the time of the accident and his body discovered later, said Bill Wilkerson, area director for OSHA's Cincinnati office. Wilkerson said the business has no history of OSHA-related complaints. An autopsy of Mitchell's body was scheduled for Monday afternoon. Preliminary results may be released today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office".

Härterei 2014 (Heat Treat Shop 2014). We have this news report about the recent heat treat show in Munich, Germany.  "After Wiesbaden the second largest HT Conference in Germany is the Annual Heat Treatment Convention in Munich called Härterei 2014 (Heat Treat Shop 2014) which is arranged by MWS Dr. Schreiner. VDI MWS stands for Münchner Werkstofftechnik-Seminare (Munich Material Technology Seminars and Exhibitions) and is organized by Dr. Alexander Schreiner and his son Daniel Schreiner, with support from Dr. Olaf Irretier and his company IBW.  This annual event took place last week and was celebrating its 30th anniversary. The idea to have an annual heat treat show in Munich was born in1984 during the Wiesbaden show and since that time it is held every year in Munich. Dr. Schreiner is a very experienced fellow having worked with Bosch and BMW and ending up with a PhD from the Technical University of Munich.. He also worked with Günter Rübig setting up their heat treat shop in Wels/Austria in 1986. For his achievements and also on the occasion of that 30th anniversary, he was honored by MD (Editors note; MD is Managing Director or GM in Europe) of furnace manufacturer Rübig, Mr. Thomas Müller with a very special present (nobody knows what is in the wooden case in the picture below). By the way MWS Dr. Schreiner VDI recently joined the GLOBAL HEAT TREATMENT NETWORK, a global network of over 80 heat treatment experts worldwide, acting in Europe, Asia and the Americas (more about that to come soon)". April 2/2014.

From the left T.Müller, Dr.A.Schreiner, Dr. O.Irretier

The photo above shows the attendees at the show and even here in Canada we recognize several well-known faces in this photo such as; Günter Reuss (owner of the very inventive vacuum furnace manufacturer Systherms GmbH), Olaf Irretier (IBW), Thomas Müller (MD of Rübig), Werner Schwan (Bosch), Rainer Braun (MD od Burgdorf), Karol A. Forycki (leading member of the Global Heat Treatment Network), Willi Wingens (owner of Technotherm, biggest commercial heat treater around Stuttgart, Germany), Markus Reinhold (R&D Director Ipsen) and Stefan Heineck (Stange).

Certified Heat Treating/Miamisburg, Ohio. Rather a very upsetting story about a death at commercial heat treater Certified Heat Treating in Ohio. All we know is what you see below. "WEST CARROLLTON -- The man who was found dead in an air duct early Monday morning has been identified as 48-year-old James L. Mitchell. Police say Mitchell, from Vandalia, was found about 1 a.m. Monday at Certified Heat Treating. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office says it has performed an autopsy but has not yet released a cause of death". A police statement said this; "WEST CARROLLTON -- We are working to find out more information about a situation in West Carrollton. Officers were called to Certified Heat Treating just before 1:00 this morning on Infirmary Road. According to scanner traffic, the call out was for someone injured in the air duct. The coroner's office has confirmed to us that a body was brought to them from the scene". April 2/2014.

Dave Rinz. Recently we mentioned the passing of a well known individual in the vacuum furnace industry, Mr. Dave Rinz. These are the funeral details; "Funeral Service Notice. There will be a funeral service for Dave Rinz on April 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist in Lambertville, NJ. It is located just over the New Hope bridge on the left hand side. The address is: 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530". April 2/2014.

April Fools. The news item below is quite obviously an April Fools joke, a time honored tradition in many Western countries where playing a joke on the unsuspecting public is a long time tradition. The most famous example of this is of course US film director Orson Wells who had a fake radio broadcast back in the 1930's about Martians landing in the US (this was based on War of the Worlds by HG Wells). Panic in the streets ensued but we have no doubt but that is was a ratings hit. Having said that there is a small grain of truth in that bat guano actually has some properties that would aid in altering the properties of metal although we have grave doubts that we will ever see bat guano in a heat treat department (although if the environmentalists ever gain the upper hand there is a strong possibility). April 2/2014.

New Heat Treating Technology. While the heat treating industry is a conservative one there does from time to time appear a technology which truly does promise to revolutionize heat treating. Dr. Scott MacKenzie, PhD, FASM  and Gary Berwick two individuals that we have a very high regard for and who are well known in the industry submitted to us details of a fascinating new technology which is going to change the way we do things. If this delivers as it promises we could see a fundamental change in furnace manufacturing especially in vacuum heat treating. What you are reading is the condensed version of the report, the full 32 page technical article can be found by clicking on the link in this news item. April 1/2014.

"A black swan is an unexpected technological innovation that totally disrupts existing markets. In our world of heat treating, there haven’t been many examples.  But there may be one happening now.  One that will rapidly decrease the cost of heat treating and the capital equipment required.  Will this render vacuum heat treating obsolete?  We refer to a major study just completed by a University in Romania.  Prof. Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko has come up with a new way to heat treat, similar to fluidized bed or salt bath nitriding.  But instead of aluminum oxide or nitriding salt, bat guano is used.  Guano analysis translates to 10 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorus, and 1 percent potassium or potash.  The natural components in the guano nitrides tool steels at low temperatures (under 800°F/425°C) with virtually no distortion. This “game changer” actually  has historical roots dating back to the middle ages for protection of cannons and bells and is described in the original translation from Latin by Herbert Clark Hoover translation of De Metallurgia, written by Georgius Agricola in 1556.  Hoover was the 31st president of the United States, member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. CLICK HERE for the technical article just released.  The only downside of this technology is that (to be rather course and blunt) bat shit really stinks!

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