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Northland Heat Treating, Antigo, Wisconsin. We mentioned just last week about a rumor about a commercial heat treat in Wisconsin closing down. It now sounds like it is fairly definite that Northland Heat Treating in Antigo, WI has pretty much closed their doors. As a small family business ourselves we always lament other family businesses closing down. Northland was a small operation operating batch IQ furnaces and while we are not sure why circumstances seen to have caught up with them, they obviously did. September 30/2014

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Used Equipment Available. We have turned over a lot of used equipment recently and what you will see now in our list of used equipment available is quite a bit different than just a month ago, have a look and tell us what questions you have. Recent additions include a very elaborate Induction Press Quench System, two virtually unused Quench Oil Coolers, a very nice Beavermatic Box Furnace, two Wisconsin Box Tempers and two Surface Combustion Endo Generators. Also included are two Surface Combustion 36 X 72 X 36 1400F gas fired gas tempers, and a very nice Williams 5600 CFH Endo Generator. 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 September 30/2014

A few examples include:

Wallwork Heat Treat Press Release. "From one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the UK, Wallwork we have this press release. To flesh this news item out we are including the photo below taken a year ago which shows one of Wallwork's 3 facilities in the UK. September 30/2014

“The Wallwork Group will showcase their extensive services for heat treatment, micro fine surface coatings, vacuum brazing and research and development capabilities at the Advanced Engineering Show. The company will be emphasising service to clients, particularly the rapid turnaround in processing components, in keeping with aerospace, motorsport and engineering demands for lean and just-in-time production. “The major challenge for all engineering manufacturers is to improve component and business performance. We support these objectives with a range of heat treatment and coating processes to modify the surface characteristics of components and tools to enhance service life and performance. To back this up we have a world class R&D facility and a dedicated logistics operation able to collect and return components quickly so clients can maintain production momentum,” explained sales and marketing director Simeon Collins. Wallwork operate a national service from three sites, Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge. This places them close to major aerospace, engineering and motorsport centres and good proximity to leading universities and research establishments. Facilities are accredited by Nadcap, aerospace majors such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce and many other leading manufacturers. Carbon coatings include the full spectrum of finishes from highly lubricious graphitic films to diamond coating with extreme hardness. Diamond coating is particularly applicable to tools used in drilling and cutting composites in aerospace and motorsport/automotive industries. Conventionally hardened tools produce ragged edged cuts causing secondary damage and weakening of the material. Diamond coated tools cut cleanly and last longer. Fewer stoppages for tool changes give higher quality yield and productivity to lower unit cost. The company also offer a full range of traditional vacuum, sealed quench and salt bath heat treatment processes. These permit the metal hardening of engineering components to improve their performance and cost effectiveness. Wallwork has greatly extended its capability in bespoke and volume vacuum brazed components, combining high strength joints with the ductility to cope with vibration and stress. These properties arise from brazing under high vacuum eliminating surface oxidation so that materials are more effectively bonded. Having a variety of vacuum furnaces available to support this process, the company is able to scale up from development work to volume production."

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European Used Equipment Available. Surplus Heat Treating Equipment. 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. jordan@themonty.com September 30/2014

A few examples include:

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Hind Vacuum Company/Bangalore India. While we have never heard of Hind Vacuum Company of Bangalore, India the company claims to have been around for more than 40 years specallizing in vacuum furnaces. Hind sent us this press release about an order they received fro a company in Kuwait. September 30/2014

"Bangalore-based Hind High Vacuum Company (HHV) has bagged an order from Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research. KISR is actively involved in the promotion of scientific and applied research, particularly in matters related to industry, natural and food resources and other primary constituents of national economy, to serve the goals of economic, technological and scientific development, and to advise the government on scientific matters and on scientific policy issues. "The order is for a complex high vacuum heat treatment furnace and it marks our foray into the Middle East market," said Nagarjun Sakhamuri, Managing Director of HHV. "It is a privilege for HHV to be recognised by KISR, having placed an order for such a large size, complex heat treatment vacuum furnace. More than four decades of experience in innovative design and development of vacuum equipment has helped make HHV the market leader in the vacuum heat treating industry," he added".

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off with a press release from furnace manufacturer AFC-Holcroft. “(September, 2014) AFC-Holcroft has received an order for a complete Mesh Belt Austemper Line from a major supplier of automotive components. The order is for a complete gas-fired austemper facility, consisting of a computerized loading system to feed the parts into the furnace belt; a gas-fired mesh-belt austenitizing furnace with three zones of control to heat the parts to the process temperature; an integral, gas-fired salt toquenching tank to quench the hot parts in molten salt; and a spray-dunk washer  clean the products after they exit the system. AFC-Holcroft’s BeltMaster Control System will monitor and control the flow of product, as well as maintain load tracking, history and recipe storage and management for the line. The mesh belt facility has been designed to meet the requirements of CQI-9. The equipment is expected to be delivered to the customer’s plant in Ontario, Canada in the first quarter of 2015. Mike Neumann of AFC-Holcroft stated, “Our company has been building and operating continuous austempering equipment for nearly 30 years. Our extensive experience and reputation in austempering was a key consideration in our customer’s decision to purchase AFC-Holcroft equipment.” Out in California a manufacturer of process and temperature control systems is in the process of installing 2Abar-Ipsen HR24x36 vacuum furnaces which will be used for brazing. This is a company which had always outsourced their brazing requirements however due to increasing demand the company has decided to bring this work in house. So how are we doing? Metal Treating Institute, MTI (the largest organization of commercial heat treaters in North America) says we are doing pretty well these days. Year-to-date sales for the Metal Treating Institute through August 2014 were $627.7 million, an increase of 3.8% from January-August 2013 when sales totaled $604.7 million. Sales for MTI in August 2014 were $79.2 million, an increase over August 2013 when ales equaled $76 million. Six out of nine MTI districts reported higher sales in August 2014 compared to August 2013. The Southwest district (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and Utah) experienced the highest increase at 15.4%, followed by Canada (10.2% increase).

Corey Manufacturing in Corey, PA just finished installing a brand new Ipsen Titan vacuum furnace. Corey Manufacturing is an aerospace supplier with a reasonably large in house heat treating department which is absolutely top notch. Induction heat treat supplier Ambrell sold two EASYHEAT 10-kW induction heating systems for thread rolling to a fastener manufacturer for the aerospace industry. The rods, depending on the material, need to heat up to 482°C (900°F). The systems will be tested in the US before being shipped to China. Whatever happened to heat treating of gears for the Wind Energy Business? It appears every time we turn around another company is abandoning the industry with the most recent one being located in Elgin, Illinois(we have a banner ad on this page about the upcoming auction which will include some extremely impressive pit carburizing furnaces) and mark our words more will follow. It’s a shame at it held such huge promise for the heat treating industry just a few years ago but at the end of the day it “fizzled”. It is a week today until the start of Furnaces North America (FNA) in Nashville, TN the largest heat treat show in North America for 2014 and all indications are that attendance will be excellent.

And to round things out we have been bombarded as usual with e-mails about Marketing Studies concentrating on the Heat Treating Industry. The most recent one is about global demand for industrial furnaces and has this to say; “As stated by the new market research report on Industrial Furnaces and Ovens Europe represents the largest market worldwide. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 4.3% over the analysis period. As the global manufacturing hub, increased manufacturing activity, large pool of low-cost and skilled labor and close proximity to lucrative markets are providing a major boost to demand, particularly in China and India. Strong manufacturing activity, steady economic development, growing automotive production, increasing demand for and production of various production line machinery, and robust construction activity, represent other growth drivers in the region”. Ok we agree with Asia having the fastest growth for furnaces, possibly the European market is the largest for new furnaces although our gut feel is that the North American market is larger with all the growth in Mexico  but the end of the sales pitch lists key players as; “AFC-Holcroft, Airtec Thermoprocess GmbH, AVS Inc., Beijing Shenwu Environment & Energy Technology Co., Ltd., Can-Eng Furnaces International Limited, Carbolite Limited, CERI Phoenix Industrial Furnace Co., Ltd., Consolidated Engineering Company, Despatch Industries, Dijko Ovens BV, Dowa Thermotech, Gasbarre Furnace Group, Grieve Corporation, Industrial Furnace Company, Ipsen, Lenton, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp., Pyradia, Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH, Solo Swiss Group, Tenova S.P.A, and Wisconsin Oven Corporation, among others”. Now we do have a beef with this list. Yes some of these are certainly amongst the largest in the world but how on earth could this report mention some relatively small (and in some cases virtually unknown players) and miss out on Ebner Furnaces of Germany, Aichelin of Austria and Surface Combustion in the US? Perhaps we are being too hard on the producers of this report but we have seen so many reports that weren't worth the paper they were written on that we have become very skeptical. September 29/2014

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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 include these; a Metallurgist Wanted at Paulo Products, an Electrical Engineer needed again at Paulo Products, a Customer Service Manager position with Bodycote, a Quality Manager required, a Field Service Electrician, and a Field Service Mechanic required.

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. September 29/2014

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Spectrum Thermal Processing. It was not until recently that we learned that Hayes Heat Treating in Cranston, Rhode Island changed ownership earlier this year. It turns out that Steve Egan, Paul Squizzero and Rick Houghton purchased the assets of the company and renamed it Spectrum Thermal Processing. All of these individuals each have over 20 years experience in the heat treating industry we believe mainly with Hayes Heat Treating. While Hayes Heat Treating was and probably still is a medium sized shop the company is so rich in history that it is worth mentioning. Originally it was started by the Hayes family who also owned CI Hayes Furnace Company (now part of the Gasbarre Group).  In it’s heyday CI Hayes Furnace Company was the pioneer in vacuum oil quench furnaces and turning out one new furnace per week which is an amazing number. While you could dispute this statement CI Hayes was a pioneer in vacuum carburizing. At this point we are not aware of any of the Hayes family still being involved in heat treating but we wish Steve, Paul and Rick the best of luck and hope that they continue this amazingly long lived story. September 26/2014

Al-Fe Heat Treat Press Release. As the largest commercial aluminum heat treater in North America Al-Fe lives and dies by the auto industry. According to this press release the company is not only living but living very well these days which is great to see-good company. September 25/2014

"Saginaw, MI—A powerful expansion to the existing partnership between Al-Fe Heat Treating and Ford Motor Company is building the foundation of a game-changing vehicle in the passenger truck world—the new 2015 Ford F-150. Al-Fe Heat Treating is investing millions of dollars in its Saginaw plant as part of Al-Fe’s alliance with Ford to process structural parts for the all-new military grade aluminum alloy and high-strength steel F-150. This premier flagship truck will be one of the first to offer lightweight design, dramatically increasing fuel efficiency while still maintaining Built Ford Tough® strength. It is yet another smart step forward in the ongoing relationship between Ford and Al-Fe to bring the best in new automotive technology to the marketplace. Industry, government and consumer demands are fostering the shift to lighter vehicles. In an effort to meet increased MPG standards, the projected aluminum content in vehicles will increase from 343 pounds currently to 550 pounds by 2025. From engine blocks to impact beams, aluminum will be a vital component of all vehicles going forward. However, using lighter weight aluminum in engines and vehicle frames necessitates a unique method of heat treating, one that minimizes torque, distortion and cracking, while still maintaining part integrity. Enter Precision Air Quenching (PAQ), a revolutionary process which offers significant benefits over traditional quenching methods.

In order to transfer heavier steel stampings to lightweight aluminum, Ford needed a solution for heat treating these aluminum parts to the required mechanical properties while controlling and minimizing distortion. Al-Fe Heat Treating is providing that solution, by investing $7-10 million dollars into their Saginaw, MI plant to build a state-of-the-art heat treating system that utilizes Precision Air Quenching.   The stampings will be manufactured by a Tier One stamping supplier to Ford. Al-Fe is also partnering with Can-Eng International to upgrade and customize the controls on Al-Fe’s continuous solution furnace, as well as build and install the Precision Air Quench system. In addition, Can-Eng will assist in adapting the configuration of the automated conveyors, delivering the parts immediately to Al-Fe’s existing continuous age oven, thereby completing the artificial aging process. These two powerhouses in the heat treating industry are joining forces to help make this incredible new truck a reality.

“All these parts that were traditionally made out of heavy steel will now be manufactured using lightweight aluminum, which will have a dramatic impact on fuel efficiency and vehicular design,” says John Holifield, Vice President of Heat Treating Operations at Al-Fe Saginaw. “Precision Air Quenching is a process that allows automotive part manufacturers to build frames, engines and other parts out of aluminum, providing the best of strength and lightweight design into one.” The 2015 Ford F-150 will be an industry leader in the push to lighter vehicles, using more military grade aluminum alloy than any other vehicle on the market. “We are proud and honored to be part of this truck of the future,” says Holifield. “At Al-Fe Heat Treating, we are committed to designing processes for the future needs of our customers—and this partnership is a perfect example of providing exactly what the customer needed, at exactly the right time.”

About Al-Fe Heat Treating; Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Al-Fe Heat Treating, Inc., is the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. The company operates plants throughout the Midwest and Southeast serving aerospace, automotive, military and commercial customers with both ferrous and non-ferrous facilities. To learn more about Al-Fe Heat Treating, visit http://www.al-fe.com."

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ALD-Dynatech Press Release. "ALD-Dynatech has installed its second Low Pressure Carburizing (LPC) vacuum furnace with oil quench for Jata Auto Ancillaries Company, at their manufacturing plant in Chennai, India. The multi-purpose ALD DualTherm® with oil quench is the environmentally friendly alternative to the conventional atmospheric multipurpose sealed quench furnace. It offers the same variety of technical processes and part quality as the traditional sealed quench furnaces with shorter and more environmentally friendly cycle time. The ALD DualTherm® furnace in combination with an oil quench bath offers latest technology in low pressure (8 -20 mbar) carburization (LPC) with subsequent oil quench that gives precise and consistent results. It is possible to use various vacuum quench oils for a quench process especially suited to the parts.

The furnace has effective hot zone size 600x750x1000 mm (24”x30”x40”) & load capacity of 1000 Kgs. (2200 lbs) The furnace has operation temperature range from 150°C (300°F) to 1050°C (1922°F) and advanced PLC/HMI control system.  Performance of this furnace has been found very good suiting Indian Market requirement  for heat treatment of various critical parts ” Mr. S. Gnanavel , quoted  after completing the initial trials.

In the picture from the right are Mr. S Gnanavel (Owner of JATA Auto), Mr. Hans-Juergen Hoehn ( ALD Vacuum Technologies) , Mr. S V Naik (ALD Dynatech Furnaces)

About JATA Auto Ancillarys: Jata Auto Ancillarys’ was started in the year 2000, offers a wide array of services including, induction hardening and vacuum hardening. Jata Auto Ancillarys’ are the pioneers in Induction Hardening (aided by Indo-Spanish technology) and the first to introduce low pressure vacuum carburlzing (aided by the German technology from ALD Dynatech) to the automobile segment of Chennai, India

About ALD Dynatech: ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of world renowned Vacuum furnace manufacturer “ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany”. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications including commercial heat treating, carburizing, nitriding, sintering, tempering processes for bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining and military, commercial heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries." September 25/2014

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Worldwide Heat Treatment Pricing. Now this is very cool. Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director & CEO of ALD Dynatech Furnaces in India has put together this chart of pricing of heat treating around the world. Now being a very experienced guy in the world of heat treating he has also offered a couple of what we would call disclaimers; "The costs were given (in range if possible) and doesn’t taken into consideration job lot sizes, services provided such as transportation, or quality of heat treatment. Another example in question is the cost of heat treatment for vacuum carburizing in China. The cost of vacuum carburizing is the same as vacuum heat treatment. The data confirms extremely competitive prices in the US, despite much higher labor cost compare to Asian countries. Prices were gathered from commercial heat treating shops between May and September, 2014". In spite of this disclaimer we are impressed as we have never seen such a comparison of pricing around the world. One point which we have emphasized over the past couple of years is that heat treating in North America enjoys much lower energy costs than the rest of the world which should lead to lower pricing. Brazil puzzles us though-the market is not great for heat treaters there and we were rather surprised to see such high pricing. We can only assume that this is a combination of high energy and high import costs making all heat treating related equipment from outside of Brazil amazingly expensive. September 25/2014

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Safety Issues. This being a potentially dangerous industry safety is always an issue. Yesterday we had an article about gas safety issues in North America, today we are very pleased to have these comments from Mr. John Hubbard, former CEO of heat treating giant Bodycote. Knowing John as we do we know these thoughts are from the heart and based upon a lifetime of experience in the heat treating industry. September 24/2014

"I read the Salazar article on safety and could not agree with him more on training; however, he fails to address as big an issue as lack of training - SAFETY CULTURE. When I speak about safety I finish the discussion by addressing the culture side with the analogy of traffic safety. Virtually everyone understands driving distracted, impaired, faster than conditions permit etc.

Yet virtually everyone breaks the rules (law) at some time thinking they are "skilled" enough to cheat the system. Most of the time we get away with this cheating resulting in future transgressions feeling more safe. Read the paper, daily in our communities we read the tragic results of failure to abide by the rules. Enter law enforcement. If you are not actively monitoring safety compliance and delivering citations (progressive consequences) then YOU are complicit in causing injury and death. You have created a culture that does not value employee safety.

The worst experience of my career in thermal processing was to have fatalities occur on my watch, especially when we focused hard on training, compliance, personal safety equipment and systems. We thought we had safe work places when in reality safety came behind production."  Respectfully, John D Hubbard

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Kevin McCurdy. The heat treat industry is a sadder place today with the passing this morning of long time heat treater Kevin McCurdy an experienced and high ranking Bodycote employee based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kevin was an easy to get along with fellow who had spent his life in the heat treating industry and who along with his brother Dan McCurdy, President of Bodycote AGI Group in North America made some real, substantial changes to heat treating in North America. Kevin you will be missed and you made a real mark on the heat treating industry in North America. I will have fond memories of you as I am sure most in the industry will. Sincerely Gord. September 23/2014

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TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority). Heat Treating can be a dangerous business and most areas around the world (if not all) have created a vast network of rules and regulations to make sure that safety is enforced. In Ontario and indeed most parts of Canada the regulatory body for these safely issues is TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) with the US equivalent being NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association). While these standards are important it would be unlikely to find a heat treater who at one point or another has not taken to profanity at some of the regulations which are covered. Greg Salazar of Salazar Industrial Training has spent 35 years involved in the fuels industry with 16 being involved in training on these issues. Greg has provided this with this summary very aptly named TSSA, Friend or Foe. To add a bit more background to this story this is what TSSA is responsible for;

"TSSA's Fuels Safety Program regulates the transportation, storage, handling and use of fuels as to ensure conformance to the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, and applicable regulations, codes and standards. These fuels include natural gas, propane, butane, hydrogen, digester gas, landfill gas, fuel oil, gasoline, and diesel. TSSA licenses fuel facilities, registers contractors and certifies tradespersons who install and service equipment. Additionally, TSSA reviews and approves facility plans for sites licensed by TSSA, and performs custom equipment approvals and inspection services to ensure fuel is handled and used safely".

"TSSA Friend or Foe? Many in the Heat Treat industry have had a run-in with TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) at some point during their careers. TSSA has been the dominant force in the Fuels industry in North America for quite some time and is the force that upholds the law regarding fuel safety and operation of gas fired equipment in Ontario. The Technical Standards and Safety Act is a set of laws set out by the legislature that govern the gas industry and the Regulations 212/215/235 etc, are the regulations pertaining to the safe operation of gas fired equipment in Ontario. These are all legal requirements. Everyone who works on, services, maintains or installs equipment that burns a gaseous fuel in Ontario is required to be licensed to do so. The codes B149-1 -2 -3 -4 -5 etc, provide general requirements and directions on what can be used and how to use it.  These codes are National codes with regulations specific to Ontario as represented by the Regulation 212/215/211 etc,. Each province has their own regulations to abide by, some are the same as Ontario's and some may differ slightly. In the USA the regulatory body that upholds the code is NFPA ( National Fire Prevention Association). Their rules and regulations are similar to Ontario's but are not routinely upheld to our standards. When a piece of equipment is manufactured in another country, such as the USA or Germany, or wherever and is purchased for use in Ontario it MUST meet certain standards and must have been approved and certified for use in Ontario / Canada by the authority having jurisdiction i.e. TSSA and the local gas supplier such as Enbridge Gas or Union Gas. Recently I have seen heat treat products brought into Ontario that had to be refitted to meet our standards and codes and also get field approval from TSSA and CSA. (Canadian Standards Association)" Continue Reading September 23/2014

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Monday Morning Briefing. We are going to start off with a press release from AFC-Holcroft referencing a new Batch IQ order the company received. If you cast your mind back to last week you will remember that commercial heat treater Advanced Heat Treat Corp. based in Waterloo, Iowa sent us a press release about a number of large investment the company was making. We now know that the Batch IQ Advanced mentioned was being provided by AFC-Holcroft. “September, 2014: Advanced Heat Treat in Waterloo, Iowa, USA, has completed the purchase of a UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace line for their increased production requirements. The new line is designed to integrate with Advanced Heat Treat’s existing Holcroft brand batch furnace line. The recent order consists of a family of AFC-Holcroft’s integrated UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) products, and is comprised of an integral quench furnace sized 36-48-36 with top cool, a UBT Temper furnace, UBW Washer, UBTC double-ended Transfer Car and EZ Series 4500 endothermic gas generator. The double-ended charge car will service both the new line as well as the existing equipment. “Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is pleased to meet customer demand and invest in the future with the addition of this new equipment. This furnace will allow us increased capacity of carburizing, carbonitriding and quench and temper projects” stated Gary Sharp, President and CEO”. Since we are on the topic of new furnace orders let’s mention that Bodycote, Arlington, Texas is pretty pleased with a Surface Endothermic generator they recently received. In the photo below we have from left to right; Michael Keca, GM, Shawna Hooper, Customer Service Manager, David Bailey, Induction Supervisor, Rosalio Rodriguez, Production Supervisor Joeseph Streubel, Planner and Jack Stevens, Plant Manager. The Arlington location is most likely the largest single location that Bodycote has in North America. Since we’re mentioning Endo Generators we might as well add that 95% of heat treaters in North America use an atmosphere generated by an Endothermic unit as opposed to a Nitrogen/Methanol for the simple reason that it is one heck of a lot cheaper.

It’s almost a year ago since German auto parts supplier ZF Transmissions Gray Court, LLC, located in Laurens County, SC announced it was adding a mammoth addition to their plant an addition which included a heck of a lot more heat treating capacity. The company certainly followed through and now has Ipsen pusher furnaces and one of the largest vacuum carburizing installitons on the continent. All of this capacity  is dedicated  to the production of an 8-speed automatic transmission (8HP), as well as the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission (9HP).  We now move on to a press release from vacuum “guys” AlphaTek down in Houston, Texas. “Alphatek of Texas, Inc. built and installed an electric drying oven for an anodizing operation in Chicago, IL.  The modular design incorporated Steel and Aluminum Modular components both to minimize shipping cost and provide for ease of expansion, has a top temperature rating(for this application) of 300 degrees F, and a fully accessible load zone of 72”W X 72”H X 36” D, to meet the customer’s requirement.  The customer has been utilizing the oven for several months, and reports notable increased productivity and reliable operation, since the installation".

When we think of Oerlikon Metco we think more surface treatment than heat treating but according to this press release the company is strongly pushing Plasma Nitriding in China, "Oerlikon Metaplas, as part of Oerlikon Metco, meets these demands and expands its global presence for nitriding technologies. The IONIT treatment service is now offered to customers in China. With roughly a half century of Heat Treatment technology experience Oerlikon Metaplas is the technology leader. The plasma-supported IONIT process, combining plasma nitriding and plasma nitrocarburizing, is environmentally friendly and already used for many automotive components. In China, the international operating automotive  industry can benefit from the exact same processes as in Europe. Current and future developments of state-of-the-art engines and gearboxes will increase the need for heat-treated components. The most common applications are automotive gear transmission components, like synchronizing disks and bodies, disk carriers, clutch disks, differential pinion shafts and selector shafts. Gearboxes convert engine speed and torque along the drivetrain, thus putting the available engine performance literally on the road. The latest engine developments, for example, work with more powerful or multiple turbochargers. The goal is to combine the demand for more torque and power, once considered complementary, with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Due to this reason, a surface solutions partner outside of Europe is required to guarantee the same component quality and reliability".  In people news we see that our friend Fabien Marquis is now the International Business Development Director for GH Induction Group, we will have to congratulate him at the upcoming heat treat show in Cologne Germany in a couple of months.  In where are they now news we ran across Randy Bal recently. Randy for years was very high up in General Motors when it came to heat treating. He retired a couple of years ago and and since then has been teaching a few hours a week at Michigan Technological University.

Heat Treating in North America is booming these days but of course there are always exception and we are being told that a shop in Wisconsin will be closing at the end of the month. We will give you more details when the doors are actually shut. Furnace Builder Codere in Switzerland sent us this press release; "Codere Switzerland has successfully completed our customised training workshop with our ASEAN agents Peer Energy Singapore Pte Ltd. In the below photo is (left to right)  David Howard (Sales Manager Codere SA), Mr. Francis Jeanbourquin (Sales Manager Codere SA), Ralf Giebmanns (Managing Director Peer Energy group) and Jeffrey Yeoh H C (General Manager for Peer Energy Singapore Pte Ltd) During this training programme Peer Energy visited our jampacked workshop with various multi quenching options (Oil, salt & gas cooling) for European and Asian customers learning of Codere's competitive advantages for our System 250. The objectives of this workshop was product training and implementing a mutual strategy in place to promote our product range and especially our System 250 modular batch installations. For further information on Peer Energy's product range, please contact their website on www.peerenergy.de Finally Codere want to invite all readers to visit our stand at the upcoming heat treatment congress HK 2014 taking place in Cologne. We will be present in Hall 4.1 G-030. If readers are interested to learn more about our product range or activities, please don't hesitate to contact David Howard from the Sales department either via www.codere.ch or by telephone 0041 32 4651010"

And last but not least fairly recently it was announced that Applied Process had taken on High Street Capital as a majority partner. This press release recently came out and it gives a couple of more details not available in the first press release. "LIVONIA, Mich. Sept. 17, 2014—Applied Process Inc. (AP) has taken on High Street Capital (HSC), Chicago, Ill., as a majority interest equity partner. This move adds essential resources that will not only expand the company’s capabilities, but will also continue to improve their industry-leading service and allow them to expand even more geographically. High Street Capital is a private equity firm that has been partnering with and growing successful companies since 1997. High Street finds differentiated companies and provides equity and experience to build winning businesses with strong growth prospects. Dick McClain, an HSC principal, explained that they are investing in Applied Process because they believe in the management, the people and the business. “The High Street Capital partners are looking forward to working with the world-class leadership team and employees at AP and to continue ‘growing the pie for Austempering,’” he said. John Keough, AP’s founder, stated, “We are pleased to have a strong partner in High Street Capital going forward. I plan, as always, to be actively engaged in the growth of the business and the profitable conversion of components from one material/process combination to a better, faster and cheaper one.” Applied Process Inc. was incorporated in 1984 as a stand-alone division of Atmosphere Group in Wixom, Mich., before President John (Chip) R. Keough moved them to their current address in Livonia. In 1993, Keough transitioned out of Atmosphere Group, and he, along with his wife and kids, became 100 percent owners. Because of the demand for AP’s Austemper-focused technologies, the company expanded to AP Westshore in Oshkosh, Wisc. Recently they have added a Monster Parts™ plant in Oshkosh.  Applied Process President John Wagner said, “Austempering offers our customers a cost effective way to obtain stronger, lighter and less expensive parts. We have been able to offer this practical and vendible experience in many different countries as we keep expanding our international network to places like Australia, England, Canada, China and India.” Applied Process’s extensive global network of industrial and technical contacts and resources are the backbone to AP’s reputation as a worldwide leader in Austempering technology". September 22/2014

Throughput

Aichelin Pit Carburizing Furnaces. A very interesting heat treat system on the used equipment market these days are several very large electrically heated pit carburizing furnaces made by Aichelin. Granted these have a limited market but if you require large pit carburizing furnaces probably these are the deal of the century. For more details click on the Hilco banner ad on this page. We can say that these have a Max Temperature: 1800ºF, Working Temperature Range: 1400º to 1750ºF, Max Gross Load per Tray: 33,000-Lbs., Effective Load Size: 78"D x 98"H, (4) Heating Zones, (12) Heaters, Rod Over Bend Heating, Connected Heating Load: 400-kW, Load Height (Above Floor): 24" (620mm), Overall Dimensions: 148"D x 210"H, with Retort, Cover Lifting and Swiveling Unit, Gas Recirculation Fan, Rapid Cooling System for Internal Cooling of Retort and Load, Sample/Flush/Pressure Probes, Pressure Regulator, Buhler EGK12 Sample Gas Cooler, Buhler Gas Extraction Sensor, MMI Carbonseer Zirconia Carbon Sensor, Digital Pressure Gauge, Carbomaster Process Technology Controls with Siemens PLC's, Process-Technology Protherm 500 Furnace Control with Full Color Graphics, 480V / 60Hz " September 19/2014

BMI

FloMet LLC/Centorr Vacuum Indusries. "Centorr Vacuum Industries announces it will be building a new MIM-Vac M900 debind and sintering furnace in 2014 expanding its customer base for the Metal Injection Molding market for FloMet LLC, an ARCMIM Company.  ARCMIM is the metal injection molding division of its parent company, ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. ARCMIM encompassing the pioneers of MIM: Flomet LLC, Advanced Forming Technology Colorado, AFT Hungary and Injectamax. ARCMIM is now one of the largest MIM producers in the world. ARC Group Worldwide, Inc., founded in 1987, manages a compelling portfolio of advanced manufacturing technologies and cutting-edge capabilities to improve the efficiency of traditional manufacturing processes and accelerate time to market. In addition to being a world leader in metal injection molding, ARC has significant expertise in 3D printing and imaging, advanced tooling, automation, machining, plastic injection molding, lean manufacturing and robotics.

The mission statement of ARC Group Worldwide is to bring innovation and technology to manufacturing. To support this message and to continue to provide outstanding quality components to our customers, FloMet has selected the Centorr Vacuum Industries MIM-Vac furnace design to process new materials that will be manufactured in their Deland, Florida facility. The FloMet group manufacturers a wide range of products for industries including orthodontics, firearms, medical, automotive, and aerospace. For more information please visit http://www.arcmim.com/

CVI has over 30 years of successful MIM furnace building experience and the new MIM-Vac M (modular design) has a number of new design improvements including advanced Molybdenum hot zones with “wide-flow” gas-plenum retorts using Sweepgas™ technology for consistent debinding. Founded in 1954, Centorr Vacuum Industries is a high temperature vacuum and controlled atmosphere furnace manufacturer with an installed base of over 6500 units worldwide. They are located in Nashua, NH with a fully staffed Aftermarket Field Service group, and Applied Technology Center offering R&D support and toll production service. For more information please visit www.centorr.comSeptember 19/2014

Phoenix

Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL When it comes to the safety of your employees, nothing is more important than ensuring they have the necessary information to make safe, sound decisions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for every 300,000 cases of at-risk behavior, there are approximately 300 recordable shock injuries. In addition, when performing maintenance in and around your vacuum heat treatment furnace, working with the hot zone elements and the Variable Reactance Transformer (VRT) can be tricky. One of the hazards that comes with such work is the risk of getting shocked, which is why it is essential to know how to utilize safe electrical practices when performing equipment maintenance. In the spirit of safety, Ipsen has provided a short video titled “The VRT and Safe Electrical Practices” that can be viewed on Ipsen’s new blog, www.IpsenHarold.com. From explaining the function of the VRT to discussing the multiple benefits of installing resistors, this video outlines valuable tips for ensuring safe electrical and VRT practices. It also covers a few things to consider and check before performing maintenance on your hot zone – all so you can safely do the work without getting shocked. Regardless of the industry you are in or the processes you run, Ipsen is committed to providing the most pertinent, up-to-date thermal-processing materials and resources. Whether you like your information in short, easy-to-understand blurbs or lengthy, in-depth technical papers, Ipsen has the answers you need in the format you prefer. Make sure to check out Ipsen’s other posts and how-to videos with tips for performing a leak check and optimizing your brazing process on their blog The Ipsen, Harold, www.IpsenHarold.com, as well as their various articles and technical resources at www.IpsenUSA.com. Don’t hesitate, visit today and see how Ipsen can help you." September 19/2014

Qual-Fab

"Norma Jean Texas Dove Hunt". We have today our final batch of photos from the Norma Jean Texas Dove Hunt one of the largest gatherings of heat treaters in North America in 2014. In spite of the rather rough and ready appearance of everybody you are looking at some of the most successful and experienced heat treaters in North America, including quite possibly the most successful of all the past CEO of Bodycote Mr. John Hubbard. September 18/2014

John Hubbard (ex CEO of Bodycote), Dianne McWilliams, Holly Moshier

Left to Right; Ron Baldus, T.J. Wright, Scott Michael (Wirco), Danny McWilliams our host, John Dodson, Dennis Wright, Chad Haines (Wirco)

Front and centre Mr. Brad Luce of Modern Heat Treat who has quickly become one of the largest shops in Texas. Currently Modern is in the midst of another expansions.

Mr. Jim Wilbur of Wright & Associates of Chicago. Jim is one of the most established Heat Treat Reps in North America

Ryan "King" Fussell holding court. Ryan is owner of Southwest Metal Treating in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Heat Treating Services Unlimited Press Release. "We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Purser  and Richard Tanner to our team. Mr. Mike Purser is responsible for handling various services and projects for HTSU. This includes burner tuning and retrofits, furnace repairs, instrumentation troubleshooting and upgrades, and much more. With Mike's 15+ years’ experience within the furnace rebuild and repair business, he brings extensive knowledge of industry equipment and specifications to HTSU. Mr. Richard Tanner comes to us with many years’ experience within the Pyrometry Industry and has extensive knowledge of industry specifications (AMS, CQI-9, etc.). Richard will be responsible for handling full Pyrometry programs for large automotive customers within the Southeast.  We are looking forward to what Richard can bring to our existing team as well to our customers. Both Mike and Richard will be based out of the Greenville, SC office.  In addition Heat Treating Services Unlimited, Inc. is opening a new location in Asheville, NC location. Due to high demand in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, we have opened a new location in Arden, NC a suburb of Asheville. The office will serve as a hub for our Service Engineers as well as Randy Hall will be handling all service scheduling and customer support from this office. Locations: Greenville, SC (HQ) | Detroit, MI | Wichita, KS | Asheville, NC

About Heat Treating Services Unlimited, Inc…. Heat Treating Services Unlimited, Inc. (HTSU) is a service company that provides maintenance, calibration, repair and testing services for process control systems and equipment within the thermal processing industry. HTSU is proud to be doing business with some of the top End Users and Manufacturers within the industry. Beginning in 1998, HTSU has maintained 97% of our initial customers as well as continued to expand our customer list throughout the world. HTSU maintains accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in the field of Calibration and Temperature Uniformity Surveys through the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (LAB), for our In-house Laboratory and On-Site Services. With Customers in United States, Canada, Mexico and Germany, we pride ourselves on providing a level of service that is second to none. www.HTSU.com" September 18/2014

Eurotherm

Texas Heat Treating Inc. Damn we love to see heat treaters doing well, investing and growing. Such is the case with the Fort Worth, Texas plant of Texas Heat Treating Inc. which is based in Round Rock, Texas. The last time we visited this plant was just over 2 years ago at which point it  was a brand new operation with 4 Surface Combustion 36 X 72 X 36 batch IQ’s and a vacuum furnace some of which were in operation  with others till being installed. Fast forward to September of 2014 and what we now see are two vacuum furnaces, 6 Surface 36 X 72 X 36 batch IQ’s (with another one rolling in the door in January), two large pit furnaces and a large Nitrex gas nitriding system. In addition the company is taking over the building next door which will put total square footage under roof at a little under 50,000 square feet. We have three photos to show you today; two show Rick Fleming and Daryl Hoisager of Texas Heat Treating as it looks now. The third photo shows the facility two years ago and includes the President of the company, Mr. Buster Crossley and Gord Montgomery. September 17/2014

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Advanced Heat Treat Corp./Waterloo, Iowa. There is a very interesting story behind Advanced Heat Treat. It was founded by Mr. Gary Sharp many years ago and based upon a technology which at the time was relatively unknown in North America-Plasma or Ion Nitriding. Gary started off on this basis of this technology and almost single handedly turned Plasma Nitriding into a recognized and respected heat treating process in North America. Since that time Advanced has turned into far and away the largest Plasma Nitrider in North America and quietly become one of the larger commercial heat treaters on the continent. While the company was formed on this basis as you can see they also offer most heat treating processes available.  

"Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Investing in Future; Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) has purchased and plans to install several pieces of equipment in the near future, increasing the surface treatment capabilities at each of its four US locations.

The Burton facility located in Waterloo, IA will be installing two new batch integral quench furnaces, along with support equipment such as temper units, washers, transfer carts and endogenerator within the next couple of months. These acquisitions will allow AHT to increase capacity of its carburizing, carbonitriding and quench & temper projects by over 40%.

The Corporate Headquarters at the MidPort Blvd. location in Waterloo, IA, will expand its nitriding capabilities when its high temperature ion unit is completed later this fall. Over 30 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 will be added to Cullman, AL late winter, 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, a new R&D gas nitride unit will be added to the Monroe, MI plant early spring 2015, allowing for an expanded offering of research and development projects. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. has been at the forefront of new developments in surface treatment and 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 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 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." September 16/2014

Kanthal

Norma Jean Dove Hunt. Yesterday we told you about one of the largest gathering of heat treaters in North America in 2014, the famous Norma Jean Dove Hunt in Goldthwaite, Texas. As promised here are a few more photos from the hunt with more to come this week. September 16/2014

Carlos Torres, Mattsa Crio, Mexico, Jordan Montgomery, "The Monty", Canada

Mr. Chris Dankert, Wirco, Avilla, Indiana

Steve Cargill, Cargill Heat Treat, Oklahoma City. Newly founded Cargill Heat Treat is growing at a torrid rate. Employees are nicknamed Cargillians.

Gene Lark, Lark Heat Treat, Houston, Ryan Fussell, Southwest Metal Treating Corp., Fort Worth Texas

Our host Danny McWilliams, Jerry Luce, former owner of Metroplex Heat Treat (now Bodycote, Arlington, Texas)

Bluewater

ZF/TRW. This news item is only of interest to us because ZF and TRW are a couple of the largest captive heat treaters in the world. Both incorporate virtually every form of heat treating known to man including Vacuum Carburizing,  Pusher furnaces, Vacuum, Induction and so on and so forth. Again as we mentioned the other in connection to another TRW story probably the only thing that will change is the name on the front door.

“ZF Friedrichshafen AG agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $11.7 billion, creating a company big enough to push back against pricing pressure from the largest automakers. With the deal, ZF is in position to leap ahead of Japans Denso Corp and Germany Continental AG to become the world’s second-largest maker of auto parts, trailing only Robert Bosch GmbH. The deal will combine ZF’s transmissions with TRW’s electronics, allowing the group to offer automakers larger packages of components. “The combined companies are clearly going to have a lot of scale and depth,” Joseph Spak, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets in New York., said in an interview. “They’re combining a number of key technologies as the world is moving toward autonomous driving.” The transaction gives the Friedrichshafen, Germany-based manufacturer access to TRW’s technology -- from air bags to collision sensors -- that keeps drivers secure and helps them avoid crashes. Consumer demand and government regulations are spreading the adoption of such features to prevent accidents and protect passengers and pedestrians. Scale and a wide-ranging product offering are vital to compete in the car-parts industry as suppliers need to be “big and powerful,” ZF Chief Executive Officer Stefan Sommer said today on a conference call with reporters”. September 16/2014

Ipsen

Monday Morning Briefing.  To start off we see that Bluewater Thermal one of the largest heat treaters in North American has a new CEO by the name of Jeff Hemmer. We have personally known Jeff for sometime and we will see he is a good very experienced heat treater. This is the official announcement; On behalf of the Board of Managers of BWT LLC, I am thrilled to announce that Jeff Hemmer is being promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Bluewater Thermal. In this role, Jeff will be directly responsible for all aspects of the Company’s strategic growth initiatives as well as daily execution. Consequently, his responsibility set will include actively managing and leading the critical functional areas of the business including operations, commercial, finance, engineering, safety and technical, among others. Each of the Directors of those functional areas as well as the plant General Managers will report to Jeff. Jeff will in turn report directly to me and the other members of the Board of Managers of BWT LLC. As you are aware, Jeff was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March of this year. It is uncommon, and a testament to Jeff’s integrity, leadership and tireless efforts to ensure the success of Bluewater and its employees, to subsequently be promoted again to the highest levels of the organization in just six months. I have learned much about Jeff from working closely with him these last eight months, most of which you likely already understand about him. Jeff is trustworthy and earns the trust of those he works with closely, both internal and external to Bluewater. He is thoughtful about company resources, both our human as well as our capital resources. He is respected by employees, customers, suppliers and others broadly in the industry. He has an unfailing drive to win and has the confidence and experience to act decisively in order to take us where we need to go. He is passionate about our Company, its bright future and the people who work for it. Please join me in congratulating Jeff as he takes on this new role as President of Bluewater. He has earned it and I look forward to working closely with him and all of you as Bluewater continues to capitalize on the tremendous momentum we have generated as a team in these last eight months.
Sincerely, Brandon Bethea President, Board of Managers BWT LLC.

Continuing on with “people news” we see a couple of promotions at commercial heat treat giant Bodycote. The first is long time employee Paul Dymond who was formerly Technical Manager at Bodycote in Empalme, Mexico is now Account Manager at Bodycote in Arlington, Texas (this was Metroplex Heat Treat until it was acquired by Bodycote a number of years back). We also see that Josh Longenette recently became the General Manager at the Rancho Dominguez location after having been Plant Manager and Manager. In the world of captive heat treating it would appear that Lambert Havelka who is in charge of heat treating at fastener manufacturer Alcoa Fastening Systems in Waco, Texas is retiring next February. We ran across Lambert and his son James this past weekend on a hunting expedition and the chance to take this photo of Lambert. Sounds like he will be building airplanes in his retirement. Nice guy who we are going to miss.

One of the largest commercial heat treaters in Michigan, Heat Treating Services suffered a small fire last week. “An employee at Heat Treating Service Corporation was hurt while working to extinguish a fire that broke out in an oil tank at the plant on Pontiac’s southeast side Monday afternoon, but is expected to recover. The flash fire started in what’s known as a quench tank, which is usually full of oil but had been emptied for cleaning or maintenance, said general manager Sunil Jain. The cause of the fire is unknown. The injured employee was using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher when the chemicals blew back in his face. He was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and was expected to be released, Jain said. The plant, which treats mostly automotive parts, suffered limited damage and was expected to reopen in the morning, Jain said. The quench tanks used as part of the heat treating process hold 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of oil. The fire started at 5 p.m. Monday and generated thick, black smoke. Firefighters used foam to smother the oil vapors and were able to put out the blaze in about a half-hour, said Fire Marshal Matt Covey”. Of mild interest to a number of industry suppliers is the fact that Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation of Southfield, Michigan, USA, has announced that its Powertrain division has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire TRW's engine valve business. We say of mild interest because while both have very large in house heat treating departments in a number of different plants around the world at the end of the day probably the only thing that will change is the name on the outside of the buildings.

We have this press release from vacuum furnace manufacturer and commercial heat treater Vac Aero; “VAC AERO will complete installation and commissioning over the next few weeks of a large 2-bar external gas quench horizontal vacuum furnace at an Aerospace manufacturing facility in Mexico. The unit has a work area of 48" x 48" x 60" with a 4,000-pound gross loading capacity. The furnace is equipped with a Honeywell's HC900 computer control system. The customer, which is primarily engaged in providing services to the aerospace industry, chose VAC AERO because of its focus and expertise in that industry, from product design, and on-site expert operator training through all stages of the furnace's life cycle including preventative maintenance and responsive field support throughout all of North America. 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

And what do heat treaters in North America do for fun? Why go hunting in Texas of course. As mentioned last week this past weekend was the final bi annual “Norma Jean” Dove Hunt in Goldthwaite, Texas organized by long time heat treat rep Danny McWilliams. Roughly 100 captive and commercial heat treaters as well as industry suppliers were in attendance and this gives you an idea about what happens when heat treaters get together. A few more photos to come this week.September 15/2014

Gasbarre

Norma Jean Dove Hunt. This weekend marks the last of the bi annual Norman Jean Dove Hunts organized by long time Texas heat treat rep Danny McWilliams. This year the gathering will include well over 100 heat treaters both commercial and captive and a number of industry suppliers. As a prelude to this event heat supplier Wirco (heat resistant alloy furnace components) arranged a small event which includes Carlos Torres of Mattsa (Mexico), Bill Akre of Diamond Heat Treat (Rockford) and Ryan Fussell of Southwest Metal Treating in Fort Worth to name a few. The photo below gives you an idea of the gathering and shows you most of the "Wirco Team". September 12/2014

Crio

Birth of a Heat Treat/Doksan Heat Treatment. Over the past 2 weeks we have shown you photos of the birth of a "greenfield" commercial heat treat firm starting with an empty building and progressing to the equipment being delivered and gradually installed. We are now up to the stage where some of the equipment such as the batch IQ furnaces and the induction lines are producing parts. This must be a joy to the owner’s heart to be producing revenue as opposed to an endless investment. September 12/2014

Solo

Service Heat Treating. Earlier this week we had a rumor that a large commercial heat treater in the Milwaukee, WI area was in the process of adding 2 gas nitriding systems. We can now confirm that long established heat treater Service Heat Treating http://serviceheattreatingmilwaukeewi.com/index.html  is indeed making a large investment in the form of 2 Nitrex gas nitriding systems. The 2 nitriders are 1000mm diameter x 1500mm deep with an expected delivery date of late October 2014 with startup by mid November of this year. Our understanding is that the company already has a great deal of work lined up for these furnaces. In addition to gas nitriding Service also offers Vacuum heat treating, Vacuum Carburizing, Batch IQ processing and  Nitrocarburizing to name a few. All in all we know that the President of the company Mr. Paul Armitage is pretty excited about this large addition to his capabilities (as he should be). September 11/2014

ALD-Dynatech Press Release. "ALD-Dynatech installed a vacuum furnace with oil quench and Low Pressure Carburizing (LPC) system for Akademi Metalurji Sanayi for their Manufacturing plant in Gabze, near Istanbul.  The furnace was manufactured by ALD  Dynatech India with effective hot zone size 600x750x1000 mm & load Capacity of 1000 Kgs. The oil quench furnace with operation temperature range of 150° to 1050°C has advanced PLC/SCADA control system.   The furnace uniformity is better than 6°C according AMS 2750E temperature uniformity class 2 specifications. The furnace has facilities for vacuum carburising, convective heating, partial pressure, etc. for better results. This is the first LPC with Oil quench type of Vacuum furnace to be installed in the country.  In the picture from the rigth are Janusz Kowalewski (ALD –Dynatech), Kushal Mahajan (ALD-Dynatech), Ramazan Combaş (Production Manager/Gebze), Bayram Türk (Managing Director)Gökay Kuşcu (Board Member),Shashi Bhat (ALD-Dynatech), Ergin Akyüz (Technical Consultant)

About Akademi Metalurji Sanayi:
Akademi Metalurji Tic. Ltd. Şti is one of the largest commercial heat treatment company in Turkey.  Akademi Metalurji performes broad range of  treatments in  vacuum and atmopheric furnaces and provides metalurgical analyzes.    In 2012 Akademi facilitated the Gebze Factory with furnaces from a world-leader in vacuum technology ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH. The Gas Nitriding furnace has the ability to process stainless steel with a high level of control potential for surface hardness. 

About ALD Dynatech:
ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of world renowned Vacuum furnace manufacturer “ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany”. The legacy companies that comprise ALD Dynatech have a combined 200+ years of Vacuum technology experience. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications including commercial heat treating, Carburising processes, sintering processes, tempering processes, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining and military, aluminium heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries."
September 11/2014

Mr. Sumida/DOWA Thermotech. We have a really fascinating interview today with Mr. Sumida, President of Japan based Dowa Thermotech. Fascinating because Dowa is by any measure one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the world as well as being one of the world's largest new furnace builders with over 2,700 furnaces delivered worldwide over the years. Mr. Sumida gives us a great deal of detail about the size of the company, where their heat treat plants are, a breakdown of where their furnaces have been delivered and a peak at where the company is going. September 10/2014    

1) The history of Dowa is a long (well over 100 years) and interesting story. Would you be able to give us a brief history of the company?

"Our foundation date was 1884 Sep 18th when our founder Denzaburo Fujita bought Kosaka mining from Meiji government. We have a number of big and small excellent companies in Japan, but there are few companies which have survived more than 130 years. These prestige companies such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Furukawa etc all started in metal mining or coal mining.

DOWA holdings Co., Ltd. which is the main stream of Fujita group, has not became as big as groups such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo group etc., but has gone through a rapidly changing social situation and currently consists of 5 businesses such as Environment and recycle, Metal process and Heat treatment etc.

Dowa Thermotech was founded in 1958 as Tokyo Heat treatment Co., Ltd which was the pioneers of the heat treatment industry in Japan. DOWA Thermotech actively developed its business based on the automotive industry and has 8 plants in Japan and has developed overseas business in India, Southeast Asia, China and USA.

1997  Dowa THT America, Inc. established.
2006  Holding company system implemented.
Dowa Mining Co., Ltd. changes its name to Dowa Holdings Co., Ltd.
Dowa Thermotech established
CEMM Co., Ltd. integrated.
2007  Dowa Thermotech (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established.
2010  Kunshan Dowa Thermo Furnace Co., Ltd. established
2011  Dowa Thermotech acquired most of ownership of Hightemp Furnaces Co., Ltd
2012  PT. Dowa Thermotech Indonesia established" Continue Reading

Mr. Sumida second from the left, Gord and Dale Montgomery

Andrew Bassett/Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc. Since the ALS Ice Bucket challenge went viral on the web, it was a matter of time that someone would put me up to the challenge. So being one not to back down from a challenge, I went ahead with the dosing of the ice water and then nominated all the employees of ATP and their spouses to participate. With doing so, ATP will donate $100.00 per employee, spouse and child that accepts the challenge to ALS Foundation. Thought you might enjoy a little bit of the lighter side of ATP with also spreading awareness about this terrible disease. Regards, Andrew Bassett, President, Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc. September 10/2014

Click Here: ATP Ice Bucket Challenge

United Process Controls/Press Release. "United Process Controls introduced today its online store in the USA (http://store.group-upc.com). The shopping site offers customers an extensive inventory of key UPC process control products including carbon/oxygen probes, controllers, analyzers, accessories and much more. It’s also home to leading brands such as AccuCarb, Carbonseer, FurnaceDoctor, H2Smart, NitroCarb, Protherm, and QuickSilver. The store’s user-friendly interface allows customers to quickly learn about each product’s features, appearance, and price, and to easily complete their purchase. “We are thrilled to open our online store in the USA. Our ultimate goal is to bring a new level of expedient service to current and future customers by making UPC products available for immediate purchase. The store supplements the activities of our existing channel of representatives, and on the support side, customers can be assured that products are backed by UPC’s dedicated US-based technical and support services. We’ve even included a probe selector app to make choosing your next probe purchase easier.” said Pat Torok, Vice President of Heat Treat Sales and Marketing."

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. September 9/2014

SSI/Diversified Services Press Release.  "Diversified Services—the heat treating division of the Metal Finishing Company—recently completed installation of SSi controls on all of its equipment. By using SSi’s 9130 controller and SuperDATA software, Diversified achieves accurate control of soak times, guarantees of part temperature, and complete historical traceability, all of which are critical given Diversified’s focus on the aerospace industry. From the beginning, Diversified set the foundation for electronic data acquisition and process control with Super Systems Inc. control solutions.

“The SSI instrumentation and software have provided us all the functionality to meet our specs and give our customers exactly what they need,” says Duane Heinrich of Diversified Services.  “We have recently expanded our capabilities by adding vacuum furnaces and are using the SSi 9220 controller for temperature control with all the recipe management features that we have experienced on our ovens.”

Developed for the heat treating industry, SSi’s 9000 Series instruments give operators the ability to run sophisticated or simple recipes controlling cycles for many different thermal treatments.    The instruments—used for vacuum, atmosphere, temperature, and nitriding applications—are designed to help minimize operator error and allow the instrument to control based on setpoints for those cycles.  With SuperDATA acting as the SCADA system, centralized recipe management, load tracking and data recording are seamlessly integrated to deliver a plant-wide solution that provides visibility to current and historical information.

Super Systems Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been developing and manufacturing products for the thermal processing industry since 1995. SSi’s products include probes, analyzers, controllers, software solutions and engineered systems. With over 100 years of combined experience, SSi continues to satisfy industry demands with innovative technology, enabling customers to be more efficient and to produce higher quality products. For more information on SSi’s capabilities, visit www.supersystems.com.

Diversified Services, located in Wellington, Kansas, serves customers with heat treating needs, especially in the aerospace industry. Diversified is highly regarded for its unique ability to process aluminum parts up to 80 feet long. The Wellington facility performs Penetrant Inspection, Shot Peening, Chem Film Coating, and Chromic Acid Anodizing. As with all Metal Finishing Company plants, it is also NADCAP and AS9100 certified. For more information on Diversified Services, visit www.metalfinishingco.com/dsi.html." September 9/2014

Caitlin Tara Montgomery. On a very personal note Caitlin Montgomery, daughter of Dale and Gordon Montgomery was recently engaged to marry Mr. Andrew Parkes. Caity has worked at WG Montgomery Ltd. in the past and attended several heat treat shows around the world so her name might be familiar to you. September 9/2014

NOLZEN INDUSTRIEOFENBAU Press Release.  "Since 1919 fourth generation NOLZEN INDUSTRIEOFENBAU has been producing “Made in Germany” industrial furnaces and heat treatment plants for annealing and hardening of metals. With our own casing and insulating construction, retort manufacturing as well as switchgear production Nolzen is a partner for optimum quality of industrial furnaces. The company located in Wuppertal, Germany offers competence in consultation, construction and manufacturing solutions for economically and individually designed heat treatment processes. Nolzen delivers energy-efficient standard furnaces and customised solutions in electric- and gas-heated versions for temperatures up to 1300°C. Pit type furnaces, boogie hearth and chamber furnaces are amongst our offerings for large-volume components and heavy load weights. Pit type furnaces for nitriding, case hardening and annealing have already been realised up to a diameter of 4,500 mm and a depth of 11,000 mm. Boogie hearth and chamber furnaces are designed in all dimensions, up to 50 m ³ volumes and load weights of more than 100 tons. NOLZEN has delivered more than 1000 pit type furnaces worldwide and is one of the leading suppliers for nitriding and carburizing processes. NOLZEN Industrial furnaces will be at the Härterei Congress 2014 in Köln as an exhibitor." September 9/2014

Monday Morning Briefing. If you are in Cleveland, Ohio there is a new heat treat in town by the name of Ohio Vertical Heat Treat (or O.V.H.T to you). We’ve never heard of this place before but the company claims that can vertically handle parts up to 72” in diameter and 16’ long and processes include Stress relieving, heat treating, normalizing, tempering, annealing & aging. While the company website is brief the contact is an individual by the name of Britt Morrow again a name which doesn’t mean anything to us. Our guess would be that this is the old BFG Aircraft facility which had a large heat treat department but which has been closed for some time. Our personal opinion is that there is a shortage of commercial available pit furnaces capable of handling parts up to 16’ long so this might work out very well. And speaking of new heat treats lets move on to the largest US based commercial heat treater, Bluewater Thermal who has a brand new plant in Ridgway, PA. "Bluewater Thermal Solutions has expanded its solutions service offerings once again and opened a new Induction facility in Ridgway, PA.   The 12,000 square foot facility has been renovated to support their full-service induction operation as well as a state of the art metallurgical laboratory.  The Saint Marys facility has been providing induction services to Bluewater customers since 2010.  The relocation of the Three Ajax Tocco 2 spindle stations from Saint Marys and the addition of a fully automated 5 spindle Taylor-Winfield unit have allowed Bluewater to provide dedicated induction services to their customers.   Production started at the Ridgway facility in February 2014 and it is located at 337 North Broad Street in Ridgway, PA.  “We are very excited about the expanded capacity and capability that the Ridgway facility is providing Bluewater Thermal Solutions customers.  The dedicated facility has room for growth which we anticipate will be needed as we continue to provide our current and new customers with the induction solutions they are looking for.”  - Jeff Hemmer, Chief Operating Officer"  


In people news a very well respected individual by the name of Gajen Dubal just retired after a remarkable 45 years in the industry. "Gajen Dubal first started working for Park Chemical back in June 1969.  During that time he worked as a “Special Project Engineer” with his main function being working as a customer service engineer, but also worked on the technical aspects of “No-Cy®” which is a carburizing salt that doesn’t contain sodium cyanide.  He had direct input in three different patents involving salt reclamation systems, and was mentioned in “Who’s Who” Engineering Magazine in 1975. After leaving Park 1978 and returning in 1997, Gajen was hired back as a “Quenchant Specialist” in June.  Gajen’s responsibilities included offering customers technical support in using Park’s oil, polymer, and salt quenchants. Customer visits included traveling to Canada, Mexico, China, and the United States.  Other accomplishments included giving numerous technical talks at Furnaces North America and ASM Heat Treat shows, publishing quenching papers in heat treating related magazines, and developed Heatbath / Park Metallurgical’s Enviroquench® which is an environmentally friendly quenchant to replace fast oils. Gajen’s retirement was on September 1st of this year, and he plans to travel with his wife Hema of47 years to visit grandchildren, sight see, and visit India on occasion". In other people related news we see that John Levensky has been promoted to Vice President of Sales at Delta Heat Treating / Mil Spec Heat Treating out in CA. John has been in this industry for some time with companies such as Bodycote, Solar Atmospheres and Phoenix Heat Treat. In the Induction world supplier Ambrell has a new CEO by the name of Tom Giglia. "Ambrell, a leading manufacturer of induction heating solutions, has promoted Tom Giglia to President and Chief Executive Officer. Richard Rosenbloom, former CEO and co-founder of Ambrell, is retiring but will become a Senior Advisor to the company and remain on the board of directors. Mr. Giglia was voted in unanimously by the company’s board of directors. Tom Giglia joined Ambrell in 1994. He has held an array of leadership positions, most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of Ambrell. He was promoted to that position in 2007. Throughout his tenure at the company, he has used his operations, engineering and business expertise to drive growth, manufacturing excellence and customer responsiveness. Ambrell has continually expanded its global footprint and its product line to meet the needs of a growing array of customer applications around the world. He holds a Masters in Business Administration in Manufacturing Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University".

It looks like Lucifer Furnaces (we have always loved the name of this furnace manufacturer) has sold a new box furnace to Quantum Machine Works Ltd. in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Quantum Machine Works is a manufacturer of core drilling machines and components for the mineral exploration industry. The furnace has working chamber dimensions of 12 inches high x 18 inches wide x 24 inches long and heats to 2100°F. Did you notice where Quantum is located? Whitehorse is one of the most god forsaken places in Canada and located not far from the Arctic Circle. Wonder if a sale call was necessary? August 21 Seco Tools in Lenoir City, TN auctioned off their remaining equipment due to the closure of this facility. Included was a number of heat treat items mainly consisting of Lindberg batch IQ equipment. The auction was reasonably successful with all of the heat treat furnaces. The buyers were a mix of used equipment dealers (who paid less than market value) and end users (who paid reasonable market value). It is a sign of the health of our industry that most heat treat equipment which comes up at auction is bought at reasonable prices. We were disappointed to hear that Bodycote Istas Isil Islem in Ankara, Turkey recently closed down. Disappointed because we visited this plant earlier this year. While very modest compared to most Bodycote plants the employees were super nice people and very hospitable.   In India there is a new commercial heat treater by the name of Modern Metals India Pvt Ltd., in Haryana. Modern Metals is owned by Metals India one of the larger commercial heat treaters in the country. The new plant has a very large Seco Warwick vacuum furnace and a Plateg Plasma nitrder which Modern Metals claims is the largest in the country. The two rather poor quality photos below gives you an idea about the new plant. September 8/2014

Global Heat Treatment Network (www.global-heat-treatment-network.com ) is creating a pan-European platform that supports regular meetings on developments and trends in the heat treatment industry and organizes next month (October 8-9th) the first comprehensive conference on nitriding in Europe: European Nitriding Summit. The first edition will take place in Wroclaw (Poland) and will become a biennial event alternating between different cities in Central Europe (www.nitriding-summit.com ). This premium meeting with top speakers from major global players and technology leaders will be followed by another important event: European Vacuum Carburizing Summit which will follow in December (4-5th). It is planned to start with Asian and American issues of both events in 2015/2016. September 8/2014

California Brazing Press Release. "California Brazing announces that it has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for Heat Treating & Brazing. "Being Nadcap accredited means that you are compliant with and have been audited to the most stringent quality standards in our industry and are capable of processing aerospace components." Jeff Ager, General Manager, California Brazing www.californiabrazing.com

California Brazing has held Nadcap accreditation since 2011. Having demonstrated their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications, the Nadcap Task Group has determined that California Brazing has earned special recognition. This means that, instead of having their next Nadcap audit in twelve months, California Brazing has been granted an accreditation that lasts 18 months. “Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Companies such as California Brazing go above and beyond achieving Nadcap accreditation to obtain Merit status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” said Joe Pinto, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Benefitting from a less frequent audit schedule reduces audit costs and associated pressures and demonstrates the trust that the aerospace industry has in California Brazing, based on their past performance in Nadcap audits. PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as California Brazing be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.”  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" September 8/2014

Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Companies all have unique needs and situations; in the case of Mercedes-Benz, they not only needed a furnace for the thermal processing of gearbox parts, crown wheels and drive pinion wheels, but they also needed the entire system to be installed in a limited space. In an effort to solve this challenge, Ipsen created and delivered a special atmosphere heat-treating three-row Pusher system that required comparatively less floor space and power consumption. Ipsen continued to provide solutions during this installation, utilizing the available space by carefully linking the high- and low-temperature furnaces, cleaning systems and quenching equipment – all of which provided flexibility for the various types of parts and minimized the space needed. In the end, Ipsen used a highly integrated transfer machine to service the entire system and required components in the compact area.

The Pusher furnace utilizes three rows in all of its main operating zones and is the first continuous heat treatment furnace from Ipsen to feature the new, patented Lock up system. This system incorporates an entrance vestibule and an oil bath, both of which are separated from the Pusher furnace’s heat treatment chamber by gas-tight doors. The furnace atmosphere thus fluctuates less in terms of temperature and carbon potential, resulting in precise, steady characteristics which are easy to monitor and can be adjusted accurately. The Pusher system also employs time-tested, durable Ipsen masonry consisting of refractory bricks for hot face insulation and microporous material for backup insulation. Compared to conventional designs, this results in up to a 30 percent reduction of waste heat, as demonstrated by comparatively lower process costs. No matter your challenges or needs, Ipsen is a source you can rely on to produce particularly demanding solutions, as well as reduce the running costs of these systems. To read the entire article on this Pusher system installed at Mercedes-Benz, the challenges Ipsen solved and the features this special heat-treating furnace offers, visit http://bit.ly/3RowPusher." September 5/2014

Equipment Wanted. We have a large captive heat treater that has an immediate very urgent requirement for a used Gleason 537 Press Quench system in at least reasonable condition. If you have such a unit we are confident that we could sell it for you very quickly. gord@themonty.com September 5/2014

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. From furnace builder SECO/WARWICK this press release is rather interesting in that our understanding is that most vacuum furnace builders outsource their pressure vessels. September 5/2014

SECO/WARWICK Corp. was awarded ASME pressure vessel certification earning both an “R” and “U” stamp, enabling the facility to produce vacuum furnace shells along with a wide variety of pressure vessel manufacturing services.  According to Andrew Paris, COO,ASME certification is a confirmation of the quality and capability of our team here in Meadville.  We have some of the most talented fabricators and welders in the industry and this certification gives SECO/WARWICK the opportunity to provide our customers more workmanship that showcases that talent.” SECO/WARWICK’s Meadville manufacturing plant, an ISO 9001 certified facility since 1994, is a fully equipped, 110,000 square foot facility.  The shop is staffed with experienced technicians, including AWS certified welders. Allison Gabriel, Quality Manager/Project Manager, commented, “Obtaining our ASME ‘U’ and ‘R’ Stamps can open up new opportunities for SECO/WARWICK Corporation.  With this certification, we can now manufacture complete ASME stamped vacuum furnaces in-house – this ensures that we can effectively monitor quality throughout the entire fabrication and assembly process.”

Birth of a Heat Treat/Doksan Heat Treatment. Over the past 2 weeks we have shown you photos of the birth of a "greenfield" commercial heat treat firm starting with an empty building and progressing to the equipment being delivered and gradually installed. Today we have an interview with the owner Mr. Gurkan Gencler and several additional photos. As with most commercial operations Doksan is starting with a mix of new and used equipment. What you see below is a used Ipsen triple chamber vacuum furnace with oil cooling and preheat (this is the second vacuum for the company), a brand new Inductoheat Induction system and a new storage facility being constructed. September 4/2014

1) Gurkan I know you to be a successful businessman involved in at least one venture completely unrelated to heat treating. What made you decide to get involved in the commercial heat treating industry?

"Gord, as you know, Heat treatment was my very first business venture. At the age of 21 I left my small heat treating facility to one of my operators as a “Trustee” in 1998 and only visited them 2-3 times a year until 2013. At that point the Trustee retired and I had to make a decision at that point of time-go or not go. So I decided to invest time and money in April 2013 to improve and grow the facility. Not only for induction heat treating but also for IQ's and Vacuum."

2) When did you start the planning for this venture and how long do you expect it will take from the planning stages until you have a completed plant running full production?

"Exact decision date was April 2013, the first furnace started production in March 2014 and full production will be March 2015."

3) To date you have batch IQ furnaces, Induction and vacuum capabilities either in place or soon to be. Will this be it or are you already thinking about other technologies to add?

"Already thinking about nitriding and Vacuum carburizing."

4) I was quite impressed with the level of captive and commercial heat treating in Turkey when I was there last year, obviously this is a growing area. Would you care to hazard a guess as to what the growth rate for heat treating in Turkey is in terms of % increases per year?

"My Hope is 15% annually."

5) When you are in full production you will have what anybody would consider a large commercial heat treat. Have you worried that there is already enough capacity in Turkey or are you very confident that another commercial shop can easily be filled with work?

"Let me say that yes I do worry about filling all of the furnaces".

6) You might not want to answer this question but would you care to give us an idea about how large an investment this represents for you?

"No problem about it, in total with everything 3.8 mio tl ($1.8 mio usd)."

7) What do you see in the future for heat treating in Turkey?

"I think Heat treat will grow like as double as Turkey’s grow rate."

 8)What is your investment effect in the region?

"We think some of our regional competitors will leave the game, 2 of them are already out, one was working with salt and the other you know about. We will keep on playing on the game table..."

Heat Treating Quebec. A recent visit to a number of captive and commercial heat treaters in Quebec produced a few interesting photos of which two are included below. The first concerns commercial heat treater Metcor in St. Eustache the largest commercial operation in the province. The photo shows one of the co-owners Mr. Yves Lachambre standing in front of an Ipsen Titan vacuum furnace the company purchased about a year back. The second photo shows commercial heat treater Les Trempes L.D. Inc., a small family owned operation in Granby, Quebec. We have always had a soft spot for family owned companies and this certainly fits the bill. What impressed us about the plant was that while small it was absolutely impeccable-seldom do we see a shop this clean and well organized. We can tell you that this company is expanding and that they will shortly be installing a 36 X 48 X 30 batch IQ furnace the first of several hopefully. September 3/2014

ALD-Dynatech Press Release. "ALD-Dynatech receives four orders for broad range of applications. Three orders are for High Pressure Quench vacuum furnaces and one order is for a vacuum brazing application with high vacuum requirements. Janusz Kowalewski - Managing Director and CEO of ALD-Dynatech stated that after May’s parliament election and the new government’s pro-business policy, the Indian economy is on a roll. Each furnace was sold to a different section of the economy – tool and die, steel, powder metal and automobile industries. The broad range is solid testimony of the general optimism among private companies across India’s economy. Additionally, India’s economy is domestic-oriented and its internal growth generates the most need for new equipment. Each furnace’s hot zone is a different size, from 16”x16”x24”, 24”x24”x36” to 36”x36”x48” for the High Pressure Quench furnaces. For a brazing application, the hot zone is 36x36x48 with a 30,000 L/s diffusion pumping speed and 2 bar cooling pressure with Argon. The High Pressure quench furnaces have 10 to 12 bar cooling pressures. High Pressure Quench furnaces will perform according to NADCA’s cooling speed requirements and ASM 2750E Class 2 temperature uniformity. The brazing vacuum furnace will conform to NADCAP’s process requirements. All four furnaces control systems are equipped with the latest PLC/SCADA with communication and diagnostic systems. Attached are pictures of 16”x16”x16” high vacuum furnace with all metal hot zones with 6 bar Argon cooling pressure and high vacuum brazing vacuum furnace with 36”x36”x48” graphite hot zone. " September 3/2014

Tuesday Morning Briefing. We will start off today in the US where we recently heard a very interesting rumor. Basically it says that a large commercial heat treater in the Milwaukee, WI area is in the process of placing an order for 2 brand new gas nitriding systems. We believe it to be true and will give you an update when we hear more. Another interesting story has furnace manufacturer Surface Combustion accepting an order within the past couple of weeks for 2 new 36 X 72 gas fired batch IQ furnaces from one of the largest commercial heat treaters in WI. Delivery we expect will be about 26 weeks. Metal Treating Institute (MTI to you and I) says commercial heat treaters in North America are doing well these days.  “Ytd sales for the Metal Treating Industry for July 2014 were $548.3 million, an increase of 3 7% from 2013 when sales for January July equaled $528 7 million. Sales for the Metal Treating Industry for July 2014 totaled $78.1 million, an increase from 2013 when sales for July equaled $71.5 million. Eight out of the nine MTI districts reported higher sales in July 2014 compared to the previous year”. In Upstate NY it looks like one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the region, Jasco Heat Treatment recently suffered a fairly serious fire. Firefighters say a furnace malfunction is to blame for a fire at a metal facility in Fairport. Crews were called to the scene at a Jasco Heat Treatment Plant on Macedon Center Road just after midnight Friday. Extra crews were called to help battle the flames after concerns of them possibly spreading to other parts of the building. News10NBC has learned there were people working at the plant when the fire broke out, but they were able to evacuate safely. Investigators say the building was not badly damaged. In April 2013, firefighters were called to the building for another fire caused by a furnace malfunction. No one was injured”.

In India our friends at furnace builder Hightemp (which is largely owned by Japanese furnace builder Dowa) are pretty pleased about an order they just received. The order comes from Graziano Transmissions India Pvt. Ltd, (part of the Oerlikon Group). The order valued at approximately $3million USD is for two single row pusher carburizing lines one with a press quench and one with conventional quenching. According to Hightemp the order was received after stiff competition against well-known and reputable furnace suppliers and in the end what tilted the scales in their favour was life cycle cost, technology and Hightemp Dowa’s reputation. Last week Oven builder Pyradia in Montreal, Quebec had a press release about a drop bottom oven order they had just received. At the time we promised that we would show you a couple of photos of the company. In the pictures below taken last Friday you see from left to right; Alexandre Gorton, Pyradia Co-owner Mario Bouthillier, Pyradia, Jordan and Gord Montgomery.


From the UK we have this press release. Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre's well established three day 'Understanding Heat Treatment Course', designed to impart a general insight into the metallurgical/technological background to heat treatment processing, is taking place again this year from the 14th to 16th October.  It provides an ideal basic training in heat treatment for all involved with the industry without requiring any prior formal scientific or metallurgical knowledge.  Each delegate will be provided with a comprehensive set of notes for future referral along with a certificate of attendance, quoting the contact hours and specific topics covered.  Should you require any of your employees to attend this course, which hopefully would be a long-term benefit to both them and your company, please complete the attached registration form and return it to the Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre by post, fax or email.  Please note that if you miss this course the next one will not be taking place until October 2015! Should you require any further information or have any other specific training needs relating to heat treatment, which might possibly be carried out on a consultancy basis, please contact me at the Centre. Derek Close Metallurgical Consultant, Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre”. And to round things out the markets still seem to be pretty impressed by UK based commercial heat treater Bodycote. Equities researchers at Berenberg Bank increased their price target on shares of Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY) from GBX 776 ($12.84) to GBX 795 ($13.16) in a research report issued on Tuesday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Berenberg Bank’s price target suggests a potential upside of 10.42% from the company’s current price. Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY) opened at 724.00 on Tuesday. Bodycote PLC has a 1-year low of GBX 595.00 and a 1-year high of GBX 832.00. The stock has a 50-day moving average of GBX 687.7 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 728.8. The company’s market cap is £1.377 billion. The company also recently announced a dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, November 7th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 1st will be paid a dividend of GBX 4.60 ($0.08) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.66%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 1st”. September 2/2014

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Press Release. "WATERLOO, IA — Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) would like to announce the promotion of Jeff Thompson to the position of Vice President – Corporate Operations. Jeff has been an active and integral leader at AHT for more than 26 years and has most recently assumed the role of VP, Manufacturing at the Burton facility in Waterloo IA. In assuming his new duties as VP – Corporate Operations, Jeff will oversee operations at the four AHT locations located in Iowa, Alabama and Michigan. He will work closely with each of the plant leaders to ensure customer throughput, streamline processes, manage equipment/project launches and continue to coach/develop/praise current and future AHT leaders. “Jeff’s commitment to customer service and passion were key for this leadership position. We’re excited to have him spread his wealth of operational knowledge now across all four facilities.” Stated Mikel Woods, Sr. VP, Sales and Marketing. 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 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 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 (Sr. VP, Sales / Marketing) at 319-232-5221 or woodsm@ion-nitriding.com. Or visit AHT online at www.ahtweb.com." September 2/2014

Bodycote Press Release. "The Germany, Netherlands and the Alps (GNA) Division of Bodycote, today announced that it has acquired Menzing Warmtebehandeling BV in the Netherlands, located in Haaksbergen. The business was acquired from Michel Menzing. Menzing Warmtebehandeling BV was founded in 1989 by brothers, Harrie and Johan Menzing and over the years has succeeded in building an enviable reputation as one of the finest independent heat treatment companies in the Netherlands.  Menzing is known for its outstanding customer service in the market.  The acquisition reflects the importance of the Dutch and Northern German markets to Bodycote.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The financial impact is not expected to be material to Bodycote plc. For further information, please contact: Peter Selbach, President, Automotive & General Industrial – Germany, Netherlands, Alps (AGI GNA), Tel. +49 211 73278 0, eMail peter.selbach@bodycote.com, Bodycote European Holdings GmbH Deutschland, Schiessstraße 68, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany

About Bodycote; With more than 190 locations in 26 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 www.bodycote.com." September 2/2014

Labor Day Weekend. While we are not sure about the rest of the world in North America Monday September 1st is a holiday for all Canadians and Americans. Consequently there will be no news updates until Tuesday September 2/2014

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