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Birth of a Heat Treat/Doksan Heat Treatment. As mentioned yesterday we are rather excited about showing the progress from beginning to end of a new commercial heat treater in Ankara, Turkey. Yesterday we showed you photos of the empty building today we show you photos of the first lot of furnaces arriving. The first photo below shows an excellent condition Ipsen Batch IQ furnace purchased from ZF Industries in Germany arriving at the plant. As time progresses you will see the plant come to completion. August 22/2014.

The first furnace in the plant.

The arrival of a Schmetz 10 Bar Vacuum Furnace

The fifth batch IQ furnace arriving

Needless to say ain't nothing happening without an Endothermic Generator

Wirco

Birth of a Heat Treat/Doksan Heat Treatment. We have long wanted to show a heat treat being started from the conceptual stage right through constructing a building installing the furnaces and concluding with full production. We have chosen a company by the name of Doksan Heat Treatment located in Ankara, Turkey for a number of reasons. These reasons include the fact that we saw the facility in its very early stages, it will be a larger than average plant, and in common with many commercial heat treats it will offer a wide range of processes with the equipment consisting of a fairly typical mix of new and used furnaces (also we have to confess because the owner Mr. Gurkan Gencler is a heck of a nice fellow who has a number of business interests but a real passion for heat treating which dates back to his childhood which strikes a chord with us). Over the course of the next week we will show you photos of the plant as it has been progressing, include an interview with Gurkan and give you an idea about his future plans. To start off we have these photos of the building before the furnaces were installed, a photo of Gurkan, his wife with Dale and Gord Montgomery and one of the first items to be installed-the sign. August 21/2014.

Eurotherm

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 Field Service Electrician, a Field Service Mechanic, a Graduate Metallurgical Engineer.

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. August 21/2014.

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Solar Press Release. "Souderton, PA.  August 20, 2014– Using advanced gas cooling technology, Solar Atmospheres has developed a unique three-step heat treat process to austenite condition, in situ cool, and bright age harden 17-7 precipitation hardenable (PH) stainless steel in a vacuum furnace without breaking vacuum. This is highly desirable because it is difficult to keep 17-7 bright during the PH treatment after breaking vacuum and exposing parts to ambient atmosphere required for adequate cooling where it can discolor due to oxidation. Working with the medical industry, a new in situ process was developed where desirable mechanical properties could be consistently obtained. With this new process, a new medical device design could be based on the established set of mechanical properties and the medical company would reap the benefit of reduced costs owing to reduced pricing associated with the new in situ, three-step process.

17-7 PH is classified as a semi-austenitic stainless steel that has expansive use in aerospace and growing new applications in the medical industry. The reason for this is 17-7 PH’s attractive combination of properties including very high, spring-like strength, good ductility, and excellent corrosion resistance due to its high alloy content. In order to obtain these properties, however, 17-7 must be heat treated in a more controlled manner than many other alloys. Interestingly, even within these controlled parameters flexibility exists to obtain attractive properties other than those classified as standard PH conditions. Solar Atmospheres performed a recent study that showed its vacuum heat treatment technology offers a unique processing advantage to achieving these highly desirable properties. As a baseline, the new set of mechanical properties and microstructure characteristics were compared to standard Condition TH 1050, the most common condition specified in industry for 17-7 PH.

A three-step austenite conditioning, in situ cooling and precipitation hardening process resulted in a new condition of 17-7 that Solar Atmospheres has coined SH 950. Compared to 17-7 Condition TH 1050, Condition SH 950 showed comparable yield strength, higher tensile strength, and on average twice the ductility. These tensile properties were obtained with two different heats of steel with three tensile specimens tested for both heats and conditions resulting in 12 separate tensile test results. The findings are both consistent and inspiring. The microstructure of SH 950 also appeared superior with respect to lower delta ferrite stringers being present. The very positive results associated with Solar’s Condition SH 950 for 17-7 stainless steel indicates that a new medical device design could be based on the newly established range of mechanical properties. This new vacuum heat treatment technology offers a unique processing advantage for achieving desirable properties while cost effectively producing bright, non-discolored parts. For more information on this new process contact Don Jordan, Corporate Metallurgist at don@solaratm.com or 215-721-1502 x1206.

ABOUT SOLAR ATMOSPHERES; Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality assurance, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders.  With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh and in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles. Please visit www.solaratm.com for more information." August 21/2014.

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 two Surface Combustion Endo Generators, a Cryogenic Tank, brand new Pit Carburizing Fixtures, an AFC Charge Car, a Lindberg Batch IQ Line Complete, two Ipsen Vacuum Brazing Furnaces, a Despatch Continuous Oven, 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 August 21/2014.

A few examples include:

Alfe

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "US Commercial Heat Treater Purchases 15 Bar High Pressure Quench Equipped with PreNit High Speed Carburizing. A US commercial heat treater has purchased a 15 Bar High Pressure Gas Quench furnace for their facility located in the south east. This equipment will be manufactured in the SECO/WARWICK Corp. Meadville, PA facility, scheduled for shipment in spring 2015. The unit will be used for through hardening of molds, dies and various tool steels, equipped with PreNit® LPC (high speed carburizing) pre-nitriding, and LPC vacuum carburizing.

About PreNit High Speed Carburizing; PreNit is a patented pre-nitriding option for low pressure vacuum carburizing, PreNitLPC broadens the applications for LPC Vacuum Carburizing by utilizing higher carburizing temperatures. PreNitLPC is a modern, fast and economical addition to our standard low pressure carburizing system that enhances the process by significantly reducing cycle times. Through dosing of the nitrogen carrier during controlled heat up ramp,  the furnace can run at higher temperatures (1000°C/1800°F and above), while maintaining a fine grain structure within the case. The strength properties are similar to work that has been conventionally carburized at lower temperatures. This technology saves process costs by reducing the carburizing cycle time and reducing the consumption of process gases (C2H2, C2H4, H2, NH3) as measured in liters and not, as in the case of conventional technologies, in cubic meters per hour. PreNitLPC® is a unique process offering total value in both cost of operation & process efficiency."  August 21/2014.

ATP

Jim Laird/The Metal Works Company. We just heard that a very colorful individual in the heat treating industry recently passed away. Jim Laird worked for Upton Industries (salt processing equipment) for a number of years eventually ending up as Vice President of the company. He remained with Upton for many years until with two partners he formed "The Metal Works”, a supplier to the heat treat industry. Our understanding is that the assets of the company were eventually acquired by Park Thermal of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.He will be well remembered in the industry. August 20/2014.

Corner Stone

Applied Process Press Release. Now this press release shocked us. It would appear that the largest commercial Austemper/ADI processor in the world has been largely sold to a venture capital firm. It is worth mentioning that the owner of Applied Process, Mr. John Keough is the brother of Bill Keough, owner of AFC-Holcroft one of the biggest new furnace builders in North America. August 19/2014.

"Effective today, Applied Process Inc. (Livonia, Michigan, USA) has announced that it has taken on a majority interest equity partner, High Street Capital of Chicago, Illinois, USA (www.highstreetcapital.com).  High Street is a private equity firm with a track record of partnering with, and growing, successful companies since 1997.  High Street Capital is investing in AP as they believe in the management, the people and the business.    John Keough, AP’s founder, stated, “We are pleased that we have a strong partner in High Street Capital going forward.  My family and I will maintain a significant capital interest in the business. I will continue as a director and will be, as always, actively engaged in the growth of the business and the profitable conversion of components from one material/process combination to a better, faster, cheaper one”.  John Wagner, AP’s President, commented, “Austempering offers our customers a cost effective way to obtain stronger, lighter and less expensive parts.  With High Street Capital as our new capital partner, we have the added resources to expand our capabilities, continue to improve upon our already industry-leading service, and to expand geographically.”

Dick McClain, (an HSC Principal) stated that, “The High Street Capital partners are looking forward to working with the world-class leadership team and employees at AP to continue AP’s mission “to grow the pie for Austempering”.In 1984, Applied Process Inc. was incorporated as a stand-alone division of Atmosphere Group in Wixom, Michigan, USA, with John R. (Chip) Keough as President.  In 1986 Applied Process moved to their current Livonia, Michigan address.  In 1993 Mr. Keough spun AP out of Atmosphere Group and (with his wife and children) became 100% owners.  As demand for AP’s Austemper-focused technologies and services grew, AP expanded “to the other side of the lake” and commissioned AP Westshore in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. AP’s most recent addition has been the Monster Parts™ plant in Oshkosh.  In between, AP established plants and licensees in Australia, England, Canada, China and India.  Each has yielded organizational experience and contributed to AP’s growing international network of industrial and technical contacts and resources, and to AP’s reputation as a world-wide leader in Austempering technology.  AP’s technologies, facilities and people are, demonstrably, the best in the business.  For more information visit: www.appliedprocess.com"

Crio

Econox/Alphatech Press Release. "In a continuing effort to identify quality component for the Heat Treating Industry, and make them available to  North American as well as Mexican colleagues, Alphatek of Texas, Inc www.alphatek.us  and Econox of Alle, Switzerland www.econox.ch , have entered into an agreement to introduce the Econox Oxygen probe line into the market.   This is a probe that has wide implementation in European Heat Treating Markets, and offers superior service life, ease of maintenance, and competitive cost of ownership.  This probe is readily rebuildable, to some extent by the customer’s maintenance personnel, or by returning to our Houston, TX support center.  Inquire today, to find out the further benefits of the probes, available in several lengths, as well as both Type K and Type S Thermocouple output configurations." In the photo below Paul Zettler, President of Alphatech is shown in the back row on the right in this photo taken earlier this year. August 19/2014.

Solo

Solo Press Release. "SOLO Swiss, manufacturer of atmosphere furnaces since 1945, delivered a uniquely designed heat treatment furnace type Profitherm 80 to a German customer specialized in the production of various springs.

This furnace Profitherm 80 has been designed by Solo Swiss to match the customer’s specific requirements in the production of shaped springs, flat springs, leaf springs, punched and bent parts, laser parts, bent wire parts and box springs from flat or round steel bars. The SOLO Swiss line is equipped with an austenitizing and carburizing bell furnace with a working temperature up to 1050°C, a tempering furnace under N2 atmosphere up to 650°C, a water tank, a quenching salt tank max. 450°C and a washing machine with a salt-recovery system. This new furnace, as the entire SOLO product range, is powered by AXRON Swiss Technology advanced process control. A variety of gas (methanol, propane, air, nitrogen) combines the austenitizing, the carburizing and the tempering to meet the specifications of metallurgical requirements of the customer. With a useful load of 80 kg, this furnace is ideal to treat small parts such as springs. The reliability of the results (hardness, carburizing depth and distortion) remains perfect by preventing any distortion.

This furnace provides the following benefits:

  • Modularity: easy adding of a second furnace and/or a tank
  • Full automatic management loads
  • Automatic robot
  • Storage capacity: up to 10 loads
  • Easy maintenance

SOLO Swisswww.soloswiss.com  manufactures advanced industrial furnaces for the heat treatment of metals since 1945. SOLO Swiss offers controlled atmosphere furnaces, type batch furnaces, bell-type furnaces, retort furnaces, muffle furnaces, hardening furnaces, continuous furnaces, mesh belt furnaces, continuous furnaces with online quenching, used in variety of heat treatment processes (Carburizing, Hardening, Ecocarb®, Tempering, Annealing, Austempering, Nitriding, Brazing, Carbonitriding, Sintering, Nitrocarburising, Oxinitriding, Quenching…)." August 19/2014.

Phoenix

Metal Finishing Company. Rather an interesting press release. To the details below we can add that the company started heat treating of aluminum 8/20/12 and steel  started in 2/28/14. The photos you see are Phase I of the project and shortly we will have pictures of Phase II. August 18/2014.

"On May 1st 2013 Metal Finishing Company expanded its capabilities to serve the aerospace community by adding Heat Treatment. After meetings with Aerospace Primes and their Sub-Contractors, a team was developed within Metal Finishing Company including CEO Bob Babst, President Rob Babst, Ed Ball, VP of Sales and Marketing and Gene Westphal, an expert in heat treatment. The team was able to utilize Gene’s years of aerospace heat treating knowledge to better understand the needs of the aerospace community. A sound business plan was developed to move forward with a common vision, to meet the overall needs of the local aerospace community. After months of gathering data the decision was made to create a heat treat division within the Metal Finishing Company’s Murdock campus. Metal Finishing Company hired a team of individuals with 100 plus years in the aerospace and commercial heat treating experience, keeping with their focus of having seasoned managers in all phases of the processing they offer. Through the efforts of Gene Westphal as Heat Treat Manager, Duane Heinrich as Project Manager and Dave Shonts as Quality Manager, Metal Finishing Company’s Heat Treat Division received Boeing approval for processing aluminum components on 6/6/13 and began processing parts for Boeing and their sub-contractors within 5 days of approval. Also in June of 2013 the facility successfully completed its first NADCAP audit for Heat Treatment of aluminum components and received accreditation third quarter of 2013. Several other approvals have been granted including Cessna Aircraft and Gulfstream. With the success of the Aluminum Heat Treat operation ownership began Phase II of the project, Hard Metal Heat Treatment, purchasing of two, Two Bar Turbo Treater Vacuums, four Steel Tempering & Aging Furnaces, 3 Integral Batch Furnaces and one state of the art Endothermic Generator, as well as required Companion Equipment.  This equipment will be in place by September of 2014 and is targeting 4th quarter of 2014 for NADCAP and Prime approvals.

Metal Finishing Company was established in 1940 to provide finish processing for aerospace and commercial customers. This third generation of ownership continues to grow under the management of Robert Babst SR, CEO and Robert Babst JR, President. Dedicated to providing the Aerospace Primes and Sub-Contractors with the true “One Stop Processing” experience for Heat Treating, NDT and Part Finishing. Metal Finishing Company currently holds more Boeing process approvals than any other company worldwide. With the addition of the Heat Treatment, this makes MFCO the only independently owned processing job shop to offer all three of these major services required by Aerospace Manufacturers under one roof. The “One Stop Shop” concept offers aerospace customers the ability to issue one PO for the three main processes, eliminates multiple logistical transfers to various facilities, which reduces lead times, administrative burden and the risk of transportation damage, equating into overall cost reduction.  Metal Finishing currently has five facilities. Three are located in Wichita, Kansas.  1423 McLean Blvd, 701 E. Murdock and 1630 W. Harry. The DSI facility is located in Wellington, KS, and Metal Finishing LLC is located in Chihuahua City, Mexico."

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ATP Press Release. "Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry would like to announce the opening of our newest regional office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The new office will be headed by Tom Allen, Southern Division Manager. Andrew Bassett, President of Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry states, “We wanted to have a permanent presence in the Southern region to better service the clients ATP already serves. Tulsa, Oklahoma is a strategic location for our expert Pyrometry services covering Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. Having Mr. Allen on board, will add an expert resource for our Pyrometry services and more. With Tom’s experience in maintenance of manufacturing equipment, including thermal processing equipment, he will bring a new facet to ATP services” Tom Allen brings thirty-five years of equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and automation. The most recent ten years have been spent in the aviation industry installing existing and developing new automation systems for a variety of motion control and CNC equipment. This includes heat treat and process furnaces, autoclave and vacuum furnaces for the purpose of maintaining Nadcap and Aerospace specifications. His extensive involvement in root cause analysis in furnace and furnace process failures relating to Temperature Uniformity Surveys (TUS), System Accuracy Testing (SAT) will be a valuable asset.

About ATP:
Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc. specializes in the onsite calibration of temperature processing instrumentation, calibration of vacuum measuring systems and temperature uniformity surveys for thermal processing equipment. We also specialize in consulting and training in Pyrometry Specifications, Heat Treat Consulting & Procedure Writing and Consulting for Nadcap Accreditations in Heat Treating, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Welding, Brazing & Materials Test Laboratories. With offices located in Bangor, PA, Hartford, CT, Cleveland, OH, Tulsa, OK and Muskegon, MI, our services have reached through-out the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. For more information please visit www.atp-cal.com or call Andrew Bassett at (908) 217-8722."
August 18/2014.

Qual-Fab

Vac Aero Press Release. "Burlington, Ontario, August 18, 2014 - VAC AERO shipped a VAH 6660 HV-2 horizontal vacuum furnace to an international company’s plant in Mexico to process aerospace parts. This customer has a long history with VAC AERO, having purchased many vacuum furnaces for its plants all over the world over the last few decades. The furnace features an all-metal hot zone with a work chamber of 48” x 48” x 60” with a 4,000-pound load capacity. It utilizes gas cooling to 2-bar absolute pressure and operates at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,200 °F. The furnace is also equipped with a 35” diffusion pump and VAC AERO’s HC900 control system. A key control feature is the ability to independently control the work chamber zones for optimal work-load uniformity as well as the ability to program heat-treatment cycles that can then be run automatically and accurately allowing the operator to achieve the specific structure and properties required for their application."

Web Link to Press Release and Imagery CLICK HERE August 18/2014.

Williams Industrial Press Release. "WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICE, INC. ANNOUNCES THE DELIVERY OF A 36” X 72” X 36” IQ FOR A TIER ONE AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER IN THE MICHIGAN AREA.

The unit was designed for 6,000 lb. loads and features a 350 degree four (4) prop direct drive VFD driven agitation system , with (8) – 6-5/8” NC11 "U" tubes with top fired  Maxon recuperated burners.  It is also equipped with a full Eurotherm instrumentation package and expanded OIT system. This unit is the 5th IQ unit that we have manufactured for the same IQ line for this customer.   It is part of a “lights-out” operation in which it is a completely automatic, state-of-the-art batch line." August 15/2014.

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Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Ipsen’s TITAN® furnace line continues to be in demand both overseas and in the U.S, with three TITAN vacuum furnaces shipping in a span of one week. Ipsen shipped two of the furnaces to China for use by international companies in the Aerospace and Automotive industries; the remaining furnace was shipped to Arizona for an American company in the Commercial Sporting industry. While all from the Ipsen TITAN line, these furnaces varied in both size and the parts they will produce:

  • The TITAN H2 with 12-bar absolute pressure will be used to process parts for motion subsystems, which are then used in the Automotive industry. The company stated that they ordered the furnace in an effort to increase production, as well as acquire a higher quality furnace.
  • The TITAN H2 with 2-bar absolute pressure will be used to process parts for firearms and the Commercial Sporting industry. This company was the first to purchase a TITAN when the furnace line was released, and it will be their fourth TITAN furnace.
  • The TITAN H6 with 2-bar absolute pressure will be used to process parts for the Aerospace industry – a market where Ipsen and its equipment has a strong reputation and presence. This company has other traditional Ipsen furnaces, but this is their first TITAN.

Ipsen supports customers’ diverse needs through all stages of the furnace’s life cycle, no matter the location; whether it is facilitating on-site installation, providing expert training and start-up assistance or delivering responsive field support and spare parts. By utilizing the wide range of options Ipsen offers, these companies were able to select extended warranties, additional startup and training options, retrofits and upgrades and spare parts that best fit their specific requirements. These advancements help improve furnace performance and provide customers with greater control, faster cycle time and other specified requests.
Ipsen’s TITAN line is a self-contained, skid-mounted system that contains rapid utility hookups and installs in just one day. The TITAN is designed for ease of use, making it perfect for first-time heat treaters and experts alike. In addition, the TITAN caters to project needs by offering various sizes and configurations with long-lasting equipment and powerful technology, all within a small footprint. The TITAN vacuum furnace line has a number of options to increase its capabilities, making it an extremely versatile furnace that is able to handle a number of different processes – annealing, hardening, brazing, sintering, tempering and more. To learn more about the Ipsen TITAN, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN."
August 15/2014.

Ipsen

Bodycote/Laconia, NH. The press release below floated across our desks earlier today and while on it’s own it is not real exciting (with all due respect to Bodycote) it is very exciting in that this is a trend that more and more commercial heat treaters are adopting-that of one stop shopping. For instance we can think of J & M Plating in Rockford, IL and Metex Heat Treating in Mississauga, Ontario two commercial operations that have found success by offering customers one stop shopping. For instance heat treating, coating, plating, sorting and packaging and even in some cases shipping directly to the end customer. Just think of it from the customers perspective; one company to deal with (and assign any blame) and from the heat treaters side the opportunity to make a profit on several different operations plus getting the customers largely locked up as many heat treaters don’t offer “one stop shopping”.  We would say this is a win/win situation for both sides. So to Bodycote, Laconia we have to say great plan and we wish them the best of luck. August 14/2014.

"One-Stop Shopping (OSS) at Bodycote facility in Laconia NH: Heat Treating, Induction, Metal Finish Coatings & Other Services. Bodycote at Laconia, New Hampshire announced in March that, through partnerships, they are now offering One-Stop Shopping (OSS) for their customers for the following services: Black Oxide, Manganese Phosphate, Electroless Nickel, All Types of Chrome, Anodizing, Teflon, Cadmium, Passivate, Tin and Electropolish. The facility is Nadcap, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified."

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Linamar Gear/AFC-Holcroft. Canada based Linamar Gear is one of the fastest growing auto parts suppliers in the world with locations on 3 continents. The company has just announced that they have placed an order with furnace builder AFC-Holcroft of Wixom, Michigan for two gas fired UBQ 36-48-36 Batch IQ systems and ancillary equipment for their location in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. This will be the 26th and 27th UBQ furnaces at this plant making it one of the largest batch IQ installations in the world and probably the largest in North America. August 13/2014.

Bluewater

Furnaces North America/HK 2014. The two largest heat treat shows and exhibitions in 2014 are rapidly approaching with "Furnaces North America" being held in Nashville, TN October 6th-8th and "HK 2014" being held in Cologne, Germany October 22nd to 24th. Both are top notch with FNA being far and away the best in North America this year and HK 2014 being the best European show of the year although with a very heavy emphasis on the German heat treating market (although since Germany has far more heat treating that any other area of Europe this makes complete sense). We searched through our files for pictures of each show from years gone by but alas the only ones we could find were from HK 2013-recognize anybody? August 13/2014.

REESE

AICHELIN Furnace Order. Austrian based furnace builder AICHELIN has just received a very nice order from German auto parts supplier voestalpine Stamptec. August 12/2014.

The background of this order is that in December 2013 AICHELIN and German company BSN Thermoprozesstechnik in Simmerath, Germany signed a cooperation agreement to work together on future projects. The result is that AICHELIN has received an order for a high temperature two track Step-conveyor chain furnace which will be combined with a press quench system supplied by a German company (the press quench supplier was not named but we would have to assume that it is HEESS also based in Germany). AICHELIN shared these additional details; "Such an acceleration is also the goal of the process concept developed by AICHELIN and BSN, which enables the components to be heated to the right temperature and then to be conveyed into the press in no time in order to comply with the highly challenging cycle times required by the customer with the usual AICHELIN reliability. At the required austenitising temperature of 880°C, short cycle times of 13 seconds (26 seconds per furnace track) can be achieved, which in combination with the press complementing the furnace enables an output of up to1100 parts per hour (in quadruple production), naturally depending on the thickness of the blanks to be heat-treated". Completion is scheduled for the end of 2014.

Custom Electric

L & L Special Furnace/Press Release. "L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc. has manufactured a high uniformity, dual chamber box furnace used for solution heat treating of aluminum components and subassemblies for the aerospace industry. The dual chamber model DCA was supplied to a major airline repair facility located in the southeastern US.

FEATURES; The furnace is complete with a pyrometry package in accordance with AMS2750E specifications. It includes thermocouple reference ports located within 2” of each control and overtemperature thermocouple. Ports in corner locations are used to place thermocouples to record the hot and cold temperatures as indicated by the most recent thermocouple uniformity survey. The bottom chamber is a high temperature chamber designed to operate at 400-1,100ºF, and is primarily used for solution heat treating and annealing. The top chamber is designed to operate at 200-500ºF for aluminum aging. A rollaway quench tank is located under the furnace, which allows for quickly quenching loads in water. Loads for solution heat treating are placed on the furnace floor or in a customized basket. When the cycle is complete, an alarm sounds to notify the operator. The door is then opened and the parts are manually quenched in the quench tank located in front of the furnace (typical quench time is less than three seconds). Loads for annealing are placed in the bottom chamber and held at the required temperature for the required amount of time. Loads for aging are performed in a similar manner in the top chamber". August 12/2014.

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off with a couple of press releases from Al-Fe Heat Treating the largest commercial heat treater in North America when it comes to processing aluminum. "Al-Fe Heat Treating has hired industrial engineer Mark Berkey. Berkey has a BS in industrial technology and a minor in business management. His 15 plus years of experience include maintenance engineering management in manufacturing in Fort Wayne. “We are always glad to bring new employees into Al-Fe, and Mark is a great addition,” says Cheryl Allison, director of human resources at Al-Fe. Second Press Release. "Al-Fe Heat Treating’s Wadsworth, Ohio, plant has been named an approved supplier for Rolls-Royce Corporation of Indianapolis. The scope of the approval is for Rolls-Royce Corporation sub-tier suppliers, heat treating, AMS 2770, AMS 2771, AMS 2772, AMS-H-6088, ASTME-10 and ASTME-18. “We have a sincere commitment to continuous improvement at Al-Fe, and receiving this approval from Rolls-Royce is another validation that we are achieving our quality commitments. We look forward to our future working with such a prestigious company as Rolls-Royce and our other valued customers,” says Michelle Carver, quality supervisor, Al-Fe Wadsworth. From Al-Fe we move to furnace builder SECO/WARWICK who just completed their rep network in North America. Unlike many other parts of the world most furnace manufacturers in North America use independent manufacturer’s reps to handle sales as opposed to direct sales people. The advantages are obvious-independent sales people only get paid for results.  "Piotr Zawistowski, Sales/Product Manager, has announced the addition of W5 Engineering, an R Source Company to the SECO/WARWICK group of Independent Sales Representatives covering California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho (USA). About W5 Engineering;  W5 Engineering is a Manufacturer’s Rep of advanced Test, Measurement and Environmental Simulation products.  W5 Engineering’s constant mission is to understand our customer’s needs and unite them with the most appropriate technologies and innovative products from the best suited resources. Based in Portland, Ore., W5 Engineering employs experienced sales representatives throughout the company’s territory".

Down in Texas commercial heat treater Texas Heat Treating is justifiably proud of all of their accomplishments over the past few years. This is the latest; "Texas Heat Treating has just received our A2LA Accreditation for our Lab. We should have our FT Worth Facility accredited within the next 3 months.  C. H. “Buster” Crossley, Jr., President, Texas Heat Treating, Inc. Furnace builder AFC-Holcroft is pleased to announce that they have just received an order for a “chain” style furnace from a major manufacturer in North America. While chain style furnaces are a relatively unusual animal in certain applications such as long, parts they make a great deal of sense. Commercial heat treater HTG based in Cleveland has just made a major addition to their capabilities in the form of a horizontal Induction scanner with a travel of over 20' which is a very unusual item for a commercial heat treater. A date has been set to auction off the remaining equipment at Flender in Elgin, Illinois. The date is September 4th and what makes this interesting is the number of very new Aichelin Pit Carburizing Furnaces. A photo of the now closed heat treat department can be seen below.

In Europe we see that commercial heat treater Stalservice in Anderstorp, Sweden is busy installing a brand new vacuum nitriding furnace. Stalservice has two locations in Sweden and is part of the Aalberts Group one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the world. The 8th “Heat Treatment Exhibition" in Moscow, Russia will be held September 9 - 11, 2014. The organizers claim that it is 20% larger than in past years and that very few booths are left. Having no experience with this show we can’t tell you whether it is a good, bad or indifferent show.  Italian furnace manufacturer CIEFFE sent us these photos of a recent installation the company did for SFS Company in Medina, Ohio. The line will be used for for hardening, case hardening, carbonitriding, annealing, and tempering.

And to round things out we have a “human interest story”. This past weekend Mr. Samir Suri was married to Ms. Sharen Dhillion in a ceremony in Toronto. While the name Samir will be unknown to heat treaters his father Sushil Suri is a well known individual in the Canadian heat treating society with experience at companies such as Metex, Bodycote, Northstar Aerospace and TRW. The photo below was taken at the wedding and shows from left to right; Sushil Suri, Mr. Norman VanRiel, TRW, Midland, Ontario, Leanne VanRiel, Dale Montgomery, Mrs. Vishalata Suri, Gord Montgomery. August 11/2014.

Chuck Thomas/SSI Press Release. "August 7, 2014, CINCINNATI, OH – Super Systems Inc. (SSi) recently brought on board Chuck Thomas, metallurgical engineer. Chuck is a metallurgist with a specific expertise in heat treating process development. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) from Purdue University, he spent 16 years in the heat treating industry before coming to Super Systems. His role with SSi will be in areas such as working on design of nitriding/FNC and vacuum systems; supporting process simulation software for carbon modeling and other types of predictive analysis; assisting customers directly with design and process questions; and helping to oversee expansion efforts at SSi. “Chuck’s skill set and experience are an ideal fit for SSi,” says President Stephen Thompson. “He’s going to be a key part of our organizational growth and our expanding ability to provide customized technical solutions to heat treaters needing precise process control. Just as important, our customers will benefit directly from Chuck’s deep knowledge of metallurgy, especially as it relates to a diverse set of heat treating processes where he has experience.” For more information on SSi’s control solutions and metallurgical consulting, please call 513-772-0060 or visit www.supersystems.com”. August 8/2014.

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 August 8/2014.

A few examples include:

Thermal Modification Technologies/Tualatin, Oregon. "Greetings Gord, I wanted to update you on an event that we just had at Thermal Modification Technologies (formerly Beaver Heat Treating). We were pretty blown away by manner in which customers and vendors rallied to support one of our families. We couldn’t help but pass this along. On Friday, August 1, we hosted “Bubba’s Bash.” Below are details about the background of Colton “Bubba” Leverton. In response to the letter below, many employees and customers donated items for auction, some of which can be seen in the photos. Even the band donated their time. The bass player is our Quality Systems Administrator. By the end of the night we had raised about $9,000, which surpassed all of our expectations. The family was speechless, not to mention immediately able to pay off some medical debt!

At Thermal Modification Technologies our mission statement includes the idea of mentoring our employees in education and personal development, and sometimes this extends beyond the realm of heat treating. We see ourselves as a heat treating family and want to be supportive when part of the family is struggling. A longtime employee, Jimmy Leverton, has a five-year-old son named Colton with Sotos syndrome. Sotos syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by excessive growth during the first years of life. With Sotos, Colton’s challenges can include delayed motor, cognitive and social development, juvenile glaucoma, speech impairment, cerebral gigantism and a host of other symptoms. Presently Colton has a body brace because of his spinal abnormality. Because of these chronic, lifelong issues, the Leverton family has, and will continue to face, medical bills that are not covered by insurance especially devices like the body brace and special classes to help him move forward. Our desire is to help the Leverton family by establishing a trust account to be used exclusively for paying medical bills, both current and future. Andy Tobin, General Manager Thermal Modification Technologies 19830 SW Teton Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062 503.654.6511" August 8/2014.

Dusty Lynch/Ipsen. We must be slipping a bit as we see that Ipsen has had a new Southwest Service Manager for the past few months now in the US Southwest. His name is Dusty Lynch and his experience is impressive and includes stints at Cincinnati Steel Treating, Wall Colmonoy, Barnes Aerospace and GE Aviation. At one point in time this position was held by Lloyd Sorenson if we remember correctly. Lloyd is now with Bell Helicopter in Texas. August 7/2014.

Auto Manufacturing. As the largest sector in the world for both captive and commercial heat treating auto production is always of interest to us. So we read with interest this article about current auto production around the world and guess what? The countries with the healthiest heat treating sectors these days such as Germany, USA, Mexico, China and Japan saw vehicle production going up while the countries with an underperforming heat treating industry such as Brazil, India and Russia saw declining vehicle production. Imagine that-why aren't we surprised? August 7/2014.

"The latest figures reveal that most global automotive markets continued to show growth in the first half of 2014. North American vehicle production moved 4.3% ahead year-on-year to 8.795 million units, of which light vehicle production showed 4% growth to 8.567 million units. In the USA light vehicle production increased by 4.4% to 5.8 million units, Mexico increased by 7.2% to 1.586 million, but Canada saw a small fall of 1.9% to 1.18 million units. Light vehicle sales in the USA expanded by 4% to 8.1 million units in the first six months of 2014. In Europe (EU28+EFTA), car sales increased by 6.2% in the first half of the year to 6.852 million units, helped by strong sales in the UK (+11%) and Spain (+18%) and more moderate increases in France (+3%), Germany (+2%) and Italy (+4%). Germany, Europe’s largest car producing country, saw production increase by 6% to 2.911 million units in the first six months. Russia continues to experience a shrinking automotive market with an 8% decline in sales to 1.229 million units compared with the same period last year.

Brazil and India also saw declining sales at 1.584 million units (-7.3%) and 1.290 million units (-3.2%) respectively. However, China reported a rise of 12.1% in passenger car production to 9.708 million year-on-year and an 11.2% rise in car sales to 9.634 million. Japan saw a 9.1% increase in passenger car production to 4.320 million driven by a 25.6% surge in production of mini-cars (under 660cc) to 1.012 million in the first half of 2014. Domestic demand for new cars in Japan rose by 11% to 2.6 million in the first half year. Korea reported a 2.6% rise in automobile production to 2.243 million units in the six months to end June with exports increasing by just 0.4% to 1.596 million due in the main to a strong Won and weak markets in Eastern Europe".

ASM Heat Treating for Non Heat Treaters. August 4-6th ASM (American Society of Metals) held one of their regular training courses this one being “Heat Treating for Non Heat Treaters." While we have never had any experience with this course we have always heard great things about it and we now know first hand that is well worth the time and effort. Amongst the attendees is Jordan Montgomery of “The Monty” who has rave reviews about the course and the instructor Dr. Scott MacKenzie of Houghton International. We regret that we don’t have names to go with the faces in this photo however we can say that Scott is on the far left, Jordan Montgomery fourth from the left in the front row and Willy Wilbur of Chicago front and centre. August 6/2014.

Centorr Vacuum Industris Press Release. "Centorr Vacuum Industries announced it has shipped its first redesigned flagship Workhorse™ Vacuum furnace to Setra Systems for its US production facility. CVI’s Workhorse furnaces were first introduced in 1967 and the original design had the staying power that few furnace designs can match. After selling over 400 Workhorse furnaces for precision brazing, heat treating, annealing, degassing, and sintering, CVI began a complete upgrade to the design of the furnace in late 2013.

Centorr engineers updated the furnace offering with a number of design improvements including: an all stainless steel chamber, upsized diffusion pumping system, updated computer control system with touchscreen monitor, streamlined design of all utility connections resulting in a sleek, more professional appearance, and several hot zone improvements for longer life in difficult process environments.
While implementing these changes, CVI’s engineers and manufacturing group were also able to reduce the price for the equipment by 25%. 
Today’s 2nd generation Workhorse furnace is available in sizes from 1 cu ft to 12 cu ft, and temperatures of 1000°C, 1315°C, 1650°C, and 2200°C in either low or high vacuum configurations. Several options are also available for customizing the unit to add debinding capability, fast cooling, or operation in Hydrogen gas. CVI’s most recent shipment of its Workhorse II GEN II design was to Setra Systems of Boxborough, MA.  Setra designs and manufactures a broad line of sensing products for the industrial market. These include humidity, current, vacuum, and pressure sensing instruments, low pressure calibrators, and weighing and counting scales for a wide variety of applications in the HVAC/R, Semiconductor, Test & Measurement, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Barometric, Vacuum, and Industrial markets.

Working closely with Setra engineers, Centorr incorporated Setra’s line of M730 vacuum pressure transducers into its design for pressure measurement as part of a customized high partial-pressure gas control option. Centorr also included Setra’s newest product offering, the Power Patrol into its design. This wi-fi enabled power sensor tracks current used by the furnace’s power supply allowing the customer to track valuable data on power usage in real time from anywhere in the world. Setra’s Power Patrol will be available to the market starting in 4th quarter 2014, and will be available as an option on all Centorr furnaces.

Centorr Vacuum Industries is a high temperature vacuum / controlled atmosphere furnace manufacturer with an installed base of over 6500 units worldwide. Their furnace offering ranges from large commercial  and production units with hot zones over 3m x 3m x 3m, to smaller Lab and Research  & Development furnaces for use at temperatures up to 3500°C. 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 contact the sales department at 603-595-7233 or visit their website: www.centorr.com"August 6/2014.

Tuesday Odds & Ends. Steve Curtis whose father Roy Curtis started commercial heat treater Brite Metals in Cleveland many years ago before passing it along to his son who subsequently sold it has been charged with the attmepted murder of his father in a very tragic story; "BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — Brecksville police have charged a man with attempted murder, for allegedly trying to cause the death of his terminally ill father at a nursing home. The FOX 8 I-Team reported that Steven Curtis, 58, pleaded not guilty in Garfield Heights Municipal Court, to a count of attempted murder, and additional charges of assault, menacing and disorderly conduct. Curtis’ father, Roy Curtis, 86, died hours after his son was arrested. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine if the actions of Steven Curtis played any role in his father’s death, or if his death was due strictly to the effects of cancer. Police said they were summoned to the Oaks of Brecksville nursing home early Monday by staff members, who reported that Steven Curtis was intoxicated and was seen placing his hands over the mouth and nose of his father, in an apparent attempt to end his life. The I-Team spoke with Oaks of Brecksville employee, Bryan Minard, who said his co-workers did what they were trained and obligated to do. “I’m glad they stepped in and actually you know take control of that, because that’s a crazy situation for you to try to end someone’s life early,” said Minard. According to a statement from Brecksville police, when staff members attempted to intervene, Steven Curtis allegedly threw a telephone at them, and then assaulted one of the staff members. The statement indicates that he then tried to barricade himself inside his father’s room. During Curtis’ arraignment, his lawyers entered a plea of not guilty, and indicated that the story is a lot more complicated than the police statement indicates. Attorneys Pat D’Angelo and Thomas Shaughnessy said Steven Curtis had been at his father’s bedside, realizing that his life was coming to an end. D’Angelo told the judge, “The accused was very attentive, was there taking care of him. His father had terminal cancer.” The attorneys maintain Curtis’ only interest was minimizing his father’s suffering. “It’s my understanding that they had ceased all food and water. He was simply on morphine for the last 72 hours, and this gentleman had actually stayed at the nursing home for all three days. He had actually slept there and was with his father,” said Shaughnessy".

Ipsen Titan Furnaces. Ipsen certainly has been succesfull with their line of Titan vacuum furnaces. As an example in just the past couple of weeks  we ran across an aerospace company in PA who will be receiving a new Titan furnace next week and a commercial heat treater in Houston, Texas by the name of Universal HT who also recently received a Titan unit. While Titan’s do have their detractors at the end of the day heat treaters appear to like what they see. Italian furnace maker CIEFFE sent us these photos of two very impressive installations. August 5/2014.

Bodycote Financial Results. July 31/2014 worldwide commercial heat treater Bodycote's released their 2014 Interim Results for the half year ending 30 June 2014 http://www.bodycote.com/  While we have said it before we will say it again, there is no better indicator about how the worldwide heat treating industry is fairing than Bodycote’s financial results and summary of the industry. Below we have several articles about how financial markets view the company. In addition we at “The Monty” scanned through the report and in our humble opinion the most interesting details were found in Stephen Harris’s (Bodycote CEO) Strategic Progress report. August 4/2014.

Strategic progress; The Group’s expansion in China continued with one new plant coming on stream in 2013. There is strong demand for Bodycote’s service offering in China, which is geared towards non-Chinese companies targeting the domestic Chinese market. Further facilities are currently in the planning stage for the emerging markets. The market in Brazil remained challenging in 2013 and even though 20 basis points of the Group’s margin improvement was derived from a better operating performance in Brazil, the business has yet to reach breakeven. Further progress is expected in 2014 with the focus now firmly shifted to sales expansion following the restructuring activities of previous years. Any improvement in the Brazilian economy in this region should have a significant positive impact, as operational gearing is likely to be very high on extra sales generated. The new technologies of S3P and HIP Product Fabrication are starting to be meaningful contributors to the Group performance. Investment in these exciting technologies has been a focus for some five years now and they have moved from a virtual standing start to adding 40 basis points to the Group’s margins in 2013 compared to 2012. Significant capacity expansion took place in S3P during 2012 and 2013 and more expansion will occur in the coming year. Meanwhile, extra Giga HIP capacity was brought online at the end of 2013 which will further assist the growth in the HIP business in 2014. A significant focus in 2013 was the post-acquisition integration of the three businesses acquired in 2012. The integration has been virtually seamless and the new businesses together generated a 13% return on investment in their first full year of Bodycote ownership. No new acquisitions were made during the year. The Group continues to be on the lookout for value enhancing acquisitions”.

First off we have to say we are pleased that Bodycote’s operations in China are bearing fruit. When the company entered the Chinese market many years ago they were indeed pioneers and while this was a money losing proposition for many years the company certainly deserves credit for their persistence. On the other side of the coin we see that Brazil is not a success story. Bodycote has certainly invested heavily in this market but profits still remain elusive which sums up a great deal of the commercial heat treating industry in that country. Notice the comments about looking for acquisitions? While Bodycote is always on the hunt for acquisitions it is our opinion that it is a little tougher these days partly because of Bodycote’s past successes in this field. The company made several large acquisitions in 2012 narrowing the number of remaining possible acquisitions. In addition these are the good times for most commercial heat treaters which lead to unrealistic expectations when it comes to asking prices. All in all it would appear that the company is doing well and has good solid plans for the future.

“Pre-tax profit at thermal processing business Bodycote has increased despite a slight dip in revenue. The Macclesfield-based group said its "strong" first half was in spite of the impact of currency exchange rates. Bodycote has posted a pre-tax profit of £52.6m for the six months to 30 June 2014 – up from £48.5m for the same period last year. But revenue is down from £316.5m in 2013 to £312.3m during the same period. Bodycote reported an improvement in most of its markets during the period but revenue from the civil aviation and defence markets were down 1.3 per cent. The business said this was mainly because of the impact of lower defence spending and inventory adjustments by some engine original equipment manufacturers. The mining sector "remains depressed" but there was a rise in revenue from the construction, tooling and medical markets which led to an improvement from general industrial customers. There was a boost from US onshore oil and gas exploration customers as well as demand for subsea applications. These areas contributed to a "substantial organic increase" in the group's global revenues. Meanwhile, growth in the emerging markets was "good" driven by revenue from the automotive and general industrial sectors. Group chief executive Stephen Harris said: "The group delivered a strong first half performance. Organic growth and margin improvement were affected by currency headwinds, which at current exchange rates will have a greater impact in the second half. "Noting that the group has limited forward visibility, the board continues to expect further progress in 2014 on a constant currency basis."

“Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by equities research at FinnCap in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. They currently have a GBX 750 ($12.74) target price on the stock. FinnCap’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.09% from the company’s current price. Shares of Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY) opened at 687.50 on Thursday. Bodycote PLC has a 52 week low of GBX 595.00 and a 52 week high of GBX 832.00. The stock’s 50-day moving average is GBX 693.1 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 726.1. The company’s market cap is £1.302 billion. The company also recently announced a dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, November 7th. Investors 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. A number of other firms have also recently commented on BOY. Analysts at Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Bodycote PLC to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 25th. They now have a GBX 776 ($13.18) price target on the stock, up previously from GBX 759 ($12.89). Separately, analysts at Investec reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Bodycote PLC in a research note on Tuesday, July 22nd. They now have a GBX 760 ($12.91) price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Jefferies Group cut their price target on shares of Bodycote PLC from GBX 895 ($15.20) to GBX 825 ($14.01) in a research note on Tuesday, July 22nd. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 889.17 ($15.10)”.

“There’s reason to celebrate the first-half performance from Bodycote (BOY). Like other exporters, the thermal processing specialist felt the pressure of negative currency translations, particularly on the top line. Despite a £3.2m forex hit, however, operating profit grew by nearly 8 per cent to £54.2m as new technologies boosted the margin from 16.6 to 18 per cent. Growth was strongest in the oil and gas sector. Management attributes 21 per cent organic growth partly to a temporary fillip from an end to heavy destocking in 2013. But market trends are also moving in the company's favour, they claim, particularly in the subsea arena. Growth from the car market - Bodycote uses heat treatment to strengthen a wide range of automotive parts - was also predictably strong, with organic growth of 7 per cent. These gains were somewhat offset by a weaker aerospace market, as Boeing and Airbus adjusted their inventories and US defence spending  subdued. Overall, sales were up about 5 per cent at constant currencies. Chief executive Stephen Harris expects a similar performance in the second half, albeit with the added risk of fewer orders from customers due to the summer lull. "We still have cash on the books we want to use, though," he adds. "If we can’t find acquisitions then we will use it for a special dividend". Broker UBS expects full year pre-tax profit of £84m and EPS of 44.3p (from £98.4m and 38.5p in 2013)”.

Bodycote Financial Results. Worldwide heat treating giant Bodycote has just released their first half 2014 financial results all of which can be found at http://www.bodycote.com/ More on Monday after we digest the results and we will also give you the market reaction but bottom line is revenues down slightly, profits up. August 1/2014.

"INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT OVERVIEW Bodycote made encouraging progress in the first half of 2014. Revenues increased by 4.6% at constant exchange rates although adverse foreign exchange movements led reported revenues to decline by 1.3%. Headline operating profit grew by 7.1% to £56.1m and operating profit grew by 7.8% to £54.2m, despite a £3.2m impact due to the effect of adverse exchange movements. The new technologies of S3P (Specialty Stainless Steel Processes) and HIP PF (Hot Isostatic Pressing Product Fabrication) both performed strongly. Together with mix improvements particularly in emerging markets these factors led to a further headline operating margin1 expansion of 140 basis points to 18.0% (2013: 16.6%). There were no acquisitions completed in the period, but the Group continues to seek to acquire value-adding business to add to its portfolio. In oil & gas, and in particular subsea, market changes are moving in our favour and our investment programmes over the past few years are enabling the Group to realise significant growth, with HIP PF in particular benefiting from these changes. In the aerospace market, a combination of OEM supply chain structural changes, inventory adjustments ahead of platform changeovers, and reduced defence spending are offsetting the underlying secular growth of this segment. Work to expand the Group’s footprint in the aerospace OEMs’ supply chains has been stepped up in order to secure more of the latent growth available though this will take some time to come through. Growth in the automotive segment continues its upward trajectory. Bodycote is increasingly becoming the preferred supplier of thermal processing services for many customers, particularly for car and light truck production. The Group’s emphasis on very high service levels and technical proficiency is driving considerable differentiation and value accretion in what in most other respects is a difficult environment to thrive. Success in this business will be enhanced by further network development as our customers expand in the lower cost economies. Net capital expenditure of £31.5m represents an expenditure to depreciation ratio of 1.2 times (2013: 1.0 times), as the Group increased the pace of investment over that seen in the last few years. Much of this capital expenditure is being invested in the new high growth technologies and the greenfield expansion plan for the emerging markets, with four new plants in progress during the first half. Headline operating cash flow conversion was 78%2 (2013: 89%) yielding a headline operating cash flow of £44.0m. The Group finished the half with a net cash position of £5.5m after the payment of the 2013 final and special dividends. The Group’s strategy of focusing on services that are highly valued by our customers; targeted customer engagement; increasing our emerging market footprint; growth in selected new technologies; and the drive for operational excellence continues to deliver good results, notwithstanding the mixed macroeconomic backdrop. 1 Headline operating profit as a percentage of sales 2 Headline operating cash flow divided by headline operating profit."

Solar Manufacturing/Press Release. "Souderton, PA. 07/31/14 – Approximately one year ago, William R. Jones, CEO of the Solar Group of Companies, decided to donate a small horizontal vacuum furnace for use as a teaching tool in the ASM International training facility in Materials Park, Ohio.  This furnace was given the name “The Mentor” as it would serve to teach and guide students seeking to advance in the metals processing world.  At the same time that this furnace was engineered and manufactured, a second unit was built for the Solar Atmospheres Plant in Hermitage, PA.  Because this furnace proved to be very useful, Solar Manufacturing elected to offer it to the general marketplace.  Several companies realized that such a unit could be a very useful piece of equipment and to-date, seven Mentor furnaces have been sold.The Furnace is a Solar Manufacturing Horizontal Model HFL-2018-2IQ and is mounted on a single, portable platform for easy shipment and maneuverability.  The Mentor’s work zone measures 12” wide by 12” high by 18” deep which allows heat treaters the convenience of running smaller workloads more economically.  The hot zone design incorporates a graphite foil hot face backed by four (4) layers of ½” thick, highly efficient Rayon graphite felt supported in a stainless steel ring structure.  It is rated to a maximum operating temperature of 3000oF and is AMS 2750 E compliant with a temperature uniformity of +/- 10oF between 800oF and 2400oF.  The furnace hearth is capable of supporting loads up to 250 pounds at 2150oF. 

The vacuum pumping system includes an Alcatel 33 CFM mechanical pump and a Varian VHS-6 diffusion pump for ultimate vacuum in the 10-6 torr range. The internal gas cooling system is capable of cooling at 2 bar pressure utilizing a 7-1/2 HP motor and a low resistance, straight through, all copper water cooled heat exchanger. Pete Reh, vice president of sales, when asked to comment on the popularity of The Mentor, answered that “Even though The Mentor is compact, it is by no means short on capability.  It is loaded with standard production furnace features just like all of our other vacuum furnaces including SolarVac® interactive controls consisting of an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC, Allen-Bradley PanelView HMI touchscreen interface, and a Eurotherm Graphic Video Recorder with data acquisition.”

ABOUT SOLAR MANUFACTURING; Solar Manufacturing designs and manufactures all types of vacuum heat treating, brazing, sintering, carburizing, and nitriding furnaces, as well as offers replacement hot zones and spare parts for various vacuum furnace brands.  To learn more about Solar Manufacturing’s diverse product line and services, contact Pete Reh, Vice President of Sales, at 267-384-5040 or pkr@solarmfg.com.  For more information on Solar Manufacturing visit www.solarmfg.com." August 1/2014.

Happy Birthday Jill Ciszewski! While we believe that Jill's official title at furnace builder AFC-Holcroft is Administrative Assistant in our opinion Jill basically runs the company. We can think of few more well organized, professional individuals that gets things done with as little fuss nor muss as Jill. Happy 30th birthday Jill. July 31/2014.

New Orders.  Atmosphere Engineering in Milwaukee, WI recently installed a N2/H2 flow panel to control 5 furnaces at GKN/Hoeganaes.  "GKN/Hoeganaes Commission AEC to Design One System to Control Five Lab Furnaces. Last year, Atmosphere Engineering was commissioned by GKN/Hoeganaes to design and build an N2/H2 panel to control five furnaces in their quality control test lab for sintering and annealing processes. Hoeganaes Corporation is the largest producer of Atomized Steel and Iron Powders in the world, used across a variety of applications including welding, brazing, photocopy, chemical, electromagnetic and metallurgical processes. The customized control panel includes data logging, temperature control, gas metering for each of the five furnaces and an additional remote panel interface. As with all AEC furnace control systems, this panel was designed to meet current NFPA safety guidelines".

Alphametric Vacuum Inc., of Willow Springs NC was recently awarded an order by the Department of the Navy in Cherry Point, NC for a replacement Hot Zone Assembly for an Abar Model HR-66x60 Vacuum Furnace. The contract was awarded June 9/2014 and according to the US Federal website that announces orders placed the value of the contract was $134,825.00 USD. As Alphametric is a long standing rep organization for Ipsen we would assume that the vendor was actually Ipsen rather than Alphametric and that this was a mistake on the US government website. July 31/2014.

Accurate Steel Treating/Southgate, CA. We have this press release from commercial heat treater Accurate Steel Treating out in California. Accurate is one of the larger commercial shops on the US West Coast and they are very justifiably proud of their Nadcap accreditation. While this is necessary to run aerospace work it does take a great deal of effort and money to achieve this.

"Announcing that Accurate Steel Treating has acquired a NADCAP accreditation.  We have structured the company combining the best of two worlds. For over 50 years Accurate has been a commercial processer running a high level of tool steel and general heat treating. This will still be the core of the company maintaining the high level of service our customer base requires. Within this structure we have been able to create a section specific to NADCAP processing.  Now we are able to present both commercial and NADCAP heat treating to better serve the manufacturing industry. Mike Bastian, Accurate Steel Treating." July 31/2014.

Cosma International/Battle Creek, MI. If my memory is correct the third largest auto parts supplier in the world is Canadian based Magna of which Cosma is one of their divisions. Early last year the company issued this press release; "Cosma International has announced plans to open an automotive casting components and systems operation in Battle Creek. The company is refurbishing an existing facility at 10 N. Clark Road in the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The building should be completed by the end of 2013. It will be known as Cosma Casting Michigan and is expected to create up to 572 new jobs based on investment of up to $162 million". The building is completed, most of the equipment installed and the Can Eng T7 and T5 equipment is very close to entering production. July 30/2014.

Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Ipsen recently shipped a horizontal TurboTreater® thermal processing vacuum system to an international company’s plant in Mexico, where it will function as a substitute for another Ipsen furnace, substantially modernizing their operations. This company is part of the Metal-Casting industry, and they will use this TurboTreater to process stainless steel parts for a French car manufacturer and, eventually, a German car manufacturer as well. In both cases, the cars are assembled in Mexico and exported all over the world. The company has a long history with Ipsen, having purchased multiple Ipsen furnaces over the last few decades. In 2013, they contracted Ipsen for a critical relocation of a large heat-treating furnace from one of their plants in Mexico to the same plant where this new TurboTreater will be installed – all to best support their customers in the Automotive industry. Overall, the order and shipment went smoothly – the various milestones were met either ahead of schedule or on time, and the Factory Acceptance Test was seamless. This specific TurboTreater features a 24” x 24” x 36” (610 mm x 610 mm x 914 mm) all-graphite hot zone with a 2,000-pound (907 kg) load capacity. It utilizes gas cooling to 2-bar absolute pressure and operates at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,400 °F (538 °C to 1,316 °C). The furnace is also equipped with a 20-inch Varian diffusion pump and Ipsen’s CompuVac® control system.

The Ipsen TurboTreater line operates as a “build-your-own” furnace, allowing customers to order heat treatment furnace systems specified to their unique needs. Possible modifications include variations on features such as the hot zone insulation package, heating elements, pumping systems and control system. In addition, this multi-purpose vacuum furnace leads the industry through the use of patented mechanical features, such as Ipsen’s unique quarter-twist graphite heating element support hanger, which provides metallic support for ceramics; the flare locking rim for molybdenum cooling gas nozzles, which secures them in place into a rounded extrusion in the plenum wall; and the cooling system design, which generates the highest heat transfer coefficient of any vacuum furnace on the market. To learn more about the unique features of the Ipsen TurboTreater, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/products. July 30/2014.

Seco Tools/Lenoir City, TN. Going back to early 2013 we had a brief news item about custom tooling manufacturer Seco Tools in TN closing down this plant and relocating to Troy, Michigan. The plant is now closed and the remaining equipment will be auctioned off August of this year. While this location did not have a large heat treat department there does appear to be a few Lindberg furnaces and ancillary items included in the auction. July 29/2014.

"Seco Relocates Custom Tooling Division to US Headquarters, Closes Lenoir City Facility. TROY, Mich., March 29, 2013 – Seco Tools recently announced that it will relocate its Custom Tooling unit to its North American headquarters in Troy, MI.  This will allow the company to develop a center of excellence in engineered customer solutions by bringing custom tooling manufacturing together with engineering and design.  At the same time, Seco will close its Lenoir City, Tennessee, standard tooling facility due to changes in demand and production capacity.  The transition will begin in July 2013, and is expected to be complete by the second half of 2014. "The decision to close the Lenoir City production operation was a difficult one for the company because of the extremely positive experience we've had in the area and the talented and dedicated team of people we work with there,” said Kurt Nordlund, president of Seco Tools, Inc. "The global market has not developed according to plans made seven years ago, which has resulted in excess capacity. Because of this, we need to modify our production model to accommodate actual market requirements and ensure we’re offering the best solutions to our customers. As Seco proceeds through this transition, we will do our best to assist our Lenoir City employees in finding new opportunities.”  

ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH. We welcome our newest advertiser German furnace builder ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH. This family owned company has been around for quite some time and the photo below gives you an idea about what the company is capable of. What you are looking at is probably the largest Pit Carburizing furnace in the world, a furnace which ROHDE built and installed at commercial heat treater REESE in Bochum, Germany just a few years ago. Their banner ad can be found on this page. July 29/2014.

Throughput Bluestreak Press Release. "THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™ Launches iMaintain™, the First Preventive Maintenance Software Designed Exclusively for the Service-Based Manufacturing Environment

iMaintain™ is 100% browser-based and can run on nearly any device or operating system—PC, Mac, tablets, eReaders and Smartphones. Throughput Consulting, a leading provider of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software, announces its new module release, iMaintain™ to its existing BLUESTREAK™ suite of products.
iMaintain™ as well as BLUESTREAK’S™ full suite of products run on the Apple iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, phones and Windows phones, tablets, Nook and Kindle eReaders.
iMaintain™ can be installed stand-alone or be connected to BLUESTREAK™ and ties directly into production and scheduling. Operators can issue a new maintenance request during load setup and be prevented from using an out-of-service piece of equipment or one scheduled for maintenance.
iMaintain™ supports flexible maintenance processes with unlimited trackable steps, unlimited electronic document media such as photos, drawings, schematics, PDF’s, spreadsheets, videos and unlimited data collection, specifications and complete searchable history.
Other Functionality Includes
• Schedule recurring PM tasks or one-off Maintenance Orders
• Track equipment up/down time, labor hours, repair costs
• Includes an internal “iMail” module for communications with everyone in the company
• Full inventory, vendors, suppliers, locations and purchase orders
• BLUESTREAK’S™ exclusive Global Notification System delivers real-time messages via
iMail, eMail and text messages

“BLUESTREAK™ is huge in providing information at point of use. Wherever we need it, in the plant or out on the road, if we have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone, we have access to all information from quote to invoice,” states Cale McGraw of Pinson Valley Heat Treating. About Throughput I Bluestreak™; BLUESTREAK™ Suite is designed exclusively for a service-based manufacturing environment, where the primary focus is processing and not inventory management. Any service-based manufacturing company can easily customize BLUESTREAK™ to mirror unique business workflows. Find out more at go-bluestreak.com, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube" Contact: Robert Boginski 262.966.1082 rboginski@go-bluestreak.com info@bluestreak.com 1805 Sunset View Drive Delafield, WI 53018 www.go-bluestreak.com July 29/2014.

Monday Morning Briefing. Today is largely going to be a “people” day and we start off with two new additions at Paulo Products the third largest commercial heat treater in North America. "Paulo Products Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kyle Moore as corporate quality manager. Kyle joined Paulo at the beginning of June. As corporate quality manager, Kyle will work with each of Paulo’s five locations to improve and develop their overall quality systems, auditing procedures and bench-marking practices. Kyle’s understanding of ISO based quality management systems provides him with the experience and expertise to be successful in his role at Paulo. Prior to joining Paulo, Kyle had a three and half year career at Lewis Pump. There he held a variety of roles in engineering, quality, materials and production scheduling. Kyle graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As the third largest heat treat company in North America, Paulo Products Company has five locations throughout the mid-west, great lakes and southeast regions of the United States. Paulo provides solutions to a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, agriculture, defense, and medical. Paulo’s facilities are certified to a variety of quality management systems including ISO/TS 16949, AS 9100 and ISO 9001.

Paulo Products Company offers a wide variety of heat treating, brazing, and metal finishing solutions as well as providing a broad range of metallurgical and engineering services. Paulo’s capabilities include batch and continuous heat treating, vacuum heat treating, cryogenics, blasting, plating and black oxide solutions. Paulo was founded in 1943 in St. Louis, Mo. and operates additional plants in Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Nashville, Tenn.

Paulo Products Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Affolter as quality manager. Mark joined Paulo at the beginning of June. As quality manager, Mark will oversee and manage the ISO quality systems in place for Paulo – Kansas City. Mark brings experience and expertise in the Nadcap arena. His training in pyrometry and experience and knowledge of AMS 2750 and AMS 2759 specifications for the aerospace industry will be valuable in his role. Paulo is confident he will provide excellent quality and service to our customers.  Prior to joining Paulo, Mark was with O&F Machine Products. There he served nine and a half years as heat treat manager. Mark is a graduate of Pittsburgh State University, holding a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology. He also holds masters’ degrees in business administration and engineering technology. Mark resides in Greenwood, Mo. with his wife, Stormy, and their daughter.

From Paulo Products we move to furnace builder SECO/WARWICK who has just hired a new rep in the US. "Piotr Zawistowski, Sales/Product Manager, has appointed the Summit Products, Inc. to the SECO/WARWICK group of Independent Sales Representatives. About Summit Products, Inc; Summit Products, Inc. is a company located in Grand Island, NY that provides new and used vacuum and atmosphere heat treating equipment worldwide for annealing, carburizing, carbonitriding and through hardening applications. They provide the industry with industrial ovens, atmosphere and vacuum furnaces, cooling systems, and polymer quenchants as well as alloy baskets/cast trays and graphite/CFC fixtures. Summit Products, Inc. has provided equipment to the U.S., Canada and worldwide. Projects over the years have included aluminum heat treating, vacuum carburizing, high pressure gas quenching, copper and nickel brazing, bright through-hardening, metal injection molding, FNC, nitriding and annealing. Summit Products is owned and run by Mr. Kevin Brennan". Moving to the Induction world we see that a top notch fellow by the name of Fred Specht (also known as the scanner man) has just joined Induction supplier Interpower. "Gary Gariglio President & founder of Interpower Induction are pleased to announce the appointment of Fred R. Specht as National Sales Manager - Heat Treating Products. Interpower Induction is the fastest growing company in the induction heating industry. Headquartered in Almont, MI, Interpower Induction has averaged triple digit growth since the company was founded in 1995. Mr. Specht brings 40 plus years of hands-on induction heat treating experience, troubleshooting, manufacturing, engineering and sales experience to our company and will assist in our continued growth in the induction heat treating field say Mr. Gariglio. Well known as “the scanner man”, Specht started his career as a commercial induction heat treater at Induction Heat Treat Corp., Lindberg (Bodycote) and Chicago Induction Heat Treating all in the Chicagoland area. He has managed sales with major clients in the agricultural, aerospace, military, construction, automotive, oil & gas and off-highway industries with such suppliers as TOCCO, Inc., Pillar and Ajax Magnethermic. Fred is a past ASM Heat Treat Society founder (1985) and two time past HTS board member. He will continue in his current role as ASM HTS Technical Programming Sub- Committee Chair of the Applied Energy committee.  Mr. Specht is also a member of AFS (1989) and SME (1998). Fred Specht can be reached @ fspecht@interpowerinduction.com, or 312-342-8799".

In extremely tragic news a reader sent us this newspaper article. Eltro is a German  company with an operation in Michigan offering plasma nitriding. "A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora. Metamora Township Police say that Craig Sytsma was running on Thomas Road just south of Brauer when the two 3-year-old Cane Corsos mauled him. Metamora Chief David Mallett said the dogs severed an artery in Sytsma's arm. He died from his wounds at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital. The attack happened on a dirt road approximately 100 yards from the dog owner's home. Metamora Police Chief David Mallet says a neighbor shot at the two dogs to scare them off, and one of the dogs was struck. Police say another jogger was previously bit in the leg by dogs from the same home.  The Lapeer County Prosecutor is reviewing the Metamora police report. It will be the Prosecutor's call to determine if charges will be filed against the owner.  The dogs are quarantined for observation. The Lapeer County Prosecutor is recommending euthanasia for both dogs. Sytsma lived in Livonia and operated Eltro Metal Services in Oxford. He was a divorced father of three children". 

On a final note we recently had a brief article about cast link vs; mesh belt furnaces. Bill Disler, President of AFC-Holcroft sent us these thoughts. "I saw the notes on Cast Links and wanted to comment. Cast Link belts are still common and for good reasons, however I agree that many just look to mesh belts instead of considering cast. Many of the most successful players in the global fastener business (not for small self-tapping fasteners) still favor cast belts. Other industries do the same. The thermal efficiency of a cast link belt far exceeds a mesh belt.   Loading on cast link belts, providing the product being run supports it, makes production density much more favorable as well.   Mesh belts run at 10-20 pounds per square foot where a cast belt can run 50 pounds+ per square foot. That allows the same production to be run on a belt 1/3 the size.  Mesh belts are a great solution for parts that could get damaged on a cast link and in cases where external loading is required. Beyond that I think that the market often misses the benefits that the cast link offers. The belt stays hot, hence no energy goes to reheating the belt and no thermal cycling of the belt alloy. Easier to seal the furnace, hence less gas usage.  You do not have to replace the belt annually, hence less downtime and lower long term cost. In many cases the premium cost of the furnace (mainly due to the heavy alloy belt) is offset by the smaller size that results from heavier loading per square foot on the belt. Those looking for low cost per piece of quality production should not neglect considering a cast link belt if your product is compatible. Of course, AFC-Holcroft builds both mesh belts and cast link belts.  I just thought it was worth reminding folks of the often missed benefits of the cast link belt furnace. Some customers that moved to mesh belts years ago have come full circle back to the Cast Link belt production workhorses. It just depends on the parts being run"July 28/2014.

THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™ Press Release. "THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™, the leader in service-based manufacturing solutions for the Metals Treating Industry, is pleased to announce that Todd Wenzel, CEO of Throughput I Bluestreak™, will deliver a technical session entitled “E-Chaos: How Rapid Technology Change is Dramatically Affecting Your Company” during the Furnace North America (FNA), Conference in Nashville, TN, October 6-8, 2014. “Technological change is not only rapid, it is accelerating with no end in sight. Businesses simply cannot keep their company’s “technological head in the sand” any longer by ignoring this reality. Those who do not embrace technology will find their business strategies obsolete causing high uncertainty for long-term planning,” explains Todd Wenzel. Presentation Date: October 8, 2014 Time: 10:15 am – 10:45 am CDT

About FNA FNA is the leading conference and trade show event for the commercial and captive Heat Treating Industry, providing a world-class, high-level technical forum attracting industry experts and suppliers from 30+ states and over 15 countries. FNA Conference Track Topics Include:
 Aerospace
 Automotive
 Business
 Vacuum
 Emerging Technologies
 Pipe & Tube
 Controls & Induction
 Alloy and Fixture
 Surface Treatments
About Throughput I Bluestreak™ BLUESTREAK™ Suite is designed exclusively for a service-based manufacturing environment, where the primary focus is processing and not inventory management. Any service-based manufacturing company can easily customize BLUESTREAK™ to mirror unique business workflows. Find out more at go-bluestreak.com, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Contact: Robert Boginski, 262.966.1082 rboginski@go-bluestreak.com info@bluestreak.com"
July 28/2014.

Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – When working with vacuum heat-treating systems, a number of maintenance questions can arise. One of Ipsen’s most common Ask an Expert questions (www.IpsenUSA.com/Ask-An-Expert) concerns finding leaks and their effect on the process and furnace. Ipsen’s general response is to first perform a conventional leak check with a helium mass spectrometer to determine the cause. However, in an effort to continually provide customers with useful tools and resources, Ipsen created a video titled “How to Perform a Leak Check with a Mass Spectrometer” that can be viewed at www.IpsenHarold.com for those who want further, step-by-step instructions on how to correctly perform a leak check. From calibrating your helium mass spectrometer to determining what part of the furnace is the source of the leak, Ipsen’s newest video provides indispensable tips for keeping your furnace running at peak performance – and this video is just one of many that are soon to come. The video is the first post on Ipsen’s new blog, The Ipsen, Harold, which launched on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Ipsen, Harold was created as an outlet for Ipsen to provide customers and those in relevant industries with valuable heat-treating information. Focusing on breaking down technical and complex material, as well as revealing tips of the trade, this blog is intended to establish an open dialogue between readers and Ipsen experts. Weekly blog entries will be posted on The Ipsen, Harold and will cover topics ranging from preventative maintenance and the top five things you should know about thwarting downtime to tips on becoming a brazing superhero and optimizing your processes. Readers are also granted the opportunity to subscribe to The Ipsen, Harold and receive weekly emails with the newest blog entries and expert advice delivered straight into their inbox. 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 – from new blog entries on The Ipsen, Harold, www.IpsenHarold.com, to various papers and technical resources on their website, www.IpsenUSA.com. Don’t hesitate; visit today and see how Ipsen can help you with your pressing questions and concerns.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing markets, including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." July 18/2014.

CCPI Press Release. "CCPI/Metal Treating Institute. Temperature Sensing company CCPI sends us this press release about their acceptance as a member of MTI. While MTI primarily consists of commercial heat treaters in North America they do accept Associate Members who are suppliers to the industry.

Blanchester, OH – July 8th, 2014: CCPI Inc. is pleased to announce it’s membership acceptance to the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), an organization committed to improving heat treatment worldwide. In order to be accepted, MTI members must indicate how their company can make technical contributions to advance the interests of the Metal Treating Institute and the heat treating industry. CCPI received unanimous approval from MTI’s board of directors based upon the information that was submitted for acceptance. MTI is a non-profit association established in 1933 to represent the heat treating industry. It positions itself as having the largest network of heat treaters in the world encompassing 38 states  and 8 countries.  MTI also represents suppliers who provide technical expertise to members so they can maximize productivity, quality, and safety.  As explained by Mike Brausch, CCPI North America Business Unit Manager, “We’re excited to offer our temperature measurement expertise and products to MTI heat treaters. It’s a natural fit between our two organizations. MTI members are generally recognized as being some of the highest quality heat treaters in the world and CCPI has some of the highest quality temperature sensing products and precise laboratories in the world”. CCPI is heavily involved with temperature measurement research at its’ laboratories in the USA and the UK. These labs are NVLAP and UKAS accredited respectively. Mr. Brausch further explains, “CCPI looks to partner with companies and organizations committed to improving the technical standards of heat treating and other industries.  Knowing that MTI members are actively involved with AMEC and working to NADCAP and CQI-9 standards further validates our commitment to membership”.  CCPI will begin attending MTI national and regional meetings helping to benefit and further advance the heat treating industry. CCPI can be found on the worldwide web at www.ccpi-inc.com.

About CCPI Inc. Headquartered in Blanchester, OH, CCPI Inc. operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S., the U.K., and the Middle East.  Focused on precision temperature sensing products and high quality refractory materials, CCPI is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of industry worldwide. For more information regarding CCPI’s divisions and product offerings, please visit:  www.ccpi-inc.com, contact sales@ccpi-inc.com, or call 937-783-2476."

Global Heat Treatment Network. Several times over the course of this year we have mentioned the Global Heat Treatment Network an organization of heat treaters and industry suppliers putting the industry together around the world. The organizations website is now up and running http://www.global-heat-treatment-network.com/ although some of the functions are not yet enabled. “The Monty” is working in partnership with this new organization. July 17/2014.

Cast Link Belt Lines. Once upon a time the furnace style of choice for heat treaters processing fasteners was a cast link belt furnace. For good or for bad cast link belt furnaces have largely been pushed to the sidelines replaced by a mesh belt furnace design introduced to North America by Can-Eng many years ago. These days cast link lines are+++ generally either older furnaces or seen in applications where furnace loading is too heavy for a mesh belt. The fate of many of these older cast link lines can be seen below-the scrap heap. What you see below is what is left of 2 3,000 pound/hour Surface Combustion cast link furnace lines. On a personal note we always find it upsetting to see what was once a state of the art furnace being relegated to the garbage dump. July 17/2014.

Edwards Press Release. "CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (15 July, 2014)— Edwards, together with its distributor in Russia, Intech Analytics JSC is proud to announce that the GXS dry screw vacuum pump won the Product Innovation Award at Vacuum TechExpo 2014 in Moscow. Franck Merieux, Market Sector Manager at Edwards, commented, “We are extremely proud to receive this award together with our partners in Russia, Intech, for our innovative GXS vacuum pump. This award reflects not only on Edwards’ technology leadership, but it also highlights all the hard work carried out by Intech in introducing our GXS pump to the Russian market, a key growth area for Edwards.”

The GXS range, with its unique screw technology, enables users to optimise their processes with a low cost of ownership and a reduced footprint.  The GXS provides robust and reliable operation even in harsh industrial applications, and has an on-board controller enabling extensive communication and automated control capabilities. The GXS has a long pump service life and is virtually maintenance free for up to five years, which together with reduced gas and power consumption make it the most economical vacuum pump for industrial applications. “Existing customers of the GXS vacuum pump give very positive feedback about the many benefits they get from using this technology,” commented Dmitry Lovtsyus, Deputy Director at Intech. “We are thrilled that the GXS met the stringent criteria for this award and that the specialist judging panel at Vacuum TechExpo decided to give the Innovation Award to Edwards’ GXS.”

About Intech; Intech Analytics JSC is Edwards’ distributor in Russia and is also an authorised service provider. They have offices in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Kiev. The large distances involved in Russia mean servicing can be a challenge, so their local presence is a significant benefit to customers." Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com. Further information about Intech can be found at www.intech-group.ru July 17/2014.

Are You Paying More for Base Trays and Baskets? If not you are certainly going to be in the near future and here is why. Nickel has surged 41 percent this year after Indonesia, one of the world’s largest exporters of nickel banned ore exports to spur investment in domestic smelters. This combined with the fact that nickel customers are stocking up in the event of a shortage has meant a large jump in the price of the material meaning that all nickel based alloys such as 330 SS, HU, HT are also seeing a large increase in costing. We have run across very contradictory stories about how much of the cost of these alloys is dependant upon nickel pricing but one story we ran across states that nickel accounts for half the cost of SS. Whatever the exact percentage is it means one thing-you will be paying more for alloy furnace components and fixturing and this is immediate. Forget the days of a base tray quote being good for 6 months, we are back to the bad old days of 2007 and 2008 when alloy quotes were good for a week or two at most. July 16/2014.

Paulo Products/Michael Jussila. From probably the second largest commercial heat treater in North America, Paulo Products we have this press release about how the company has a new plant manager at their flagship facility in St. Louis. July 16/2014.

"Paulo Products Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Jussila as Plant Manager. One of the largest and best equipped heat treating plants in the Midwest, Paulo, St. Louis offers production heat treating in batch and continuous belt as well as vacuum heat treating to NADCA requirements. In addition to NADCA, Paulo-St. Louis is registered to ISO/TS 16949. The St. Louis facility also provides Cryogenics, Blasting and Black Oxide services. Mike is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he received a B.S. in Physics and he is a graduate of the United States Navy’s Naval Nuclear Power School. Mike also went on to earn his Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Mike formally worked at Unimim Corporation where he held the position of Plant Manager for the past 10 years. Prior to that Mike served in various Operations Management roles with General Chemical Corporation. Mike also served as an Officer in the United States Navy. “Mike brings extensive hands-on plant manager and production experience to Paulo. I believe Mike will provide the leadership to help the St. Louis Facility continue its efforts to improve the services we provide to each of our customers” states Greg Grei, Vice President of Operations, Paulo Products Company. Paulo Products Company offers a wide variety of heat treating, brazing and metal finishing solutions as well as a broad range of metallurgical and engineering services. In addition to the St. Louis facility, Paulo operates plants in Kansas City, MO, Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN, and Cleveland, OH."

Solar Atmospheres Press Release. Don Jordan, V.P. and Corporate Metallurgist of Commercial Heat Treater Solar Atmospheres recently presented this paper on “Improving Titanium Friction and Wear Properties.”July 16/2014.

"Improving Titanium Friction and Wear Properties; Souderton, PA.  July 15, 2014 – An experiment with Oak Ridge National Lab, published as “Surface Engineering to Improve the Durability and Lubricity of Ti–6Al–4V Alloy”; Bansal, Eryilmaz, Blau, evaluated titanium for weight reduction in heavy truck diesel engines.  A wide variety of surface treatments were evaluated for friction and wear including: “diffusion treatments, hard coatings (TiN and CrN [PVD]), a soft coating (Cu–Ni–In), titanium-matrix TiB2 in situ-formed composite, and shot peening”. Two conclusions from the study are:

  • “(b) CrN coated Ti64 specimens had the least amount of wear, followed closely by DLC (diamond-like-carbon) coated Ti64 specimens. 
  • (c) Nitrided…specimens yielded the lowest COF, and their wear is also comparable to those of CrN and DLC coated specimens.”

Titanium solution nitriding provided the lowest coefficient of friction (COF) and high wear resistance. The process was performed by Solar Atmospheres in a vacuum furnace using partial pressure nitrogen at temperatures in the annealing range. Solution nitriding is a diffusion process where nascent nitrogen is adsorbed and diffused into the titanium matrix.   Like other diffusion processes, the depth of the diffusion zone is dependent on the time of the treatment. Using Ti-6Al-4V with a core hardness of 30 HRC as the base metal, Solar Atmospheres has achieved hardness readings in the mid-60’s to upper-60’s HRC at a depth of 0.0076mm (0.0003”) followed by a gradual decrease in hardness to the core over a distance of 0.25mm (0.01”).  Shorter cycle times have produced hardness in the mid-50’s to high-50’s HRC and shallower total case depths.

Solution nitriding is not a coating like CrN or DLC. It is a thermochemical treatment where nitrogen becomes an integral part of the titanium matrix.  Unlike a coating, it does not have to initially bond well to work and it will not spall away from the base metal. That’s because it is the base metal at the surface; it’s a metallurgical case that significantly strengthens the base metal just as conventional carburizing and nitriding of steel does, allowing for increased service loads along with friction and wear performance properties.  Titanium has many beneficial applications from the medical, aerospace, and automotive industries. Unfortunately, titanium also has poor tribological properties, that is, it has a high COF when in moving contact with structural metals. The result is poor sliding and adhesive wear resistance often resulting in failure by galling (cold welding).  In order to provide adequate serviceability for metal-to-metal applications where friction and wear are a concern, some type of surface treatment is typically required.

Solution nitriding of titanium opens new markets for titanium in friction and wear applications. Oak Ridge Laboratory chose Solar Atmospheres to conduct the solution nitriding portion of the test due to the expertise, previous work with the process, and technical reputation of the company. Other companies interested in running titanium solution nitriding tests should contact Don Jordan, vice president and corporate metallurgist for Solar Atmospheres at don@solaratm.com.

ABOUT SOLAR ATMOSPHERES; Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality assurance, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders.  With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh and in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles. Please visit www.solaratm.com for more information."

Vac Aero Press Release. "Kalisz, Poland, July 14, 2014 - VAC AERO’s Kalisz, Poland division has recently been awarded a Nadcap coatings certificate in accordance with SAE Aerospace standard AS7003. Scope of Accreditation: In recognition of the successful completion of the PRI evaluation process the accreditation was granted to the Kalisz, Poland facility to perform the following: AC7108/1 Rev B – Nadcap  Audit Criteria for Painting and Dry Film Lubricant Coatings when performed with AC7109/1, /2 or /3 – Ceramic/metallic Spray & Thermal Coatings; AC7109 Rev D – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Coatings; AC7109/1 Rev C - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Thermal Spray – High Velocity Oxy Fuel (HVOF) / High Velocity Air Fuel (HVAF) Plasma Thermal Spray; AC7109/4 Rev C - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Stripping – Chemical; AC7109/5 Rev E - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Coating Evaluations – Bond Strength, Hardness, Metallography/Microstructure and Microindentation Hardness.

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" July 15/2014.

Wallwork UK Press Release. "Wallwork Re-Brand of Cambridge Coatings Division Takes Off at Farnborough Airshow. Thermal processing and specialist coatings company, Wallwork, chose Farnborough to announce the new identity for their Tecvac division. Re-branded as Wallwork Cambridge, the company will continue to be a centre of excellence for research, development and application of advanced coatings for aerospace, motorsport, medical devices and other demanding industries. Sales and marketing director, Simeon Collins explained, “We acquired Tecvac 18 years ago to give the group capability in this growing field. Relocating to new, purpose built premises the following year, we began a programme to create a skilled team of scientists and engineers working with the most advanced surface coating technology. The rebranding recognises that the company is a core part of the Wallwork Group, serving aerospace and other technologically pioneering industries.”

In addition to the application of specialist coatings to improve the hardness, lubricity and other critical properties of metal components, Wallwork Cambridge also builds the PVD machines used in this process. These bespoke machines are chosen around the world by university material science departments, metallurgical laboratories and manufacturers for their advanced research and development programmes. Machine building will continue at Cambridge. Recognising the value of the Tecvac brand to this important customer base, the PVD machines will continue to bear the Tecvac name. A recent addition to facilities at Cambridge has been the creation of a specialised manufacturing unit for brazed components. This has a complete capability from development work and batch production to large scale volume production. In addition to offering their own unique coating services, Wallwork Cambridge is the official UK partner of the German coating specialist CemeCon. As such they are the only accredited supplier in the UK for their patent processes."
July 15/2014.

Gas Composition/ California. Steve Thompson of controls company SSI of Cincinnati has run across a rather interesting possible change in gas composition in the gas market in parts of California. He felt that because of the potential effects on CA heat treaters that it was worthwhile to mention. We agree. What you see below are Steve's comments followed by a note from gas supplier SoCal where they outline the potential changes. July 15/2014.

"Gord, We have had a number of customer's contact us this week about a potential future gas mix change from SoCal in the LA area.    We are looking at what impact this will have with regard to endothermic mix and how to correct for any changes in the CO levels ultimately impacting case depth. We plan to have more details in the coming weeks with regard to the CO, H2, N2 mix as influenced by this change". Steve Thompson

"SoCal Gas is studying the possibility of using a future natural gas blend of 95% normal gas mixed with 5% hydrogen Assuming the hydrogen is obtained from renewable sources this would lower the GHG level of the gas. Per the chart below, the blend would have a slightly lower heating value 985 btu/cf versus the current typical standard of 1020 btu/hr (about 3.4% lower).  However the amount of heat input to a burner per unit of time, Wobbe number,  would only be slightly lower (1.2% lower) 1332 Wobbe current versus 1316 Wobbe projected.  The below document from our engineering analysis center.  I have been asked to discuss this with some customers, specifically the metal customers, to see if this would cause a problem with your operation and/or your end product?  Right now we are just considering it and would like to get some feedback if possible.  Thanks".

Scenario:

Will hydrogen impact on end users that use gas as feedstock or for manufacturing?
For example if 5% hydrogen is added to pipeline gas that is 1020 Btu/cf the following changes will occur:


Parameters

Current

Future with 5% Hydrogen

Methane

95.41%

90.64%

Ethane

  2.12%

  2.01%

Hydrogen

   0%

  5%

High Heating Value

1020 Btu/cf

985 Btu/cf

Relative Density

0.586

0.560

Monday Morning Briefing. We’re going to start off in Europe for our first news items. Remember how we told you a couple of months back that German furnace builder Elino was having a difficult time? Well the company is trying to overcome it’s issues and to this end laid off 50 of their employees last week which leaves Elino with roughly 70 people. Unfortunately one of the casualties was Greg Matula who a few years back did a report for us on heat treating in Poland. Luckily he has found a job with the same group. While a number of other furnace companies were interested in acquiring Elino we have been lead to believe that most if not all have backed out. From Nakal Industrial Furnaces in Russia we have this press release. We will add that Nakal offers a catalytic Nitriding furnaces which claims tremendous advantages over conventional gas Nitriding. Richter Precision Inc. has three locations in the US offering coating and heat treating services. "Furnace start-up in the United States of America.  In autumn 2013 Nakal – Industrial Furnaces Company signed a contract with Richter Precision Inc (USA) for delivery of a catalytic gas nitriding furnace Model CGS 10.20/7 with a maximum operating temperature of 700C, a weight capacity of 2000 kg and working dimensions of 1000 X 2000 mm. In June 2014 the president of Richter Precision Inc personally arrived to thank Nakal – Industrial Furnaces JSC representative for the work done and to congratulate the company on the successful commissioning of electric furnace CGN 10.20/7. Catalytic gas nitriding furnaces have been installed at hundreds of enterprises in the Russian Federation and this amount increases each year. Nakal Company is not satisfied with what has already been achieved and is arduously promoting its products abroad. Presently the company has operating furnaces in Spain, Poland, Italy, Germany, UAE, Kuwait and USA".

In the US furnace builder AFC-Holcroft reports recently receiving an order for a 2,000 pound/hour, gas fired mesh belt austemper line from an automotive supplier. AFC-Holcroft currently has a number of similar furnaces installed around the world. Speaking of new furnace orders SECO/WARWICK recently landed an order for a gas fired vacuum temper/nitrder from a commercial heat treater in North America. In 35 years in the heat treating industry we have seen a grand total of 2 gas fired vacuum furnaces. Not sure whether the technology is not quite there or there just is little demand. Speaking of SECO/WARWICK we have two press releases from SECO about reps they have just hired; "Piotr Zawistowski, Sales/Product Manager, has announced the addition of Carrasco, Carrasco y Asociados, S.C. to the SECO/WARWICK group of Independent Sales Representatives. According to owner/manager Carlos Carrasco, “For nearly 50 years, Carrasco, Carrasco y Asociados has been a leader in sales of heat treating furnaces in Mexico. They sell a variety of industrial furnaces (and related equipment) to the heat treating industry, and offer aftermarket service and parts. Carrasco currently represents a number of furnace manufacturers who sell to companies worldwide, including Mexico. Unlike other sales organizations, Carrasco focuses solely on furnaces used for heat treating. They are experts in the field, having garnered vast experience through hands-on experience and formal training offered by U.S, European and Canadian furnace manufacturers. Customers look to Carrasco to provide advice on heat treatment as well as serve as a sales channel through which they can order needed equipment. As of July 2014, Carrasco has been involved in over 400 successful installations throughout Mexico.” Along with Carlos Carrasco in Mexico City, Carrasco, Carrasco y Asociados, S.C. has a sales engineer and a service technician based in the city of Queretaro. Their Queretaro sales engineer is Adriana Michaca and she can be reached at adriana.michaca@carrasco.com.mx."

And here is the second rep recently hired by SECO/WARWICK; "Piotr Zawistowski, Sales/Product Manager, has announced the addition of Texas T&M Instruments to the SECO/WARWICK group of Independent Sales Representatives including Jace and Kendra Curtis  (Central and West Texas), Chris Vinson (South Texas and Louisiana), and Jason Lott (North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas). About T&M Instruments; T&M Instruments is dedicated to supporting the engineers, scientists, and technicians who need not only the equipment, but the equipment expertise to get their jobs done. Located within Lakeway, Texas, this area thrives with research, innovation and industry. Today, the area processes over half of the country’s oil and gas, and is instrumental in both military and aerospace applications. Jace Curtis: Dedicated career to the sales and marketing of instrumentation and test services for mechanical measurements including vibration, acoustics, pressure, and force. Specialties include: PC-based analyzers, sensor technology for temperature, strain, and sound/vibration, and 4-20mA transmitters for industrial machine health monitoring. Chris Vinson: Designed and manufactured power electronics/magnetics for the automotive, consumer electronics, solar/wind energy, and telecommunications industries up to 5kW. Strong attributes related to test and measurement industry include hands on experience with programmable power supplies, thermal chambers, 3 axis vibration testing, network analyzers, data acquisition for thermal/current/voltage, oscilloscopes, hipot testers, and THD analyzers. Jason Lott: Extensive experience in experimental test and evaluation in the Aerospace and Defense industry, as well as dynamic and acoustic troubleshooting for both military and commercial customers".

According to MTI (Metal Treating Institute) sales for commercial heat treaters in the US and Canada are pretty good these days. "Year-to-date sales through May for the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) were $381 million, an increase of 1.9% from 2013. Sales in May 2014 totaled $77.4 million, a slight increase from May 2013. Six out of nine districts are ahead of 2013 sales through May, with the South Central district (western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky) experiencing the largest increase (5.8%)". And to round things out for today we have this press release from ASM; "ASM International and the ASM Heat Treating Society recently released Version 2 of the free mobile app, the Heat Treater's Guide Companion, downloadable from the Apple and Google App stores. The new version provides ready reference data on more than 330 steel alloys, nearly doubling the number of alloys in the previous release.  In addition to carbon and alloy steels, the app now includes stainless, tool, and ultrahigh-strength steel alloys, as well as enhanced searching. Content includes chemical composition, similar steels, characteristics, and recommended heat treating practices. The app can be used by itself or as a companion to the ASM Heat Treater’s Guide print and online database products, which provide additional heat treating data such as representative micrographs, isothermal transformation diagrams, cooling transformation diagrams, tempering curves and data on dimensional change". July 14/2014.

Wirco Press Release. "Wirco is pleased to announce a new sales partnership with Jason Whitmore of West Coast Thermal for representation of our cast and fabricated alloy products. Jason will be servicing our West Coast (CA, OR, WA) customers and has been contacting customers on our behalf the last six months. Jason has a long history of commercial and industrial sales and is a welcome addition to the Wirco sales team. He can be reached at jason@westcoastthermal.com  or Mobile (619) 602-3016" July 11/2014.

UPC Press Release. Interesting press release and what most caught our attention is the fact that the company claims to have an oxygen probe that does not need 30 minutes to insert into a furnace but rather 1 minute-great idea. Their banner ad can be found on this page. July 11/2014.

"United Process Controls has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (www.nbcf.org) to raise money for research with the “Hot for the Cause” campaign. UPC is offering its Quicksilver oxygen sensor for use in carburizing atmospheres with a specially marked sensor. With every purchase of this Quicksilver, a donation will be made to the NBCF. All donations go to fund research for a cure and programs for patients and their families. The special-edition QuickSilver uses UPC’s new “M series” electrode design that makes thermal shock a thing of the past. The new design allows the user to changeover a probe in less than a minute instead of the old “inch a minute” recommendations. The rugged design is ideal for heavy carburizing applications where soot burn-off can be risky with traditional sensors. For more info, visit http://www.group-upc.com/MF/Eng_MF/Heat/Quicksilver_NBCF.htm.

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."

AFC Press Release. "(July, 2014) Fastenal Company, North America’s largest distributor of industrial and construction materials such as screws, bolts, and fasteners, has purchased a complete UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace line from AFC-Holcroft. The equipment will be installed in one of the customer’s plants in Winona, Minnesota, USA. As is typical for a complete batch furnace production cell, this order consists of a UBQ batch furnace sized 36-48-36, two UBT temper furnaces, a spray/dunk washer, a double-ended transfer car, and a 4500 cfh E-Z series endothermic gas generator. Fastenal requested customization to the stock equipment to meet their specific requirements. This is the first installation of heat treat equipment at Fastenal’s Winona location. The equipment is expected to be delivered and installed in the 3rd quarter 2014.

About Fastenal: Fastenal [NASDAQ: FAST] is North America’s largest fastener distributor and an efficient single source for a vast range of industrial and construction supplies. The company’s distribution system is designed to provide local product and service at more than 2,500 stores, each offering tailored inventory to provide a high rate of same-day service. Fastenal supports its product offering with a lineup of services and solutions, including Fastenal Automated Supply Technology, custom manufacturing, engineering support, and wide-ranging industrial services. Learn more at www.fastenal.com.

About AFC-Holcroft: AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries.

AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability. For more information, contact media@afc-holcroft.com." July 11/2014.

Flender/Elgin, IL. While the Flender name is perhaps not the most up to date one for the purposes of this news item it will work just fine. The press below gives you the basic background but to this we will add a couple of details. This manufacturing location produced large gears mainly for the wind energy sector and over the years an enormous amount of money was invested in the heat treating department which consists mainly of large Aichelin pit carburizing furnaces. To cut a long story short the plant closed at the end of 2013 and the equipment will be going to auction September of this year. Knowing the Aichelin name (top notch when it comes to pit furnaces) and the amount of money invested in the furnaces I would expect them to be in excellent condition and reasonably desirable (we say reasonably only because there is not an enormous demand for pit carburizing furnaces these days). While we certainly hate to see any manufacturing facility closing this sorry tale has been repeated many times when it comes to the renewable energy sector-so much for wind power being a boom for the heat treating industry. July 10/2014.

“A leading global manufacturer of gear reducers, gearboxes, couplings, drivetrains, and open gearing has ceased operations at their Elgin, IL facility. The facility was formerly owned and operated by Flender Corp. and Winergy before it was sold to a major international manufacturer which recently decided to cease operations there. This well-known company produced components for many industrial applications, including mining, rail and transportation, power generation, wind, water/wastewater, cement, minerals and marine. As a result of this closure, all the machinery, equipment and real estate from the facility located at 950 Tollgate Road in Elgin, IL are available for sale. There are also (2) complete heat treat systems.  Most of the newest system was installed and brought online in 2009 and 2010.  This system, manufactured by Aichelin, consists of a washer, (2) quench tanks, (7) pit furnaces, (3) tempering ovens, and is operated with Siemens controls.  The second system was orginally built in 1981, however it underwent several upgrades in 2007.  This system is made up of a (2) washers (tank new in 2007), (2) Nolzen pit furnaces, (2) quench tanks (new 2007), a tempering oven, and controls which were upgraded in 2007”.

Aalberts Industries/Impreglon. It would appear according to the abbreviated press release below that Netherlands based Aalberts Industries one of the largest commercial heat treaters and Surface Treatment companies in the world (concentrating on the European Market) is looking to buy Impreglon. Impreglon based in Germany is mainly a surface treatment company although they also offer vacuum heat treating, low pressure carburizing and Nitriding. This is the first major planned acquisition we have seen from Aalberts in the surface treatment/heat treating arena for some time and strengthens our belief that the company is most interested in expanding in the European market as opposed to Asia or the Americas. July 10/2014.

“Aalberts Industries has reached an agreement on 7 July 2014 with the major shareholders of Impreglon SE (“Impreglon”), a public listed company in Germany and has decided to make a public offer on all outstanding shares. The shareholders of Impreglon are offered a consideration of EUR 14.00 in cash per share, which equals a total consideration of approximately EUR 119 million for all outstanding shares. This results in a premium of more than 21% compared to the closing price of EUR 11.55 of the Impreglon share on the XETRA stock exchange on 7 July 2014. The offer price is around 57% higher than the closing share price as at 31 December 2013 (EUR 8.93). In addition, it is decided to make a public offer in cash of EUR 132.33 plus accrued interest to the holders of convertible bonds issued by Impreglon.

Impreglon, with head office based in Lüneburg, Germany, is founded in 1983 and listed on the stock market since 2006. Impreglon is expecting annual revenues of approximately EUR 140 million in 2014 and is active worldwide in surface treatment via 31 owned production locations and 4 franchise operations in 15 countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, North America and Asia. Impreglon is mainly active in the market segments machine building, repair and revision after sales markets and to some extent in automotive. The high grade technologies used by Impreglon for surface treatment are almost completely supplemental to Aalberts Industries. Impreglon has a strong position in especially surface treatments combined with polymer which improves the resistance to wear and the sliding characteristics of components. The company also excels in thermal spray technologies, a high grade service market for the performance of partial surface treatments. Aalberts Industries, already active in surface treatment with 26 production locations in Europe, Eastern Europe and China, and Impreglon are able to offer a more complete portfolio of surface treatment technologies to worldwide active key accounts and local customers. Both companies will benefit from the combined global service network of in total 57 worldwide production locations. The current management of Impreglon will continue to lead the company and will closely cooperate with the surface treatment activities of Aalberts Industries. If the public offer is successful, the results of Impreglon will contribute directly to the earnings per share of Aalberts Industries”.

Commercial Heat Treat Shops for Sale. Over the years WG Montgomery Ltd. has successfully put buyers and sellers of commercial heat treat plants together. Currently we have a very interesting opportunity in the form of a profitable operation for sale located on the US East Coast. Details can be found at; http://www.themonty.com/heattreatshops.htm July 10/2014.

Heat Treat Case Study. Down in the Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma area there is a manufacturer of components for the oil and gas industry who has always sent his heat treating to commercial operations. On the basis of poor service and the belief that this company could save money on their heat treating the decision was made to install a carburizing furnace. Sure enough a used batch carburizing furnace was purchased, completely rebuilt at a significant cost, an addition added to the building just to house it and shortly before the whole project was completed the manufacturer found a commercial heat treater more to his liking and the entire project was scrapped. I can certainly understand this company deciding to bring the work in house due to dissatisfaction with his heat treating source however at the end of the day it very, very seldom makes sense for a manufacturer to heat treat in house when the volumes are this small. July 9/2014.

Tejas Tubular Products/New Carlisle, Indiana. For the Induction guys we have this press release about Tejas Tubular Products down in New Carlisle, Indiana.  I say Induction because a quick look at the photos of this operation shows a horizontal Induction Scanner processing casings and tubing.  "Tejas Tubular Products, a Houston-based company that processes casings and tubing for the oil and gas industries, bought the former Scott Brass property in 2013 and started an overhaul and expansion of the plant in September. Ryan Banks, the plant's manager, said the building was "an empty shell" when Tejas bought it last year. Since then, he said, the company has invested about $18 million on construction and equipment there. "This whole facility is state of the art and takes into account everything Tejas has learned since its inception in 1990," Banks said. Production began in May, and about 65 people are already working there, Banks said. He was looking to hire 20 more workers late last month as the company prepared to add a second shift. He said the plant will employ 120 to 150 people when it's running three shifts. The New Carlisle plant is a heat-treating facility for casings, which are tube-like structures used to support a hole, prevent water contamination, cave-ins and blowouts, and provide a smooth entry for the tubes that extract oil or gas. Steel casings that arrive at the plant are strengthened by heating them to 1,800 degrees, then cooling them quickly. It's a very clean process, Banks said -- all it involves is electricity to heat the casing and water to cool it." July 9/2014.

Chris Johnson/Bodycote. We see that Mr. Chris Johnson, General Manager of Bodycote (commercial heat treating) in Greenville, SC recently retired. Chris was a long time heat treater who had been with various Bodycote locations for a number of years. We don’t know whether it is our imagination or not that a lot of heat treaters are retiring these days. Certainly there is a real shortage of experienced heat treaters with few younger people rising through the ranks to replace them. July 8/2014.

Monday Morning Briefing. Since 2009 a year we would all like to forget heat treaters in North American have surged with most making substantial investments in more capacity. One that is typical (perhaps not so typical as it is a very large operation and dominates the area that it is in) is Stack Metallurgical in Portland, Oregon. In the past 2 1/2 years this commercial heat treater has invested more than 4 million dollars in new equipment and equipment upgrades. This includes 2 new Solar Manufacturing vacuum furnaces, 2 new temper from Mclaughlin Services, a new Surface Allcase furnaces, a very large new temper, 2 very good used vacuum furnaces, two very nice aluminum furnaces, a new endo generator which is on the way, all new SSI furnace controllers and a new operating systems which is in progress which represents an investment of a quarter of a million USD. All in all a very impressive list and one which reflects the owner’s (Dave Ederer) commitment to investing back in the business. And speaking of commercial heat treaters adding equipment another example is Parker Trutec in Springfield, Ohio. We mentioned this company a couple of weeks ago along with their expansion plans but since that time we have been lead to believe that the company is also planning on adding 2 or 3 pusher style furnaces from Japanese furnace builder Dowa.

We see that Induction supplier Ambrell has sold a system to a carbide tooling manufacturer. "Ambrell sold an EASYHEAT induction heating system to a carbide tooling manufacturer. The client will use the system for brazing PCD (polycrystalline diamond) inserts to carbide for manufacturing cutting tools. The company was developing a new process to braze cutting tools ranging from 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) to over 1 inch (25.4 mm) in diameter. Induction was chosen because it can heat the parts to temperature in less than the targeted time of 20 seconds, and it's highly controllable so there's no risk of overheating the carbide. This system will allow the manufacturer to heat parts with different diameters and lengths". Vacuum Carburizing systems are being sold in North America at a very impressive rate but from a news standpoint it can be rather frustrating. The vast bulk of the systems are being sold to either the auto companies directly or to the Tier One Suppliers both of whom have no desire that this be announced or even become common knowledge. We at “The Monty” hear about these orders regularly however we have absolutely no desire to tangle with the legal department of a large auto company.

 From the US we move to Chile of all places which is not exactly known as a significant area for heat treating. "Codere would like to update readers of their first installation in Chile. This modular installation was purchased by Orecal who have set up their own contract heat treating workshop in the region of Concepcion in the South of Chile. Orecal see big potential with this flexible line, for case hardening processes. In the photo below is Marco Orellana (Owner) with sons Cesar and Felipe and David Howard (Sales manager Codere) at the commissioning of this line at Orecal last week. For further details of our product range, please check our product information at   www.codere.ch"  July 7/2014.

July 4th/US Independence Day. We wish all of our friends, customers and relations in the US a tremendous July 4th Independence Day. July 4/2014.

H-D Manufacturing/Sungear Inc.  This announcement caught our eye for several  reasons the obvious one being the heat treating element. H-D owns Overton Chicago Gear long known as a reasonably large captive heat treater and they also own Leading Edge Heat Treating Services Ltd. ,  in  Edmonton, Alberta a commercial heat treater whose processes include gas nitriding (we have a strong suspicion that this is Nitrex equipment). The other point of interest is the fact that H-D is a management company which means venture capitalists and this is another sign that investment companies came to the realization some time ago that the heat treating industry can be a very good investment. July 3/2014.

"PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company (H-D) has acquired Sungear, Inc. (Sungear), a leading manufacturer of high precision gears and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Sungear is the fourth acquisition completed under the H-D platform, joining Overton Chicago Gear Corporation, a manufacturer of large, high-precision gears and gearboxes, Innovative Mechanical Solutions (iMECH), a manufacturer of highly engineered, custom bearings for the directional drilling motor industry and Leading Edge Heat Treating Services Ltd., a provider of superior heat treating solutions. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Sungear manufactures complex, high quality, precision gear components for many of the world's leading aerospace suppliers. The company's loose gearing and gear assembly products perform critical functions in engine starters, auxiliary power units and other applications. Sungear manufactures products for both OEM and aftermarket applications across a broad range of commercial and defense platforms. Sungear's current President, Roger Gizicki, will continue to lead Sungear within H-D's gearing division."

Heat Treating a Family Business? Recently we had a rather lightweight (but we hope interesting) news item about how so many heat treaters are in the business because their family was in the business. We mentioned a number of examples but due to a shortage of time and space we quite obviously missed quite a few. Well we certainly heard about it from a few people. Two that we will mention now are commercial heat treater Euclid Heat Treat in Euclid, Ohio and Furnace Manufacturer ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH in Germany.

"Gord, I read your article about generations of commercial heat treaters. Euclid Heat Treating is a third generation heat treater. We were founded by my father John J. Vanas(a degreed metallurgist from Case University of Cleveland), John H. Vanas (myself a business major B.G.S.U), my youngest daughter Deidra Minerd( a degreed metallurgist from Ohio State University) my son John E. Vanas (a finance major from Ohio State University) and my oldest daughter Claudine Dobbins ( with a finance/accounting degree form Lakeland College). All of my kids worked elsewhere before coming to E.H.T, and make major contributions to the company." John H. Vanas.

ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH. While the current owners of Rohde are Jörn and Natasha Rohde the company was founded by Jörn’s father a number of years ago. However both Natasha and Jörn are confidently looking forward to the third generation in the form of Vincent, their son. As Vincent is only 2 years old at this point we know he attended his first heat treat show last year in Wiesbaden, Germany so we will have to wait at least a few years until we know whether he will be taking over the family business. July 3/2014.

Ammonia Detection. We posed this question two weeks ago and we did not (until now) receive any good suggestions about how you detect ammonia in a furnace. “Ammonia. CQI-9 specifications say that in a furnace capable of running both nitro carburizing and carburizing processes that before a carburizing cycle can be run there can be no trace of ammonia in the furnace left over from the nitro carburizing process. The question is how do you ensure that there is no ammonia still present? Is there a simple device that can be used to check for any trace of ammonia? Time will of course remove all traces of ammonia but since time is money how can you tell exactly when the ammonia has all disappeared? Our suggestion-sniffing was not well received by the way”.

This suggestion came from a very experienced fellow in the heat treating industry;Gordon, please inform the fellow with w the question about ammonia presence when converting his equipment from Nitrocarburizing to Carburizing. He should investigate the use of Sulfur Sticks. We used these very frequently to identify ammonia leaks. Hope this helps! These can be purchased from Tanner Industries 215-322-1238, contact is Jim Selby. Two minutes research took us to Wikipedia which came us these facts; “Sulfur sticks are used in industrial ammonia refrigeration systems to detect minor ammonia leaks. A sulfur stick is made from a wick which contains particles of sulfur. The sulfur stick is lit and smolders, something like the taper that is used to light fireworks. The color of the sulfur smoke is used to find the leak. When there is no ammonia the smoke is colorless but when ammonia is present the combined sulfur and ammonia vapors produce a white smoke. Sulfur sticks have been used to find ammonia leaks for at least 100 years”.
So there you have it, there does appear to be an easy way to check for ammonia in a heat furnace and if this cuts down on the time between a carburizing and a nitro carburizing cycle we would suggest it is well worthwhile. You do indeed learn something every day. July 2/2014.

Wall Colmonoy Press Release. “Wall Colmonoy announces the appointment of Mike Thompson as General Sales Manager for its European Headquarters. He reports to the Commercial Director, John Lapping. Mike brings to Wall Colmonoy over 25 years’ experience in the surface engineering industry. His experience covers wear resistant coatings, castings, refractory metals, thermal spray powders and coating services for aerospace, oil and steel industries. He has participated in the strategic sales planning for Wall Colmonoy's European Headquarters for Alloy Products, Precision Components and Aerobraze divisions. He leads a team of Key Account and Channel Managers covering various regions of the UK and Europe. Mike is directly responsible for Alloy Products and Precision Components accounts in Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Sweden and UK (North). Prior to joining Wall Colmonoy, Mike worked for British Steel and Rolls-Royce as a Senior Technologist. Mike has worked as a Technical Sales Professional for over 20 years after finding his vocation in coatings. Mike, a qualified Metallurgist, has a B.S. Honours Degree in Metallurgy from the University of Aston in Birmingham. About Wall ColmonoyWall Colmonoy is a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components across aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, mining, energy and other industrial sectors”. July 2/2014.

Monday Morning Briefing. Tuesday July 1st 2014 is a national holiday in Canada and consequently the offices of WG Montgomery Ltd. will be closed. News updates will resume Wednesday July 2. Now that that is out of the way let’s get to our Monday Morning Briefing. To start off we have this press release from AFC-Holcroft. "Specialty Steel Treating, a commercial heat treater with locations in Michigan and Connecticut, is adding a new AFC-Holcroft UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) integral quench furnace to their Fraser, Michigan, USA operation. The UBQ batch furnace, size 36-48-36, is equipped with a top cool chamber, which offers additional cooling capacity for a variety of processes. The new furnace will be serviced by a new, double-ended UBTC (Universal Batch Transfer Car), which will be delivered in the same timeframe; both pieces will be integrated with furnace equipment already in production. As a supplier of both standard and custom equipment, AFC-Holcroft customized their standard equipment designs to meet several specific requests from Specialty Steel Treating. The new UBQ furnace will meet all of the requirements established in AMS2750E for a Class 2, Instrument Type C furnace system. At Specialty Steel Treating’s request, both nitrogen and endothermic gas will be delivered to the top cool system on the UBQ. The rail spacing was also adjusted on both the UBQ and the UBTC to accommodate the customer’s existing tray designs. Specialty Steel Treating has had a long relationship with AFC-Holcroft, and uses several different varieties of AFC-Holcroft furnaces in their production facilities. They also recently ordered a new AFC-Holcroft multi-row pusher furnace designed for high capacity output, as well as some large capacity 36-72-38 UBQ batch equipment".

From Specialty Steel Treating we move on to another commercial heat treater, Cincinnati Steel Treating who has also been busy upgrading their equipment. We have this from the General Manager of the facility; "Probably the briefest description I can come up with is that we will be adding a fully engineered FNC / Nitride Control System consisting of a free standing NEMA 12 Control Panel with a micro-logic PLC controller.  The FNC/Nitride controller is a multi-loop fully programmable instrument that controls either DA or Kn, along with temperature and furnace pressure. Purchase orders have been issued to install these controls on two of our larger furnaces.  These both measure 55” diameter by 107” deep. Incidentally in January we christened another deep furnace (55” x 107” deep) outfitted with an SSi FNC / Nitride control system and have just won PPAP approval from our primary automotive.  This adds to our capacity leaving us with (3) large FNC / Nitride furnaces".

According to MTI (Metal Treating Institute) commercial heat treaters in North America continue to do well; "Ytd sales for the Metal Treating Industry for May 2014 were $381 million USD an increase of 1.0% from 2013 when sales for January-May equaled $374.1 million. Sales for the Metal Treating Industry for May 2014 totaled $77.4 million an increase from 2013 when sales for May equaled $76.2 million. Three out of the nine MTI districts reported higher sales in May 2014 compared to the previous year". We ran across a news item the other day on another heat treat news website; "Alcoa signed a definitive agreement to acquire Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet-engine components, from Oak Hill Capital Partners for $2.85 billion in cash and stock". Not quite sure what the heck this has to do with heat treating except for the fact that Firth Rixson has a pretty cool heat treat department at their facility in Rochester, NY. It sounds like there are a few personnel changes at furnace builder Ipsen in Kleve, Germany the only one that we know of for sure is that Ludger Oiman recently parted ways with the company.

In our Monday Morning Briefing a week ago we told you how Texas Heat Treating in Forth Worth, Texas had just finished up this location (the company has a second location in Round Rock, Texas). As it turns out the company is just getting started with their 6th 36 X 72 X 36 Batch IQ furnace just about to come on line with a 7th on the way, we would assume that both of these are again from Surface Combustion. We stand corrected. We welcome our newest advertisor new furnace builder ECM whose ad can be found at the top of this page. When we think of ECM we think of Vacuum Carburizing. And to round things out we have this photo from the recent heat treat show in Shanghai. It is courtesy of Byron Stewart an Australian fellow who is part owner of furnace builder HHZY in China. June 30/2014.

Names in The News. Commercial heat treater Bodycote in Oklahoma City, OK has a new General Manager in the form of Barry Dunham. Barry sounds like an experienced guy who was General Manager at Wall Colmonoy in Oklahoma City for a while and before that he was with Bodycote, Arlington TX amongst other positions. Obviously an experienced guy that deserves the position. Today is the last day for David Fisher who was Director, New Programs at Northstar Aerospace in Milton, Ontario, Canada. Northstar is a premier gear manufacturer with locations in the Chicago area and Canada who produces gears for the aerospace industry primarily for the Boeing Apache helicopter and under his direction Apache helicopters are able to produce far more results than before. His experience will be missed. Enrique Cruz is now Quality Manager at Wyman Gordon. Enrique has worked with companies such as HTG Aero, Expert Brazing and Bodycote. From everything we have heard a good man. June 27/2014.

The Future of Heat Treating (will we be following the Japanese model)? Over the years we have asked a number of very experienced heat treaters what they expect the industry to look like in the future. While we have heard a number of ideas none of them (with all due respect) were very definite or “earth shattering” for the obvious fact that none has a crystal ball to the best of our knowledge. A fellow the other day though did have a very definite opinion, an opinion which we didn’t particularly like but one which we feel is quite possible-furnace emissions. The current almost cult like, fanaticism about green house gas emissions causing global warming (or global change or whatever it seems to change daily) shows no sign of abating in the near future and the recent decision by the US to work towards closing down coal fired power plants is a perfect example of this (we do agree that reducing pollution is a very worthwhile cause but greenhouse gases are another story in our humble opinion). A recent visit to Japan showed that heat treaters there are constantly trying to reduce all forms of furnace emissions and energy usage with the result that most of the atmosphere furnaces we saw have vacuum purge chambers on both the load and unload stations specifically to trap all emissions. While Japan has taken the largest steps towards this non issue parts of Europe appear to be going this direction also leaving North and South America as the outsiders. All of this takes us to this point; will North Americans be forced within the next few years to be equally as concerned with reducing green house gas emissions? Far fetched as it might sound our understanding is that one of the largest captive heat treaters in North America has already mandated that all atmosphere furnaces will be shut down within 5 years to be replaced by vacuum carburizing units. We at “The Monty” believe that the only way emissions can be reduced are by switching to vacuum furnaces, expensive modifications to atmosphere furnaces or by converting all gas fired furnaces to electric which of course only pushes the issue down the road to the electrical suppliers. Perhaps it might be far fetched but it is also possible that within a few short years this will become a major issue and we in North and South America will all be looking towards Japan and Europe for suggestions. While we would find this an incredible waste of time and money stranger things have certainly happened. The future? Perhaps. June 26/2014.

Dana Corp./Lima Ohio. Auto parts supplier and captive heat treater Dana in Lima, Ohio recently suffered a small fire in the heat treating department. The fire started above one of three rotary retort furnaces and while the fire was extinguished quickly there was fairly extensive damage due to the water used to put out the fire. June 25/2014.

"The Bath Township Fire Department was alerted of a fire at 10:05 a.m. Friday at Dana Corporation, 777 Bible Road, Lima. When firefighters arrived four minutes later, heavy smoke was seen coming from the building, both at ground level and from the roof. The plant was evacuated of all personnel prior to the arrival of fire crews. Bath firefighters, along with the Lima Fire Department and Dana maintenance employees, were able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes. The buildings’s sprinkler system was activated during the fire. No employees or firefighters were injured. The fire began above a furnace and extended to the roof. No damage estimates were available Friday afternoon, pending an investigation by Dana officials. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, and the investigation into the blaze is ongoing."

Alloy Heat Treatment/UK. In the UK commercial heat treater Alloy Heat Treatment in Dudley recently made a major investment into their aluminum heat treating equipment as you can see below. June 25/2014.

"The company on Grazebrook Industrial Park, off Peartree Lane, has installed a drop bottom solution treating oven designed for intensive use up to 550C. It will be used to apply heat treatment to semi-finished aero parts to increase their strength, endurance and life span. The investment of more than £250,000 has also involved adding a new line as well as installing the second oven on an existing line. It has been driven firstly, to ensure that the company boasts the latest equipment and technology to provide continued and required excellent service the aerospace industry and secondly following a general return to confidence across the board in manufacturing. Quality manager Steve Roberts said: “Industry has emerged from a very tough period but we have survived by staying true to our ethos throughout. This is the pride we take in the relationships with our customers and our dedication to providing the very best service for them, coupled with investing in our people through the development of staff at all levels. “This ethos has helped AHT to safeguard jobs and the investment will further reduce lead times for our customers and bring growth to our company.” Staff have been trained in-house to use the new oven and it will be operational this month. Some of the 50-strong staff employed on the commercial side, where there was spare capacity, have moved over to the aerospace side rather then there being fresh recruitment. The new installation also means that AHT will move from one shift, to two as it continues to grow. The company can process components up to five metres long and three tonnes in weight. In recent years it has been winning increasing levels of export orders from customers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and South Korea. The company has National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Programme merit status to work in aerospace, defence and related industries. It also has preferred supplier status to several aerospace primes including Rolls Royce, BAe and Airbus. It has had a NADCAP accreditation since 2004 and has on site specialists who can give advice on materials, treatments and surface engineering."

CIEFFE Press Release. "CIEFFE has completed the start up of a heat treatment line for hardening, case hardening, carbonitriding and annealing. The line also includes tempering and washing capabilities. The line was installed in Medina, OH, USA for one of CIEFFE's largest customers which has plants around the world." The photos below show the completed installation and one which appears to be completely automated. June 24/2014.

Aichelin Press Release. "Dr.-Ing. Matthias Barz assumed his new role as CEO of EMA Indutec GmbH in Meckesheim, Germany on May 5th, 2014.The previous CEO, Dipl.-VW Philip Bartzsch will continue to advise the company and his successor for a transitional period. "We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr. Bartzsch for his long-term engagement at EMA Indutec GmbH. During this time he developed the company in many aspects as well as the subsidiary in China was founded.", says Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Schobesberger, president of EMA Indutec owner AICHELIN Holding GmbH.

After finalizing his studies in mechanical engineering with a PhD, Mr. Barz started his career as a sales engineer at Johann A. Krause Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Subsequently, he changed over to Thyssenkrupp Krause S.A. Barcelona/ Spain and managed in his function as general manager the company's development over the next years to a fully productive site. Recently, Mr. Barz has been working as CEO for the Group AFT Industries in Germany and was responsible for the respective sites in Europe and China." June 24/2014.

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