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Eaton Corp./Shenandoah, Iowa. This news item is of interest to us because this Eaton location includes a large captive heat treat department which along with the assembly operations will shortly be closed. The production from this location will most likely be moved to San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

“A total of 250 employees will be laid off from Eaton Corporation, company officials told KETV NewsWatch 7 on Thursday. Jim Michels, the business communications manager for Eaton, says Eaton notified employees Thursday that the company was making changes in its transmission manufacturing facility. Michels says Eaton will move assembly, gear and shaft machining operations out of Shenandoah, while retaining machining of some components called "enclosures." The transition will result in 250 jobs cut in "six months or less" sources say. Eighty-five jobs will be retained to support ongoing operations. "Basically just 80 people are left," said the anonymous employee. "We've had upwards of 1,000 people in the past. In December, we let 70-plus people go. We were then down to 330. This will take us down to 80." Michels said that Eaton Corporation has 14 facilities in North America that support commercial vehicles and automotive vehicles. The company saw changes in the commercial vehicle industry, which prompted the decision to cut 250 employees, according to Michels. "Two of the manufacturers of trucks, years ago, made a strategic decision to go to a strategy where they make their own transmissions and engines," said Michels. "Another reason is that the market has been moving from manual transmissions to automated -- and the acceleration of that, within the marketplace, has gone much faster than anyone anticipated." February 11, 2016.

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Used Equipment Available. New or relatively new additions to our list of used equipment include these items; a Dry Coolers Cooling System, a 9,000 CFH 3 Retort Endothermic Generator and two large SBS Quench Oil Coolers. Other recent additions include an immaculate 2,000 Pound/hour Mesh Belt Furnace Line, a completely automated Ipsen Batch IQ line with (2) 36 X 48 X 36 Batch IQ Furnaces and other equipment and a Guyson Shot/Grit Blast Machine only 4 years old. Remember 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 February 11, 2016.

A few examples include:

HTS And IFHTSE. "The ASM Heat Treating Society (HTS) and the International Federation of Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) have partnered to hold the 23rd iteration of the IFHTSE Congress, an exciting global event focused on thermal processing, heat treating and surface engineering. This show will take place this April in Savannah, Georgia, a scenic location expected to draw attendees and exhibitors alike for record attendance. The technical program is live for this show, and registration is open to the public. Registration for this event includes a three-day technical program, a welcome reception with exhibitors, a Wednesday evening dinner, dedicated networking times with exhibitors and access to the online conference proceedings. The technical program will bring together international experts from around the globe to present on innovations and research in thermal processing and surface engineering. More than 125 technical sessions will be offered over the course of three days, including a special symposium on residual stress.

Keynote speakers booked for the 23rd IFHTSE Congress include Prof. H.K.D., H. Bhadeshia, University of Cambridge talking on “Very Short and Very Long Heat-Treatments in the Processing of Steel.” Also appearing will be Mr. Toby Steiner covering “Alloying Element Nitride Development in Ferritic Fe-based Materials upon Nitriding” and finally Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Rolf Zenker who will speak on “Surface Treatment by Electron Beam in Combination with Other Heat Treatment Technologies” Attendees will have many opportunities to learn about surface engineering developments and network with industry peers. Conference organizer Dr. Scott Mackenzie, Metallurgy Research Scientist at Houghton International, says “Working closely with IFHTSE, we are poised to have a truly exemplary show. This congress will be a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to increase their knowledge about these topics. We have amassed a fantastic program from some of the brightest minds in the field, and the exhibit will feature top companies.“ To register for this show, visit www.asminternational.org/ifhtse." February 11, 2016.

ATP

HTSU. We are pleased to welcome our newest advertiser HTSU. You can find their add on the this page.February 11, 2016.

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Heat Treatment Australia Adds 25 Bar Capacity. "Heat Treatment Australia selected SECO/WARWICK Europe as their supplier for a FineCarb™ LPC vacuum furnace with 25 bar High Pressure Gas Quench (HPGQ), and two Vacuum Aluminum Braze furnaces. To complete the heat treat cell, SECO/WARWICK Europe will  supply two nitrogen/air tempering furnaces.  The 25 Bar HPQ and one vacuum brazing system will be shipped to their Brisbane, Australia facility and the second vacuum brazing system will be located in their new Los Angeles, California facility. According the Heat Treatment Australia President, Norm Tucker, “I purchased the first furnace from SECO/WARWICK, a 15 Bar, in 2007 and was impressed with the quality of the equipment and the support we received from SECO/WARWICK Europe.  When we decided to expand our operations both in Australia and open our new facility in Los Angeles, California, SECO/WARWICK had the right combination of quality, service and new technology.” According to SECO/WARWICK Group Vice President, Maciej Korecki, “We are pleased to continue our ongoing partnership with Heat Treatment Australia and support their expansion to serve the aerospace industry with the latest technology in vacuum brazing and high pressure quench capabilities.” Vacuum Brazing Furnaces for Aerospace. The two 2.0VP-4045/48HVS type furnaces will be designed for the vacuum aluminum brazing process. The furnaces are equipped with a stainless heating chamber and six temperature control zones in order to guarantee temperature uniformity within +/-3°C as required by AMS2750E class 1.  Both furnaces will be equipped with a diffusion pump, and a working zone that can accommodate loads with dimensions up to 900 mm (36 inches) wide x 700 mm (28 inches) high x 1200 mm long (48 inches1). 

25 Bar High Pressure Quench. For over 20 years, SECO/WARWICK has pioneered high pressure quench technology in the 20 Bar and above category.  The 25.0VPT-4035/36NIQ – a 25 bar VPT-series furnace will be equipped with convection heating, low pressure carburizing, ability of high pressure gas quenching with Argon and Nitrogen with pressures up to 25 bar. The furnace will meet AMS2750E Class 2 requirements with instrumentation type A. It will be used to heat treat aerospace parts at Brisbane facility. Working zone dimensions are 600 mm (24 inches) high x 600 mm (24 inches) wide x 900 mm (36 inches1) long and it can accommodate up to 600kg (1300 pound1) loads. About Heat Treatment Australia (HTA). Winner of the Metal Treating Institute’s (MTI) prestigious 2015 Heat Treater of the year award, given in partnership with Industrial Heating Magazine, HTA was recognized on November 12, 2015 as the MTI member who has demonstrated a level of excellence in quality programs, pollution/hazardous waste control, and community involvement/leadership. HTA is an innovative company that provides solutions for a broad range of heat-treating needs and is the largest commercial heat treater in Australia. HTA is the only aerospace heat treater in Australia with AS9100 and Nadcap accreditations. With over 30 years' practical experience, HTA provides a highly advanced manufacturing capability in the Australian marketplace.  Learn more at www.heat.com.au" February 10, 2016.


Pyradia. “At the end of 2015, Pyradia had the pleasure to welcome Mr Sheng Li of Shanghai Advanced Material Technology Co. Ltd., at its St-Hubert manufacturing facilities, to discuss the beginning of a partnership between both our companies.  SAMT already offers an impressive range of high quality vacuum furnaces as well as material testing services , in Shanghai, China. This new partnership will enable Pyradia to offer high quality heat treating furnaces such as drop bottom ovens for aluminum heat treating to companies in China. In December a contract for 2 drop bottom furnaces and 5 ageing ovens has already been awarded to Shanghai Advanced Material Technology Co. Ltd by an automotive parts manufacturer for the heat treatment of suspension parts.” February 10, 2016.

Buehler Canada Closes Their Doors. Lab equipment company Buehler, based out of Canada, recently closed up shop. After a 38+ year career as General Manager at Buehler Canada, Richard Blackwell has recently joined up with Precision Surfaces International, Inc., as the Applications Specialist in Canada. Richard’s responsibilities include: sales, service and technical support for PSI instruments and consumables. Precision Surfaces International, headquartered in Houston, Texas. is an international supplier of consumable products and preparation equipment used for achieving precision surfaces. These include products for Metallography, Industrial Superfinishing, Fiber Optic Termination Polishing and 3M Microfinishing Products. February 9, 2016.

"It is a pleasure to inform you, I am now representing Precision Surfaces International, Inc. (PSI) as the Applications Specialist for Canada. In this role, I am responsible for sales, service and technical support for PSI instruments and consumables. Precision Surfaces International is headquartered in Houston, Texas. We are an international supplier of consumable products and preparation equipment used for achieving precision surfaces. These include products for Metallography, Industrial Superfinishing, Fiber Optic Termination Polishing and 3M Microfinishing Products in consumer quantities. PSI has been in business since 1983. Our entrepreneurial philosophy is to do business the "old fashioned way": person to person with extensive product knowledge and service beyond what our customers expect. PSI is a strong supporter of materials engineering education through our affiliation with ASM International, the International Metallographic Society (IMS) and the ASM Materials Education Foundation. We at PSI take pride in sharing a philosophy of giving back to our industry. Among our team members we boast two ASM Fellows (FASM) and two IMS Past Presidents. My own career in the engineering materials field spans for over 40 years: including working in a metallography / mechanical testing lab, followed by my long career in technical support and sales of metallographic instruments, microscopes and hardness testers. My personal business philosophy is a great match with that of PSI. I have always taken pride in my customer relationships, providing technical sales expertise on a person-to-person basis. I look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. My Canadian coordinates are listed below. I would be happy to send you a copy of our Metallographic catalogue.   I am at your service . . . Yours truly, Richard Blackwell, C.E.T., ASM, Applications Specialist," rickblackwell@psidragon.com

European Used Equipment Available. For 17 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. February 9, 2016.

A few examples include:

Custom Electric

C.I. Hayes, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company. "C.I. Hayes, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the recent installation of a Model BA-M Atmosphere Pusher Furnace for brazing and general heat treating of stainless steel materials by a dedicated processor of select cutlery product lines. This is the third C.I. Hayes furnace in use by this customer. The furnace is equipped with a rigid chain indexing drive, silicon carbide heating elements and a controlled atmosphere system that includes an analyzer for dewpoint and oxygen level monitoring plus purge verification. The furnace design has a maximum operating temperature of 2100°F (1148°C). For automatic load and unload queuing of work, the furnace is complete with a powered roll return conveyance system with right angle transfers. Located in Cranston, RI, C.I. Hayes designs, manufactures and services industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat treating equipment and has been delivering custom solutions to the heat treating industry for 109 years.

For more information on how C.I. Hayes can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat-treating equipment today, contact Matt Marzullo at 401.467.5200 or mmarzullo@gasbarre.com. Visit our websites at www.cihayes.com or www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com for additional information." February 9, 2016.

Qual-Fab

Marty Benegalia Joins Solar Manufacturing. "Solar Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Marty Benegalia, President of Southern Thermal Systems, will assume the role of a sales representative focusing on the areas in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  Marty joins Solar Manufacturing with a technical background of 20 years in metallurgy and heat treating as well as experience in the petrochemical and oilfield equipment industries. In making this announcement, Pete Reh, VP of Sales remarked, “Marty brings a wealth of experience to our Sales Team.  He is well known in the industry and his customers have confidence in him.  And being centrally located in Granbury, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Marty will continue to serve this region of the country well for Solar Manufacturing.” Marty added, “The vast technical and process expertise that Solar offers to our industry is truly unequaled.  The diverse product offerings and outstanding quality of manufacturing makes this new partnership truly exciting for our company.” For more information about Solar Manufacturing, please contact Pete Reh at 267-384-5040 x1509, or via email pete@solarmfg.com and visit us at www.solarmfg.com." February 9, 2016.

Kern Liebers/Rohde GmbH. "Queretaro, Mexico is one of the fastest  growing areas in the world when it comes to heat treating and that is where this news item comes from. Rohde GmbH of Germany http://www.rohdetherm.de has successfully carried out the installation of a chamber furnace for gas nitriding at the Kern Liebers plant in Queretaro, Mexico. The brand new installation can be seen below. The photo shows from left to right: Emmanuel Cabrera, Fabian Mutschler, Mark Brennan-Whitmore (Rohde GmbH), Christian Suhling, Michael Rott (Rohde GmbH), Gabriela Meza, Manuel Valenzuela, Daniel Alber, Luis Perez, Marco Rodriguez and Ali Ahumada." February 8, 2016.

IPSCO. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has put a major hurt on heat treating not  only in areas such as Texas and Louisiana but all over North America and the world for that matter. We have this example from Ohio which is not known as a region which would be effected by the drop in oil prices.  

“The oil and gas downturn caught up with TMK IPSCO in Brookfield, Ohio this past week as employees learned the pipe-threading mill could close in two months unless market conditions greatly improve. TMK IPSCO is the latest manufacturer in the Mahoning Valley to suffer the collapse of demand from companies drilling for oil and gas in the nation’s shale plays. And like Vallourec and Exterran, the opening of TMK’s plant here in 2010 was heralded as indicative of the shale-drilling boom. By November 2011, TMK was running “pretty much” around the clock, said its president, as the plant hosted a news crew from CNBC preparing a report on the resurgence of manufacturing in the Midwest. TMK IPSCO manufacturers oil country tubular goods, or OCTG, used in oil and natural gas exploration. The Brookfield plant makes threaded connections and then adds them to pipe produced at TMK plants in Koppel, Pa., and processed in Ambridge, Pa. TMK IPSCO is a division of OAO TMK, Russia’s largest manufacturer and of steel pipes and one of “the global top-three pipe producers,” according to the company’s website. Worldwide more than 258,000 workers lost their jobs in 2015 as a result of rock-bottom oil prices, according to industry consultant Graves & Co., and more job losses are expected this year”. February 8, 2016.

Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has many top notch positions available in the heat treating industry which indicates both the shortage of good people available and also the fact that we get results for our advertisers. A small sampling of recent offerings include these; a really nice position for a Senior Metallugical Engineer at the largest commerical heat treat plant in the US, a Quality Control Manager out in California, a Regional Sales Manager is required, a Quality Control Manager is needed at a commercial heat treat and Air Products needs a Commercial Technology Engineer. February 8, 2016.

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.

Crio

ALD. Earlier this week we told you how ALD of Hanau, Germany had bought out their partner in North America, AFC-Holcroft. We asked the President and CEO of AFC-Holcroft for his thoughts. February 5, 2016.

"What I can add to the official AMG press release is that we have enjoyed more than 10 years as partners with ALD, growing the ALD-Holcroft presence in the North American Market.   It has been exciting being involved with the cycle of vacuum carburizing and gas quench technology.  It has been a great experience and success for both ALD and AFC-Holcroft.  We had objectives when we started many years ago and the Team at ALD-Holcroft has done a great job meeting and exceeding the goals.  Although we will miss having Jason Sisler (President of ALD-Holcroft) and his team in our building day to day, we understand ALD's desire and need to make these changes in the organization to align with their corporate strategies.   We have grown many professional and personal relationships with the folks at ALD in Germany as well as the ALD-Holcroft team in Wixom and I am sure that those relationships will continue.   This is a planned and organized change with coordinated efforts from both ALD and AFC-Holcroft to make the transition as smooth as possible.   With regard to AFC-Holcroft, the joint venture has long operated as a separate entity so business will continue as always with our focus remaining more on the atmosphere side of heat treatment equipment.  We have several interesting new products and technologies coming down the pipeline that I believe will interest the marketplace.   We have had a significant focus on new technology development as we have approached and entered 2016, the 100th Anniversary of AFC-Holcroft.  I am excited about the future for AFC-Holcroft and our industry."  

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Bodycote. "As part of Bodycote’s international brazing network, the Stockport, UK plant is recognised as a centre of excellence for vacuum brazing honeycomb seal components for both aerospace and power generation applications. To meet growing requirements from civil aerospace engine manufacturers, power generation OEMs and their supply chains, the brazing department has been enlarged, new welding and inspection equipment has been installed, and new vacuum brazing capacity has been added.

When it comes to safety critical components, Bodycote’s Stockport plant has over 50 years of brazing heritage, from brazing Concorde’s heat exchangers to abradable felt-metal seals for modern wide body aircraft. Bodycote was one of the first subcontract heat treatment companies to provide metal joining services to industry, and has extensive experience in every generation of material including the latest single crystal alloys and super alloys. Honeycomb brazing is used to join critical honeycomb seals in jet engines, essential to the efficiency of gas flow through the engine. Brazing is a cost-effective process that eliminates the risks associated with standard welding. Brazing can be used to repair surfaces that are susceptible to corrosion, erosion and cracking. As demand increases for improved aircraft engine performance, the use of vacuum brazed felt-metal abradable seals is increasingly being adopted by major gas turbine manufacturers for flow path efficiency improvements. Bodycote’s vacuum brazed felt-metal seals provide superior clearance control in blade tip and labyrinth seal applications up to 760˚C, while minimising or eliminating wear on expensive rotating parts. Technical customer service is extremely important for brazing projects, and Bodycote’s engineers around the globe have the required knowledge and experience to advise customers from design to brazing manufacture. Bodycote operates brazing centres of excellence throughout Europe and North America. As a quality-led and customer-focused business, Bodycote has repeatedly been awarded Nadcap accreditation for heat treatment, brazing and Electron Beam Welding." February 5, 2016.

Ipsen. "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. The newest post in Ipsen’s Finding Leaks in Your Vacuum Furnace blog series takes a close look at how to determine whether the furnace or the pumping system is the root cause of any vacuum-related issues. Oftentimes, one might immediately assume there is something wrong with the furnace when it begins to present signs of outgassing, dirty parts, performance issues, etc. While it’s possible that the furnace could be the source of the problem, it is important to avoid wasting valuable time going through all the steps of leak checking the furnace only to realize there’s actually something wrong with the capabilities and performance of the pumping system. As such, Ipsen experts outlined a few simple steps for determining whether the furnace or the pumping system is the guilty party in their newest Finding Leaks in Your Vacuum Furnace blog post; find out what these steps are at http://bit.ly/LeakCheck-10.” Ipsen’s blog, The Ipsen, Harold, also features informative videos, expert tips, throwback photos and useful resources, such as A Daily Checklist for Preventive Maintenance and their ongoing series, A Look Inside the Furnace (which examines hot zone types, best practices and maintenance). Focused on sharing tips of the trade, as well as breaking down technical and complex material, this blog provides readers with valuable, up-to-date thermal processing information. When it comes to valuable resources, Ipsen is your partner in success. February 5, 2016.

Corner Stone

J.L. Becker Company News. "J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Schlais as Sales Representative for the State of Illinois. Over the past 20 years, while working in the heat treat and automation industries, Jeff has developed a unique blend of technical, managerial and sales skills that will prove beneficial to J.L. Becker Company’s growing customer base. Since the start of his career, Jeff has worked his way from the ground-up, where he held positions as electrical/robot technician, controls engineer, sr. controls engineer, electrical project engineer, electrical/software engineering manager and president. In 2008, Jeff founded Absolute Machine Controls Technologies Inc. to provide engineering services, such as electrical and software design for industrial machine controls and furnaces. Then, in 2014, Jeff founded Absolute Furnace Controls, Inc. to provide process control systems and retrofit upgrades for industrial furnace controls used specifically in the heat treat industry. In fact, Absolute Furnace Controls, Inc. currently assists J.L. Becker Co. with furnace controls and electrical design, so Jeff and his team of engineers have a working knowledge of the J.L. Becker heat treat product lines. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from American Sentinel University in Birmingham, AL. He also holds an Associates of Applied Science in Electromechanical Technologies from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. J.L. Becker Co. is excited to welcome another well-established individual into its sales force and plans to continue this growth with experienced and knowledgeable personnel. Located in Plymouth, MI, J. L. Becker has manufactured industrial heat treating equipment for over 40 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The company custom designs and manufactures heat-treating equipment for the specific needs of our customers." February 4, 2016.

Bluewater

Ipsen Insights. "One of the newest things we are working on here at Ipsen is our PdMetrics™ advanced predictive maintenance software platform. As you can probably tell, we are extremely excited about being able to offer this product to our customers. It’s already available as a retrofit or with the purchase of a new furnace. In addition, it functions as a furnace add-on that is not integrated with the furnace PLC, meaning we can easily and quickly retrofit it to the global installed base, including non-Ipsen brand furnaces. One of the things that our customers in the heat treatment industry mention is that they are always looking for ways to reduce unplanned downtime and unexpected costs. Now, imagine that your furnace has the ability to notify you before it needs maintenance, or if some other actions are required. Imagine you have a tool that allows you to anticipate disruption; a tool that gives you the power to optimize equipment performance and production efficiency. This is what the PdMetrics software platform does – it offers the power of possibilities. Building upon your existing maintenance and PM programs, it provides an automatic maintenance reminder that is based on how your furnace is performing. For example, rather than replacing your hot zone components or checking for discoloration based on how much time has gone by, the PdMetrics algorithms running in the background analyze a variety of data points to let you know at the earliest possible time that a negative deviation has started.  However, PdMetrics doesn’t stop there. It also:

  • Analyzes pumping performance, trending vacuum levels and compares them to ambient humidity conditions and leak-up rate
  • Tracks the cooling motor vibration to provide early warning of motor bearing failure
  • Monitors and compares several hot zone data points, looking for trends that may produce failures or reduced uniformity
  • Checks for trend changes of numerous real-time data points that are early indicators of component or furnace problems
  • Pushes algorithm improvements automatically to the entire PdMetrics installed base
  • Checks argon or nitrogen quench gas purity before every backfill or partial pressure cycle (this is an optional feature)

Of course, PdMetrics is more than just what it’s able to do. What you’re getting by integrating predictive maintenance with your heat treatment equipment is a smart, connected furnace that monitors your equipment in real time and captures data that helps you refine your furnace operations. It also provides you with the ability to:

  • Anticipate future furnace problems
  • Reduce unplanned downtime
  • Achieve better furnace performance through proactive maintenance
  • Leverage Ipsen’s vast experience through automated analysis performed by the PdMetrics algorithms
  • Experience real-time furnace visibility for faster, better decision making – from viewing dashboards at the furnace, office PC, smartphone or tablet to sending urgent alerts by text or email
  • Achieve smart factory integration with furnace fleet analytics, allowing you to see the health of all furnaces at all of your facilities
  • Analyze data surrounding failures to determine the root cause

We also analyze the data in our secure Diagnostic Support Center where we look for anomalies and trends that may indicate the need for further actions. We then contact you directly with suggested next steps when needed. If a customer selects the Platinum Protection Plan, we will also immediately send a qualified technician and any needed parts to help resolve the issue.
In the end, our goal is to provide innovative solutions that help our customers optimize their operations. PdMetrics not only provides predictive maintenance, but it is also a tool that helps our customers to efficiently, and cost-effectively, reduce unnecessary downtime. A tool that helps them gain more control and harness the power of possibilities. PdMetrics is now released for use in North America on all horizontal furnaces with up to a 48 x 48 inch cross section, or bottom-loading furnaces with up to a 60-inch diameter. Global roll out will take place by mid-year.  For more insights into Ipsen and our newest products and technology, visit www.IpsenUSA.com.
February 4, 2016.

Lights Out Heat Treating. Heat treating is heat treating in all areas of the world. Granted there are some small differences in the types of products heat treated, in some areas electrically heated furnaces make more sense than gas and sure furnaces in North America might tend to be larger than in India but these are all pretty small differences- a Batch IQ furnace is a Batch IQ furnace no matter where it is located. However visits to regions such as Europe and Japan reveal a difference which is perhaps subtle at first glance. The Japanese and the Europeans tend to have a far larger % of completely automated or “lights out” installations than in other parts of the world (the basic concept is a completely automated line requiring no operators whatsoever to load/unload or transfer). Where lights out installations are relatively common in Europe and Japan they are quite uncommon in North America-as a matter of fact only two come to mind. Why the difference? In Japan we were told that with the oldest population of any country in the world they just can’t find operators and automation picks up the slack. Makes sense. That’s not the reason though in Europe and the most common explanation we have heard has to do with hiring and firing workers. Namely that companies are reluctant to hire any more workers than they have to because the costs and difficulties of letting an employee go when production slows down are enormous. Again makes sense to us. North America with relatively young labor available and relaxed laws about letting employees go makes the choice fairly simple people are still cheaper than automation (we will temper these thoughts by saying that it depends upon which areas of North America we are talking about, the southern US is benefitting in particular because of low labor costs, weak unions and relaxed laws about laying off employees). The first two employees below are courtesy of Dowa and show a completely automated plant. The third photo, compliments of Ipsen show a completely automated batch IQ installation. February 3, 2016.

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ALD Vacuum Technologies Acquires ALD Holcroft. Now this is an interesting development, but one which probably will not result in any substantial changes. Speaking from experience I can say that the partnership was a successful one.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group is pleased to announce that ALD Vacuum Technologies of Hanau, Germany, has acquired the remaining 50% share of their joint venture company, ALD-Holcroft Co. Inc. of Wixom, MI, USA from AFC-Holcroft LLC of Wixom, MI, USA. ALD-Holcroft, formed in 2005, acts as the exclusive sales agent for ALD's heat treatment product lines in the NAFTA region. The acquisition will enable AMG to streamline its heat treatment and metallurgy furnace marketing operations in North America, Canada and Mexico. About AMG. With approximately 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Mexico, Brazil and Sri Lanka, and has sales and customer service offices in Russia and Japan.  February 3, 2016.

Eurotherm

Carlos Torres Jr./Mattsa Crio Interview. Carlos Torres of Mattsa/Crio in Mexico represents what I would consider to be the younger generation who is starting to take over the heat treating industry. We spoke with Carlos recently and these are his thoughts on the heat treating industry.

1) Carlos to start off why don’t you tell us who Mattsa Crio is and what the companies do? 

"MATTSA is a Furnace Company , we design, manufacture, service and retrofit Heat treat Furnaces in Mexico under AFC-Holcroft Licensing. CRIO is a Commercial Heat Treat Company with serveal locations in Mexico specialized in Hardening,  Carburizing, Annealing and Nitriding processes."

2) Which are you most involved with and which do you prefer?

"I like both companies, they are very different in many ways but I must say that I have been learning how to run a Commercial Heat Treat and I enjoy it very much, but MATTSA has been growing in the past years which makes it a great experience to handle all kind of challenging projects. I can tell you that building and installing furnaces is way more time demanding than commercial heat treating since every project is unique and always under tight deliveries. Commercial Heat Treating on the other hand requires more long term planning and strategy." 

3) And how did you get involved with the industry?

"When my father started the company years ago I started to work in the shop doing piping and service work on furnaces. This exposed me to the building and servicing of furnaces but not to the overall industry. For some time I continued to work part time on projects.  Years later when I was about to drop school, Steve Thompson from SSI offered me a job in Cincinnati where I became really exposed to the Heat Treat market outside of just the manufacturing. My job was doing service calls and installations. One day Steve took me to a Heat Treat Show in Detroit where I met many Commercial Heat Treaters  like Jim Canton from Flame Metals, Chip Keough from Applied process and  John Hubbard of Bodycote  (I even met you during that show Gord).  I had the opportunity to talk to them and and  they were all very encouraging when I told them that my father was building a  Commercial Heat Treat company from scratch.  Then I decided to go back to school and subsequently started to work full time for MATTSA and CRIO." Continue Reading February 2, 2016.

THROUGHPUT I BLUESTREAK™. "A leading provider of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software, is pleased to announce Bluestreak I Risk Analysis™, (RA), is available as an add-on license to Bluestreak I Advanced Quality™, designed for the demanding quality requirements of Nadcap, AS, TS and ISO accredited companies." “The ultimate goal of risk analysis is risk mitigation. With risk, there is potential gain as well as the possibility of a loss.  When managing risks, a company must be aware of both the gains and losses incurred in their day-to-day business operations. Bluestreak | Risk Analysis™ is a key component of the overall risk management process, with the goal of mitigating the negative impact of external and internal disturbances in order to avoid interruptions in production, product quality issues and financial losses,” states Todd Wenzel, CEO of Throughput IBluestreak™.  

Key Features

  • Centralized location to define and manage all Customer Part and Vendor Product Risk Analyses
  • Use RA Templates to build and manage unlimited risk and responses
  • Security Roles control who has the authority for Level 1 and Level 2 signoff, as well as filling out a RA
  • Stop Quotes from being printed or emailed if there are missing Part RA’s
  • Generate Work Order Notes and Notifications if a risky part has been added
  • Decide a Date as to when Customer Parts and Quotes should be tested. If before the specified dates, the RA will not be required.
  • Assign default RA Templates to use for specific Customers and Vendors

BLUESTREAK™ Suite is designed exclusively for a service-based manufacturing environment, where the primary focus is processing and not inventory management. Find out more at go-bluestreak.com ." February 2, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off in Ohio where it appears “alloy” company Qual-Fab has made an acquisition. “Qual-Fab, Inc. of Avon, Ohio announces the recent acquisition of all of the drawings and records of LEE WILSON ENGINEERING COMPANY and LEE WILSON INC. Lee Wilson Engineering Company,  Cleveland, Ohio, formerly  a major player in the bell annealing market supplying thousands of furnaces for the Steel and Wire Industries over the past 75 years dating back to the 1930s.  Many of the major innovations involving radiant tube furnaces and high convection annealing have roots going back to the Lee Wilson Engineering Company.  Most drawings, records, and designs are now the property of Qual-Fab, a major supplier of stainless and alloy fabrications to the metals industry.  Qual-Fab has a strong emphasis on bell annealing equipment and can fabricate equipment to exact Lee Wilson designs and specifications, as required by the customer.  As a major supplier currently to many OEM furnace builders, Qual-Fab supplies radiant tubes, high temperature fans, and a wide variety of stainless and high alloy fabrications to their custom designs. If we can be of service, please do not hesitate to call Qual-Fab, or contact us at www.qual-fab.net. From Retech Systems we have this story; "Eric Petereit was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Retech Systems LL, effective January 15, 2016. It is with great pleasure that Retech Systems LLC and SECO/WARWICK formally announce the promotion of Eric Petereit to the position of Managing Director of Retech. Eric’s time at Retech began in September of 2007 as a Program Manager. Most recently he held the position of Director of Operations, where he was responsible for engineering and design, program management, purchasing, fabrication and assembly, as well as shipping.  Concurrently, Jim Goltz, Retech’s former owner, will be stepping down after 12 years as the President of Retech Systems LLC. Jim will continue to support the organization as Senior Advisor at Retech and will likewise continue his involvement as a member of SECO/WARWICK Group’s Supervisory Board.  

One of the largest captive heat treaters in the US is Caterpillar, Inc., with a number of manufacturing locations including a very large location in East Peoria, Illinois. With sales down the company is laying off 670 employees and closing five plants including Building HH in East Peoria. This certainly got our attention as Caterpillar does a great deal of heat treating in Building HH. No word yet on how this will effect Caterpillar’s overall heat treating. Last week we told you how Conrad Knerr of commercial heat treater Metlab had passed away. Here are some further details. "Conrad Hering Knerr, 91, of Blue Bell, an engineer, business executive, and entrepreneur, died Thursday, Jan. 21, at his home in Whitpain Farm of complications from a fall in September. Mr. Knerr served in the Navy before emerging into the workforce to run Metlab Co., a firm founded in 1928 by his father, an expert in metallurgy. Over the years, he taught classes in metallurgy at Temple University and Spring Garden College. He served as a consultant to heat-treatment firms and was president of the Metal Treating Institute, an industry advocacy group. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, Bethlehem Pike at Camp Hill Rd., Fort Washington. Interment is private".

We told you a little while back how furnace builder and commercial heat treater Dowa based in Japan was building a new commercial heat treat in Queretaro, Mexico. Work is progressing and the plant is planned to open April 2016. Dowa is building the facility to support the local Toyota plant. Commercial heat treater Accurate Steel Treating out in Southgate, CA is adding some more capacity in the form of a vacuum oil quench furnace. Accurate is one of the larger commercials on the US west coast. Coatings is an industry long associated to some extent with heat treating which is why we mention a new company in Virginia who recently installed two large capacity chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coating reactors. "Hardide Coatings, headquartered in Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK, has announced the opening of a new $7million production facility in Virginia, USA. The expansion has been driven by increased demand from North American customers, with sales to the US and Canada more than doubling during 2015. The new factory is expected to create up to 29 jobs over the next three years. The site in Martinsville-Henry County will service existing and new customers for the company’s patented range of hard wearing tungsten carbide coatings in the oil and gas and flow control markets. In addition, the company also plans to expand in the aerospace and advanced engineering sectors and develop applications for its newly-patented coating for diamonds".

Hightemp is the largest commercial heat treater in India with 5 Heat treat plants across India processing  9000 tons per month. Well the company will soon be getting larger with two new plants scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2017. The plant in Bidadi (Karnataka) is being set up primarily for a large German manufacturing company and the second in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) will be the largest in the state.  The total investment for the two new plants is approx. $18 million USD. Please, please just make it stop! I swear every single heat treater around the world must be receiving daily e-mails from Sean Chen with the organizing committee of CIHTE2016 who has a heat treat show coming up in Shanghai this year. On any given day  we must receive 2 or 3 e-mails from Sean, generally from different e-mail addresses. Well Sean I am not going to your silly show just because of all the e-mails. February 1, 2016.

Wall Colmonoy Brazing School.  "Preserving the tradition originated by the late Robert Peaslee, a brazing pioneer who invented the first nickelbased brazing filler metal, Wall Colmonoy offers two sessions of Modern Furnace Brazing School:

USA Brazing School: May 17-19, 2016 at Aerobraze Engineered Technologies’ Brazing Engineering Center in Cincinnati, Ohio 

European Brazing School: 18-20 October 2016 at Wall Colmonoy’s European Headquarters in Pontardawe, Wales, UK

Engineers, technicians, quality managers, production managers and others will experience “hands-on” applications and learn about brazing technology from leading industry experts. For over 60 years,  Wall Colmonoy engineers have been gaining practical experience on actual problems in brazing plants around the world. This three-day seminar offers knowledge and practical application on:
•       Brazing Design
•       Metallurgical Aspects / Brazing Operation
•       Brazing Atmosphere and Furnace Equipment
•       Brazing Material Selection and Applications
•       Quality Control
 About Wall Colmonoy. Wall 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. Known for our unique proven way of creating superior performing alloys that enhance engineered components, we pride ourselves on long-term strategic customer collaboration that produces value-added ideas and creative solutions. Combining over 75 years of engineering technology with a progressive, visionary outlook, Wall Colmonoy offers customers trusted, customized expertise that results in smart innovation and shared growth"
. January 29, 2016.

CAN-ENG Furnaces/Organization Changes. Canada's largest furnace manufacturer and a well known name internationally when it comes to aluminum processing systems and mesh belt furnace lines, CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited, based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, has made some changes in their organization. January 28, 2016.

"Can Eng is pleased to announce the following organizational changes regarding CAN-ENG Furnace's management team.  Mr. Tim Donofrio has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Sales, CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited.  Mr. Donofrio has held progressively responsible roles with CAN-ENG Furnaces over his 17 year tenure, most recently as Vice President, Aluminum and Mesh Belt Equipment.  Tim Donofrio has a proven track record developing and executing comprehensive sales plans in his work on these furnace product lines.  His leadership skills and vision are well suited to lead CAN-ENG Furnaces’ sales team and continue to develop our product offering with innovative, flexible and cost effective heat treatment solutions. Tim will have overall responsibility for CAN-ENG Furnaces’ Sales Department.  He can be reached at tdonofrio@can-eng.com.

Mr. Joe Saliba has accepted the position of Sales Manager, CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited.  Mr. Saliba joined CAN-ENG in 2003 and has worked in progressively responsible roles, most recently as CAN-ENG’s Parts and Service Sales Manager and New Business Development Manager. He has acquired a strong foundation in all aspects of CAN-ENG equipment and customer base.  As Sales Manager, he will continue to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex heat treating challenges across all CAN-ENG product lines.  He can be reached at jsaliba@can-eng.com

Mr. Scott Cumming has been promoted to the position of Parts and Service Sales Manager. Mr. Cumming joined CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited as a Technical Furnace Specialist in 2013 and has developed a sound understanding of CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited’s Products and Services.  He can be reached at scumming@can-eng.com. About CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited; Established in 1964, CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited is a leading designer and manufacturer of thermal processing equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  CAN-ENG focuses on the development of high volume continuous industrial furnaces for challenging applications.  CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with its head office and manufacturing facility located in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada."

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania. Commercial heat treater Solar continues to expand. "Within a short period of 2½ months from breaking ground, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA’s construction project to house the largest commercial vacuum furnace in the world is progressing on time. Aided by an unseasonably warm winter, the new 18,000 square foot building should be fully enclosed by the end of January. Once the 20 ton crane is installed and the floor is poured, the building will be ready to accept delivery of the massive chambers in mid-February from Youngberg Industries located in Belvidere, Illinois. Due to the magnitude of the project, the vacuum furnace will be cooperatively built on site by both Solar Manufacturing and Solar Atmospheres of Western PA employees. Bob Hill, President of Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, states “We are all anxiously waiting to roll up our sleeves to build this one of a kind furnace. We continue to accept deliveries of all of the major components from our sister company Solar Manufacturing. Our warehouse next door is filling up fast with these critical items. It will be extremely exciting to assemble and ultimately place into production this one of a kind vacuum furnace which is primarily earmarked to serve the needs of the aerospace and nuclear markets around the world.”  

For additional information about Solar Atmospheres, contact Mike Johnson at 866.982.0660, ext. 2223, or mikej@solarwpa.com, and visit www.solaratm.com.  For Solar Manufacturing, contact Pete Reh at 267.384.5040, ext. 1509, or pete@solarmfg.com, and visit www.solarmfg.com." January 28, 2016.

Metallurgical High Vacuum Corporation. We welcome our latest advertiser Metallurgical High Vacuum Corporation whose banner ad can be found on this page. "Metallugical High Vacuum Corporation is a vital supplier in the vacuum technology industry.  MHV offers premier rebuilding services for vacuum pumps, blowers, boosters and diffusion pumps. Its products and services include new pumps and systems, vacuum piping and manifolds, flexible connectors, vacuum valves, custom oil filtration systems, helium leak testing, and field repair. With over a 30+ in the business, they have earned a reputation for responsiveness with high quality engineering and manufacturing that is unsurpassed. Customers depend on MHV for keeping their operations running, and costs under control". January 28, 2016.

Steve Graham. It is with regret that we mention the passing of Steve Graham. Steve was a long time heat treater who had worked with companies such as American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM). We first met Steve many years ago when he was a project manager at AAM in Buffalo (formerly General Motors) where he was responsible for the purchase and installation of 4 single row AFC-Holcroft pusher furnaces. That plant is long gone but we will continue to remember Steve. January 27, 2016.

"Stephen Alfred Graham Sr. age 64 of Metamora passed away January 22, 2016. He is survived by his daughter Stacey Hammett of Texarkana, TX and his son Stephen (Annette) Graham Jr. of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Kenneth Hammett, Daphne Hammett, Michael Graham and Sean Graham; brothers Bob Graham, John Graham, Tim Graham; sister Theresa Kemp. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, James and Henrietta Graham and brother Tom Graham. Steve was well known for his determined… work effort and expertise in the manufacturing industry. He spoke his mind and was generous to a fault. He was a strong foundation for his friends and a fierce protector of his family. With his love he gave all of himself and everything he had for those he cared for. He will be sorely missed by those blessed with his friendship. A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 12:00pm in the 24th Street Sports Tavern, 13 S Washington St, Oxford Charter Township, MI 48371. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Capstick Chapel in Lapeer, MI."

Heat Treatment Congress HK 2016/Call For Papers. The largest annual heat treat exhibition in Germany is the HK show which is a top notch show. The next show is scheduled for October 26 to the 28th in Cologne, Germany and in anticipation of this event one of the hosts AWT, is calling for technical papers. January 27, 2016.

"The Heat Treatment Congress (HK), well known as a traditional  German event has now increased to the biggest event on Heat Treatment in Europe. In 2015 the congress had 435 participants and the fair with 200 exhibitors was visited by 2500 people. The 72nd Heat Treatment Congress of AWT will take place at Cologne, Germany (Koelnmesse) from 26 to 28 October 2016. Main Topics;

1.  Use of materials from Best Cost Countries
2.  Crack initiation and detection
3.  Planning and procurement of heat treatment  installations
4.  Press hardening
5.  Also presentations are welcome in recent fields of innovation on materials and heat treatment engineering, manufacturing and process technology.

Abstracts can be submitted until 15 March 2016 to  info@awt-online.org or by  application form at www.hk-awt.de. Please, include an  abstract in German and English language, no longer than 1800 characters, incl. space characters (per language) and your photo. It is also possible to take part as an exhibitor. The congress event will be simultaneously translated German/English. Exhibition space is still available. Further questions will be answered by Mrs. Sonja Mueller, managing director of AWT, by e-mail to info@awt-online.org. For general information about the congress and the exhibition please choose www.hk-awt.de in German and English language".

Pasello Trattamenti Termici. For those of us who do not speak Italian, translated this means Pasello Heat Treatment a commercial heat treater with five plants and estimated sales of over 20 million euros for 2016. We have always had a soft spot for family owned commercial heat treaters and this is one being founded in 1998 by Mr. Giberto Pasello who now works alongside of his daughter Alessia and son Vittorio. The location we visited was the area where it all started in Bologna, Italy although this plant is not the original one. Most impressive is that out of the vacuum carburizing furnaces, vacuum nitriders and batch IQ’s none are older than 9 years which is quite remarkable in the commercial heat treating industry. Also memorable is the fact that virtually every furnace is completely automated meaning that the furnaces run 24/7 but for a certain period of time including weekends there are no operators involved. I am sure that a number of factors make this a successful company however the number one reason was immediately apparent to us-the owner Gilberto is an individual with vast experience but even more importantly a vast enthusiasm for heat treating. Quite a remarkable if rather opinionated individual. The company’s latest acquisition, which just started production is shown below, a model HDN vacuum gas nitriding furnace  supplied by CIEFFE. In front of it we see Francesco Pieropan, Sales Director, CIEFFE, Gord Montgomery, Gilberto Pasello, Alessia Pasello and Marco Boscolo, Area Manager, CIEFFE. January 26, 2016.

C.I. Hayes Mesh Belt Furnace Installation. "CI Hayes is pleased to announce the installation of a Model BAC-M Conveyor Belt Atmosphere Furnace. It is designed for various processes including brazing, hardening and annealing of stainless steel materials. The multi-zoned electric furnace is equipped with a conveyor belt drive, silicon carbide heating elements, a controlled hydrogen atmosphere, including an analyzer used to monitor dewpoint and oxygen levels for process and safety purposes. The bricklined heating chamber, which includes a silicon carbide hearth that supports an Inconel muffle, is designed to operate to 2100F (1148C). The 18” wide conveyor belt provides 6" work clearance and travels through a 60" effective heated length. Located in Cranston, RI, C.I. Hayes designs, manufactures and services industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat treating equipment and has been delivering custom solutions to the heat treating industry for 109 years. For more information on how C.I. Hayes can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat-treating equipment today, contact Matt Marzullo at 401.467.5200 or mmarzullo@gasbarre.com. Visit our websites at www.cihayes.com or www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com for additional information." January 26, 2016.

Doughman Quality Services, Inc. We welcome our newest advertiser, Mr. Sam Doughman of Doughman Quality Services, Inc. Doughman offers Pyrometry, Hardness and Conductivity training at your facility more details can be found at http://doughmanqualityservices.com/ or by clicking on their banner ad which can be found on this page.

Monday Morning Briefing. We understand that Conrad Knerr, the former owner of commercial heat treater Metlab, passed away last night after a brief illness. The company was formed in 1928 and Conrad with his brother Barry owned the firm started by their father until 1998 when Jim Coneybear and Mark Podob acquired the assets of the company. Metlab in Wyndmoor, PA is a very unique operation because of the size of the parts they can handle-their largest furnace has working dimensions of 180" Diameter by 156" High which few commercial heat treaters can match. Scott Berry recently became National Sales Manager at Capital Induction Inc. Scott has been in the induction business for many years, we actually met him for the first time at Roboduction in Southfield, Michigan back in the 1990’s. Capital Induction is a supplier of induction coils located in Madison Heights, Michigan. One of the largest commercial heat treaters in the US Midwest is Therm-Tech out in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Turns out they have a Heat Treat Expo coming up to which you are invited. We did a search for interesting photos of the company and we came up with the one below showing the Governor of Wisconsin, Mr. Scott Walker touring this facility last year. "Therm-Tech is holding a 2016 Heat Treat Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this Friday January 29th. Those who would like to attend should email sales@thermtech.net as soon as possible as there are limited spots available. More info here: http://www.thermtech.net/milwaukee-heat-treat-expo-2016".

In Germany we see that a brand new commercial heat treat location will shortly be up an running. Pasello Heat Treat based in Bologna, Italy will be opening up a new location in Remscheid, Germany which will go under the name Harterei Nabi GmbH. This location will offer vacuum heat treating up to 20 bar, Gas Nitriding, Plasma Nitriding, Carbonitriding and a few other processes (more about Pasello later this week). We hear also that the largest commercial heat treater in India, Hightemp Furnaces will in the second quarter of 2016 be opening up two more locations in the country. Hightemp is far and away the largest heat treater in the country. Friday night firefighters were called to commercial heat treater Diamond Heat Treat in Rockford, Illinois for a reported furnace fire. Diamond is one of the larger heat treats in the area and an impressive facility. We understand that commercial heat treater Curtis Metal Finishing Company a wholly owned subsidiary of Commercial Steel Treating Corporation of Michigan is expanding their facility and adding mesh belt capacity.

And to round things out we have this press release from PhoenixTM about the largest datalogger they have produced to date. "PhoenixTM supplies biggest ‘Hot Box’ system yet to major steel wire manufacturer. A major steel coil manufacturer has taken delivery of a ‘hot box’ system to monitor the temperature of steel wire coils through their annealing process. This is the biggest system that PhoenixTM has built to date and has been engineered to fit inside a vertical steel coil as it travels through a continuous roller hearth annealing furnace. Weighing in at 500lb (225 kg), the system is built to withstand temperatures of 1470°F (800°C) for up 30+ hour’s duration, in a NX atmosphere. The system is able to monitor from up to 20 thermocouples placed within the coil, allowing full analysis of the heat treatment cycle on the Thermal View Plus software provided.  “The science behind ‘Hot Box’ systems is not difficult to understand” says Ian Budden, President of PhoenixTM LLC, “the longer and hotter the process, the bigger the thermal barrier has to be. However in this type of process system size may be limited by the internal dimensions of the wire coil it fits into, so barrier design and selection of the insulation materials is critical”. January 25, 2016.

‘PhoenixTM system TS02-812-1 thermal barrier with Data Logger and Software’

Ipsen Furnace Orders. "Over the past month, Ipsen has shipped four furnaces and one upgrade for use in a variety of applications and industries. These shipments included three TITAN® vacuum furnaces that shipped within a span of two weeks; a horizontal MetalMaster® vacuum furnace; and a custom furnace upgrade:

  • The TITAN H6 with 2-bar absolute pressure was shipped to a U.S. manufacturer, where it will be used to process parts for the Additive Manufacturing industry.
  • The TITAN H6 with 2-bar absolute pressure was shipped for use in the Aerospace industry – a market where Ipsen and its equipment have a strong reputation and presence.
  • The TITAN H4 with 2-bar absolute pressure was shipped to California and will be used to process parts for the Aerospace industry.
  • The horizontal MetalMaster with a 48” x 72” x 48” (1,220 mm x 1,830 mm x 1,220 mm) graphite work zone was shipped to Alabama, where it will be used to process parts for the Automotive industry.
  • The custom furnace upgrade was shipped to Georgia for a company in the Aerospace industry, and it will allow them to enhance their furnace performance and ensure continued, high-quality results.

From customized furnaces to customized retrofits and upgrades, Ipsen can support diverse industry needs and requirements, as well as support customers’ needs through all stages of the furnace’s life cycles – whether it is facilitating on-site installations, providing expert training and start-up assistance or delivering responsive field support and spare parts. In addition, with custom-tailored hot zones, controls and mechanical upgrades and retrofits for both vacuum and atmosphere furnaces, Ipsen is able to deliver solutions that expand customers’ capabilities, increase their flexibility and extend the life of their equipment. Ipsen’s engineers can also help adjust, modify and upgrade customers’ equipment and controls to achieve peak performance and minimize downtime. Visit www.IpsenUSA.com to learn more about the equipment and upgrade/retrofit options Ipsen offers.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing 360° support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. January 25, 2016.

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. "A milestone is fast approaching for Advanced Heat Treat Corp. as it celebrates its 35th Anniversary during 2016. In 1981, Gary Sharp started the company with just 12 investors, two personnel and two UltraGlow® Ion Nitride units. Today the company is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe. Their UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma (Ion) Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more. The company has over 170 employees, four U.S. locations, 50 nitriding vessels, and offers over 20 different surface treatment solutions. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like they are their first born, understanding when your customer needs their parts back ‘yesterday’ and the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today. Founder Gary Sharp contributes his success to making good decisions and having good people, “Looking back, my vision/goal was not as heavily focused on a sales number, a certain number of employees, or the number of facilities or vessels, but being healthy, aware, and alert to what was going on with our customers and the market. We made good decisions, recognized opportunities and then reacted with the purchase of used or new equipment, adding staff and facilities to support our customers needs.” In 2009, Sharp was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Heat Treat Industry, according to The Monty. Other highlights throughout the 35 years include:

Gary Sharp, 1981

• Expanding into Monroe, Michigan while also reaching 50 employees (1995)
• Becoming the first heat treat provider to be certified to ISO9001/QS9000 in the USA (1996)
• Opening their Corporate Office and Service Center on MidPort Blvd., Waterloo, IA, where it is
today (1999)
• Expanding into Cullman, Alabama and adding one of the world’s largest ion nitride units (2007)
• Achieving Nadcap accreditation for nitriding and AQS (Aerospace Quality System) at the MidPort Blvd. facility (2013)

To see a full timeline of historical company info, visit www.ahtweb.com. As the company moves forward, the AHT team takes pride in exhibiting the core values Sharp has instilled since day one, including: Passion, Professionalism, Loyalty, Service, Teamwork and Integrity. A celebration is planned for Advanced Heat Treat Corp. employees and board members later this year! January 22, 2016.

Gary Sharp, Present

Bodycote/Madone, Italy. We at "The Monty" enjoyed the opportunity to see several heat treaters in Italy over the past week and included in these was the largest Bodycote facility in Italy and probably the largest Bodycote location in Europe when it comes to servicing the automotive industry, their plant in  the town of Madone. Built in 1996 it covers over 3900 square feet and produced sales of over 10 million euros in 2014-virtually all of it from servicing the auto industry. Unfortunately photos of the inside of the plant were strictly forbidden however what we can say is that the furnaces included mesh belt lines, an automated CIEFFE sealed quench line, Codere salt processing equipment even a vacuum furnace. Below we see the man in charge Mr. Genesio Tresoldi, Plant Manager in the middle along with Gord Montgomery and Mr. Antonio Magnacca also of Bodycote. In the background  can be see a photo of the location. January 22, 2016.

CIEFFE/Italy. If you have an interest in the heat treating industry in Italy a must see is CIEFFE, quite possibly the largest furnace builder in Italy. We have seen examples of their products around the world, Germany comes to mind (in particular the world’s largest single location commercial heat treater SHU in Ulm), Italy of course, the UK, China and even the US to name a few countries. Most furnace builders are doing well these days and certainly CIEFFE is no exception. What we witnessed was a full shop including continuous furnaces, vacuums, vacuum nitriders, tempers and a whole row of large batch IQ furnaces all destined for various locations around the world. During our visit we were lucky enough to meet one of the more influential people in the European heat treating market the CEO of CIEFFE Dr. Marco Marchetti. Dr. Marchetti is shown in the photo below on the left in front of a long row of several partially completed batch IQ furnaces. January 21, 2016.

Bodycote Looks Back At The History Of Metallurgy. "Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, announces the launch of their Interactive History of Metallurgy after taking a look back at the long history of metal processing and heat treatment. Containing over 200 high quality images and numerous videos, Bodycote pays homage to the artisans from thousands of years ago along with the scientists and inventors of more modern metallurgy and engineering by charting important and fascinating discoveries. Starting in 8700BC with the world’s oldest known copper artefacts, all the way through to the modern processes that Bodycote undertakes daily, the resource charts the development of metal working from the mystical and utilitarian requirements of early mankind through to the scientific and technical breakthroughs of the 20th century. Bodycote, the leader in an industry that dates back thousands of years, developed the interactive resource to explore the evolution of metallurgy and heat treating and to acknowledge the collective work of scientists and engineers whose hard work and discoveries have enhanced the properties of metals and alloys making them better suited to deliver safer, more durable results in an expanding field of applications. You can visit the Interactive History of Metallurgy at http://www.bodycote.com/history-of-metal. About Bodycote. With more than 180 accredited facilities in 24 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com." January 21, 2016.

Solar Atmospheres. "Solar Atmospheres of California recently named Mike Moffit as its new Vice President of Operations. Mr. Moffit has been with the company for 21 years in a variety of departments and served as the Quality Manager for the past five years at Solar Atmospheres of California. In his new role, Mr. Moffit will oversee the day-to-day operations of the heat treating facility in Fontana, CA. His responsibilities include the direction and management of maintenance, scheduling, shipping/receiving, customer service, training, purchasing and staffing. He will also work closely with the quality and sales departments to ensure that customer requirements are consistently being met. Derek Dennis, president of Solar Atmospheres of California states, “I’m very pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Moffit to the position of V.P. of Operations.  Mike’s many years of hard-work and dedication to the Solar nation has prepared him well for this often times demanding new position.  Mike has a strong background in metallurgy and proper heat treat practices.  His finely honed customer service skills are an example of Solar Atmospheres’ commitment to meeting or exceeding our customer’s requirements and expectations.  Mike’s first task will be to find a suitable replacement for his vacated position as SCA Quality Manager.” For more information about Solar Atmospheres of California, please contact Mike Drakeley at (866) 559-5994 ext. 1303, or miked@solaratm-ca.com, and visit us at www.solaratm.com."January 21, 2016.

Heat Treating Italy. This week we are taking the opportunity to visit several heat treaters around Italy, an area which we have spent a limited amount of time over the years. The first very surprising fact we have learned this week is the amount of the total heat treating market controlled by commercial heat treaters-over 50% a number which astounds us. To put this in comparison it is estimated that commercial heat treaters in North America control 10% of the market, in Germany, UK and France a bit more and in India less than 5% so as you can see over 50% is truly unique. This figure of over 50% represents over 200 different companies with 90% of them family owned and with most concentrating on general industry and the automotive sectors. While aerospace is substantial in Italy it is estimated that only 4 shops have Nadcap approval meaning that most aerospace heat treating in the country is done is captive shops. While there are a few good sized commercial operations such as T.T.N Veneta, Pasello Heat Treatment, Ferioli & Gianotti and Bodycote we are going to start off with Bodycote. Bodycote entered the Italian market back in 1997 when they acquired the assets of an existing heat treat group. Since that time there has been further acquisitions along with consolidations leaving the company with three locations in the country, Gorgonzola, Mardone and Rodengo which combined had sales of roughly 17.5 million Euros in 2014. We will start off with the Gorgonzola location (near Milano) which specializes in the tool steel business and only offers vacuum heat treating. In 2014 the plant (which is part of the General Industrial Group) had sales of a little over 3.5 million Euros. Currently undergoing a very impressive expansion and investment the plant has a total of 15 vacuum furnaces including 9 vacuum tempers and  vacuum hardening furnaces along with 2 cryo units. This is probably the largest Bodycote facility in all of Europe for tool steel processing and also offers the Nitral process which is a low pressure vacuum nitriding offering. Accredited by companies such as Ford, GM and Bohler Uddeholm it is a very respectable facility by any standards. We met a number of very friendly competent individuals including our host Antonio Magnacca ( Business Development Manager), Mario Magnacca (Plant Manager) and Stephano De Donato (Technical Production Manager). Each individual can be seen in the photos below. January 20, 2016.

Gord Montgomery, Antonio Magnacca, Mario Magnacca

SECO/WARWICK. "A global automotive parts manufacturer has purchased a  SECO/WARWICK 2 bar, high vacuum furnace that will be dedicated to brazing operations in their greenfield facility located in the southeastern United States.  The customer reported that the selection was made because SECO/WARWICK was able to produce a custom engineered system with an expedited delivery in time for the new facility opening.  The system was accepted in December during on-site trials in the SECO/WARWICK Meadville, PA manufacturing facility. Michael Lister, Vacuum Team Leader, remarked that the SECO/WARWICK high vacuum furnace is ideal for captive and commercial heat treating as well as aerospace and brazing operations.  According to Lister,  “These units are unique to the industry, designed with our proprietary linear clamping ring and other key components that do not use rotating shaft seals. By eliminating rotating shaft seals, we’re able to reduce the number of vacuum leak pain points for our customers who are concerned about maximum uptime and availability.” January 20, 2016.

Bluewater Thermal Solutions. As part of our Monday Morning Briefing we included a story about how commercial heat treater Bluewater Thermal Solutions in South Bend, Indiana had suffered a fire last week. The new reports we saw lead us to report it as a small fire. Well silly us for trusting mainstream news reports, turns out it was a  VERY small fire in the ductwork from a temper furnace and how it made two local newspapers is beyond us-South Bend must not have a great deal of news which is probably a good thing. January 19, 2016.

Wisconsin Oven. "Wisconsin Oven Corporation announced the shipment of a gas fired heated walk-in batch oven for an industrial transformer supplier for baking out transformers. The customer opted to add on the turn-key installation package which includes everything from unloading the equipment to commissioning the equipment into operation. The walk-in industrial oven has a maximum temperature rating of 300°F and work chamber of 10’W x 10’L x 10’H. The recirculation system was designed with combination airflow to maximize heating rates and temperature uniformity of the products. The heating system utilizes an air heat burner rated at 750,000 BTU per hour. The turn-key installation service for the industrial oven involved three consecutive days of installation with start-up and training at the facility by two Wisconsin Oven factory technicians. The turn-key installation included:
 Unloading the oven equipment upon arrival.
 Moving the oven to a level foundation at the final job site (based on no dimensional restrictions).
 Reassembly and rewiring all components removed from shipping.
 Lagging oven to foundation.
 Connecting customer’s utilities to our equipment.
 Debugging and start-up of the equipment.
 Training three personnel on the operation and maintenance of the equipment.

“The oven showed up exactly how it was described. It was incredibly clean. I’ve been in the industry for almost 19 years and this is the best, well packaged, well taken care of oven I’ve seen. It is beautiful. The technicians were also great – professional and helpful.” Heath Blundell, Maddox Industrial This walk-in batch oven is fully factory tested and adjusted prior to shipment to help reduce installation and start-up times. A 150 point Quality Assurance check list was completed to ensure the equipment met all Wisconsin Oven quality standards. The industrial batch ovens are backed by Wisconsin Oven’s Exclusive and Unprecedented 5-Year WOW™ warranty. This warranty covers all materials for all components (less wear items). About Wisconsin Oven. Wisconsin Oven Corporation has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing industrial ovens and other heating equipment since 1973. Their custom and standard industrial ovens are used for a multitude of applications including heat treating, finishing, drying, and curing. Many of the industries they serve require specific temperature uniformity and equipment performance documentation. Their experienced design team is able to meet even the most stringent standards for their customers’ equipment. Wisconsin Oven realizes that the success of the company depends on their Championship team of employees, which is why they have developed a company culture that recognizes and rewards employees. The goal at Wisconsin Oven is to outperform competition and provide customers with outstanding products and service." January 19, 2016.

Ajax TOCCO. "Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic recently shipped a 1900 kW / 100,000 hz induction heating dryer system to a steel strip galvanizing producer in China for the drying of coatings including Passivation, with and without chrome products, and organics. This high powered induction dryer is designed to heat steel strip 0.40 mm to 2.50 mm thick, and 800 mm to 1676 mm wide at a rate of 220 meters / minute or 116 metric tons/hour. The equipment will provide a temperature rise of 90 degrees C. The system is designed as a single, unitized package assembly which includes the frequency converter, capacitor cabinet and single turn heating coil. The project also included the interface I/O, heating control model, and water cooling system. The installer puts the system in place and only connects power, water, and control to the respective takeover points, minimizing on-site installation time. As the innovator of strip heating systems, equipment like this can be packaged and used in several areas of a strip heating line, including galvanizing. Ajax TOCCO has provided high powered systems with frequencies ranging from 3000 hz to 450,000 hz for heating strip, depending on the customer’s requirements. Single unitized assembly to locate in place: Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic®, a subsidiary of Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation®, designs and manufactures worldclass induction heating and melting equipment for various industries and applications throughout the world. In addition, we provide a range of services including laboratory process development, preventive maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities and installation services. Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic Corporation E-mail: sales@ajaxtocco.com Website: www.ajaxtocco.com" January 19, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. We are going to start off with a small correction from a story which was part of our Monday Morning Briefing last week. The story concerned Magna completing the acquisition of Getrag and here are the corrected details. “A slight correction to your article on Magna/Getrag. Getrag has purchased ALD furnaces for use in Europe, however, in North America (Carolina’s) they are using ECM brand furnaces. Getrag purchased ALD furnaces for the failed Tipton, IN joint venture with Chrysler/Fiat - but that project never came to fruition and the furnaces were never installed in 2008". North America’s second largest commercial heat treater, Bluewater Thermal Solutions suffered a small fire last week at their location in South Bend, Indiana.  "A South Bend business was evacuated Thursday night after a fire started while employees were working inside. Just after 8:30 p.m. officials say a fire began at Bluewater Thermal Solutions on Fellows Street. Everyone made it out safely and fire crews were able to put out the fire just after 9 p.m. Bluewater Thermal Solutions employee Travonn Fennessee say he and the other employees attempted to put out the fire themselves before crews arrived. “I saw that our machine was on fire and so I informed the supervisor and we all went over there to see what had happened and it was just like glowing orange like up to the ceiling and we started grabbing fire extinguishers and we were trying to put it out but we couldn’t put it out,” said Fennessee. When crews arrived on scene they say a concern was dealing with the hazardous materials used at the business. “Once the power was shut to the unit and once we were able to actually shoot the dry chem up from the low and from above it was able to extinguish it,” said South Bend Fire Chief Carl Buchanon". Talking about commercial heat treaters we have this press release from Bodycote about their plant in Fort Worth, Texas. "Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treating services provider, reaffirms its commitment to support the aerospace, oil & gas and general industrial supply chains in the Fort Worth, Texas marketplace.  “We are strongly positioned to continue supporting our supply chain partners in the Fort Worth area, with ample capacity and a diverse set of capabilities to meet their specific needs. We also look forward to continue our investment in this market to ensure that our customers experience local service with superior quality and turnaround time,” says Eric Whitman, VP of Operations (Heat Treatment), North America. Planned investments in process capabilities for the Fort Worth marketplace will benefit regional manufacturers and their markets."

We will move out to the US west coast and specifically commercial heat treater and brazing company ThermoFusion who has this to tell us. “A big day is upon us here at ThermoFusion (TFI)! I am pleased to announce that Glen Ottinger has been promoted to President by our Board of Directors and will be running the daily operations and planning of our company. In his seven years with ThermoFusion Glen has excelled at each position he has held. Most recently as our Vice President and Board Director, Glen championed our new Bluestreak system implementation. Working with our Operations Team, he has greatly improved order process repeatability and accuracy. Collaborating with Nils Kjell and Lisa Mueller, Glen has effected positive advancements in our pricing, invoicing and quoting processes. A strong engineering background fortifies his equipment and processing understanding. A Materials Engineer and Honors graduate from Penn State, Glen spent his early years working in his family’s casting business in Pennsylvania. That hard labor forged Glen’s strong work ethics and family values. His willingness to tackle any task and his motivation to solve problems are strong contributors to his success. Glen is also a recent MBA graduate of Haas Business School, a National Board member of the Metal Treating Institute, an active member in his church, a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Casey and proud father of his two sons, Hudson and Paxton. I will be moving to the position of CEO /CFO as I proceed toward retirement. Both of my sons, David (JR) and Doug are strong advocates of these exciting changes and will remain as Vice Presidents and TFI Directors. I know you will all join with me in wishing Glen best success and posterity in his new role as President”.  From industry supplier Fluxtrol the President, Mr. Bob Ruffini says this. “Hello to all!  I just wanted to touch base as while we really had a great year, we finished it on somewhat of a bittersweet note.  Mr. Rick Smith our long time friend and colleague here at Fluxtrol, retired at the end of last year and thus is no longer here in his full-time role as Senior Metallurgist and Technical Coordinator”. Furnace rebuilder Hotface Mechanics in North Carolina has added another employee; “Tim Harrigan has almost 20 years of experience in industrial mechanical maintenance and welding/fabrication. With his skills and experience, he will prove to be a tremendous asset, and help broaden our scope of services even greater”. Controls company SSI in Cinncinati, Ohio is another industry supplier adding people; "We have hired Zach McCaw as our Inside Technical Sales Representative. He started on January 4th. Zach is a University of Kentucky graduate has a great aptitude for learning and is an asset to our team". Vacuum Furnace builder Vac Aero is staying busy these days especially when it comes to hot zones. We visited last week and saw probably a half dozen hot zones in various stages of construction. From the left we see; Gary Younger, Bill Potts, Darrell Manente and Jordan and Gord Montgomery.

Furnace builder Nutec Bickley in Mexico was awarded an order for the supply of a Mesh Belt Furnace and Cooling Conveyor for tempering of forged automotive parts from a Global Company to be installed in USA. The parts will loaded with a robot on the 5ft wide furnace conveyor which has a capacity of 2100lbs/hr and a heating power installed of 1mmBTU.
The parts are directly transferred on a sloped steel plate assembly to the cooling conveyor where exhaust fans pull ambient air through the load vertically. The system is controlled by a Siemens S7 PLC system. Good company Nutec and I am pleased to see them doing well. IVAC Group in Canada is growing as a vacuum furnace rebuilder/installer. We caught up with them and took this photo of Paul Dobson and Wade Maloney on the job.

And to round things out we have this press release from “Inex”. “INEX Incorporated has broken ground for a major expansion doubling its production floor space.  The company manufactures and distributes radiant tubes for gas- & electric-fired industrial furnaces worldwide and has grown steadily since its founding in the 1983.  Originally located in Ransomville, New York, the company quickly outgrew its initial facility where a unique, patented process was developed to produce silicon / silicon carbide composite materials. The superior performance and long life of composites compared with conventional metal-alloy radiant tubes has led to wide acceptance in the heat-treating and chemical processing industries.  To cope with increasing demand the company is adding engineering offices, shipping/receiving areas and additional high-bay manufacturing space for the vertical induction furnaces used in producing composite tubes.  Wahl-to-Wahl Construction is the general contractor. The new facilities will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016”. January 18, 2016.

"SOLO Swiss delivered a new automatic heat treatment line for fasteners who has a 7 ton / day capacity, at ARaymond, Grenoble France. It is the 8th furnace delivered by SOLO Swiss to the ARaymond group in France and in Germany. The new line includes an automatic box charger connected with the parts storage racks. The belt furnace conveyor of 200 kW, dedicated to austenitization is equipped with 2 turbo-convectors and with a potential carbon regulation system. It includes also a liquid salt quench tank with carrousel and 4 cylindrical baskets of 250 liters each. High-temp centrifugation wash system through dumping in 2 quench tanks linked to an evaporator with salt recycling and hot air centrifugation for drying. Palletization is controlled automatically by a robot. This new line is managed by the AXRON Swiss Process Control System. ARaymond, founded in 1865, develops, produces and sells binding, assembling and fasterners solutions since several generations. ARaymond is recognized as one of the world leaders in automotive, health, agriculture, energy and industry. www.araymond.fr SOLO Swiss manufactures atmosphere furnaces for metal heat treatment since 1945 which are sold worldwide. www.solo.swiss" January 18, 2016.

Keylon Thermal Consulting. So what's this we see? Ex Bodycote guy and now heat treat rep Marty Keylon out in California is working hard and making things happen. "Keylon Thermal Consulting with Champion Furnace Company "Rick Apodaca"  is installing a second Ipsen Titan 2 Bar Vacuum Furnace in a California Fastener Company. We installed the first one in 2014 and now the second one is going in. I also supplied them with 10 North American Cronite Cast Baskets and 2 cast Base trays. Should be up and running by the end of the month." January 15, 2016.

Gasbarre Furnace Group/J.L. Becker Delivers Temper Furnace. "J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the shipment of a 36” x 72” x 36” gas-fired Box Temper Furnace to a major Tier 1 automotive supplier in Mexico. The furnace is designed to hold a 6,000 lb gross load with a maximum operating temperature of 1350F (732C). Process capabilities include tempering and stress relief. This furnace comes complete with a stationary load table equipped with a newly designed motor-driven roller chain and handler head assembly. The new drive system provides superior performance, more accurate positioning and ease of setup and maintenance. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, J. L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has manufactured a full line of industrial heat treating equipment for over 40 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The equipment includes both batch and continuous systems and specializes in Integral Quench (IQ), Tip Up, Box and Car Bottom Furnaces, as well as a full line of replacement parts and auxiliary equipment, including atmosphere generators, quench tanks and charge cars. For more information on how J.L. Becker can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, contact Eric Buchanan at (734) 855-5460 or email at ebuchanan@jlbecker.com. You can also visit our websites at www.jlbecker.com and www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com." January 15, 2016.

ASM International/Queretaro, Mexico. With the Mexican heat treating market one of the fastest growing in the world the upcoming ASM show in Queretaro, Mexico is very appropriate. January 15, 2016.

"Materials Park, OH – January 13, 2016 – Organizers for Heat Treat Mexico are currently seeking abstract submissions on heat treating topics for the upcoming new event in Queretaro, Mexico held later this year in September. It is the first industry-focused show held by the ASM Heat Treating Society specifically on thermal processing technology in Mexico, and organizers expect to reach a broad audience of heat treat professionals. As the deadline to submit approaches – Friday, January 22nd – organizers encourage the heat treat community to submit their research and take advantage of the opportunity to present at Heat Treat Mexico. The organization of this technical program is slightly different from other heat treating shows from HTS, as it will focus on three overarching topics, one on each of the three days: Process, meaning to metallurgy, and application.

The technical program is organized to emphasize how the materials respond to thermal treatment.  The attendee gain a higher level of understanding for several methods of heat treating such as vacuum carburizing,  nitriding and Induction hardening. This unique opportunity highlights the fundamentals of the process on day one, day two on the changes to the metallurgical structure that result from the treatment, and day three will reveal the control methodology and maintenance protocols important to the specific technology Robert J. Madeira, Vice President of Heat Treating for Inductoheat, Inc. thinks that attendees will find great value in this show at this particular location. “ASM International and its legion of industry professional recognizes the opportunity to bring its expertise in education to Mexico.  The ‘Basics of Metallurgy Course’ and three day Heat Treating Symposium will be taught simultaneously in Spanish and English. This is a content rich forum is designed to deliver effective communication of how modern thermal treatments transform metals.  It offers the foundation for understanding which leads to good decisions on the factory floor.” To submit an abstract for Heat Treat Mexico, visit the Heat Treat Mexico website and select your preferred topic, along with the specific facet.  For example, "Induction Heat Treating; What is the Process?" Presenting authors will be notified in February 2016 as to the status of their abstract. Visit www.asminternational.org/htmexico."

ALD/Hanau, Germany. The headquarters of furnace builder ALD are moving to a new location in Hanau and part of this relocation includes the moving of the R & D lab. This photo shows a SyncroTherm system in the process of being moved. The relocation of both the SyncroTherm and the ModulTherm along with the entire ALD staff will be complete by April." As one individual said "it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a flying SyncroTherm"!   January 14, 2016.

SECO/WARWICK, Air Temp De Mexico. "Air Temp De Mexico has purchased a controlled atmosphere brazing (CAB) furnace system from SECO/WARWICK to expand capacity for their fast growing business unit providing various heat exchangers for the automotive sector.  The furnace system, including a radiation braze furnace and drying oven will be shipped to Merida, Mexico in the 2nd quarter of 2016. According to Jorge Gorocica, Air Temp Engineering Director and Carlos Barahona, Air Temp Director of Operations, “We selected SECO/WARWICK because they provide the critical service we needed to keep our plant running efficiently.” SECO/WARWICK CAB systems are specifically design to provide low atmosphere consumption, minimum maintenance and repeatable process results at a low capital cost investment. “This project,” said Mike Jacobs, USA CAB Team Leader, “is the result of our global team working together to meet our customer’s expectations for quality and cost.  It is truly a global effort utilizing our engineering team in Poland, manufacturing in China and local service from the United States. We are pleased to support Air Temp De Mexico’s vision to become the leader in the national and international market for heat exchangers, plastic injection parts and air conditioning systems for the automotive industry.”

About Controlled Atmosphere Brazing (CAB) of Aluminum. Using a noncorrosive flux, is the preferred process for manufacturing aluminum heat exchangers in the automotive industry. Due to the unique process benefits, the CAB process is rapidly finding new applications in industrial, power plant, and HVAC manufacturing. Since entering this field in 1983, SECO/WARWICK has led the development of advanced technology in the continuous flow brazing process. SECO/WARWICK offers a wide variety of solutions for all types of industrial heat exchangers manufactured in long-run, medium-run, or individual/short-run production.  SECO/WARWICK has the engineering expertise to custom design equipment to enable customers to perfect their process specifications with choices such as vacuum purge instead of nitrogen flooding for complex microchannel designs along with multiple product handling methods and configurations. SECO/WARWICK has a complete line of furnace choices including radiation, convection, convection-radiation combinations, Active Only® indexing, and Universal™ batch units that are provided with the related equipment to complete the process:  thermal degreaser, fluxer, dry-off oven, air quality and cleaning.  More info: http://www.secowarwick.com/en/products/cab-controlled-atmosphere-brazing-furnaces/" In the photo below we see from the left 沙 楠(Jacky), SECO/WARWICK Retech; Carlos Barahona, Air Temp Director of Operations; Jorge Gorocica, Air Temp Engineering Director; Slawek Wozniak, SECO/WARWICK Retech MD; Mike Jacobs, SECO/WARWICK Corp. January 14, 2016.

Bodycote USA. As we can see the world's largest commercial heat treater is investing heavily in their plants in the US. All we can add to this press release is that as part of these changes the Bodycote plant in Reidsville, NC will be consolidated into the new locations. January 13, 2016.

"Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, today announces the company will open two new heat treatment plants in Southeastern USA. In Covington, GA, a new plant will open in Spring 2016 to replace the nearby Conyers facility. The new plant, primarily serving automotive and general industrial customers, will occupy a space more than double the size of the existing Conyers facility, immediately increasing capacity to serve the Georgia and Florida marketplaces with a wide range of heat treatment processes. In South Carolina, a new Nadcap-accredited facility will be established at Greenville, and will serve the region’s aerospace manufacturing supply chains with vital heat treating and brazing requirements. The plant is scheduled to be operational mid-2016 and provides further expansion opportunities to install additional key Bodycote services in response to customer demand. These new facilities are part of Bodycote’s investment and expanded services strategy to serve the diverse range of industries in the Southeast USA.

About Bodycote. With more than 180 accredited facilities in 24 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com."

Advanced Heat Treat Corp./Cheryl Hoffman. Advanced Heat Treat Corp., with several locations in the US has made a really impressive addition in the form of Cheryl Hoffman. We don't know Cheryl personally but a quick scan of her background with with one of the largest heat treaters in the US, Gerdau Special Steel tells us she has a lot of experience and knows her stuff. January 12, 2016.

"(AHT) would like to announce the addition of the following team member: Cheryl Hoffman has recently joined the Advanced Heat Treat Corp. team as Assistant Operations Manager for the Monroe, MI facility. Having spent the last 30 years at Gerdau Special Steel (formerly Mac Steel and North Star Steel), she is bringing a wealth of experience from the steel-­making business. Cheryl will provide leadership and support to AHT’s Michigan operations. This includes project scheduling, heat treat processing, customer service, quality and supervision, ultimately contributing to Advanced Heat Treat’s corporate mission of “Exceeding customer expectations with UltraGlowing results”. “Cheryl’s knowledge of the steel industry is a great opportunity for Advanced Heat Treat Corp. We look forward to utilizing her talents and are very excited that she has chosen AHT as her next home,” stated Jeff Machcinski, VP of Engineering, Monroe, MI. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe. Their UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more. Established in 1981, AHT is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like they are their first born, understanding when your customer needs their parts back ‘yesterday’ and the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-ofthe- art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today."

Solar Atmospheres/Greenville, SC. We all know Solar Atmospheres as a good sized vacuum commercial heat treating company in the US. This press release gives us some details about their newest plant in South Carolina. January 12, 2016.

Solar Atmospheres newest facility in Greenville, South Carolina has a wide range of vacuum processing capacity now available.  From furnaces suited for small lots and development cycles to a 24 foot long vacuum chamber capable of processing up to 50,000 lbs at 2400°F.  President Steve Prout states, “the US Southeast continues to grow and attract manufacturers supporting a broad range of market sectors.  We are proud to be a supplier that is positioned to support this growth and we are excited to find ways to help our customers achieve their goals and contribute toward their success.” For additional information on our processing options and our capabilities, contact Mike Harper at mikeh@solaratm.com. About Solar Atmospheres Southeast. Solar Atmospheres Southeast specializes in vacuum heat treating, vacuum brazing and vacuum carburizing services.  Using state-of-the-art furnace technology, Solar serves over 18 metal working industries including Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, and Power Generation. With processing expertise and responsive service, Solar processes small or large parts efficiently with a wide range of vacuum furnaces. Sizes range from lab furnaces to 24 feet long.  Solar's unique capabilities, consistent quality and responsive service produce bright scale-free parts with minimal distortion that are delivered on time.  With an in-house R&D team of metallurgists, Solar works with customers to develop innovative, custom solutions.  For more information, visit www.solaratm.com"

Monday Morning Briefing. We still start off with this news item about auto parts maker Magna and their acquisition of GETRAG. “Canada’s Magna International Inc has announced that it has completed its acquisition of the GETRAG Group of Companies, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of automotive transmissions. GETRAG's established product line complements Magna Powertrain's expertise in engineering and manufacturing and provides new opportunities for growth, the company stated. In particular, GETRAG is a leader in the market for dual-clutch transmissions, a segment which is expected to experience high growth globally over the next decade”.  Now strictly speaking this does not have a great deal to do with heat treating so we will give you the background. Magna Powertrain in Syracuse, NY was at one time one of the largest captive heat treaters in North America with a total of 13 AFC-Holcroft pusher furnaces. The plant was closed a few years back and a few of the pushers moved to a new location in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico where it is still a large captive heat treater. Getrag in turn bought a number of ALD vacuum carburizing systems back in 2008 for their plants in the Carolinas and remains a large in house heat treater, so now you see why our interest in Magna/Getrag. SECO/WARWICK announced this retrofit of an older mesh belt furnace line. "A major USA-based manufacturer is improving efficiency by retrofitting their mesh belt furnace originally commissioned by SECO/WARWICK nearly 20 years ago. The goal of the project is to increase productivity 40% by fully automating the material handling system that moves small forgings from the forge press into the furnace with minimal operator intervention. In addition to an improved loading rate, the mesh belt will be updated to reduce scrap rates. During an initial evaluation, it was also determined that the cooling efficiency could be improved by replacing the original water cooled carbon steel chamber with a newly designed stainless steel chamber that will resist corrosion, speed cooling, and extend the useful life of the equipment". Speaking of mesh belt furnaces we understand that Can Eng will be shipping in a couple of months a 6,000 pound per hour mesh belt line to a customer in the Chicago area. The Chicago/Rockford area is a hotbed for fastener manufacturing (most fasteners are heat treated on mesh belt lines) and Can Eng sold another 6,000 pound/hour line to a company called J & M Plating in Rockford less than a year ago.

We see that Rocky Strickland the President of commercial heat treater East Carolina Metal Treating in Raleigh, NC retired from the company at the end of last year.  Our understanding is that Mike Grande who has been in the heat treating industry for some time is now Sales Manager / Senior Application Engineer at Wisconsin Oven. We would guess that Wisconsin Oven is the largest oven builder in North America. We have this from furnace manufacturer Carbolite. "Carbolite LTD has been renamed to Carbolite Gero Limited. In addition to our name change our website has also been changed to www.Carbolite-Gero.comDespite the name change, our legal status, company registration number, our registered office address and all contact information will remain unchanged. Please update your records and we at Verser Scientific, Inc. will look forward to serving your heat treatment needs". Thermal Product Solutions recently received an order from a diesel-engine manufacturer for a custom industrial oven that would remove moisture from exhaust filters after the filters have undergone a cleaning process to remove particulate matter. The insulated, stainless steel and cordierite-ceramic filters are dipped in a liquid-acid cleaning solution to remove the particulates before being placed in the truck-in oven for drying at 1200°F. And to round things out Danville Metal Stamping in Danville, Illinois will be moving into a larger building but the commercial heat treating divisions Thermo-Techniques will not be effected. January 11, 2016.

In Plant Nitrogen Generating Systems. It is always a mystery to us why some news items we publish attract a lot of attention and others sink without a trace. In this particular case the brief note below elicited a great deal of attention meaning we received 15 or 20 emails about generating your own nitrogen on site. A number of these e-mails were from individuals saying they had been generating their own nitrogen for a period of time and that the payback was very attractive. A few others said that while they had considered it at the end of the day they were concerned about whether the purity was sufficient for nitrogen quenching. All of this takes us back to the beginning which would appear to be that in days gone by purity was sufficient for purging an atmosphere furnace but not for quenching in a vacuum furnace. However it looks like that this is no longer the case and that most new systems can now produce purity acceptable for vacuum furnace quenching. Interesting topic. January 8, 2016.

"In Plant Nitrogen Generating Systems. Recently we have been hearing a lot more about CMS (Carbon Molecular Sieve) systems for producing nitrogen at up to 99.9999% purity and how this newer technology is growing in popularity. We are all familiar with the standard bulk liquid nitrogen tanks outside of every heat treat in the world but is newer nitrogen generating technology liable to replace the bulk tanks we are all so familiar with? Our experience with nitrogen systems is limited but the general misconception seems to be that in house systems do not create the purity necessary for quenching in a vacuum furnace (which is 99.9999%) but that they do create the 99.5% necessary for purging an endo atmosphere furnace. Well it would appear that the newer CMS technology as opposed to the older membrane systems does offer the purity needed for quenching in vacuum furnaces. Our knowledge of this technology is again rudimentary at best but based upon what we are hearing we would suggest that we might be seeing a trend towards nitrogen generating systems as opposed to bulk liquid systems purely because of cost. We will be curious to see if this is indeed something the industry will embrace. December 22, 2015."

Ipsen. "With any industry, staying up-to-date on new methods and industry innovations is a key contributor to success. Ipsen is preparing to host another series of Ipsen U classes throughout 2016 with courses available February 2-4, April 5-7, August 2-4 and October 11-13. A class will also be offered in June, with more details coming soon. These three-day courses provide attendees with a broad overview of furnace equipment, processes and maintenance, as well as a hands-on approach to learning while receiving qualified tips directly from the experts. Reflecting on past courses, attendees commented that “staff and facility are top notch and very knowledgeable in the heat-treating process.” Another participant surveyed praised the instructors’ “incredible amount of knowledge, hints, tips and real world advice.” Others found it useful to “see all of the different furnace designs and be able to relate them to the information talked about earlier in the class,” concluding “mixing the lecture with actual furnace visualization was extremely valuable.” Throughout the course, attendees are able to:

  • Learn about an extensive range of topics – from an introduction to vacuum and atmosphere furnaces to heat treating, furnace controls, subsystems, maintenance and more
  • View the different furnace components firsthand while learning how they affect other parts of the furnace and/or specific processes
  • Take part in one-on-one discussions with Ipsen experts
  • Participate in a leak detection demonstration
  • Tour Ipsen’s facility

Overall, Ipsen U allows participants to build and refresh their knowledge of heat-treating equipment and processes through applied learning. Regardless of where you fall on the expertise scale – maintenance, operator, engineer, project manager and/or plant manager – Ipsen U’s instructors will provide the necessary level of information in a casual, open-forum environment. Learn more and register for an upcoming 2016 Ipsen U course at www.IpsenUSA.com/IpsenU. About Ipsen. Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing 360° support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." January 8, 2016.

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum/Press Release. "First Helium-Plasma at IPP Technology from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum. "Cologne, Germany January 6/2016. First helium plasma was generated at the nuclear fusion reactor Wendelstein 7-X of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) has been successful. On 10 December 2015, after more than ten years of construction and preparation, the researchers of the IPP succeeded in taking the world's largest fusion plant of the Stellarator type into pilot operation. The scientists have fed one-milligram of helium gas into an evacuated plasma vessel and successfully ignited the first plasma in the ring using vacuum technology from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum." January 8, 2016.

Lindberg/MPH. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of a gas-fired aluminum stack melting furnace for a leader in the marine industry. The industrial furnace was modified to hook directly to the customer’s existing melting furnace to provide additional melting capacity and efficiency. The customer requested a system that would increase melt rate, enhance safety, and improve efficiency with state of the art process control. Lindberg/MPH took the customer’s request and designed a stack melting system to attach to the customer’s existing melting furnace via a short and enclosed launder connection trough.

About Lindberg/MPH. In addition to melting and holding furnaces for non-ferrous alloys, Lindberg/MPH is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat treat furnaces, including pit, box, IQ, and belt type for the ferrous and non-ferrous markets. Lindberg/MPH customers cover a wide range of industries including aerospace/military, automotive, commercial heat treating, energy/oil, electronics and the forging markets. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at www.thermalproductsolutions.com." January 7, 2016.

Solar Atmospheres/Ed Engelhard. "Roger Jones, Corporate President of Solar Atmospheres is pleased to announce the promotion of Ed Engelhard as the Vice President of Corporate Quality. Mr. Engelhard has been with the company for over three years serving as Corporate Quality Manager in that time. In his new role, Mr. Engelhard will oversee the long range planning and support of quality functions at the Company’s four heat treat and brazing facilities.  His responsibilities include the direction and management of corporate resources to plan various quality endeavors, provide technical support to Site Quality Managers, and coordinate strategic initiatives among the various facilities and departments in order to facilitate compliance to quality requirements and continual improvement in process quality and customer performance metrics. Edward is an active participant in Nadcap, MedAccred and various industry technical committees. 

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.  Please visit www.solaratm.com for more information." January 7, 2016.

Best and Worst of 2015. I believe that somewhere out there is an unwritten law that every pseudo journalist has to make a prediction about the upcoming year or at least a summary of the past year-being aspiring journalists ourselves we present to you our thoughts about the five best and worst things of 2015 in the heat treating industry. January 6, 2016.

The worst things of 2015.

Low oil and gas pricing. While low oil and gas prices are a boom to all heat treaters they are not a boom to heat treaters serving the oil and gas industries. Our sympathy goes out to all those captive and commercial heat treaters who have seen business drop by up to 80% over the past year.

Good people are hard to find. How on earth is it possible that with relatively high unemployment it is almost impossible to find a good qualified heat treater? The answer is simple-who on earth ever sets out to be a heat treater?

Globalization. Personally we feel that globalization is a good thing as it has pulled millions of people out of poverty and raised the standard of living for everybody in the world. However on the flip side Mr. Heat Treater in Germany or the US is now competing with a heat treater on the other side of the world who might not be working to the same standards.

Carbon Taxes. While the recent Paris conference about global climate change provided nothing but hollow promises to do something vague down the road, the whole world seems to be inching every closer to more taxes on carbon. Very unfortunate.

Fred Specht. We lost some good people in 2015, many names come to mind but the one that strikes us the most is Fred Specht a fellow we knew reasonably well and who we always had a high opinion of.

The best things of 2015.

Lower Oil and Gas Prices. Number one on our list of the best things about the industry in 2015 is the same as number one on our list of the worst things of the past year-lower energy prices. How can most heat treaters not like substantially lower energy prices?

Automotive Sales. Worldwide automotive sales continue to grow with estimates suggesting that sales in 2016 with be over 97 million vehicles marking an increase of roughly 8% over 2015. Let the good times continue to roll.

Aerospace Sales. Again worldwide sales of planes continues to increase with a small increase forecast for 2016 and larger increases forecast for each year through 2021. Up, up and away has a nice ring to it.

Nickel Pricing. Bringing joy to every heat treaters heart has to be nickel pricing. After reaching a historic peak of roughly $23.00 per pound/USD back in 2007/2008 nickel has dropped to roughly $4.00 pound/USD with no signs that this will change in the near to medium future. It is a real nice feeling to know that the base tray quote you received last week should still be valid next week.

Deliveries. 2015 was a good year for both heat treaters and suppliers but we didn’t see quite the torrid pace that we did in the two previous years. In our opinion this allows for a very nice balance of industry suppliers being busy enough to make money but not so busy that they can’t be flexible on deliveries.

Formsprag Furnace Explosion. This is an unfortunate press release about a captive heat treater in Michigan who saw a serious inquiry occur during the start up of furnaces after the Christmas holidays. January 6, 2016.

"Two employees of a Warren factory suffered minor injuries Monday when overhead heating equipment exploded. Workers at Formsprag Clutch, on Hoover Road, north of Nine Mile Road, returned from holiday break and one of them tried to light a pilot light on a furnace, Warren fire officials said. That resulted in an explosion around 6:30 a.m. of natural gas that had leaked, Fire Commissioner Wilburt McAdams said. The blast damaged heating equipment and one piece of machinery. One employee suffered a minor burn and was transported to St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus for treatment. A second worker suffered a very minor injury and declined medical treatment. A small fire was extinguished before Warren firefighters arrived. McAdams said the company typically shuts down heating units when workers are off for extended periods, and the system is turned back on when employees return. “I guess it could always be worse. You’re talking natural gas and a heating element; the potential is there,” the fire commissioner said. The incident remains under investigation. According to the company’s website, Formsprag Clutch designs, manufactures and delivers “dependable long-lived overrunning clutches” for a wide range of industries including mining, aerospace, defense, packaging, food processing and material handling. According to a television report, a 74-year-old Center Line man was the employee treated for minor burns."

Dry Coolers. We welcome our newest advertiser, Dry Coolers of Oxford, MI whose banner ad can be found at the top of this page. Dry Coolers is known worldwide for their water cooling systems and most recently for their line of Solanus air cooled heat exchangers for quench oil. This photo shows the Dry Coolers team just a couple of months ago. January 6, 2016.

Heat Treatment Australia. Australia's largest commercial heat treater (and quite possibly the largest heat treater in the country period) has embarked on a major expansion. HTA is in the process of building a new facility in Brisbane, Australia (home office for the company) as well as setting up a brand new plant in the LA, California area dedicated to the aerospace and medical industries. As well the company has committed to two vacuum aluminum brazing furnaces, a 25 bar quenching vacuum carburizing furnace, temper furnaces as well as a new  metallurgical lab with a new automated micro tester and a clean room. The supplier of the furnaces is SECO/WARWICK and we understand that the total order was valued at somewhere over $2 million USD. It is always a pleasure to see companies in our industry growing and investing. The photos below show HTA plants in Brisbane and Melbourne. http://www.heat.com.au/ January 5, 2016.

Phoenixtm Sells Two "Hot Boxes". "Phoenixtm have received an order for two of their patented ‘Hot Box’ oil quench systems from a world leading bearing manufacturer. The systems monitor the temperature of parts in the product basket throughout the furnace and oil quench allowing data from the full process to be accessed, and will be used in both their oil and salt bath quench lines. The key feature that influenced the purchasing decision was that the highly automated furnaces used in the manufacture of wind turbine bearings could easily be surveyed using a standard furnace management programme without the need to discharge the system prior to the quench. For more information contact: info@phoenixtm.com, www.phoenixtm.com." January 5, 2016.

PhoenixTM oil quench system exits furnace (system shown inset)

Monday Morning Briefing. We start off with a press release form US furnace builder AFC-Holcroft. AFC-Holcroft has named sales representative company Southern Thermal Systems to a territory covering Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas.  Southern Thermal Systems was started in 1995 as a manufacturer’s sales representative agency, dedicated to the thermal processing industry for 20 years. Southern Thermal Systems is owned by Marty Benegalia, who earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Engineering studies and also attended Texas A & M University where he studied Mechanical Engineering.  Marty has many years of technical experience in the petrochemical and oilfield equipment industries where he was responsible for working with Materials of Construction specifications and performing Metallurgical Testing and Failure Analysis duties. The metallurgical and heat treating experiences eventually led to a sales career in the laboratory equipment and supply industry and then into the heat treating industry. Said Tracy Dougherty, AFC-Holcroft’s Sales Manager,  “With Marty’s extensive experience in the utilization and mechanics of heat treating equipment, Southern Thermal Systems is uniquely positioned to support the entire life cycle of our product offering; from the initial purchase all the way thru to aftermarket service and spare parts.  We are pleased to have them as our sales representatives, bringing our latest technology into the marketplace.”  Marty Benegalia of Southern Thermal Systems added, “Southern Thermal Systems is extremely excited to become part of the AFC-Holcroft team.  We have always recognized AFC-Holcroft as a well-respected leader in the world of thermal processing equipment.  The vast technical knowledge that AFC-Holcroft offers plus their extensive installed base and outstanding quality of their products makes this new partnership truly exciting.”  About Southern Thermal Systems: Southern Thermal Systems’ offices are located in Granbury, Texas, southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. In addition to heat treating equipment, the company offers products from leading suppliers of carbon probes, instruments, analyzers, alloy and graphite baskets/fixtures, water systems, vacuum pumps, nitrogen generator systems and various special process ovens.  For more information, visit the company’s website: www.southernthermalsystems.biz 

You know that if a headline has “heat treat” in it, it catches our eye which is why we have this brief news item from Boardman, Ohio. "A worker at Youngstown Heat Treating told police that a man pulled a gun on him when he confronted him for breaking into his vehicle. Police said the incident was reported at 1:01 a.m. on December 24. A man said he was inside the Meadowbrook Avenue business working when he heard a loud noise outside by the front entrance, according to a Boardman Police report. He said, upon investigating, he found a red van with no front license plate parked near his vehicle and a man rooting through the back seat of his vehicle. He told police that he confronted the man with a stick, when he pulled a small revolver from his waistband and drove away from the scene in the red van. No items were reported stolen from the vehicle, other than an unknown amount of change. The robber was described as a white man, approximately 5’8″ tall and 150 pounds, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. Police said the man was described as having a “big nose.” From commercial heat treater Applied Thermal in Warsaw, Indiana we received these photos of a brand new Solar Manufacturing vacuum furnace the company just took delivery of. Applied is a very impressive family owned operation.

Where are they now? Claudio Doro. In Italy we look to see what Mr. Claudio Doro is up to these days. For a period of time Claudio was a salesman for new furnace builder Cieffe however he recently started selling for FCS an Italian company who supplies catalyst for endothermic generators. In New York state aerospace supplier Amphenol recently moved from an older building they had been in for years to a very impressive new facility. As part of the move the company completely ditched their old heat treating department (and most of the equipment) and opted for heat treating that is part of the product flow-in other words no dark and dirty, isolated heat treat department. Very impressive to see. And to round out a rather modest Monday morning briefing we have this from India. "The Chennai Chapter of the ASM International is organizing the ‘2nd Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering Conference and Expo 2016 (HT&SE 2016)’ along with an event on ‘Automotive Materials & Manufacturing’  in Chennai, India. Speaking to AutoParts Asia, the Convenor of the events and General Manager, Research and Development, Wheels India Ltd, Dr T Sundararajan, said, the three-day event held between 12 and 14, May 2016, the events will focus on industries and academia to show case their products, innovations and applications. The event will be attended by over 700 + delegates with participation from both India and abroad. The heat treatment market growth in Asia is phenomenal in the recent past. India has come a long way leading the table with more than a billion dollar business every year and growing at a rate of 12 percent per annum. Heat treatment being a critical manufacturing technology in nearly every industrial market, including Automotive sector, Off-Highway, Railway, Defence, Aerospace and Nuclear, has high potential with huge market. The presence of many MNC players in these segments has necessitated large investment in heat treatment both at captive and with outsourced heat treaters. Alongside this technology is continuously upgrading itself with the development of tailored microstructures with exceptional properties at nano scale. Surface engineering has emerged today as frontier technology in various industrial sectors like Power, Automobile, Chemical, Marine, Oil & Refinery, Aerospace, etc. owing to the attractive properties offered through coatings and surface modification". January 4, 2016.

 











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