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BeaverMatic. Most people in the North American heat treating industry are aware that long time furnace builder Beavermatic recently closed their doors with the intellectual property being sold to Premier Furnace-this press release summarizes what happened. “Premier Furnace Specialists Inc. of Farmington Hills, Mich., recently acquired the intellectual property assets of BeaverMatic Inc. of Rockford, Ill. Now with the purchase of the BeaverMatic IP, Premier Furnace will be able to greatly expand its product offerings and presence in the marketplace. Under the BeaverMatic name, Premier Furnace will continue to manufacture BeaverMatic’s line of I.Q. furnace systems, car bottoms, box furnaces, pit furnaces and tip-up furnaces. Premier Furnace will also continue to manufacture its line of pusher furnaces, roller-hearth furnaces, batch furnaces, brazing, sintering, annealing mesh-belt furnaces, pit furnaces, endothermic/exothermic generators and water systems”. More importantly though what is happening with the former employees of Beavermatic who were good, qualified people? Well rumor has it that Patrick Weymer one of the top people at Beavermatic will be joining the JL Becker Company. We do stress that this is a rumor but a very prevalent one. Patrick has been in this business for some time with companies such as Ipsen and Lindberg and knows his stuff. May 22/2015

Elmira Heat Treating."News reports such as this one are saying that an employee of Elmira Heat Treating on South Kinyon Street in the Town of Southport was burned in an accident late Tuesday. The employee was burned during the lighting of a furnace at the facility when accumulated natural gas ignited and flared back at him around 10:45 p.m., according to Southport Deputy Fire Chief Michael S. Smith. The employee was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of burns to his hand, arm, face and neck, Smith said. His name and condition were not available. The Elmira Fire Department and Erway Ambulance also responded to the scene. There was no fire and no damage to the facility, Smith said." May 21/2015

ATP

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; Two new positions at commercial heat treater FPM in the Chicago area, Centorr Industries is looking for a Field Service Technician, Captive heat treater American Axle & Manufacturing is looking for a Heat Treat Engineer, and an experienced Sales Professional Is Looking for a Position. May 21/2015

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

Applied Process. Applied Process with headquarters in Livonia, MI is known worldwide for their knowledge of the ADI process and salt quenching in general (we’re not making this up-the company has locations and licensees literally around the world). One of their many claims to fame is that they have what is probably the world’s largest batch IQ furnace with salt quenching, a monster with working dimensions of 84in x 96in x 56in (2050mm x 2438mm x 1422mm) and a maximum gross load of 20,000 lbs (9,090kg) at their location in Oshkosh, WI. We mention the company today because they recently hired two new individuals; May 21/2015

Rusty Rainbolt assumed the role of Technical Sales Engineer for the Applied Process companies.  His efforts will be focused on Growing the Pie in the American Midwest. Rusty joins Applied Process from an assignment at Farrar Corporation of Manhattan, KS.  While employed with Farrar, he performed multiple leadership roles, including most recently as the Operations Manager for the Machining facility.  Rusty also has extensive experience in casting sales. Rusty earned a BS in Engineering and Marketing from Oklahoma State University.  We expect that Rusty will hit the ground running with a strong technical approach to his Sales efforts.  He will be based out of Clay Center, KS where he will connect in person with OEMs, foundries, and machine shops. Vasko Popovski, Director of Sales and Marketing stated "The AP team intends to Grow the Pie to new levels, and Rusty will be a critical part of that enterprise".  We welcome Rusty to Applied Process.

Also Connor Montgomery joined the AP Westshore team as a Manufacturing Process Engineer. Connor’s primary responsibilities include improving overall plant equipment and efficiency, safety, environment compliance, and quality systems. He will also assist customers in design or conversion of parts in austempered ductile iron or steel.  Connor will also assist in the design, specification, bidding and building of equipment for all Applied Process facilities. Connor joins Applied Process from an assignment at Neenah Foundry where he served as melt foreman for the facility.  Connor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from University of Wisconsin Platteville.  We expect that he will be a great addition to the AP Westshore team."

Eurotherm

Where are they Now? Mike Grande. Mike has been in the heat treating business for quite some time with companies such as Wisconsin Oven a few years back, consulting company "Success With Heat", oven manufacturer Infratrol Manufacturing (which recently closed down) and he has just rejoined Wisconsin Oven as Senior Applications Engineer. Obviously a guy with some experience. May 20/2015

 

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Ipsen Press Release. "Ipsen recently shipped several furnaces, one of which was a horizontal TurboTreater® vacuum furnace with 2-bar gas quenching that went to a metal-casting company in Texas, where it will be used to process parts for the Aerospace industry. With the Aerospace industry’s demand for quality parts that adhere to strict process requirements, this TurboTreater furnace is capable of meeting applicable AMS 2750E requirements. This specific TurboTreater features a 36” x 36” x 48” (914 mm x 914 mm x 1,219 mm) graphite hot zone with a carbon steel gas distribution plenum and a 3,000-pound (1,361 kg) load capacity. It operates at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,400 °F (538 °C to 1,316 °C) with ±10 °F (±6 °C) temperature uniformity. The furnace is also equipped with a 20-inch Varian diffusion pump and Ipsen’s CompuVac® control system. In addition, this TurboTreater was equipped with a motion sensor on the mechanical pump with software that isolates the diffusion pump in the event of a failure or the maximum allowable foreline pressure being exceeded, as well as a variable frequency drive on the gas fan cooling motor for controlled cooling. Other additions included a barcode scanner/reader, a paperless recorder with a channel for recording the dew point and a spare parts starter kit – which helps users prevent unnecessary downtime by supplying them with essential parts and consumables.

Overall, the Ipsen TurboTreater line allows customers to order heat treatment furnace systems specified to their unique needs. Other possible modifications that can be made to the TurboTreater include variations on the hot zone insulation package, heating elements, pumping systems and control system. In addition, this multi-purpose vacuum furnace leads the industry through the use of patented mechanical features, such as Ipsen’s unique quarter-twist graphite heating element support hanger, which provides metallic support for ceramics; the flare locking rim for molybdenum cooling gas nozzles, which secures them in place into a rounded extrusion in the plenum wall; and the cooling system design, which generates the highest heat transfer coefficient of any vacuum furnace on the market. To learn more about the unique features of the Ipsen TurboTreater, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/Products. About Ipsen: Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing industries, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." May 20/2015

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Ambrell Press Release. "Ambrell today announced that its board of directors has appointed Anthony Mazzullo as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director on the company’s Board, effective May 26, 2015. Mr. Mazzullo will succeed Tom Giglia who was interim CEO. Mr. Giglia will assume a critical role focused on leading the aggressive expansion of Ambrell's global operations. I am extremely pleased to announce Tony Mazzullo’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Ambrell,” said Richard Rosenbloom, Founder and Board Director. “Tony has a proven track record of leadership and profitably growing businesses. His background in engineering, finance, business development and M&A made him an obvious choice for the position.  Simultaneously, we look to Tom to apply his many talents to continue building and expanding Ambrell’s global capabilities." Mr. Mazzullo is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Veramark Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded company that provided software and outsource services for telecommunications and financial management.

Mr. Mazzullo led Veramark through dramatic growth in new markets culminating with a successful sale of the company to a private equity firm. He remained with the company to help execute a multi-company merger.  Mr. Mazzullo holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Rochester. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Mazzullo said, “I am honored to have this opportunity to lead Ambrell during this time of investment and growth. I look forward to working with the world-class technologies and the incredible talent and passion of the Ambrell team.” For additional information about Ambrell call +1 585-889-9000 or visit www.ambrell.com. About Ambrell: Since 1986, Ambrell has been a leading manufacturer of induction heating systems. Products are CE certified and manufactured in an ISO9001:2008 certified facility to ensure the highest quality equipment. With a focus on superior heating solutions and service with a prompt response, prospective customers can leverage its Applications Lab to ensure systems are built to their heating requirements, and then rely on superior support throughout their relationship with Ambrell. Ambrell has installed over 10,000 systems in more than 50 countries and is an Ameritherm company." May 20/2015

Steeltech

Roy Monahan/J.L. Becker Company. J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Monahan as its Southeast Sales Representative, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Ray has extensive processing experience in surface engineering techniques, as well as conventional and vacuum heat treating processes. For the past 16 years, Ray served as President of Ionic Technologies, Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to the heat treating industry, Ray worked in the steel and metal industries as General Manager for distribution and processing of heat treatable materials. In January 2015, Ray started his own business – Surface Products, Inc., where he serves as a consultant and manufacturing representative. Ray holds a degree in Industrial Technology from Rhode Island College and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves. 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. 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 Ray Monahan at (864) 915-7584 or rmono@charter.net. You can also visit www.jlbecker.com and www.surfaceproductsinc.com." May 19/2015

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. We move to India for this press release from SECO/WARWICK about an annealing furnace the company just installed for Anand Seamless Tubes Pvt., also in India. May 19/2015

"SECO/WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd. Commissions 200 Kg/Hr. Electrically Heated Conveyor type Bright Annealing Furnace for Carbon Steel Tubes at M/s. Anand Seamless Tubes Pvt. Ltd at Kadi, Dist. Mahesana, Gujarat, India The furnace is electrically heated wire mesh conveyor type and has been custom designed for bright annealing of carbon steel tubes with the following dimensions -Outer diameter: 6mm to 38mm, Wall thickness: 0.9mm to 4mm, Length: 6 Meters. The furnace system comprises charging table, entry vestibule, heating section, cooling section, exit vestibule. The furnace has been designed according to tube size with reference to outer diameter and length of tube. Tubes are passed through furnace (muffle type) on wire mesh conveyor belt. Speed of conveyor belt is variable, which is adjusted or set with respect to size of tubes. Heating is indirect by coil type heaters placed on top and bottom of horizontal suspend muffle. Inert atmosphere (N2) and Reducing type atmosphere (CrNH3 – 25% Nitrogen and 75% Hydrogen) is used for the process. Flow of gas is controlled through the flow meters fixed on the gas panel with back-up of safety features for power failure , low pressure of gas etc.

About Anand Seamless Tubes Pvt. Ltd. Anand Seamless Tubes Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading integrated specialized seamless tube manufacturer in India. They are a prominent exporter of carbon and alloy steel seamless tube across the globe. They produce a wide range of Cold Drawn Tubes to cater to the requirements of various industries like Heat Exchangers, Boiler, Automobiles, Bearings and General Engineering Industries and Hydraulic Applications. They are accredited with ISO 9001:2008 certification from TUV India, and accordingly all quality and management procedures are strictly as per ISO norms."

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Used Equipment Available. Our list of the best priced used furnace equipment in the industry keep changing. These items are all pretty new listings; a great condition Ipsen Vacuum Temper Furnace, a Beavermatic Batch IQ which needs some work but well sized and cheap, a very well priced Abar Ipsen HR-20 X 24 Vacuum furnace, a 2009 SECO/WARWICK Roller Hearth Furnace, a really nice Centorr Vacuum Furnace with very few miles on it and an Ajax Tocco Induction Power Supply (unused). 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 May 19/2015

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Amazing Vacuum Furnaces - Part 2. Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director and CEO of ALD-Dynatech Furnaces in Mumbai, India if a very experienced heat treat guy and in addition a very prolific writer when it comes to heat treating. These are his thoughts when it comes to the 10 Best Improvements Made to Vacuum Furnaces Throughout the Years. Twitter@janusz10611 May 19/2015

1. Convection Heating: from ambient to 700°C or 850°C.   Convection heating opened so many new possibilities for the vacuum furnace. It improved heat transfer for densely packed loads, improved temperature uniformity between different part sizes, allowed vacuum furnaces to run marquenching simulation with precise surfaces and core controls of the temperature, and open vacuum furnaces to low temperature processes such as tempering and annealing. 

2. Graphite Insulation: Graphite felt, foil, rigid graphite and graphite boards with CFC plates on the surface improve insulation properties and decreases heat losses, while at the same time allows the furnace to run cooling gases with an extremely high velocity and high cooling gas pressure.   Graphite decreases cost of the hot zone by 20 to 30%. 

3. Multi-chamber Vacuum Systems:  From early 2000, almost 1000 heating chambers were installed in around 300 systems.   It would not be possible to economically carburize automotive gears without multi-chamber vacuum furnaces.    The multi-chamber system has up to 12 heating chambers with common gas cooling systems, which decreases the cost and expands the flexibility of the systems.  The multi-chamber system allows the system to differentiate to many new processes and different cooling modes.   Carburizing, Oil quench, gas quench, tempering Nitriding are possible to process in multi-chamber system.

4. Autoclave Door Lacking Mechanism:  This mechanism not only allows furnaces to use the pressure inside of the hot zone but also improves the overall safety of the furnace’s operation. 

5. Gas Pressure Cooling: The cooling pressure has increased from 2 bars in 1970’s to 20 bars today.  The introduction to the cooling gas pressure opens a new chapter for the vacuum furnace with more steel types and thicker and heavier parts that can be processed in the vacuum furnace.    The internal cooling system with a copper heat exchanger and a cooling motor to reduce the usage of the cooling gas requirements, simplify gas flow, decrease motor power and improve overall cooling efficiency.  The internal cooling system is 25 to 30% more efficient from external cooling with the same motor power.  The possibility for reversible gas flow in the square’s hot zone improves the uniformity of the cooling by throwing out the load. 

6. Vacuum Carburizing /Vacuum Nitriding/CVD/PVD: The ability to run thermo-chemical processes, especially Low Pressure Carburizing, opened the automotive industry to vacuum furnaces.   At least 20% of automotive gears today are carburized in vacuum furnaces.  The prediction is that within the next few years, this number will rise to 40%.   The fast growth of the LPC in vacuum furnaces is nothing short of a miracle.    Vacuum nitriding is still in its early stages of development, but has shown interesting and promising results.  There are a few companies that are working on improving the gas analyzer and software to calculate the Nitriding potential for easier controllability of the vacuum nitriding process.    CVD and PVD processes are gaining popularity with addictive manufacturing technology.   In the near future the CVD and PVD processes will play a significant role in the heat treatment. 

7. Load Thermocouple: allows for a better control over the furnace performance and simulates marquenching.    The introduction of the vacuum-tied feed-troughs has allowed the thermocouple to open new possibilities for vacuum furnaces.  Heating precision has improved dramatically and, not only has the uniformity of the temperature improved, but also the ability to simulate marquenching to control and minimize the distortions and cracking that happens during fast quenching.

8. PLC/SCADA:  New control system is a simplified process set-up and records the furnace’s performance.   With increased connectivity over the Internet, the vacuum furnace has been integrated into the manufacturing process.  This helps improve the entire manufacturing process and increases the popularity of the vacuum furnaces.    The process repeatability and traceability improve with PLC/SCADA system.

9. ML/TZM Molybdenum:  The use of doped and alloyed molybdenum in hot zone construction increases the life of the hot zone and allows usage of higher pressure for quenching (regularly to 6 Bar and in some hot zone designs - 10 Bar).  All metal hot zones are more responsive in reaching vacuum levels and weigh less, which improves the heating and cooling.    Generally, heating rate is faster in all-metal hot zones with less outgassing.  

10. Closed Loop Water:  Close loop water system improves the life of the vessel and the furnace components by recirculating the same water without exposure to air.   Proper cooling systems can increase the usable life of the vacuum furnace by decade or more. 

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Victoria Day Holiday. Due to the Canadian national holiday celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday the offices of WG Montgomery Ltd. will be closed Monday May 18th. Regular news items will resume Tuesday may 19th. May 18/2015

Crio

Sahamit Machinery Public Company/Open House. Looking at heat treating in Bangkok, Thailand we see that knife manufacturer and captive/commercial heat treater Sahamit Machinery recently held an open house to showcase their very impressive heat treating department. The plant was oringinally opened in 2006 and since that time it has grown to include 8 vacuum furnaces, 5 gas quenching hardening units and three tempering units with a low pressure nitriding option all provided by French furnace builder BMI Fours Industriels (part of the Tenova Group). The ties between the two companies are obviously very strong as Sahamit has also sold two vacuum hardening furnaces to other companies. The pictures below show a pretty nice heat treating department. May 15/2015

Tenaxol

Heatbath Corporation/Park Chemical. It would appear that family owned Heatbath/Park Chemical has been sold. May 14/2015

"DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Heatbath Corporation/Park Chemical based in Indian Orchard, MA.  The acquisition combines DuBois paint pre-treatment, cleaning, and metalworking expertise with Heatbath’s innovative heat treating and metal finishing proficiency. The Heatbath acquisition extends and significantly enhances the full range of cleaning and process chemical solutions that DuBois delivers to a diverse range of manufacturing customers.  In a statement Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals, noted “With the addition of the expertise, products and services of Heatbath, DuBois is uniquely positioned with the most comprehensive metalworking, heat treating, metal finishing and paint pretreatment solution offering of any supplier in the market.  We expect to present many new solutions to support our mutual customers with broadened technology, innovative products and application know-how.” Tripp Walen, Heatbath President & CEO, offered the following statement, “The addition of Heatbath to the DuBois portfolio expands the ability of both organizations to assist customers to produce the highest quality, consistent and cost effective production in their facilities.  We are very pleased to join the DuBois team.  Based on their excellent reputation for quality and customer support, I am very confident we have identified the right organization to successfully extend the Heatbath story into the future.”  Shields & Company acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Heatbath. Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures and provides specialty cleaning and process chemical solutions."

Alfe

Midwest Vaccum Pump Press Release. "Midwest Vacuum Pumps a partner of The Mercer Group (Terre Haute, IN) has delivered a remanufactured Stokes Model 1722 vacuum pumping system to an Aerospace Manufacturer in the Midwest. Midwest Vacuum Pumps supplied a Edwards Model 1722 vacuum pumping system, the system was complete with a 615-1 vacuum blower, 412 mechanical pump as well as the stand and all the interconnect piping. The completed system was shipped within a 1 to 2 week window, this was accomplished through utilizing MVP’s exchange program and has a one (1) year warranty. To look at our ever changing services at MVP please visit our website at www.midwestvacuumpumps.com". May 14/2015

Corner Stone

Service Goes Live/May 7 2015. This is a tale about a Heat Treating "get together" near Stuttgart, Germany which included most of the major players in the European heat treating industry. May 13/2015

Each year furnace builder Ipsen hosts an event in the small town of  Nürtingen, Germany which brings together some of the largest heat treaters in the country to discuss maintenance, service, industry standards, daily practices, modernization and technology news. The town of  Nürtingen is located near Stuttgart which is the birthplace of the German auto industry and still the heart of German auto ingenuity with auto makers Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and Audi  and auto parts suppliers  Bosch, ZF, Getrag and Mahle all in the area. As a matter of fact out of Germany’s more than 200 commercial heat treaters over 60% are located in the southern part of the country which is where Stuttgart is located. Anyway the event last week had all the big name captive and commercial heat treaters in attendance and they included Berger, Bodycote, Daimler, FAG, FOKA ENGINEERING, General Motors, Gerster, Händle, Hauck, Haferbier, HMC, Technotherm, Kern&Liebers, Impreglon, IMS Gear, John Deere, L’Orange, Mahle, Metabo, MTU, Bosch, SHU, Seissenshmidt, Schwer, Werz and ZF (a long impressive list isn’t it?). The host Ipsen currently has two customer service centers located in Kleve and Ludwigsburg, Germany with a third being planned for  Kassel with a total of over 90 service employees. Ipsen used the slogan “Customer service is an attitude not only a Department”, while presenting several new concepts to the audience. Also sharing information were Marcus Wendel from Hauck (Aalberts Industries which has 31 commercial heat treat shops in Europe) who spoke about their  their Industry 4.0 concept, their new plant in Poland and expansion plans in Europe with several new sites planned. The largest commercial heat treater in Switzerland Gerster (Jürg Moser) spoke about their latest achievements in the field of energy saving and increased efficiencies.  Dirk Gieselmann from Opel (General Motors) reported about their high safety standards and rigorous preventive maintenance rules in their central heat treatment shop in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Also high on the list of topics was the importance of CQI-9 rules in the automotive supply chain as it pertained to heat treating. It would appear that very soon there will be no commercial heat treaters in the country serving the auto industry that are not CQI-9 compliant which is of course the objective.

Qual-Fab

AJAX TOCCO Press Release. From the induction side of heat treating we have this press release from induction supplier Ajax TOCCO. May 13/2015

"During the maintenance of large gas turbines, technicians must remove large bolts which have become corroded and difficult to unfasten. Typically a large cumbersome hydraulic wrench is required to provide the 6800 Nm (5000 ft-lbs) of torque required to break the corrosive bonds between the 100 mm heavy hex nuts and bolts. To improve the productivity of this process, Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic has supplied (4) four induction heating systems to a global on-site heat treating and bolting services provider, designed to thermally expand the large heavy hex nuts and hollow bolt studs used to assemble these large gas  turbines. A 5 kW TOCCOtron AC induction system was provided to thermally heat the large heavy hex nut for the purpose of breaking the corrosive bonds between the nuts and the bolts. Using the TOCCO tron system the technician is able to heat the 100 mm heavy hex nut to 175° C in less than (1) one minute, allowing the technician to remove the hex nut with a standard pneumatic impact gun, instead of the large hydraulic wrench. The reduced torque greatly increases operator safety and increases tool life. A 35 kW TOCCOtron AC induction system is used to thermally stretch the large hollow bolt studs. Using the new 35 kW system, the technician is able to heat a 1300 mm x 108 mm x 90 kg tensioning stud to 175° C in just (100) one hundred seconds, providing 1 mm of linear growth to the bolt stud, allowing for easy removal of the nuts on each end of the tensioning stud.

The TOCCOtron AC has a solid-state inverter design which provides significantly improved efficiency and reliability over the old SCR/Thyristor based induction heaters previously used in this application. The air-cooled design of the induction power supply greatly reduced the water cooling requirements on the job site. In addition, the 35 kW TOCCOtron AC carries both CSA and CE certifications and utilizes a one-world voltage standard allowing it to be powered from a 380-600 Vac 50/60 Hz input. Reduced size, weight, and shorter heat times were all factors in this customer’s decision to purchase induction heating products from Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic. Due to the immediate success experienced with this equipment, the on-site services provider has been able to secure several long term contracts, and sees additional opportunity to expand the use of these products into other industrial service markets such as re-tubing boilers, and the shrink fitting of large valves, bearings and other similar items found in the power generation and petrochemical industries. 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, ATM provides a range of services including laboratory process development, preventive maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities, and installation services. E-mail: sales@ajaxtocco.com"

BeaverMatic. A very recent news item on this site mentioned how long time furnace builder BeaverMatic of Rockford, Illinois had closed their doors. With this press release the story is now pretty much complete. May 12/2015

"Premier Furnace Specialists Acquires Intellectual Property of BeaverMatic. Premier Furnace Specialists Inc. of Farmington Hills, Mich., recently acquired the intellectual property assets of BeaverMatic Inc. of Rockford, Ill. Now with the purchase of the BeaverMatic IP, Premier Furnace will be able to greatly expand its product offerings and presence in the marketplace. Under the BeaverMatic name, Premier Furnace will continue to manufacture BeaverMatic’s line of I.Q. furnace systems, car bottoms, box furnaces, pit furnaces and tip-up furnaces. Premier Furnace will also continue to manufacture its line of pusher furnaces, roller-hearth furnaces, batch furnaces, brazing, sintering, annealing mesh-belt furnaces, pit furnaces, endothermic/exothermic generators and water systems.  The purchase of the BeaverMatic IP will add an additional 50 years of experience to that of Premier Furnace Specialists, for a combined total of 65 years of expertise. Premier Furnace is located at 23850 Freeway Park Drive and 23485 Industrial Park Drive in Farmington Hills. We can be found on the internet at www.premierfurnace.com or www.beavermatic.com and on the telephone at either 248-596-9000 or 815-963-0005".

European Used Equipment Available. Surplus Heat Treating Equipment. For 16 years “The Monty” has been very successful at putting buyers and sellers of used heat treating equipment together and we now bring this model to Europe. If you have surplus heat treating equipment we would be very happy to help you find a buyer on a non-exclusive small commission basis. Please let us know what questions you have and we will be happy to answer them. If you are a buyer looking for a particular item please let us know and we should be able to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com May 12/2015

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Phoenix

Solar Atmospheres Press Release. "Solar Atmospheres, Inc. announced today that it has become the first company to receive MedAccred accreditation.  Medical prime contractors are demanding that environmental conditions are controlled, processes validated, and the risk of foreign object debris (FOD) reduced.  Performance Review Institute (PRI) states that MedAccred is an industry managed supply chain oversight program that bolsters patient safety.  It does this through clarification of requirements and better identifying how they apply to critical processes used in the production of medical devices. “Achieving MedAccred accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the medical device manufacturing industry identifies those suppliers capable of providing superior critical process manufacturing to the Device industry. Solar Atmospheres has worked hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the medical device manufacturing industry by helping companies such as Solar Atmospheres be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward. I would like to add my personal congratulations to everyone at Solar Atmospheres, as the company has been actively involved in the MedAccred program for some time now, and volunteered to pioneer this process. Their positivity and diligence has paid off and I am delighted to award them the first ever MedAccred certificate.” Benefits of MedAccred:

  • Provides consistent/standardized critical process accreditation accepted by the Medical Device Industry resulting in fewer redundant onsite audits by multiple OEMs
  • Conducts in-depth critical process audits that are compliant and consistent to accepted industry/technical standards and conducted by Subject Matter Experts
  • Provides greater visibility of the supply chain to all levels and sub-tiers that provide critical processes, consistent with regulatory requirements (e.g. FDA, ISO 13485, MDD, etc.)
  • Improves flow down of OEM requirements to sub-tier suppliers
  • Medical device industry-accepted and consistent technical requirements leading to process discipline, greater operational efficiency and continuous improvement resulting in higher quality and lower overall cost.

Mike Moyer, Director of Sales at Solar Atmospheres, Inc. states, “Many companies only enter these programs when their customers mandate compliance.  At Solar Atmospheres we embrace these programs as opportunities. It is a good thing when industry original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and final device makers recognize the benefits that accrue when suppliers become involved in the global management of activities surrounding their special process. After all, who knows a special process better than the companies that perform it every day?  These programs inevitably bring the OEM’s and suppliers together  at the same table where pertinent discussions lead to achieving the following goals: first, improvements in the substance and flow-down of the requirements from the OEM’s, second, improvements in the performance of the supplier base, and third, improved products to doctors and patients resulting in better quality medical care with fewer complications.” For additional information, please contact Mike Moyer, Director of Sales at 215-721-1502 x1207, or mikem@solaratm.com, or visit us at www.solaratm.com." May 12/2015

(Pictured from left to right: Trevor Jones, Ed Engelhard, Joe Pinto (PRI), Gordon Porterfield, Roger Jones)

Super Systems

Monday Morning Briefing. It looks like oven manufacturer Infratrol in New Berlin, Wisconsin have closed their doors. We’re rather puzzled as to why they had to shut down when these are the good times in the heat treating industry, however I guess there are all kinds of possible reasons. "Thirty-seven employees lost their jobs on Tuesday when Infratrol Manufacturing Corp. in New Berlin closed its business. The company, which filed for Chapter 128 receivership, notified state and local officials of the closure and layoffs on Tuesday. Receiver Todd Esser, of Milwaukee-based Todd Esser & Associates, and Infratrol president Steven Onsager were not available for comment. Located at 2500 S. 162nd St., Infratrol had been designing and building engineered-to-order industrial heat processing equipment since 1956". Let’s move on to some good news at Qualtech Manufacturing out in Colorado Springs, CO. Qualtech offers heat treating, stamping and finishing and they are finding business to be so good that they recently added a 36”x 78” deep. 2000 lbs. load capacity, 1800° controlled atmosphere pit furnace and a new Ipsen Titan H2 vacuum furnace. Wisconsin Oven recently shipped a  composite curing batch oven to the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina. "The oven will be used to support education and research efforts as part of the McNAIR Center’s Advanced Composite Manufacturing Laboratory – an industrial-scale applied R&D facility. With a maximum operating temperature of 800°F, the oven will allow students to process and develop new high-temperature materials as they hit the market". Super Systems Inc. (SSi) is pleased to announce the expansion of its manufacturing facility located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  As SSi approaches its 20th year providing innovative solutions to the thermal processing industry, production demands have exceeded existing capacity. As a result, SSi recently purchased an additional building in Cincinnati that has been optimized with state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D capabilities. “This expansion allows us to continue meeting production demands and serve our customers at the level they’ve come to expect,” explains Steve Thompson, president of SSi. “With the acquisition of the Flo-Scope product line, addition of eFlo electronic flow measurement and control products, as well as continually growing demand for our products worldwide, this is an exciting time for Super Systems and our customers. The new facility will help us continue to streamline our manufacturing and calibration processes and provide additional space for the development of our products and technologies.”Dave Montello, production manager, adds, “The new manufacturing space has given us an opportunity to create an open workspace with anti-static flooring for our electronics lab and a humidity- and temperature-controlled calibration lab.” Manufacturing operations began in the new facility in early May. Super Systems Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been developing and manufacturing products for the thermal processing industry since 1995. SSi’s products include probes, analyzers, flow meters, controllers, software solutions and engineered systems. With over 100 years of combined experience, SSi continues to satisfy industry demands with innovative technology, enabling customers to be more efficient and to produce higher quality products. For more information on SSi’s capabilities, visit www.supersystems.com.

Captive Heat Treater Dana Corp., in Glasgow, KY had a very small fire recently-actually their second in just that the last month or so. "Glasgow Fire Department personnel responded to a fire call at Dana Corporation on Saturday, according to a press release from the fire department. Firefighters responded at 10:05 a.m. to a report of a fire in the heat treat area of the manufacturing facility at 1320 W. Main St. "On arrival units found that the fire was contained to a filter unit," the release said. "Firefighters were able to remove the filters and submerged them in water, putting out the fire. "Firefighters then finished extinguishing the fire that remained in the filter unit." Larry Morrison of Blount Canada is retiring. Larry has spent his whole working career with Blount and for many years was in charge of the heat treating department. Blount has two locations, one in Guelph, Ontario and the other in Portland, Oregon both making chain and chain saw bars for chainsaws. What makes them very interesting (besides the fact that it is a very well run company) is that they run a number of rotary retort furnaces which has become very unusual. Cambridge Engineered Solutions of Maryland (who bill themselves as the world’s largest metal conveyor belt manufacturer) has teamed up with Abbott Furnace company and developed a T314 SS belt which will be used in the final sintering stage in PM furnaces. They claim it lasts 25% longer and could save up to $20,000 per year in a sintering line. If true it sounds pretty cool.

The guys at Alfe Heat Treating really, really like the Indy 500; Veteran Indy car driver and 2011 Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Alex Tagliani  has been added to the roster of A.J. Foyt Enterprises for the 99th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” later this month.Tagliani will drive the Al-Fe Heat Treating Honda-powered Dallara at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the team owned by Foyt, first four-time winner of the Indy 500. Adding to the package will be a tribute to Dan Gurney and his famed No. 48 Eagle Indy car, an idea which started with Foyt. “One of the most memorable times of my childhood was to attend the Indy 500 time trials and the race with my family,” said Kurt Westman, founder/CEO of Al-Fe Heat Treating. “My brother and I would spend hours standing at the fence line along Gasoline Alley trying to catch a glimpse, and photograph, of the cars and drivers _ A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney to name a few. “It’s almost impossible to explain the excitement and pride I feel in being able to be part of one of the most famous race teams in the world, and moreso this year by sponsoring A.J.’s No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating/Dan Gurney-tribute car driven by Alex Tagliani.” Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., Alfe Heat Treating, Inc. is the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. The company operates plants throughout the Midwest and Southeast serving aerospace, automotive, military and commercial customers with both ferrous and non-ferrous facilities. This is not directly speaking a heat treat news item but it certainly is of a great deal of interest to many in the heat treating industry as both ZF and TRW Automotive are amongst the largest captive heat treaters in the world. “ ZF Friedrichshafen AG and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., have agreed to divest TRW's linkage and suspension business in North America and Europe in order to settle the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) charges that their proposed $12.4 billion merger would likely harm competition in the North American market for heavy vehicle tie rods. The merged company will have six months after the proposed consent agreement takes effect to divest the TRW assets to an FTC-approved buyer”.

Darn those patents can be expensive and time consuming to get! From Bill Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres of Souderton, PA we have these comments based upon a press release we had this past Friday. “theMonty  5/8/2015  reported Ipsen published a News Release for a “new patent”. The number reported  US 2010/0196836 A1 was a patent application published  7/5/2010  by the US Patent Office, not an actual patent. The original patent application contained 30 claims. Ipsen did receive the actual patent US 8,992,2113 B2 until  3/31/2015  nearly five years later, with the number of claims reduced from 30 to 16. It is clear Ipsen and the US Patent Office had a number of exchanges prior to actual patent release, admittedly not unusual in today’s world with the US Patent Office. I myself have had a number of patent applications rejected by the US Patent office where the continued attorney fees and costs prevented the conclusion to our favor. Today patent preparation, attorney fees, and the ongoing disputes with the patent office can drive the cost of receiving a successful patent easily to $50,000., thus many patent applications are not filed today, to avoid these high costs of filing, and possible rejection. William R. Jones, CEO, Solar Atmospheres Inc. Souderton, Pa”. May 11/2015

Ipsen Press Release. Ipsen was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 20,100,196,836 A1 for the development of a new shaft seal. Chief Engineer Craig Moller, Chief Operating Officer Jake Hamid and Dr. W. Hendrik Grobler, the named inventors on the patent, began formulating this design seven years ago for use with Ipsen’s TITAN® vacuum furnace lines. Today, this innovative shaft seal is present in every TITAN furnace in the field – almost 200 total to date. With this invention, Ipsen was able to locate the motor outside of the vacuum chamber, thus allowing it to be in a cooler and more stable environment. This relocation of the motor poses numerous advantages, including extended motor life and a longer interval between motor rebuilds. Since the installation of this shaft seal on the first TITAN unit in 2009, the TITAN furnaces have experienced thousands of hours of trouble-free operation. In addition, now that the motor is outside in ambient air, users no longer have to use a step-down transformer for Argon cooling gas – as required by NFPA 86. Maintenance has also been simplified with users able to easily grease the motor’s bearings, monitor the vibration of the motor and perform routine maintenance checks. This, combined with Ipsen’s unique, innovative production and assembly process that integrates premium components, lowers the cost of ownership.

Ipsen is proud to add this newly patented sealing mechanism to its long list of reliable, innovative creations as they continue to engineer and manufacture advanced, highly technical technologies for unique or special applications. With more than 120 approved and 50 pending patents worldwide, Ipsen’s shaft seal is just one invention among many that helps improve customers’ day-to-day operations. When it comes to innovative technologies, Ipsen is your partner in success. Learn more about Ipsen’s TITAN vacuum furnace lines by visiting www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN. About Ipsen. Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing industries, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." May 8/2015

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Industrial Revolution 4. We generally find that comments from Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director and CEO of ALD-Dynatech Furnaces are worth reading and these in our opinion fit into that category. Whether you believe that heat treating in the future will be on a one at a time basis or not we could debate but Janusz brings up some interesting ideas. May 8/2015

"Is your heat treatment equipment and organization ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution? This new industrial revolution – Industrialie 4.0 --‐ is expected to bring major changes in heat treatment, production and how organizations are operated. It is believed there will be a shift from mass heat treatment operations to batch and one --‐ piece flow production models. This is due to the increasing demand for customized products, the need for heat treatment process traceability, and a desire for lower prices. The advancements in additive technology (3 D Printing) significantly speed up the customization process and how parts are heat--‐treat and integrated into the manufacturing process. In addition to accommodating the digitalization process (Industrial Internet), additive manufacturing offers several game changes in the field of: geometrical freedom, by allowing one to design new parts without traditional manufacturing constrains; create parts with precise designs customized for individual need; and reducing the amount of waste during the manufacturing process to almost nothing. For example, 20% of the additive manufacturing market arises from medical tools and parts. The new Industrial Revolution started in Europe. According to a recent PWC study, German companies spend 50% of their capital investment on the digitalization of vertical and horizontal operations. This investment represents an amount of 40 billion Euros every year over the next 5 years. The PWC study shows a dramatic increase in spending on equipment connectivity and the digitalization of the organization process. To fully benefit from the world of the Industrial Internet and achieve a noticeable improvement in productivity by standardizing communication codes, there needs an assurance of communication data security. The digitalization of furnaces, process and service support is essential in sustainable organizational success and profitability.

In light of the shift to digitalization (Industrial Internet), how is this practically implemented in heat treatment process management and the equipment control itself? The key difference today compared to several years ago is the amount of sensors and software necessary to control the furnace in real time and the furnace's communication with rest of the organization and even with the original furnace manufacturer. In a typical control system, the setting of the vacuum furnace operation is controlled by the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) with a SCADA display. The furnace performance is supervised by process control software provided by the original furnace manufacturer. This system is connected through interfaces with the company enterprise resource ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). The furnace control is also connected with furnace manufacturer and the operators via Smart Phones by utilizing a special design app. The special design software controls the furnace production schedule and sequence of the processes in order to fully utilize furnace time. When there is an alarm, an operator, or, in some instances, the furnace manufacturer receive a notification sent by the furnace control system. The use of software tools with text, video and audio ability has lead to significant furnace utilization improvements and time reductions in correctly diagnosing the problem's root cause. The benefit of correctly applied Industrial Internet is magnified when all equipment in the shop floor are connected into one controlling and analyzing system. Advances in furnace control software and analytic techniques provide means to understand furnace performance conditions and optimize furnace efficiency. Connectivity among heat treatment equipment will enable enhance asset reliability by optimizing preventive maintenance and repair processes. Are you ready for even bigger game changer - quantum computers?" Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director and CEO ALD--‐Dynatech Furnaces, Ltd. Mumbai, India.

Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts. We would like to welcome our newest advertiser Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts to our website-their banner ad can be found on this page. The company emphasizes that their pricing for Molybdenum and TZM furnace hardware can't be beat. May 8/2015

U.S. Tsubaki Fire/Holyoke, Mass. Industrial chain manufacturer and captive heat treater US Tsubaki had a pretty serious fire earlier this week as we can see. May 7/2015

"A fire that started in an exhaust vent at U.S. Tsubaki Sunday night, spread to the roof of the building before firefighters could extinguish it. One firefighter was taken to the hospital after he started suffering from chest pains while fighting the stubborn fire. His condition was not known immediately, Fire Department Capt. Anthony Cerruti said. The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m., by an employee who saw flames in the building at 821 Main St. Firefighters spent nearly three hours fighting the fire and making sure it was completely extinguished. The fire started in an exhaust vent which is part of a heat treating process. It then extended to the roof of the building, he said. "Because of the heat treating process below we were not able to use water and had to rely on fire extinguishers," Cerruti said. The fire caused some damage to the roof of the building. There was no immediate estimate of the damage caused, he said. The company manufactures power-transmission chains for industrial use. Two years ago owners received approvals to add a 11,250-square-foot facility onto the existing facility."

ASM Press Release. MATERIALS PARK, OH – April 10, 2015 – The ASM Heat Treating Society and the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering are pleased to announce the dates for the 23rd International Congress of  Advanced Thermal Processing as April 18-22, 2016. The event will be held in Savannah, Georgia next year and will once again bring together experts from around the globe to present the latest innovations and research in Thermal Processing and Surface Engineering. Thermal Processing is a critical step in bringing goods to market. Historically it has encompassed only heat treating ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. However, with new advances in composites, additive manufacturing, tribology and surface engineering, the science and art of thermal processing has taken on a vital importance to the high performance requirements of performance, cost and quality. "Thermal processing is an important emerging field, and this conference will bring together the brightest minds in this industry to talk about how we advance the field," says Scott Mackenzie, PhD, FASM, Conference Chairman. "It will provide a platform where practioners and researchers can convene while enjoying the warm hospitality of Southern Georgia."

Now in its 23rd year, the Conference will cover the overall development of technologies in Thermal Processing and Surface Engineering, with particular focus on the following topics:

  • Advances in Thermal Processing and Emerging Technologies
  • Thermo-chemical Treatment (Carburizing, Nitriding, Nitro-carburizing...), including vacuum applications of Low Pressure and High Pressure Carburizing
  • Tribology and Wear of Engineered Surfaces, including the nano-mechanical properties/behavior of surface engineered system
  • Computational Metallurgy and Materials for new alloy design or performance
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for prediction of stresses and microstructure in ferrous and non-ferrous materials
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics as applied to thermal processing, such as furnace design or quenchant uniformity
  • Thermal Processing of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous alloys, and Superalloys
  • Thermo-Mechanical Simulation, Treatments and Implementation (Forging, Cutting, Forming, Shaping, Drawing), including Surface Engineering
  • And much more. See full list of topics

Prospective authors wishing to present papers are invited to submit a tentative title and an abstract of about 300 words (in English) to the Organizing Committee. SUBMIT ABSTRACT, SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

ABOUT ASM INTERNATIONAL; As the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists, ASM International is dedicated to informing, educating, and connecting the materials community. A member and volunteer based organization, ASM serves as a central resource that gathers the latest applied information from the field and disseminates it back to industry, academia, and government through published content, classes, conferences, expositions, and local chapter engagement. To learn more about ASM International, visit www.asminternational.org. May 7/2015

Bodycote Press Release. This is pretty neat, Bodycote is making some major investments in their plants in Houston, Texas. May 6/2015

"Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, reaffirms its commitment to better support the oil & gas, power generation and general industrial supply chains in the Houston, Texas marketplace by expanding service offerings and capacity at two of its locations. Additional capabilities at Bodycote’s north Houston facility (5151 World Houston Parkway) provide customers with a wider selection of processes to extend the working life of components, in addition to the coating solutions it currently offers. In the third quarter, new offerings will include nitriding, vacuum heat treatment and vacuum brazing, which provide customers with comprehensive and efficient services from a single facility. Furthermore, Bodycote is investing in more capacity at its second Houston location (1301 Hays Street). Together, these enhancements ensure that Bodycote’s customers experience better service, superior quality and faster turnaround time. The company continues to play a vital role in the area’s oil & gas, power generation and general industrial supply chains.

About Bodycote; With more than 180 accredited facilities in 26 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com." 

Cambridge Heat Treating/SECO WARWICK Vacuum Furnace. Commercial heat treater Cambridge Heat Treating in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada has just finished installation of a very impressive gas fired SECO WARWICK Vacuum Furnace. With working dimensions of 48" x 60" it is quite large but still maintains temperature uniformity of +/- 10 degrees.  The choice of gas fired is entirely because of local energy costs and will ensure low operating costs for years to come.  It is specifically set up to handle tempering and nitriding processes.  You can see the furnace below and in front are Peter and Don Robbins. May 6/2015

2nd Central Eastern European Heat Treatment. April saw the 2nd Central Eastern European Heat Treatment which was held in Wroclaw, Poland in conjunction with the 1st European Vacuum Carburizing Summit Conference both of which were organized by the Global Heat Treatment Network. This forum was first held in 2014 and it would appear that this is quickly becoming the premium heat treating forum in Poland and quite possibly central Europe. Incidentally the leading European member of the GHTN network is Mr. Karol Forycki of Foka Engineering who was largely responsible for organizing this well planned event which had over 30 technical presentations and more than 40 exhibitors. The European Vacuum Carburizing Summit will be a regular meeting on developments and trends in that technology and will take place every two years at various locations in Europe, Asia and down the road North America (similar to the 2014 European Nitriding Summit).

During the gala dinner Mr. Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director of ALD Dynatech  was inducted into the Heat Treatment Forum Hall of Excellence as its newest member-if you recall Michel Korwin (Nitrex and UPC) is the first member of that Hall of Excellence. During the event we had the chance to talk to a lot of old and new friends including representatives from IHI Group of Japan, one of the largest Japanese industrial conglomerates with a number of interests in the heat treating industry including furnace manufacturing and heat treating. For instance in 2002 Japan Hayes, inventor of vacuum carburizing under acetylene (patented technology for pressures < 3mbar) was integrated into the group. This has lead to IHI having produced over 2100 vacuum furnaces and vacuum degreasers worldwide with 200 vacuum caburizing units also in the mix. Currently IHI is entering the European market with its new strategy including it’s own European R&D center and manufacturing site as well. May 5/2015

Thomas Ruecker, Torsten Hannappel, Peter Sherwin, Grzegorz Serwatka, Gord Montgomery

Solar Atmospheres Press Release. "In response to increasing large furnace capacity demand, Solar Atmospheres of CA (SCA) has added additional large furnace capacity to complement their current facility equipment arrangement.  Uniquely designed for SCA, Solar’s new furnace offers new features and characteristics that will enhance SCA’s ability to process a multitude of diverse processing parameters that currently exist in the vacuum heat treating industry. It will also allow SCA to prepare for future material advancements and specification modifications that require strict adherence to process controls to include Heating/Cooling Rates, Process Vacuum Levels, Temperature Uniformity and Mistake-Proof Processing.


Key Performance Characteristics:

  • 84” diameter x 144” long hot zone
  • Maximum operating temperature of 2650°F
  • Hearth to support in excess of 30,000 lbs.
  • Energy efficient all graphite hot zone
  • Solar Manufacturing’s state-of-the-art Furnace Control Package – SolarVac 5000

President Derek Dennis states, “Solar CA is very excited to add this versatile piece of equipment to our consistently growing vacuum furnace inventory.  SCA has worked very closely with our sister company Solar Manufacturing to design this furnace in order to best meet the needs of our expansive customer base on the west coast.  We feel that this furnace will add a competitive advantage by allowing Solar to expand our vacuum processing capabilities in the large parts market.  We’re excited to get the furnace online on May 1st and put her to work.” 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." May 5/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. The Bodycote location in Conyers, Georgia, USA suffered a very serious fire last week, a fire which started in the quench oil tank of a batch IQ furnace. Commercial heat treater Quality Metal Treating in Cookeville, TN recently closed down. This was a small plant which was purchased by Queen City Steel Treating in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 2003. The equipment consisted mainly of a number of older batch IQ furnaces.  Tool and hardware supplier and captive heat treater Truper in Mexico will shortly be adding an AGF rotary retort furnace to replace an older unit. Vermont Gage in Swanton, Vermont recently ordered an air recirculating oven, salt-bath pot furnace and quench tank from Lucifer Furnaces. The new equipment will be used in the production of small steel component parts of measuring equipment. Lake City Heat Treating in Warsaw, Indiana recently added a VFS Model HIQ3836 6 bar vacuum furnace. This will bring to 7 the number of vacuum furnaces at Lake City.

Marty Keylon bgdog756@aol.com a rep out in California recently started representing the JL Becker Company in the states of Oregon, Washington,  Nevada,  California,  Utah and Arizona. Marty was a rep for new furnace builder Beavermatic who recently closed their doors. John Keely who was with press quench supplier and captive heat treater Gleason Works of Rochester, New York most recently as Metallurgical QA Technician retired at the end of April. Dave Ochar a long time Bodycote guy and former Lindberg fellow recently was promoted to Director of Sales, North America - West for  Bodycote-congratulations to Dave. Mr. Larry Taylor has been appointed Senior Manager Special Accounts at Ed Fagan Inc.  The announcement was made by Jeff Hopkins, General Manager. We know Ed Fagan Inc. as a supplier of special purpose alloys for the heat treating industry. Lonny Rickman is a very experienced metallurgist who we first met at commercial heat treater Woodworth Inc., in the Michigan area. Lonny recently made a change and is now with captive heat treater SMW Manufacturing in Bellville, MI. Robert Peters who has spent time at companies such as Stackpole (powdered metal auto parts) and ALD Thermal Treatment in Port Huron, Michigan went out on his own as a consultant not that long ago. If you would like more information about what he is up to these days here is his new website http://www.rpetersconsultingllc.com/

Swiss furnace builder Codere whose banner ad can be found on this page sent us this press release. “Coderé Switzerland would like to inform readers of a recent agency agreement signed with Robey-Wellman Boilers & Furnaces Ltd. - formerly Wellman Furnaces to represent them in the UK & Irish markets. Previously one of the biggest heat treatment equipment manufacturers in the UK, merging companies like Birlec, British Furnaces, Gibbons, Incandescent, CHAL, Metalectric and CGE, Robey-Wellman has gone through a recent restructuring program to combine the furnace, boiler and energy divisions within a single company. Codere and Robey-Wellman have successfully completed their customised training workshop with Mr. Nigel Troth, Business Development Manager for Robey-Wellman. During this training programme Nigel visited Codere’s workshop with various multiquenching (Oil, salt & gas cooling) modular furnace lines for German and Czech customers at various stages of manufacture, learning of Codere's competitive advantages for the System 250. The objectives of this workshop were product training and implementing a mutual strategy to promote the Codere product range in the UK and Irish markets especially the System 250 modular batch installations.  Robey-Wellman will take an active role in the installation of the equipment and then be responsible for aftersales support utilising their existing resources and expertise - for further information on Robey-Wellman's product range, please visit www.robey-wellman.com Finally, Codere invite all readers to visit their stand at the upcoming heat treatment congress Thermprocess 2015 taking place in Düsseldorf on the 16-20th of June; they can be found on Stand C-31 in Hall 9 and look forward to meeting customers both old and new.  If readers are interested to learn more about the Codere range of products and activities, please contact David Howard either via www.codere.ch

And to round things out we have this press release from SECO/WARWICK. This PR talks about a heat treating furnace but not a heat treating furnace that the average heat treater will run across-very interesting though.  “SECO/WARWICK VP, Dr. Maciej Korecki attended the opening event at General Atomics’ Magnet Technologies Center in Poway, CA on April 10,2015 to celebrate reaching the first milestone in this unique project. The ITER Central Solenoid is a 1,000 ton (250,000 lb) superconducting electromagnet designed to initiate and drive hot plasma for fusion energy. According to the Times of San Diego, “The magnet coils will form the central part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, a joint project of the United States, the European Union, China, Japan, India, South Korea and Russia. The $20 billion reactor is being built in France and is expected to begin operation in 2026.” SECO/WARWICK was invited to attend as the supplier of a specialized vacuum furnace that will ultimately heat treat the coils for 5 weeks at 1300 deg. F.  This is only one step in an otherwise complex manufacturing process, but critical in the success of the program.  This furnace is currently in the commissioning process in preparation for the finished coils. See a plant tour on KPBS News Video:  https://youtu.be/fV8VJ5i6TB4 About General Atomics; General Atomics and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems, remotely operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electronic, wireless and laser technologies. For more information, please visit www.ga.com.  Read full text release here:  http://media.ga.com/2015/04/10/general-atomics-fabricates-the-worlds-largest-superconducting-electromagnet/ May 4/2015

SECO/WARWICK S.A./Świebodzin, Poland. April 27th we enjoyed being able to show you two photos from the Swiebodzin, Poland manufacturing facility of furnace builder SECO/WARWICK and we mentioned at that time that we would be providing more details about the company-so here we go.  If we understand correctly SECO/WARWICK was formed in the US in 1985 and was a combination of furnace builder Sunbeam and Warwick hence the name SECO/WARWICK. As time went by the firm grew and prospered and SECO Europe was started in Poland in 1991 in the city of Swiebodzin where the company now has roughly 20 people in the Group's headquarters and 450 people at the manufacturing locations in the area. Other divisions include the original plant in Meadville, PA, India with 200 people, China with 50 employees, Brazil 50 with a few other locations in the mix (http://www.secowarwick.com/ will give you a better description than we can). Overall SECO/WARWICK had sales in 2014 of over 120 million Euros and is publicly traded on the Warsaw stock exchange. What impressed us more than anything was the sheer size of the manufacturing locations-the atmosphere assembly area is the largest we have ever seen and the vacuum building is almost as impressive with at least 10 vacuum systems in various stages of assembly. These additional photos will give you a better idea about th company and also show you our tour guides; Mr. Bartosz Klinowski, Managing Director on the left and Mr. Tomasz Przygonski, Carburizing & Nitriding Furnaces Team Director on the right. May 1/2015

Bodycote/Siechnice,  Poland. Last week we had this news item about the newest Bodycote plant out there-Siechnice, Poland: Commercial heat treater Bodycote has (as we mentioned previously) a brand new plant in Siechnice, Poland close to the country’s fourth largest city Wroclaw. This is a greenfield site with the grand opening scheduled for next Tuesday. The location will feature state of the art furnaces including-well we can’t tell you what the equipment consists of partly because we were not allowed to see much of the plant and partly because it was made very clear to us that nothing could be revealed until the grand opening next week. Suffice to say that this location is pretty cool and it is obvious that this will be an impressive addition for Bodycote”.

The Grand Opening was held this past Tuesday and we can now tell you a bit more about this location along with a couple of photos of the equipment. These comments come from Mr. Dariusz Podgorski, VP AGI Eastern Europe. “The ceremony was attended by our key existing customers as well as potential new customers. Other guests included local authorities, representatives of the British Embassy, British- Polish Chamber of Commerce, American- Polish Chamber of Commerce and of course press from industrial newspaper and portals. Also in attendance were the plant managers from all of our locations in Poland, our Divisional President NEE ( Northern & Eastern Europe ) Mr. Paul Clough, and our CEO Mr. Stephen Harris. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by Stephen Harris, Paul Clough, myself and the Mayor of Siechnice where the plant is located”.

As far as the equipment goes it is fully automatic and incorporates both batch IQ furnaces for carburizing and also as part of the line a vacuum carburizing furnace (LPC with oil quenching). As far as we know this is a first in the heat treating industry-an automated line which has both batch IQ furnaces and a vacuum carburizing unit. A pretty cool set-up and obviously a major investment for Bodycote. May 1/2015

Hanomag/Posnan, Poland. Hanomag is one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Germany (with 6 plants) and is the largest  commercial aluminum heat treater in Europe, with more than 450 employees and a turnover close to € 50 millions. This particular plant located in Swarzedz Poland (which is near Posnan) started production in October of last year and offers aluminum heat treating exclusively on a 24/7 basis which is similar to the entire Hanomag group. This investment was a result of several customer requests and a logical step into the growing heat treatment market in Poland. This plant is still under development and after completion might well be the largest in Poland. The facility is located in this area because of its proximity to the automotive industry and also the fact that this is a free economic zone within CLIP, currently the largest private investor in Poland working in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, (the largest port in Europe). The photos below show the plant with from the left Karol Jastak (Hanomag Plant Manager), Karol A. Forycki (Global Heat Treatment Network & advisor to Hanomag) and Gord Montgomery in the forefront of the top picture. By the way there are approximately 50 commercial heat treaters in Poland but most of the market is controlled by the 10 largest such as Bodycote, Vac Aero, Hanomag, Hauck (Aalberts Industries), Böhler Uddeholm, Listemann, TS and a couple of others. April 30/2015

Paulo Products Press Release. Should we say that Paulo Products is one of the largest commercial heat treaters in North America-no we won't bother lets just see what their facility in Kansas City is up to these days. April 30/2015

"After receiving requests from many customers, specifically in the Wichita, Kansas area, Paulo’s Kansas City Division was able to gain approval from The Boeing Company in less than a year. Starting with a request to Spirit Aerospace in March, Paulo opened a dialogue between Spirit and interested customers. After gathering the available information, Paulo met with Boeing to discuss the specifications and approval process. In October, Boeing conducted a two day audit of the Kansas City facility and issued an approval in December. The Boeing approval is the latest in a growing list of OEM approvals. And serves as a testament to Paulo’s commitment to both quality and customer service. “Paulo strives to meet customer expectations and we’re always seeking new approvals.” says Quality Assurance Manager Mark Affolter, “We want to continue our role as a major contributor to the aerospace industry. Obtaining and maintaining elite OEM approvals are keys to serving the industry and our customers.” Paulo’s Kansas City Division is one of the largest and best equipped heat treating facilities in the Midwest, offering production heat treating in integral quench, continuous belt, and vacuum furnaces, as well as processing to Nadcap requirements. In addition to Nadcap certification, the facility is ISO9001/14001 compliant and approved for many aerospace customers such as Beechcraft, Boeing, Cessna, Eaton, Parker, and Honeywell. The Kansas City facility also provides induction hardening, salt bath, deep freezing, blasting, and black oxide services. Paulo offers a wide variety of heat treating, brazing and metal finishing solutions as well as a broad range of metallurgical and engineering services. In addition to the Kansas City facility, Paulo operates plants in St. Louis, Missouri, Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Cleveland, Ohio."

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "Heat Treat Summit North America, September 14-16/2015. SECO/WARWICK Corp. will present four compelling seminars combined into one extraordinary event to present the latest engineering solutions and technological developments for thermal processing. This unique engineering symposium will feature general interest sessions and four separate product tracks – Aluminum Furnaces, Atmosphere Furnaces, CAB Brazing and Vacuum Furnace Technology.  Attendees may select sessions in their specific areas of interest.  Dr. Richard Sisson will open the event with the latest developments in Nanomaterials from the Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, followed by Dan Herring, The Heat Treat Doctor® presenting the Heat Treat Market Outlook for 2015.  Steve Kowalski, 2015/2016 ASM Heat Treat Society President will provide insights into the future of the Society.  This year’s Summit presents 14 guest speakers supplemented by SECO/WARWICK expert speakers. This list of compelling speakers represents the best minds in the industry. See program for specific information. This will be held at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront in Erie, PA. More details can be found at tinyurl.com/HTSummit Questions can be addressed to Beth Ryan at beth.ryan@secowarwick.com April 30/2015

CAN-ENG Press Release. "CAN-ENG Furnaces International has opened a second Engineering Office in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  With an initial capacity for 20 engineers, the site will focus primarily on complex automation and electrical control solutions for industrial furnace projects with future expansion for mechanical project engineering.  The new site was necessitated by strong demand for reheating and heat treatment furnaces across a wide variety of market segments, including mining, energy, and defense, transportation, steel and automotive, that saw record revenues achieved in 2014.  The Burlington location is in close proximity to Canada’s global engineering firms, and some 60 km from Toronto, the largest city in the country.  The company maintains its corporate, sales, and design offices in Niagara Falls and 75,000 square feet of manufacturing in both Niagara Falls and Welland, Ontario. For additional information, please contact Michael K. Klauck, P.Eng. mklauck@can-eng.com." April 29/2015

PhoenixTM Press Release. PhoenixTM a UK based controls company with offices in the US sent us this press release. California Brazing if you don’t know the company is a pretty successful operation run by Rich Penrose a well known fellow in the heat treating and brazing industries in North America. April 29/2015

"PhoenixTM commissions TUS System at California Brazing California Brazing recently acquired a PhoenixTM system for carrying out temperature uniformity surveys (TUS) in their heat treating and brazing furnaces at their Newark facility. PhoenixTM commissioned the system which uses a PTM3020 data logger with a combination of 16 type K and 4 type S thermocouples for monitoring TUS and control temperatures. The system was supplied with RF telemetry allowing the survey to be monitored from a remote office. When the survey is complete, the ‘Thermal View Survey’ software quickly produces a TUS report complying with AMS2750E requirements. For more information on the PhoenixTM system go to http://www.phoenixtm.com/en/products/external-data-logger/."

Pyradia Press Release. "In 2013 Pyradia Industrial Ovens manufactured a Walk-in oven for CTA – Aerospace Technological Center. The technical R&D facility is located in Saint-Hubert, QC, and it's mission is to support the aerospace industry and improve its competitiveness by giving it a technological edge. The AMS 2750E Class I certified Walk-in oven with a temperature uniformity of ± 5°F within a working zone of 6ft (L) x 8ft (D) x 5ft (H) is operating at a maximum of 500°F. “The temperature uniformity we required was ± 5°F. The uniformity delivered is actually ± 3°F between 200°F and 470°F.” says Robin Dubé, M. Sc. A. Researcher Engineer at CTA. In 2014, the composites materials development team of CTA challenged Pyradia to modify the equipment and more precisely the temperature control algorithm to improve productivity when curing large parts. “Thanks to a thermocouple located on the part itself, we are now able to control the temperature according to the volume of the part following an automated calibration sequence. This equipment upgrade saves us 5 working days on our pre-production tests.  The return on investment was immediate” explains Robin Dubé. ”. April 29/2015

REMIX S.A./Swiebodzin, Poland. Know the name? REMIX is a furnace builder in Poland who also happens to be the AFC-Holcroft licensee in Poland (AFC-Holcroft in Wixom, Michigan is one of the largest US furnace builders). REMIX has been around for over 25 years and with well over 100 employees it is a very good sized company. A recent visit showed us a company making some enormous investments in new lab equipment, new buildings, upgrades and new employees. This photo shows on the right the man in charge of REMIX on a day to day basis Mr. Marek Kedzierzynski, Commercial Director and Member of the Board in front of two AFC-Holcroft batch IQ furnaces under construction. April 28/2015

SECO/WARWICK, Swiebodzin, Poland. We have no doubt but that a list of the largest furnace builders in the world by annual sales or by diversity would include SECO/WARWICK and that they would certainly be amongst the top five. We visited the largest of SECO’s manufacturing locations this past week which is located in Swiebodzin, Poland and came away with these photos. The history of the company and their capabilities makes for a rather long story so for today we have for you these two photos with a more complete story to come. What we can say is that in one location we saw at least 10 large vacuum systems in various stages of construction and that the second assembly area we witnessed was enormous with a total length of over 100 meters (300 feet). More to come later this week. April 27/2015

Left to right; Bartosz Klinowski, Managing Director, Tomasz Przygonski, Carburizing & Nitriding Furnaces Team Director

Vac Aero/Kalisz, Poland. Early last week we briefly profiled Canadian commercial heat treater and vacuum furnace builder Vac Aero and their plant in Rzeszowa, Poland-today we mention their other plant in Poland in the city of Kalisz. Right off the bat we should answer the question, why would a very successful commercial heat treater based in North America set up operations 6,000 miles from home? The answer is that Poland has become a large and growing area for the aerospace industry with most of the major players in the aviation business setting up shop in Poland. For instance it was news to us that Apache helicopters are assembled in Poland. Anyway as Vac Aero is mainly aviation it stands to reason that the company should invest in the country. This plant was founded in 2003 has 65 employees and has vacuum heat treating, plasma spray capabilities, painting, grinding and HVOF. Needless to say (but it should be said anyway) the facility is Nadcap approved for all processes. By the way as far as far as we can tell Vac Aero is very pleased with the fact that all those years ago they made the decision to follow their customers and the aviation industry to Poland-it is indeed a changing world. April 27/2015

From left to right, Scott Rush, President, Vac Aero, Tomasz Krazynski,
General Manager, Gord Montgomery

Bodycote Poland. Surprise, surprise but we see that the largest commercial heat treater in Poland is UK based Bodyote with a total of 6 facilities including the brand new one in Siechnice which will have it’s grand opening this coming Tuesday. The history of Bodycote in Poland dates back to 2005 when the company purchased the commercial heat treating facilities of Nitrex. We fast forward to 2015 and see that Bodycote, Poland has now grown to 133 employees with 2014 sales of roughly 10 million Euros. This all brings us to the largest location located in Zabrze which largely focuses on automotive heat treating with an impressive mixture of pit carburizing furnaces, rotary hearths, press quenching and a very new batch IQ department.  One of the photos below shows you the fellows responsible for this well run operation, Piotyor Szkopinski, General Manager in the middle and Dariusz Podgorski, VP AGI Eastern Europe on the right. April 24/2015

Ipsen Press Release. "When it comes to graphite and all-metal hot zones, a number of questions can arise about the best hot zone for different processes, materials and industries. After all, each type of hot zone has its own unique designs and advantages. Graphite is more energy efficient, costs considerably less to replace and can have a longer lifespan with proper maintenance; on the other hand, all-metal hot zones have a better leak rate, improved pumpdown capabilities and a cleaner working environment with a lower probability of contaminated parts. The first post in Ipsen’s new blog series, A Look Inside the Furnace, examines the reasons behind the shift to graphite hot zones, as well as identifies three basic questions that can help users choose the best hot zone for their heat-treating furnace. Find out what these questions are at http://bit.ly/Choosing-Hot-Zone. 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, Finding Leaks in Your Vacuum Furnaces. 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. Make sure to check out Ipsen’s other posts and how-to videos on their blog, The Ipsen, Harold, as well as their various articles and technical resources at www.IpsenUSA.com/Articles. When it comes to valuable resources, Ipsen is your partner in success.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing industries, including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." April 24/2015

Bodycote Trading Update. Global commercial heat treater Bodycote issued a trading update April 23 2015. The very abbreviated version can be found below with the full version available at http://www.bodycote.com/ “Bodycote is issuing a trading update covering the period from 1 January to 22 April 2015, ahead of the Company's 62nd Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 12.00pm today (April 23). The financial and operational data set out below are in respect of the Group's first quarter (1 January to 31 March 2015) unless otherwise stated.Current trading; Group revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2015 was £151.6m, 0.9% lower than the same period last year but 1.9% higher at constant exchange rates. Aerospace, Defence & Energy business revenues were higher by 3.2% compared to the first quarter of 2014 (2.5% higher at constant exchange rates). Automotive & General Industrial business revenues decreased by 3.9% (although were 1.4% higher at constant exchange rates)” April 24/2015

Hauck-Gruppe/Dzierzoniow, Poland. Aalberts Industries based in the Netherlands is one of the largest heat treaters and surface engineering companies in Europe mainly because of their ownership of the Hauck Gruppe. Hauck has 7 long established locations in Germany and one brand new plant in Dzierzoniow, Poland which is our top news item for today. We say brand new location-5 months in production to be exact since the plant’s four sealed quench furnaces came on line. The whole plant is dedicated to drive shafts for the automotive industry in Poland and in addition to the sealed quench furnaces the location includes straightening and 100% eddy current testing. As of now there are 25 employees but this is slated to increase substantially in the future when more planned equipment comes on line. As always the successful completion of the project was a team effort but we need to point out that the plant manager Bart Olejnik certainly deserves a lot of credit. One of these photos shows from the left Mr. Jaroslaw Slybiak, Bart Olejnik and Tomasl Koslaxa. April 23/2015

ALD-Holcroft Press Release. "ALD-Holcroft, Wixom, MI, has entered into an agreement with Woodward, Inc. headquartered in Fort Collins, CO to provide a fully-integrated SyncroTherm vacuum heat treating system which will perform austenitizing, vacuum brazing, gas quenching, cryogenic treating and tempering operations, all integrated within a single, compact heat treating cell. The system will be installed at Woodward’s new Rock Cut Campus in Rockford, IL. SyncroTherm has now penetrated the automotive drivetrain, consumer tool, textile, bearing and commercial heat treating markets; this marks the first application in the aerospace industry. In addition to its NADCAP (National Aerospace And Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) support capabilities, it will be comprised of five (5) independently controlled hot zones, each rated for load sizes of 24”x20”x9” high and up to 110 pounds. SyncroTherm systems operate using recipe selectable high pressure gas quench, and incorporate support processes such as cryogenic and temper sequences in a fully automated, lights-out fashion. Individual part tracking and complete process history retention are key functions within the system in addition to a reliably consistent process cadence. Woodward will use the unique ability of SyncroTherm to maintain a required factory takt time, bringing a more automotive-style production capability to the aerospace and energy markets. About Woodward, Inc. Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and energy markets. The company's innovative fluid, combustion, NEWS FROM: ALD-Holcroft Vacuum Technologies Co. Inc 49630 Pontiac Trail, Wixom MI 48393-2009 Phone: (248)668-4130 Fax: (248)624-3710 Email: sales@ALD-Holcroft.com Web: www.ALD-Holcroft.com

For More Information: Bill Gornicki Vice President Sales & Marketing WGornicki@ald-holcroft.com electrical, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable, and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products. Woodward is a global company headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Visit their website at www.woodward.com, or connect with them at www.facebook.com/woodwardinc. About ALD-Holcroft ALD-Holcroft manufactures vacuum-based thermal processing systems for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Products include ModulTherm®, SyncroTherm® and DualTherm® high performance vacuum furnace systems. For additional information on our vacuum based product offerings call ALD-Holcroft Vacuum Technologies Co., Inc. at (248) 668-4130, or visit their website at www.ald-holcroft.com." April 23/2015

Vacuum Process Engineering/AVS. For some background Vacuum Process Engineering (VPE) is a rather unique company based in Sacramento, CA and AVS is a furnace manufacturer in Ayer, Mass who makes some of the most advanced, unique vacuum furnaces we have ever seen. To cut a long story short VPE with the help of “The Monty” has acquired what appears to be the largest Vacuum Hot Press Furnace system in the world.

“VPE announces the recent acquisition of an AVS designed and manufactured Hot Press furnace system. This world-scale 2400 Ton Hot Press will be the largest installed in the America’s and will markedly expand both manufacturing throughput and the maximum sizes of VPE’s Diffusion Bonded Microchannel Heat Exchangers. According to Mark Sowerbutts, COO at AVS, this “graphite hot zone furnace has a useable internal pressing envelope of 60” wide x 120” long x 120” tall and is rated for temperatures in excess of 1700°C in vacuum and partial pressure atmospheres. Two independent 1200 Ton rams and ten high accuracy load cells allow precision force and position control on the production elements.” Carl Schalansky, President of VPE, states, “The acquisition and partnership with AVS on this World Scale Vacuum Hot Press will enable VPE to manufacture utility-scale heat exchangers and better service Eastern US and European customers.” VPE’s capacity and technology expansion shores up both in-house production fulfillment of next generation microchannel heat exchangers in addition to offering excess system capacity to companies desirous of previously unavailable technology for R&D and toll production service. About VPE Vacuum Process Engineering (VPE) is an advanced thermal processing and manufacturing company specializing in precision brazing, diffusion bonding, specialized coatings, and unique assembly methods. We utilize sophisticated design algorithms and our proven diffusion bonding processes to manufacture microchannel heat exchangers to ASME Sect. VIII Div. 1 (U-Stamp) standards. Materials of construction include stainless steels, Inconel™ superalloys and titanium. Our quality certifications include AS9100:2009, ISO 9001:9008, and ITAR. Visit: www.vpei.com. About AVS Inc. AVS designs & manufactures thermal processing solutions for a wide variety of markets & processes, including Hard Metals, Aerospace, Armor, Materials Reclamation, CVD, CVI, Solar, LED, Energy & MIM. With 48 years of vertically integrated design / manufacturing and thousands of installed systems worldwide, the customer drives the performance of every system AVS delivers. For more information visit www.avsinc.com April 22/2015

Nitrex/UPC, Poland. There can be few heat treaters in the world that have not run across the names Nitrex when it comes to gas nitriding or United Process Controls when it comes to furnace controls. Nitrex was founded by Mr. Michel Korwin and UPC encompasses a number of furnace controls companies under the same banner. The main manufacturing facility for both companies is located in Sosnowiec, Poland and we were fortunate enough this week to have the chance to meet Michel at the plant and to be able to present to you these pictures. The one photo shows a number of almost completed Nitrex gas nitriders in the background. April 22/2015

Bodycote/Siechnice,  Poland. Commercial heat treater Bodycote has (as we mentioned previously) a brand new plant in Siechnice, Poland close to the country’s fourth largest city Wroclaw. This is a greenfield site with the grand opening scheduled for next Tuesday. The location will feature state of the art furnaces including-well we can’t tell you what the equipment consists of partly because we were not allowed to see much of the plant and partly because it was made very clear to us that nothing could be revealed until the grand opening next week. Suffice to say that this location is pretty cool and it is obvious that this will be an impressive addition for Bodycote. These pictures show from the left Adam Wieszala, Plant Manager, Dariusz Podgorski, VP Bodycote, AGI Eastern Europe and Gord Montgomery. April 22/2015

Vac Aero/Rzeszowa, Poland. This week we are covering the growing heat treating industry in Poland and we start off with Canada based Vac Aero. Vac Aero is both a commercial heat treater and surface engineering company concentrating exclusively on the aerospace industry but also well known as a manufacturer of vacuum furnaces. A number of years back the company recognized that aerospace manufacturing in Poland was growing and sensing an opportunity Vac Aero located a plant in Kalisz, Poland (more on this later). As it turned out it was indeed a success, so much so that in 2012 Vac Aero built a second “greenfield” site in Rzeszowa, Poland the heart of Poland’s “aviation valley”. This very impressive plant now offers vacuum heat treating with up to 10 bar quenching, plasma spray and paint on coatings for both the aerospace and land based turbine industries. With roughly 35 employees the plant is Nadcap and AS 9100 approved and has a tremendous amount of room to grow which it is certainly poised to do, we believe photos below will give you a good feel for this location. April 21/2015

Scott Rush, President Vac Aero, Sebastian Folta Director of Operations Vac Aero Rzeszowa, Rafal Ilnicki, Production Manager Rzeszowa, Gord Montgomery

Pyradia Press Release. It’s just a few months since we profiled oven and furnace builder Pyradia in Longueil, Quebec. This press release tells us how the company recently received an order from a casting company for a drop bottom furnace.

“The AZ manufacturing site of a global supplier of precision aluminum and magnesium sand cast components for the aerospace industry recently awarded a contract to Pyradia Industrial ovens division for the design and manufacturing of a drop bottom furnace for heat treating sand castings. The electrically powered  48″ x 48″ x 48″ AMS 2750E Class II heat treat furnace will be able to reach a maximum design temperature of 1200°F and a  temperature uniformity  of +/- 10°F within the working zone at an operating temperature between 600°F & 1150°F. Among others the furnace will be equipped with an insulation consisting of 6’’ of high density, ceramic fiber modules, a variable speed electro-mechanical hoist sytem and Honeywell eZtrend data acquisition system” April 21/2015

Poland Heat Treating. Currently the least part of “The Monty” team is in Poland where we will be spending the week seeing a number of commercial heat treaters, furnace manufacturers, controls companies and of course attending the second vacuum carburizing conference. Each day we will be updating the website with photos and descriptions of each company starting with Vac Aero and Nitrex which will be profiled on Tuesday. April 20/2015

Mar-P Heat Treating/Montreal, Quebec. Commerical heat treater Mar-P in Montreal, Quebec closed down February of this year. This was always a small operation with a mixture of Can Eng batch IQ furnaces and a couple of older austemper lines. The owners are trying to sell the company as a going concern (not going to happen) or alternatively sell the equipment as a package or individually. In it’s prime the equipment would have been respectable but that was quite some time ago and at this point in time it is 50/50 being sold or scrapped in our opinion. April 20/2015

Advanced Heat Treat Press Release. "Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) would like to announce the promotions of two of our valued team members. John Ludeman has been promoted to Director of Metallurgy and Quality Excellence.  In this new role, John will take a more active lead in metallurgical activities as well as continuous quality improvements.  John holds a Masters in Metallurgical Engineering and Masters in Quality Systems Management and began his career with Advanced Heat Treat Corp. as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager in 2014.

Connie Mackey will be assuming the Corporate Quality Systems Manager role.  Connie has been with Advanced Heat Treat Corp. for over 15 years and has numerous certifications through ASQ including: Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Technician, Quality Improvement Associate and is currently working on her Quality Manager certification. “Advanced Heat Treat Corp. takes pride in our reputation for providing the highest quality metallurgical and heat treat services. These promotions will help our drive our commitment to excellence for our customers,” stated Mike Woods, Senior VP, Sales and Marketing." April 20/2015

Accurate Brazing/Maudlin, SC. "Commercial heat treater and brazer Accurate in SC had a small accident this past week. Accurate is part of the Aalberts Group of the Netherlands who are one of the largest heat treaters in Europe but one of the smaller players in North America. “MAULDIN, S.C. —Business is back to normal along Garlington Road after a brief evacuation because of a gas leak Friday morning. Mauldin Fire Chief Russell Sapp said the leak was at Accurate Brazing, which is behind Graybar Electric. Sapp said as of about 11 a.m. there was no more danger to the area.  Business were reopened, except for the building where the explosion happened.  An engineer who works for Accurate Brazing told WYFF News 4's Allyson Powell that the top of a tank of argon gas blew off due to pressure buildup. He said the top of the tank flew about a 100 yards in the air and came back down. No one was hurt, but this did leave a 30-foot hole in side of the building. The engineer told Powell the tank was filled Thursday. Sapp said he does not believe the explosion had anything to do with the tank being filled. He said he thinks the problem was caused by a faulty pressure valve. Sapp said once the argon was on the ground it evaporated into the air. He said crews were called to the area just before 7 a.m after callers reported a loud explosion. Sapp said no homes were affected.  He said the incident could have been a lot worse had they not contained it early because of how close the interstate is to the business." April 20/2015

Aichelin USA/Press Release. "Aichelin USA installed a new multi-chamber integral-quench (IQ) hardening furnace cell at a company’s site in the southwestern U.S.  The recently commissioned furnace system includes: pre-/post-washer, pre-oxidizing furnace, endothermic gas generator and a four-chamber gas-fired IQ furnace consisting of one loading, two high-heat neutral hardening and one oil-quench chamber. The system is fitted with a moveable cart for loading and unloading. The installed cell was built in the U.S. and is fully automated with a SCADA system. Aichelin also provided the hoods, stacks, guarding and turnkey installation. The system will provide faster cycle times, better use of floor space and flexibility in heat treating a wide range of components. The customer has plans to add another system in the future." April 17/2015

Carbolite Press Release. "The recent merger of Carbolite GmbH, the German sales organization of the British company Carbolite Ltd., and Gero Hochtemperaturöfen GmbH into Carbolite Gero GmbH & Co. KG has given rise to the availability of the Gero high temperature and vacuum furnace systems to North America for the first time. With over 30 years of furnace manufacturing under the direction of Roland Geiger, Gero is a well-established furnace manufacturing company in the European Union and is excited to offer their products to the North American market. Gero furnaces, specialized for heat treatment applications up to 3000°C and for vacuum and other modified atmospheres, are commonly used in Europe by companies in the aerospace, chemical, energy, and advanced materials sector as well as research and academia. As a result of the merger, Verder Scientific, Inc., the United States subsidiary of Verder Scientific under which Carbolite Gero operates, now offers Retsch, Carbolite and Carbolite Gero equipment with fully trained product managers to address any and all inquiries. With this expanded product offering and professionally trained staff, Verder Scientific, Inc. is the main contact for your sample preparation and heat treatment needs." April 17/2015

Wallwork Group. "UK commercial heat treater Wallwork Group issued this press release about the upcoming Subcom Exhibition. “At Subcon, Hall 4 S456, metal thermal processing and coatings specialist, The Wallwork Group, will be highlighting the latest metal hardening and micro fine coating processes, technical support and rapid turnaround services. Aerospace, automotive, motor sport, medical device makers and other demanding precision industries rely on the company’s comprehensive range of metal heat treatments, PVD and PECVD coatings and vacuum brazing services. The vacuum brazing department at Cambridge has been extended and improved to provide dedicated build and test areas. With the capacity to vacuum braze components, from a few millimetres up to maximum size of 1500x1500mm, the specialist unit has acquired a reputation for providing a high quality rapid turnaround service to customers in Formula 1 and other fast paced industries where meeting just-in-time needs are vital.

In heat treatment the company offers salt bath, sealed quench and vacuum processing, using equipment of varying capacities to ensure cost effective processing to match customer needs. With multiple treatment options available, skilled and experienced Wallwork staff work closely with customers and can advise on the optimal treatment to achieve their required technical and commercial goals.  Advanced surface engineering using metallic or carbon based coatings to impart hardness, resilience and lubricity are another speciality. These include next generation titanium nitride coating, CemeCon’s TiN Hyperlox and Hyperlox Plus, and various grades of carbon coating from graphite through diamond-like coatings to true industrial diamond surfacing for cutting tools. Coating development and production work are backed by materials science laboratories equipped to university research department standard and staffed by highly qualified scientists and technicians.

The company holds Nadcap approvals for heat treatment at its Manchester site and for coatings application at Cambridge. Plans are in hand to extend and deepen these approvals. In addition, Wallwork has specific process approvals from aerospace majors such as Rolls Royce, BAe Systems, Airbus and Boeing. Engineers representing all disciplines within the company will be on hand throughout the show to discuss with visitor the various processes available and how the Wallwork 24/7 service will help them meet their manufacturing, commercial and technical objectives profitably. Complete national pick-up and delivery coverage is provided from sites in Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge using an in-house fleet over 35 vehicles”. April 17/2015

Weldaloy Products/Warren Michigan. Well it looks like a forging outfit in Michigan by the name of Weldaloy Products has installed four new furnaces-we can't quite read on the name tag who built these but we are certainly curious. We are sure time will tell-but in the meantime read what the company has to say about expanding their heat treat department. April 16/2015

"Michigan-based manufacturer Weldaloy Products continues to expand with the addition of four new furnaces which will bring their total to 13 furnaces dedicated to heat treating of forging products. Weldaloy  specializes in copper and aluminum forgings and the furnaces are used for heat treating materials throughout the forging process.  As demand continues to rise for copper and aluminum forged parts from Weldaloy Products in Warren, Michigan, the company has invested significantly to increase capacity. In recent months Weldaloy added a new Saw room, adding almost 10,000 square feet to the amount of room devoted to that process in the facility. The additional furnaces similarly allow Weldaloy to both expand operations and maintain and even improve their turnaround time on orders. Specifically, the company is now capable of accommodating more business from customers who need copper parts heat treated. “The new furnaces are strategic purchases to propel Weldaloy to the next level in quality and on-time delivery,” said Kurt Ruppenthal, Vice President & Chief Manufacturing Executive of Weldaloy Products Company. “Not only will they allow us to take on additional business from new customers, but just as importantly, will help us lower lead time for our current customers.”

ALD-Dynatech Press Release. "April 2015: Fourth order for Vacuum Carburizing with Oil Quench Furnace. ALD-Dynatech has received order for Low Pressure Carburizing (LPC) vacuum furnace with oil quench from major OEM in India. The multi-purpose ALD DualTherm® with oil quench is the environmentally friendly without any fire hazards alternative to the conventional atmospheric sealed quench furnace. It offers the broad variety of technical processes and part quality as the traditional sealed quench furnaces with shorter cycle time. The ALD DualTherm® furnace in combination with an oil quench bath offers latest technology in low pressure (8 -20 mbar) carburization with subsequent oil quench that gives precise and consistent results. It is possible to use various quench oils for a quench process especially suited to the parts. Furnace will be used for carburizing of En353, 16MnCr5, 20MnCr5 and other low alloy steel grades. ALD Dynatech received the order after successful trial runs of components with minimum distortion and lower cost compare to traditional heat treatment.   The order is major breakthrough of innovative technology in Heat treatment in India for auto, aerospace component and other allied applications. This Vacuum Furnace in turns saves operating cost by 30% due to shorter process cycle times, reduce CO2 emission and lower consumables usage. The furnace has effective hot zone size 600x750x1000 mm (24”x30”x40”) & load capacity of 1000 Kgs. (2200 lbs) The furnace has operation temperature range from 150°C (300°F) to 1050°C (1922°F) and advanced PLC/HMI control system with smart phone.     This is a fourth order for DualThermÒ with oil quench furnace received by ALD-Dynatech. 

About ALD Dynatech: ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of world-renowned Vacuum furnace manufacturer “ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany”. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications including commercial heat treating, carburizing, nitriding, sintering, tempering processes for bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining and military, commercial heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries. www.ald-dynatech.com" April 16/2015

JL Becker Company. Mr. Ben Crawford, Sales Manger for new furnace builder The JL Becker company of Michigan sent us this report about what the company is up to these days. April 15/2015

"These pictures give you an idea about what the company has produced recently. These pictures include an austemper line for an international company which will be shipped complete by the end of the month.  In March, we shipped a belt temper furnace to a North American manufacturer.  In recent weeks we have shipped several tip-ups and a belt furnace retrofit to domestic customers and will be shipping additional tip-ups in the upcoming weeks.  Further, we are installing two fully automated charge cars  that will provide “lights out” capability for our customer.  We are excited about our team, direction, capability and the customer base that supports our business.  Our service offerings include, engineering support, product development, fabrication, furnace manufacture, turn-key installation, spare parts and field service support. We have been fortunate with a strong business backlog and look forward to developing new partners in the future".

AFC-Holcroft/Paulo Products Press Release. To give you some background, family owned commercial heat treater Paulo Products is either the second or third largest commercial heat treater in North America. Be that as it may this is rather an interesting news item about how they have made a very large investment in their Kansas City location. April 14/2015

"Paulo, a commercial heat treater headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, has purchased two (2) new Universal Batch Quench (UBQ) furnaces from AFC-Holcroft, to be installed at their Kansas City Division. The new equipment, standard 36-48-36 sized units with top cool chambers, was customized to integrate with Paulo’s existing UBQ batch furnaces already in operation. This recent order is equipped with a state-of-the-art furnace controls system which will also integrate with Paulo’s existing production and quality control systems. Paulo supports a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and agricultural customers, many with stringent quality requirements; subsequently the ability to comply with the end user’s reporting requirements is of critical importance. Mike Neumann of AFC-Holcroft stated, “Paulo is a longtime customer of AFC-Holcroft and we were excited about working on another furnace project with a leader in the commercial heat treating industry. We supplied them with our standard UBQ 36-48-36 design with some unique features to meet their production and quality system requirements”. The equipment is being built by AFC-Holcroft’s partner MATTSA, then shipped to the customer’s facility in Kansas City, Missouri for installation. The equipment will be delivered in the second quarter, 2015. Paulo offers a wide variety of heat treating, brazing and metal finishing solutions as well as a broad range of metallurgical and engineering services. In addition to the Kansas City Division, Paulo operates divisions in St. Louis, Missouri, Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Cleveland, Ohio. Their website is www.paulo.com.

About AFC-Holcroft: AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries. AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability."

Monday Morning Briefing. For April 13 we are going to start with people news. First up we see that Dave Strand is going to be the new President and CEO of furnace builder TPS LLC. “Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) appointed Dave Strand as president and chief executive officer of TPS LLC, effective April 8, 2015. Strand brings almost 30 years of experience in the industrial oven and furnace industry, spanning the areas of operations, service and sales, all with Wisconsin Oven Corp., which was recently acquired by TPS. He will continue to serve as president and CEO of Wisconsin Oven, a subsidiary of TPS. As President and CEO of Wisconsin Oven, Strand led the company’s evolution and growth from a small standard oven third-party manufacturer to a highly respected designer and manufacturer of custom and standard industrial ovens that regularly achieved record sales". We spoke a little recently about Induction heating guys Interpower-here is another tidbit of information about the company. "Gary Gariglio, President & founder of Interpower Induction, Almont, MI, www.interpowerinduction.com is pleased to announce the promotion of Fred R. Specht to Vice-President of Sales-North America. Interpower Induction is a major manufacturer of induction heating systems, power supplies, water-cooling systems, induction coils and material handling equipment for the forging, melting and heat treating industries. Interpower Induction has averaged double-digit growth since the company was founded in 1995. Mr. Specht brings 40 plus years of hands-on induction heat treating and forging experience, troubleshooting, manufacturing, engineering and sales experience to lead the continued growth of Interpower Induction in the melting, forging and heat treating industries.  Fred started his career as a commercial induction heat-treater at Induction Heat Treat Corp., Lindberg (Now Bodycote) and Chicago Induction Heat Treating, all in the Chicagoland area. He has managed sales with major clients in the agricultural, aerospace, military, construction, automotive, oil & gas and off-highway industries with such induction suppliers as TOCCO, Inc., Pillar and Ajax Magnethermic, Inc. Fred was a founding member of the American Society of Metals (ASM) Heat Treat Society and was a Heat Treat Society board member for two terms. He will continue in his current role as ASM Heat Treat Society Technical Programming Sub- Committee Chair of the Applied Energy committee".

Our good buddy Doug Rutter of Gleason Works in Rochester, NY has been having a rough time of it recently but he is now on the road to recovery. "Doug has been in the hospital since November. He has had multiple surgeries and has been in and out of the ICU since then. The doctors weren't sure that he would pull through, but the Lord has been faithful. Doug will have many residual medical expenses from the hospital stay and will need care after he is released. Many people have asked how they can help Doug and Kathy during this time. Any donations would be appreciated and help take some stress off of their shoulders in this time when he can't be working. http://www.gofundme.com/dougrutter" Gleason by the way is probably the largest commercial press quench company in North America.

In India commercial heat treater Kalyani Technotherm Ltd has started a new plant in Khed City near Pune. Equipment includes vacuum furnaces with gas (20 bar Nitrogen) & oil quenching facilities capabilities. Other equipment includes gas carburising furnaces with salt quench technology. All in all the location will have Low Pressure Carburising with oil & gas quenching, Gas Carburising with Salt Quenching Vacuum Hardening, Vacuum Annealing Austempering, Martempering and Sub Zero treatment. SECO/WARWICK Europe Sp. z o. o. in cooperation with RETECH Systems LLC, has landed an order for a new Retech Consumable Electrode Casting Furnace 1000kg/45KA. The consumable casting furnace will be designed for the production of high quality, reactive metal castings and the end customer is the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in the UK. It will use the furnace as part of a project funded by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Initiative (ATI) to develop a national source of expertise in making Titanium aerospace engine and structural components from castings with a poured weight of 150kg to 1,000kg. Furnace builder Nutec Bickley has this to say these days. "Fabrication and Installation services division from Nutec Bickley has been awarded a turn-key installation contract for a Continuous Annealing Roller heart furnace from an American furnace Original Equipment Manufacturer. Project installation site is in Mexico and will last around 10 weeks. The furnace total length is around 125 ft. and it does require gas tight welding construction. Nutec Bickley has also received a contract for the supply of an indirect gas-fired aluminum heat-treating drop-bottom furnace from a major North American electrical components manufacturer. The unit will have working dimensions of 48 inches wide x 141 inches long x 36 inches high with a maximum load weight of 3,600 pounds. The complete system, including PLC-based instrumentation, will meet the highest standards for aluminum heat treatment, with a temperature uniformity of ±10°F".

The European Vacuum Carburizing Summit 2015 being held in Wroclaw, Poland is fast approaching, April 21 to the 23 to be exact. This is shaping up to be a pretty good event and we at "The Monty" will be in attendance as well as having a look at the state of heat treating in Poland. Naeco Pty. Inc. of Australia who describe themselves as a “global provider in thermal management for electronics and hermetic electronic packaging, predominantly machined and or brazed aluminium chassis, heat exchangers and electro-mechanical assemblies” will shortly be installing an Abar Ipsen vacuum brazing furnace to join the one they currently have. Dana down in Glasgow, Kentucky suffered a small fire last week. This location did have a large vacuum carburizing system but that went to ALD in Port Huron a few years back and as far as we know this location has batch and pusher capacity. "Glasgow firefighters responded to a fire at Dana Corporation at 1320 West Main St. at 7:26 a.m. Tuesday. According to a press release from the Glasgow Fire Department, firefighters found plant personnel had already extinguished a large portion of the fire, which was in the plant's heat treat area. Firefighters found there was still a small amount of fire around one of the roof fans and in some wood used to build a skirt the fan set on, so they gained access to the roof and with the help of plant personnel removed the roof fan to put out the remaining hot spots, the press release said. A second small fire was located in an adjacent fan which was quickly put out by firefighters. The fire also had burned a small section under the roof deck, but the cause of the fire has not been determined. Firefighters were on the scene just over two hours, and were assisted at the scene by the Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Medical Service. There were no injuries reported, the press release said".

Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry Inc. Press Release. "Just wanted to let you know that Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc. will be exhibiting at MRO Americas 2015 in Miami Beach from April 14-16th, 2015. MRO America is the premier tradeshow for Maintenance, Repair & Over-Haul of commercial, military and civilian aircraft. We have seen a solid growth in our business within this aviation sector. With over 700 exhibitors, companies such as American Airlines, Northup Grumman, Parker Aerospace, Embraer Air, Pratt & Whitney, Delta Airlines, Barnes Aerospace, FAG Aerospace, to name a few, we felt we needed to have a strong presence at this show. Many MRO facilities have thermal processing equipment, such as, vacuum heat treat, autoclaves, drying ovens, aluminum solution & aging heat treat equipment and we felt this was the perfect venue to highlight Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc. capabilities to service and maintain their heat treat equipment. Attendees can stop by our Booth 3651 to find out how Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry can assist them with all their Pyrometry requirements. Attaching a couple of pictures of recent Temperature Uniformity Survey I was conducting on a 80’ Hydrogen Annealing Belt Furnace. Thought you might enjoy ATP at work. Andrew Bassett, President Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry, Inc." www.atp-cal.com April 13/2015

Beavermatic. Very unfortunately it would appear that after more than 50 years in business and a legacy of many happy customers well known furnace builder Beavermatic in Rockford, IL has very unexpectedly closed their doors. Beyond the fact that existing customers and employees have told us the company has shut down we have no further details at this point. April 10/2015

Ipsen Press Release. "Recently, Ipsen shipped more than 15 furnaces to customers in the United States, England, Canada, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Singapore. This selection of furnaces was designated for use in a range of applications and industries, including Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy, Medical and Tool and Die. The equipment included horizontal and vertical MetalMaster®, TITAN®, TurboTreater® and VFS® furnaces, as well as a vacuum aluminum-brazing furnace – all with a variety of hot zone sizes and materials, including two vertical 84” x 84” hot zones. These furnaces offered a range of different features – from being capable of meeting AMS 2750E requirements to providing improved temperature uniformity using individual, PID-controlled heating zones and ensuring ease of system maintenance with a hinged rear service door. Combined with the ability to run a number of different processes, including annealing, brazing, hardening, stress relief and tempering, these shipments represent Ipsen’s ability to provide sophisticated and intuitive heat-treating solutions through all-inclusive product lines. In addition, every furnace shipped by Ipsen is fully tested at vacuum and at temperature to ensure fast commissioning once it arrives at the customer’s site. With the help of Ipsen’s Global Support Team – which facilitates furnace installations, as well as provides expert training and startup assistance throughout the entire lifespan of the equipment – customers can rely on Ipsen to provide 360° support for all of their heat-treating needs. When it comes to global support, Ipsen is your partner in success. To learn more about Ipsen’s range of equipment offerings, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/Products

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing markets, including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. April 10/2015

Beavermatic Furnaces/Rockford, Illinois. Furnace manufacturer Beavermatic has been around since the 1960’s when it was founded by Mr. Jack Beaver. The company is well known for their batch IQ, carbottom and tip up furnaces and Beavermatic customers generally seem to be repeat customers. Unfortunately there are some big changes going on at the company which don't appear to be good and repeated phone calls and e-mails to the company are not being returned. We will shortly have a complete update for you. April 9/2015

ALD Dynatech Press Release. "ALD Dynatech received order for a High Precision Monotherm 446 high vacuum-hardening furnace from Pudak Scientific - Indonesia. The multi-purpose ALD Monotherm® with 12 bar high-pressure gas quench is the environmentally friendly vacuum furnace, ideally suitable for heat processing high precision tools under oxygen free environment with minimum distortion.  The furnace has effective hot zone size 400x400x600 mm (16”x16”x24”) & load capacity of 200 Kgs. (440 lbs). Treated parts are heated very homogeneously in a temperature range between 150 °C (300°F) to 1300 °C (2370°F).  Advanced and self-diagnostic PLC/HMI control system complies with NADCAP requirement and AMS2750E Type B Class 1 standard. The furnace is further equipped with diffusion pump for high vacuum system of 10-5 mbar. Additionally, the furnace will be used for various research projects at Pudak Scientific. Furnace will be installed and commissioned at Pudak’s facility in Badung, Indonesia.   Below is a picture of similar furnace without diffusion pump. 

About ALD-Dynatech Furnaces Pvt Ltd; ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of a world-renowned vacuum furnace manufacturer - ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany. The legacy companies that comprise the ALD Group have a combined 200+ years of Vacuum technology experience. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications include Low Pressure Carburizing, sintering, brazing, hardening and tempering processes for automotive, aerospace, mining, military, gear, fasteners, and alternative energy industries."  The ALD-Dynatech Company is part of the Indian Government’s “Make in India – Affordable and Excellent” initiative. http://www.ald-dynatech.com

About Pudak Scientific; PUDAK SCIENTIFIC Company specializes in developing, manufacturing and distributing various educational products and systems to vocational and training schools, higher education institutes and universities. Pudak Scientific founded in 1978 in Bandung, has state of art 3.2 hectares plant with administration, manufacturing, warehouse and R&D facility.  Pudak Scientific has been developing educational-equipment for years, which are comprehensively design according to scientific principles and in order to macht the didactical and methodical requirements. http://www.pudak-scientific.com" April 9/2015

Ouch-that really hurts! If you are heat treating in Texas these days it is starting to get rather painful. The whole world knows that the oil and gas sector is going through some rather difficult times these days so it is absolutely no surprise that heat treaters in Texas are starting to share the pain. Several heat treaters both both captive and commercial have told us that their sales are down 50% over the past few months.  However Texans are a resilient lot with a very relaxed attitude toward the swings of the market undoubtedly because oil and gas has always been a boom and bust industry. One commercial heat treater that we know well summed it up rather well during the last bust a few years back: “in the good times we make lots of money and in the bad times we give some back-just as long as we always give back less than what we make in the good times all is good”. Things will be good again in Texas in the future-they always are. April 8/2015

Super Systems, Inc. Press Release. "Super Systems, Inc. and The Duffy Company are pleased to present a seminar for the heat treating industry. Topics include CQI-9, AMS 2750 E, NADCAP audit findings, and atmosphere troubleshooting. These seminars will take place on April 14th, 2015 in Chicago, IL at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. To register, click here, or contact Rachel Davidson by phone: (513) 772-0060." April 8/2015

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Press Release. "Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA, a leading supplier of advanced vacuum systems, pumps and related products for use in process industry applications such as heat treatments, metallurgy and general degassing, is now offering heat treating systems (HTS) vacuum pumps in standard and  customized  arrangements. With nominal pumping speeds of 1,450 cfm in standard configurations and 8x10-3 torr ultimate vacuum, Oerlikon HTS vacuum pumping systems may also be customized to users’ applications by offering increased pumping speeds, frame-mounting, full electrical control, and filters and valves.    Other key features of HTS pumping systems are all air cooled design, quiet operations, internal exhaust oil filter with an automatic oil recirculation system and an internal valve that isolates vacuum pump oil from the furnace upon a planned or unplanned shutdown.

The DRYVAC® Difference; Other Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum systems ideal for heat treating applications are DRYVAC® Dry Compressing Screw-Type Vacuum Pumps. These dry-compressing screw-type vacuum pumps are environmentally friendly alternatives to oil-sealed piston vacuum pumps. The DRYVAC line is innovative and robust, producing nominal pumping speeds up to 2,945 cfm and 4x10-4 torr ultimate vacuum. DRYVAC is available in four models and features reduced maintenance, lower operating costs and environmental friendliness through reduced oil disposal requirements, low energy consumption due to its optimized rotor geometry, innovative motor design and ability to use a purge gas in the compression stage to eliminate deposits, particles and condensates. With DRYVAC, there is no chance for oil contamination to occur in the furnace because there is no need to use lubricating oil in the compression stage. In conjunction with the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum line of RUVAC® vacuum boosters, DRYVAC can achieve significantly higher pumping speeds with oil-free gas compression in multiple vacuum pump stages. In fact, the RUVAC WH Series can produce nominal pumping speeds up to 5,700 cfm when using the WH 7000 model in standard configurations.  Multiple booster staged systems are also available for gaining significantly increased pumping speeds.
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About Oerlikon. Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading global technology Group, focusing on providing market-leading technologies and services for surface solutions, manmade fibers manufacturing, drive systems and vacuum pumps and components in growth markets. These cutting-edge technologies benefit customers by improving their product performance, productivity, efficient use of energy and resources, and also by contributing to a more sustainable environment. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 500 employees at more than 200 locations in 36 countries and sales of CHF 3.2 billion in 2014. " April 8/2015

J & M Plating/Rockford, Illinois. Commercial heat treater and coating company J & M Plating in Rockford, Illinois is pleased to announce a very large addition to their heat treating capacity. The company expects that by the end of May 2015 the company will have in operation a new 6,000 pound/hour, gas fired mesh belt heat treating line. The furnace is being supplied by Can Eng of Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada and features automatic loading, pre and post wash capabilities, high heat furnace, oil quenching, tempering all with WS Gap-S-Series burners for reduced gas consumption. The line will join J & M's current heat treating capacity which includes two 4,000 pound/hour mesh belt lines, a 2,000/hour line as well as batch IQ furnaces. http://www.jmplating.com/index.html" April 7/2015

L&L Special Furnace Co Press Release. "L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc. has manufactured two Model DRQ2436 high-uniformity annealing furnaces with semi-automated quench tanks, quench media coolers and a centralized wash station for an industry-leading supplier of aerospace fasteners and connectors. The annealing process occurs when the parts are evenly heated to 1,100F/530C and held for a predetermined amount of time. Temperature uniformity is critical for this process, and both ambient and load temperature must maintain ±10F throughout the cycle. The furnace is manufactured in accordance with the pyrometry specifications of ASM2750E. All thermocouple reference ports along with TUS survey ports and recording devices are included. There is a 7-1/2 HP fan to aid in temperature uniformity, as well as a reinforced baffle system with adjustable louvers to direct air flow. Three-zone SCR power control and a variable drive speed control for the fans guarantee high uniformity. The parts are placed in several 12”x12”x8” baskets and loaded into the furnace on a roller loading tray. They are then run through the annealing cycle. A stack light and signal at the end of the cycle indicate the parts are finished.

The parts are then manually transferred to the quenching station, and automatically quenched within 20 seconds of the door opening. After the quench cycle is completed, the parts transfer by a spherical roller table to a wash station that is centrally located between the two furnaces. They are then raised and lowered by a series of pneumatic cylinders into the wash tank. There is an independent operator station for each furnace. Multiple programs are entered for different cycles. The operator station holds all of the interface components necessary to run the furnace. The power panel is centralized to help save space. The DRQ2436 is ideal for high-production facilities as well as smaller operations where processing aluminum parts to very specific aerospace regulations is required. Options include a variety of control and recorder configurations. A three-day, all-inclusive startup service is included with each system within the continental US and Canada. International startup and training service is available by factory quote. The furnace has been surveyed and is capable of ±10F/5.5C at various temperatures up to 1,100F/530C throughout the work envelope of 24” wide by 24” high by 36” deep. Other sizes are available. If precise temperature control and uniformity is a key to your process, then L&L’s DRQ series is a great choice." April 7/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. Last week, April 1st we had a news item about Kowalski Heat Treat in Cleveland, Ohio installing the largest Ion Nitrider in the world-this news item was of course our April Fools Day joke. While Kowalski does indeed have several Ion Nitriding units they certainly do not have one the size that we mentioned. "SECO/WARWICK Corporation announced the appointment of Doug Glenn, as the North American Director of Sales and Marketing. Jonathan Markley, SECO/WARWICK Corp. Managing Director stated, “Doug will head the company’s sales and marketing network for the North American markets.  As the most fully integrated furnace manufacturer in the world, we provide customer access to a wide range of heat treatment resources, including technology, engineering expertise and equipment manufacturing – Doug’s industry experience and proven leadership will help us to provide seamless customer service. ” Doug was the publisher of Industrial Heating magazine for 20 years, (1994-2014). During that time he served on the board of directors of both the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) serving a year as president of the latter. In addition to being one of two founders of Furnaces North America (1996), Doug and his capable staff at Industrial Heating started Chinese and Brazilian editions of Industrial Heating, as well as created FORGE magazine, one of the forging industry’s leading trade publication. Mr. Glenn also founded the Industrial Heating’s Economic Indicators that serve as the industry’s only industry-specific economic indicators".

Harry Hall/Solar. "Solar Atmospheres and Solar Manufacturing announce that Harry Hall will assume the role of a sales representative focusing on the vacuum processing markets of Canada.  Harry is no stranger to the heat treating industry.  In 1989, Harry founded Aberfoyle Metal Treaters Ltd. in Guelph, Ontario.  He established a specialized business consisting of large-scale heat treating for heavy industry including steel mills, nuclear power, hydro-electric, petrochemical and large machine shops.  In recent years, his company heat treated and thermally straightened large complex composite tools for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350. His new venture of sales and consulting for the heat treating industry will be named H.G. Hall Inter-Connect, Inc. Harry has participated in many trade and business associations over many years. He is a long standing board member of Metal Treating Institute (MTI), serving as president in 2002, and was recognized as Master Craftsman Heat Treater of the Year for North America.  In 2011, he received the Heritage Award, the most prestigious award from MTI.  In 2009, he was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.  He also served on the board of directors for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME Ontario) from 2009-2015.  Spuncast Incorporated, an employee-owned company located in Watertown, Wisconsin has announced the promotion of Kyle Reading to company president. Reading succeeds Don Payne, who will remain as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reading joined the company in 2003 as controller and has been the vice president of finance/CFO since 2007. Founded in 1976 Spuncast  is a centrifugal foundry with heat treat and machining capabilities supplying OEM's in the mining, energy, glass, steel, heat treat, oil and gas industries". "CEC has received a purchase order for a four-zone natural gas-fired chain conveyor solution furnace for the T4 treatment of high pressure die castings to be installed in a casting facility in Mexico. The parts to be heat treated are automobile shock towers. This system includes a solution furnace, air quench, age oven, cool unit and four load/unload gantry cranes, and will process the castings at a rate of 90 castings per hour". Speaking of new orders furnace manufacturer AFC-Holcroft in Wixom, Michigan has got a bunch of almost completed furnaces on the floor including a couple of large batch IQ furnaces, a chain style furnace and a large mesh belt austempering lines. In one of the photos we see Mr. Ron Graham who has been in the furnace business for quite some time.

Fisher Barton, Fountain Inn, SC. "Employees at the Fisher Barton plant in Fountain Inn make 40,000 lawnmower blades a day. The blades go into lawnmowers sold around the world under major brand names, or they’re shipped to distributors of replacement parts. Representatives of one of the lawnmower brands, John Deere, traveled to the plant Monday to recognize the 125 employees with a special honor – direct material Supplier of the Year for John Deere’s Agriculture & Turf Division". We mention Fisher Barton today because the company overall is probably one of the larger captive heat treaters when it comes to austempering with many or all of their 9 plants having an in house heat treating department. Going way back to 2008 this location installed an Ajax 2700 pound/hour austemper line. Unfortunately this plant was also the scene of a very tragic accident back in 2011 involving one of the austempering furnaces. We would like to draw your attention to our newest advertiser South-Tek Systems whose banner ad can be found on the left side of this page. South-Tek offers a very slick nitrogen system for generating Nitrogen on site. Further up we referenced the fact that industry suppliers seem to be staying quite busy these days and this is not limited to just furnace builders. Last week we visited Induction heating supplier Interpower in Michigan who seem to be booming along these days. The company is probably the third largest supplier of Induction heating systems in North America and has several plants around the US all of which are busy. We see the President and founder of the company Mr. Gary Gariglio in the photos below.

To round things out we will also throw in a picture of commercial heat treater East Lind Heat Treat in Madison Heights, MI. East Lind is a good sized operation who has batch IQ and vacuum heat treating as well as a large salt department. The President of the company Mr. Bob Easterbrook can be seen in the center of the photo. April 6/2015

United Process Controls Press Release. "United Process Controls in association with SMA Systems is hosting a half-day training seminar on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Noblesville-Indianapolis, IN. The seminar is designed for metallurgists, engineers, and technical staff with interest in best practices for troubleshooting atmosphere-related problems encountered in carburizing. Discussion will cover the most common operational failures along with recommended solutions. After the seminar, participants will enjoy a lunch and then proceed to the Indiana Gun Club to shoot a couple of rounds of skeet. Learn more at http://www.group-upc.com/Current_News/Seminar2015IN/Seminar.htm." April 6/2015

Easter Good Friday Holiday. The offices of WG Montgomery Ltd., will be closed on Friday April 4th due to the "Good Friday Holiday" with no news updates until Monday April 6th when we will have our regular Monday Morning Briefing. April 3/2015

Bluewater Thermal Solutions/Saginaw, Michigan. Commercial heat treater Bluewater Thermal is one of the largest in North America and it you go back a couple of days you will find an interview with the President Mr. Jeff Hemmer. We had the chance this week to visit a Bluewater facility that we have never seen before a location in Saginaw, Michigan. A very clean, well organized and rather unique plant in that it has a grand total of one furnace-a monster unit over 200’ long designed to process aluminum parts. Built in 2004 this facility can process any type of aluminum parts including engine blocks, suspension components, wheels and drive train components. The General Manager is a very enthusiastic fellow by the name of Bob North who quite obviously delights in what he does. During our visit he pointed out with great pride the completely automated cell which checks every single part processed, the fact that every single furnace component has a spare in stock and the incredible cleanliness. It is always a joy to see somebody who shows such pride in their work and who so obviously enjoys his job. A very interesting heat treat facility all in all. April 2/2015

Accurate Steel Treating/Southgate CA. Out in California commercial heat treater Accurate Steel Treating has hired a couple of new people. Long time heat treater Chris Hall has just started as General Manager with the plan being that over a period of time he will replace the current GM, Mike Bastian who would like to slow down a bit. Also we see that Mr. Krishna Cherukuri will be joining Accurate Ion (an associated company that offers Ion Nitriding) as a Metallurgist. Accurate is a larger than average commercial heat treater who offers vacuum heat treating, gas and Ion nitriding, carburizing and a number of other processes. April 1/2015

Timet Furnace Explosion/Morgantown, PA. This is a very upsetting story. Some reports says this was due to a build up of hydrogen but this we can’t comment on. April 1/2015

"An explosion inside of an industrial plant in Berks County kills one man and injured three others. It happened around 11 p.m. Friday night at the Timet industrial plant in Caernarvon Township, PA. "Our whole house shook," neighbor, Melissa McGeady said. "I was afraid something in my house had exploded." The explosion inside of the Timet industrial plant on 900 Hemlock Road killed 27-year-old Jacob J. Lopez. It also injured three others, who were taken to local hospitals. Crews were on scene until 4 am Saturday morning. The company manufactures titanium for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. Officials have not said what caused the blast, but a statement was released by the Timet company reads in-part: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of an employee and the injury of several others, and our thoughts are with them and their families." "Our first focus is to ensure the safety of employees and support the affected families,” said Titanium Metals Corporation President, Jim Pieron. This isn't the first incident for Timet. Back in 2013, an industrial fire broke out causing over $3 million dollars in damage. No one was injured in that fire. The plant in Morgantown employs more than 430 people. Officials say the explosion is still under investigation".







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