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Seco/Warwick News Release. "AISIN Light Metals increases plant capabilities with the addition of a Traveling Log Homogenizing Furnace. AISIN Light Metals is increasing their plant capabilities as part of an expansion project. The addition of a travelling homogenizing furnace as part of their green field project in Marion, IL will help to provide more capacity to produce lightweight aluminum products to the automotive industry.  The custom designed furnace has the capability to homogenize a wide variety of aluminum logs to meet changing production specifications, with consistent quality and equipment reliability. 

About AISIN Light Metals; Aisin Light Metals, LLC (ALM) which recently celebrated 10 years of operation in the United States was the second of the three Aisin plants located in the Aisin Industrial Park in Marion, IL.  ALM along with their sister company Aisin Keikinzoku (AK) provide aluminum solutions to the automotive industry worldwide and are members of the Aisin Group family of manufacturers. Aisin Group is a global organization that is celebrating 50 years of quality & excellence in the automotive industry this year.  Learn more about ALM and Aisin Group at aisinillin ois.com and aisinworld.com.

About Log Homogenizing Furnaces; SECO/WARWICK manufactures custom engineered aluminum log and billet homogenizing furnaces for most process applications. Equipment designs include batch types (both car and tray designs), traveling styles and continuous styles, complete with material handling systems and load cooling equipment. Unique reversing airflow designs and temperature control systems produce fast heating rates with close temperature uniformity throughout the entire load.

SECO/WARWICK Corp. is a proud member of the SECO/WARWICK Group; The SECO/WARWICK Group provides industrial metal heat treatment furnaces used in a variety of processes for material finishing and component manufacturing applications.  We supply furnaces to customers involved with steel, titanium and aluminium production as well as aluminium recycling, forging, automotive, aerospace, commercial heat treating, HVAC/R, electronics, wind energy, medical equipment and nuclear industries. The globally integrated organization includes the manufacturing sites SECO/WARWICK Corp. (USA), Retech Systems LLC (USA), SECO/WARWICK S.A. (Poland), SECO WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd. (India), SECO/WARWICK RETECH Thermal Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (China) and SECO/WARWICK do Brasil ltda (Brazil). Sales and service offices in Russia, Belarus and Germany complete the customer care network."

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; McLaughlin Services LLC in Indiana is looking for an Electrician and a Maintenance Technician, Metals Technology Corporation is in need of an Industrial Electrician as well as an Industrial Maintenance Technician and a Heat Treat Operator is wanted for a captive heat treater. July 28/2015

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.

Super Systems

Bodycote Press Release. MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, continues to advance in the area of specialist technologies by investing significantly in new S3P (Specialty Stainless Steel Processes) facilities. In response to exponentially growing customer demand, the company’s S3P subdivision recently opened a new Greenfield facility in France and completed another round of expansion in its Ohio, North America site. Further to the company’s expansion program, another Greenfield plant in the centre of Germany will open in 2016.   

Stainless steel applications present specific technical challenges to the engineer. Bodycote’s S3P technologies are proven solutions dedicated to the treatment of stainless steel, nickel-based and cobalt chromium alloys (including martensitic and precipitation hardened stainless steel materials) to improve resistance against surface wear such as galling, cavitation erosion and abrasive wear. Bodycote’s S3P processes are a unique proven solution for a challenging problem – galling is a huge issue with stainless steel. Essentially, S3P makes stainless steel fit for purpose. It offers customers a significant competitive advantage.

Many surface treatments, when applied to stainless steel, will negatively affect the metal’s inherent corrosion resistance. Uniquely, Bodycote’s S³P process imparts increased mechanical and wear properties without adversely affecting corrosion resistance, presenting engineering benefits for industries such as medical /pharmaceutical, automotive and chemical engineering.

About Bodycote; With more than 190 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.

For further information, please contact: Tel: +44 (0)1625 505300 | Email: info@bodycote.com" July 28/2015

Josh Parslow/Sinterite. "Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Josh Parslow as Sales Engineer. Since earning his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Josh has worked in the powder metal industry, gaining knowledge and real world experience at all levels of the manufacturing process. His working knowledge of lean manufacturing and process improvement has afforded Josh useful insights to serve Sinterite’s growing customer base. Sinterite is proud to welcome Josh to the team. Sinterite designs, manufactures and services custom continuous belt and batch furnaces for sintering, brazing, annealing, steam treating, drying and heat treating applications. Sinterite’s quality design includes alloy and ceramic muffles, powder-handling equipment, custom fabrications, and the exclusively-manufactured HyperCooler, sinter-hardening system. Sinterite is located in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. For more information on how Sinterite can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, contact Josh Parslow at (814) 771-7109 or jparslow@gasbarre.com. You can also visit our websites at www.Sinterite.com and www.GasbarreFurnaceGroup.com for additional information." July 28/2015

Qual-Fab

North American Vacuum Furnace Market. Last week we had a news item about the size of the vacuum furnace market in North America. As a result of that news item we have these comments from Mr. Bill Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres Manufacturing one of the larger vacuum furnace builders in North America. July 27/2015

"Reference North American vacuum furnace market. We have estimated the current market at $200 million per year split over 20 manufactures. If you assume an average sale price of $500 thousand per furnace this places the annual build rate at 400 per year, considerably above your projection of 150. There is a great spread in the individual furnace sale price, some as low as $200 thousand, and some at nearly $5 million, so it is hard to state the exact number per year. For many years the market has been a buyer’s market with sharp competition between manufacturers. Why we cannot achieve higher margin $’s for a complex high technology product is hard to explain to owners / investors who point to other high technology business and ask “why can’t you do better”. Part of the answer is purchasing managers and the intense bidding practice for high $ product. For our company we refuse to get into reverse auction bids."  William R. Jones, CEO, Solar Atmospheres Manufacturing, Inc.        

Tenaxol

Used Equipment Available. Our list of the best priced used furnace equipment in the industry keep changing. All of these listings are very new; there's a Pacific Scientific Rotary Retort Furnace, an Ipsen Vacuum Temper furnace in great shape, a multi-bottle 6,000 CFH Surface Combustion Endo Generator, a very large Sunbeam Mesh Belt temper and a big SBS Quench Oil Cooler. 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 July 27/2015

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Ohio Metallurgical/Elyria, Ohio. Family owned commercial heat treater Ohio Metallurgical in Elyria, Ohio, USA is growing again with a 12,000 square foot addition and some more furnaces. John Gaydosh, president of Ohio Metallurgical said the company has been in Elyria since 1947 with no plans to leave. With 80 employees Ohio Metallurgical is a very good sized commercial operation and far larger than the average which we would estimate at roughly 25 employees in North America. July 27/2015

Greg Salazar press release. MARKHAM, ONT — The heat-treating industry has the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced trainers in the industry. Greg Salazar, President of Salazar Industrial Training has been training trades personnel for 18 years throughout North America. Customers benefit from the knowledge the accredited and TSSA certified instructor has shared with over 2300 clients within their own facilities. The next seminar will be available to all industry members and staff on Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST at the Southfield Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield, Michigan. Norm McDonald III, Heat Treat Specialist with Dokka Fasteners USA says, “Combustion safety expert, Greg Salazar, provided an excellent, eye opening training about the seriousness of combustion safety. Greg took time to point out many different areas that we were lacking the appropriate safety requirements for the heat treat industry. We now have a better understanding of the general operating functions of our many different types of combustion equipment. I recommend Salazar Combustion Safety Training to anyone who has combustion applications at their facilities.”

At a typical training session, each client will learn how to improve equipment reliability, preventative maintenance procedures, implement operational procedures, fuel economy, and most importantly the safety of each and every employee working within the industry. The prevention of such dangers as fuel related fires, explosions and bringing awareness of potential hazards would be the main focus of these informative sessions. Mr. Salazar has been consistently informing electricians, pipe fitters, millwrights and department managers for companies like, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Dofasco Steel, Ontario Power Generation, Dokka Fasteners, Linamar Gear and the City of Toronto discussing topics such as, fundamentals of combustion, valve trains, flame safeguard controls and fire and explosion prevention. greg@salazarindustrialtraining.com July 27/2015

ALD-Dynatech Furnaces Ltd Press Release. "ALD-Dynatech will be moving to new a location that will double the current manufacturing space.   The large assembly area will allow ALD-Dynatech to manufacture 8 to 12 single chamber furnaces at the same time.     The facility is equipped with cranes that have a capacity of up to 35 tons and the workshop is designed to handle constructing even the largest vacuum systems. The official document was signed and finger stamped by Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director and CEO of ALD-Dynatech Furnaces.    The grand opening of the new facility is planned for the fall of this year.   According to Kowalewski, the new facility will allow ALD-Dynatech to expand its production capability and better serve Indian and international customers' growing demand for single and double chamber furnaces. 

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." July 27/2015

Bluewater

Vacuum Furnace Sales. So how many vacuum furnaces are actually built and sold in any given year? Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director of ALD-Dynatech is going to tell us. Now if you extrapolate from Janusz's figures you get roughly (very roughly) 150 vacuum furnaces a year sold in the US. Sound right? Probably not but a bit of a starting point. July 24/2015

"Around 500 to 525 single chamber vacuum furnaces are manufactured annually worldwide.   Approximately 15 multi-chamber systems are sold annually with ±90 chambers, plus 35 custom-made vacuum chambers, such as double chambers and special purpose furnaces. Most, if not all, vacuum furnaces are manufactured in these 12 countries: China, U.S., Germany, France, Japan, Poland, India, Italy, the U.K. Turkey, Taiwan and Canada.   Some of the largest vacuum furnace builders are ALD Group-Germany, Ipsen-Germany/USA, IHI-Japan, Chugai Ro-Japan, ECM-France, Seco/Warwick-Poland, GM-USA, Tenova Group –Italy/France/Germany, Fendong-China, SIMUWU-China, Beijing Hua, - China, Solar Mfg.-USA, Centorr-US, and Vac Aero-Canada.   For the full list, please go to Furnace Manufacturers page on this Global Heat Treatment Network website. The table below describes the 30 biggest manufacturing countries with the most attractive markets for vacuum furnaces".

Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic Press Release. With this press release we see that Kary Peterson, formerly of BeaverMatic is now Sales Manager of Premier Furnace of Michigan.

"Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic is pleased to announce the hiring of Kary Peterson as Sales Manager. Kary holds a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has over 30 years of sales experience, which includes applications engineering and product management, with excellent heat processing equipment design and product knowledge. Kary’s father (Mark Peterson P.E. 1931 – 2013) was his mentor. Kary and Kathy, his wife of 35 years, have 2 children and reside in Rockford, Illinois. Kary will support Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic sales effort with his broad range of professional and practical experience. Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic is proud to announce Kary Peterson as an employee and fellow team member.

Located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic has manufactured a full line of heat treating equipment for a combined 65 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The equipment includes both batch and continuous systems and specializes in Integral Quench (IQ), Tip Up, Box and Car Bottom Furnaces,  Brazing/Annealing Furnaces and Spray and Dunk Washers as well as a full line of replacement parts and auxiliary equipment, including atmosphere generators, quench tanks and charge cars. For more information on how Premier Furnace/BeaverMatic can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, please contact Kary Peterson at 248-596-9000 Ext. 237 or email: karypeterson@premierfurnace.com. You can also visit our website: www.premierfurnace.com" July 23/2015

Custom Electric

European Used Equipment Available. 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 July 23/2015

A few examples include:

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Marco Moser/Safe Cronite. Safe Cronite is one of the larger suppliers of high temperature components for thermal processing and has several locations around the world (their banner ad can be found at the top of this page). The face of the company at least at most of the North American heat treat shows has for some time been the Vice President of Sales, Mr. Marco Moser. Unfortunately things change and just a week ago Marco parted ways with the company. July 22/2015

SpaceX Rocket Explosion. Three weeks ago, on its seventh scheduled launch to resupply the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket inexplicably burst into flames less than three minutes into its flight. Today it was announced that an “initial assessment suggested that a broken strut—a two-foot-long piece of steel, an inch wide at its thickest point—was responsible for the rocket’s explosion" (a quick Internet search will give you all the details). According to news reports: "By design, the faulty strut should have been able to take 10,000 pounds of force—well above the 3,500 pounds that the struts actually experience during a launch. But after screening “some enormous number” of them, SpaceX found that some could only withstand 2,000 pounds. The struts were made by an outside supplier". We mention this because it was suggested to us that this could possibly be the result of a heat treating error. We are not going to speculate but certainly it emphasizes what only heat treaters know-heat treating is a crucial part of the manufacturing process although to most people it is a foreign term. On a final note SpaceX does some vacuum heat treating in house but a fairly small amount. July 22/2015

ATP

J.L. Becker Company/Keith Lloyd. Well Keith is a long time rep in Houston who works closely with Mr. Marty Benegalia another long time rep in Texas.

"J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Lloyd as Sales Representative for the Southern United States, including the States of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with 32 years of experience in the metallurgical and heat processing equipment industry. He began his career in 1983 selling metallurgical and failure analysis equipment. Then, in 2000, he started his own company, Southern Star Systems, in Houston, TX, where he serves as a consultant and manufacturer’s representative of thermal processing equipment and metallography equipment and supplies. As it continues to expand its sales force, J.L. Becker Co. is excited to welcome this well-established individual and plans to continue this growth with experienced and knowledgeable personnel. Located in Plymouth, MI, J. L. Becker has manufactured industrial heat treating equipment for over 40 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The company custom designs and manufactures heat-treating equipment for the specific needs of our customers. 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 Keith Lloyd at (713) 253-3474 or klloyd@airmail.net. You can also visit www.jlbecker.com." July 21/2015

Eurotherm

PhoenixTM LLC Press Release. "PhoenixTM LLC. has received an order from a major Detroit based auto manufacturer for a “hot box” system for carrying out furnace surveys to AMS2750E in a multi chamber low pressure carburizing furnace. The hardware of the system will be a ‘Hot Box’ thermal barrier which has been engineered to occupy less than one third of the volume of the product basket maximizing the accuracy of the survey, and quench deflectors allowing product profiling through the gas quench. The thermal barrier protects the 20 channel data logger from the heat of the furnace. A 20 channel logger was chosen to cover the 9 point surveys plus additional thermocouple channels for product profiling. The data logger will also be equipped with RF telemetry so surveys can be managed from outside the furnace. The PhoenixTM ‘Thermal View Survey’ software, which is fully compliant to AMS2750E, completes the package. For more information visit www.phoenixtm.com or email info@phoenixtm.com"  July 21/2015

Manuel Granillo/Bodycote. We regret to say that Mr. Manuel Granillo a long time Bodycote employee and most recently General Manager of the Bodycote Romandale facility in Santa Fe Springs, CA recently passed away. We understand that Manuel was a good guy (in the words of at least 2 co employees) and that he was a good golfer who passed away at a relatively young age from cancer. July 21/2015

Corner Stone

BeaverMatic. Recently we had a news item about a former employee of furnace builder BeaverMatic in which we referred to the company as “defunct”. It was pointed out to us that this is incorrect and that BeaverMatic is alive and manufacturing furnaces and spare parts after the intellectual property of the company was purchased by Premier Furnace Specialists of Farmington Hills, Michigan earlier this year. July 20/2015

Crio

VAC AERO International Inc. Press Release. "Burlington, Ontario, July 20, 2015 - VAC AERO has sold a VAV6648 HV-2 vertical vacuum furnace to an international airline company. The furnace is designed to have rapid heating rates while maintaining tight uniformity at high vacuum levels. The furnace features a 66” diameter x 48” high hot zone using metal elements in a graphite hot zone and a heavy duty hearth designed to support a uniformly distributed load of 4400 lbs. The furnace, which is capable of meeting applicable AMS 2750E requirements, is also equipped with VAC AERO’s advanced Honeywell HC900 interactive hybrid control package with SCADA and complete network integration capabilities and remote monitoring and control. VAC AERO’s 50-plus years of experience operating its own heat treating facilities allows them to provide turnkey solutions to customers such as technology transfers as well as training, hands-on instruction and collaboration.

About VAC AERO International Inc. Founded in 1959, VAC AERO International designs and builds vacuum heat treating furnace systems and controls for aerospace and high-tech industries worldwide in its Burlington, Ontario-based facility. VAC AERO also operates seven production plants worldwide that provide vacuum heat treating, carburizing and brazing services as well as thermal and paint coating services; three in Oakville, Ontario, two in Montreal, Quebec as well as two in Kalisz and Rzeszow Poland. More information can also be found at: www.vacaero.com" July 20/2015

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Ipsen Press Release. "Ipsen recently installed a TITAN® V6 thermal processing vacuum system at a company’s facility in South Korea, where it will be used to process production tools for the Petrochemical industry. Easily fitting into a single 40-foot shipping container, this standard vacuum furnace was able to traverse the globe with ease, thus helping maintain cost-effective delivery. This vertical, bottom-loading furnace utilizes 2-bar gas quenching and features a 60” x 60” (1,525 mm x 1,525 mm) graphite hot zone with a 3,000-pound (1,350 kg) load capacity. It is also equipped with a 35-inch diffusion pump and Ipsen’s VacuProf ® control system. The company also took a proactive approach to maintenance, ordering one of Ipsen’s many spare parts kits, which consist of consumable and preventative maintenance items to help ensure equipment uptime and keep the furnace running smoothly. Ipsen’s TITAN® vacuum furnaces can be found at facilities around the world, thanks to their ability to operate in most languages and meet global industry standards, as well as offer various sizes and configurations, all within a small footprint. In addition, Ipsen supports customers’ diverse needs through all stages of the furnace’s life cycle, no matter the location; whether it is facilitating on-site installation, providing expert training and start-up assistance or delivering responsive field support and spare parts. To learn more about the Ipsen TITAN vacuum furnace, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN." July 20/2015

Sinterite Press Release. "Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the recent installation of a 12-zone Continuous Belt Humpback Brazing Furnace, the third furnace supplied to the customer by Gasbarre Furnace Group in the past three years. This newest furnace is a humpback muffle-channel heating chamber design that includes a Sinterite HyperCooler rapid cooling system and 100% hydrogen atmosphere system. The furnace is utilized for continuous copper brazing of stainless steel materials, and the rapid cooling capability of the HyperCooler provides for desensitization and control of copper braze flow arresting in the 304 stainless steel component assemblies. The furnace is equipped with 24” mesh belt conveyor system, 1-zone inclined entrance section, 4-zone two chamber heating section (2100oF/1149oC capability), 7-zone exit cooling system, multiple zone atmosphere control system and HMI control system.

In addition, the project included installation of a second HyperCooler system, retrofitted to an existing furnace, also to reduce sensitization of brazed 304 stainless steel. Sinterite designs, manufactures and services custom continuous belt and batch furnaces for sintering, brazing, annealing, steam treating, drying and heat treating applications. The installed base of equipment is in excess of 1,300 units in more than 47 countries. Sinterite’s quality design includes alloy and ceramic muffle systems, powder-handling equipment, custom fabrications, and the exclusively-manufactured HyperCooler sinter-hardening and rapid cooling system. The Sinterite manufacturing facility is located in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. For more information on how Sinterite can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment today, contact Bill Gasbarre at 814.590.6282 or bgasbarre@gasbarre.com. Visit our websites at www.sinterite.com or www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com for additional information." July 20/2015

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Friday July 10th/2015. In the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere we at WG Montgomery Ltd., are closing for a week for a summer break which means no news updates until Monday July 20th. Best regards, Gord July 10/2015

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SECO/WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd. Press Release. "SECO/WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd., India commissioned the installation of Hydrogen Bell Type Annealing Furnace (H2HiCTM) comprising of 2 annealing bases for cold rolled strip coils at Ahmedabad Strips Pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad, India. ASPL is a repeat customer, operating a Bell furnace previously supplied by SECO/WARWICK Allied (India).  With this new installation, the company expanded their production capacity entering into the elite league of cold rolled steel strip producers with a Hydrogen Bell Annealing facility in India. This furnace installation supplied is rated for a batch capacity of approx. 80 MT, equipped with pulse firing type control of combustion system for better fuel efficiency and close temperature control and advanced instrumentation platform. Natural gas is being used as fuel.  Click here to learn more about industrial furnaces for steel 

About Ahmedabad Strips Pvt. LtdAA; Ahmedabad Strips Pvt. Ltd. (ASPL) is an ISO 9001:2000 company manufacturing hot rolled & cold rolled carbon steel products as well as providing various processing services like pickling, cold reduction, annealing, skin passing, slitting & shearing  to many companies. ASPL is supplying to TS 16949 & ISO 9001 companies in India as well as abroad." July 10/2015

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Pyradia. In St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada we see that oven and furnace builder Pyradia is now in a new building having moved from Longueuil roughly a year ago. Pyradia http://www.pyradia.com/en/index.html Pyradia was started back in the 1970’s and since that time has shown very impressive growth so much so that the new 40,000 square foot building was required for new projects. While Pyradia is well known for  their ovens and lower temperate thermal systems, their relationship with Swiss  furnace builder Codere has given the company the chance to become more involved in higher temperature applications. These photos should give you an idea about what the new location means. July 9/2015

Jordan Montgomery, Alex Gorton

Patrick Weymer/J. L. Becker Company. Now this is a lesson in why you should always be nice to everybody in the heat treat industry-basically because you never know when a competitor will become your next employer. Patrick worked for BeaverMatic Furnaces until the company's intellectual property was sold to Premier Furnace of Michigan. Now Patrick is working at the JL Becker Company who up until recently would have been a strong competitor. Anyway we mentioned this story some time ago but this is the official press release. July 7/2015

"J. L. Becker Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Patrick Weymer as Sales & Applications Engineer. Patrick holds an M.B.A. Degree from Cardinal Stritch University and a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He has over 20 years of sales experience, which includes applications engineering and product management with excellent heat processing equipment design and process knowledge. Patrick was previously employed at BeaverMatic, Ipsen and Lindberg. Patrick and Jean, his wife of 19 years, have 3 children and reside near Rockford, Illinois. Patrick will support J.L. Becker’s sales efforts with his broad range of professional and practical experience. He will be the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. In addition, he will support sales efforts in the Southeastern, Southern, and Northwestern United States. J.L. Becker is proud to announce him as an employee and fellow team member.

Located in Plymouth, MI, J. L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has manufactured a full line of industrial heat treating equipment for over 40 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The equipment includes both batch and continuous systems and specializes in Integral Quench (IQ), Tip Up, Box and Car Bottom Furnaces, as well as a full line of replacement parts and auxiliary equipment, including atmosphere generators, quench tanks and charge cars. For more information on how J.L. Becker can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, contact Patrick Weymer at (815) 721-6467 or email at pweymer@jlbecker.com. You can also visit our websites at www.jlbecker.com and www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com."

ACE Furnaces Pvt. Inc. Furnace Manufacturer ACE Furnaces of India certainly seems to like their press releases (which we have always thought was an effective and cost effective way of advertising by the way). Anyway this is what ACE has to tell us today about new furnace orders in India. To start off the company recently received an order from Vidhyut Steel Tubes Industries for a conversion of their existing electrical-heated Roller Hearth Furnace into single-ended gas-fired system. Other orders include an order from  Vardhman Group of Industries for rebuilding  a walking beam  furnace and a rebuild of an existing Rotary Hearth Furnace imported from Germany for Bebitz Group of Industries. Also included in new orders is modification of a roller heart hearth furnace at Tube Investment Group and an order from Kuwait Pipe for Curing Ovens.

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off with a little people news. First off you can escape from the heat treating industry (although it is unusual). Al Hutwagner has spent 29 years in the industry with companies such as Bluewater Thermal and more recently Aremac Heat Treating Inc., however he recently left to become Senior Corporate Quality Systems Leader for bearings supplier JTEKT North America in Greenville, SC. He will be missed. Marcio Torres Boragini for quite some time was Metallurgist for commercial heat treater Maxitrate in Brazil (also a small shareholder by the way). Due to some changes in the company (more on that later) Marcio parted ways with Maxitrate and is now selling full time for Atmosphere Engineering of Milwaukee, USA in the Brazilian market. Joan Killingsworth who spent a number of years with vacuum furnace manufacturer Centorr Vacuum Industries in NH recently left the company.  We didn’t realize that Josh Longenette was no longer with commercial heat treater Bodycote. Josh started in the industry at a young age and spent a number of years at the Bodycote location in Santa Fe Springs most recently as GM. However is sounds as though he moved just a few months ago to the Exova Group in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

This past Friday we had rather shocking news that commercial heat treater Bodycote was exiting the Brazilian market and the reason stated was the very poor business conditions in the country. Well they are certainly not alone. One of the largest commercial heat treaters in the country is Maxitrate and they recently made a number of changes. There are now only two remaining plants Araraquara and Ipiranga and one of the co owners Mr. Wagner Ribas parted ways with the company and now owns a much smaller location by the name of Indução & Tratamento Térmico Eireli in Osasco, Brazil. So how are we doing in North America these days? According to the Metal Treating Institute of Florida http://www.heattreat.net/home  things are down a bit. “The MTI index of billings for the first quarter of 2015 totaled 352.4 (index number based on 2007 = 1200) compared to the fourth quarter total of 386.0. When adjusted for seasonal variations* this is a loss of 6.1%. The first quarter was 4.1% above the year-ago first quarter and the 12-month total was 5.9% above the previous 12 months. This will be the current cyclical high for the yr/yr growth curve. *We base seasonality variations on the annual share per quarter over a span of years, currently from 2008-2014. For MTI, calculations lead us to expect 24.4% of billings in the 1st quarter, then 25.3%, 25.2%, and 25.1%”.

Furnace rebuilder Graphite Furnace Systems of Gardner, Mass., shipped and installed a rebuilt vacuum furnace to an aerospace manufacturer located in the southern U.S. The furnace will add to the company’s existing capacity and support continued operations for engine manufacture. The rebuilt furnace included a new vessel and hot zone, rebuilt pumps and valves along with a new PLC-based control system with a web server built in. It also includes remote diagnostic capability. Commercial heat treat Accuphase in Dayton, Ohio is celebrating their 8th year in business. I have to say I am impressed by somebody like Randy Benson, the owner who started off on a shoestring and a lot of 18 hour days and had turned this into a small but impressive and profitable operation. From Switzerland we have this press release from furnace builder Solo. "It’s a major company milestone for SOLO Swiss SA: 70 years of leadership in the market of Industrial Furnace manufacturing but also 70 years of innovation and industrial challenges, 70 years to acquire unique expertise, international development and 70 years of partnerships. Founded by Mr. Spérisen and Mr. Käsermann in 1945, it still is a family business, managed by the third generation.  SOLO Swiss offers atmosphere furnaces, batch furnaces, and continuous furnaces used in variety of heat treatment processes. SOLO Swiss has sold over 10’000 furnaces around the world covering many industrial areas, counting many renowned names amongst its clients".

And to round things out we have this photo from a good friend, Mr. Bob Grammer of Grammer Vacuum Technologies in Idaho, USA. Bob has for years been supplying molybdenum products and over the past few years supplying more and more fabricated moly fixtures. The one in this photo is one of the larger he has provided with overall dimensions of 65" wide X 87" long X 49.5" high with 3 layers and a net product load weight of 8,000 pounds total. All we can tell you about the end user is that it is a major aerospace supplier. July 6/2015

BODYCOTE PLANS TO EXIT BRAZIL MACCLESFIELD (U.K.). Just a few short weeks ago as part of a Monday Morning Briefing we mentioned in passing how the heat treating market in Brazil was very depressed. This press release from commercial heat treating giant Bodycote who has several plants in the country tells you just how depressed the market is. We at "The Monty" had the chance a few years back to tour the Bodycote locations in Brazil and we were very impressed. It was obvious that the company had invested a great deal of time and money into their Brazilian locations but at the end of the day it is apparent that the Brazilian economy is not a healthy one. The photos further down show two of the soon to be closed plants. July 3/2015

"Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, announced its intention to exit all of its operations in Brazil on or before September 30, 2015 after more than 50 years serving customers in this territory. The difficult decision to exit operations was carefully considered and all alternatives were explored. The conclusion was that there was insufficient business volume to keep operations viable. Bodycote is assisting its customers in order to smoothly transition their heat treatment and PVD requirements to alternate suppliers. Bodycote recognizes its employees for their service and professionalism, and will be supporting them through this difficult time.

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, defense, 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 50 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com".

C.I. Hayes Press Release. "C.I. Hayes, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the recent installation of a Humpback Conveyor Belt Furnace for bright annealing of stainless steel materials. The furnace operates with hydrogen atmosphere at a low dewpoint (-60°F/-76°C range) and has a maximum operating temperature of 2,100°F (1,149°C). Located in Cranston, Rhode Island, C.I. Hayes designs, manufactures and services industrial vacuum and atmosphere furnaces while delivering custom solutions to the heat treating industry for 100 years. For more information on how C.I. Hayes can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment today, contact Matt Marzullo at 401.467.5200 or mmarzullo@cihayes.com. Visit our websites at www.cihayes.com and www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com for additional information." July 2/2015

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Press Release. Should we mention that Advanced more than any other company in North America is responsible for the fact that Ion (Plasma) Nitriding is a relatively "mainstream" form of heat treating in North America? Guess we did. Ion is still a tiny portion of the North American market but it is certainly respectable now. July 2/2015

"Advanced Heat Treat Corp has been selected for the 2015 Iowa Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI). Each year the USCTRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Iowa is renowned for. Advanced Heat Treat Corp has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USCTRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow. As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Iowa.

About USCTRI; The USCTRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally. Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership. More information on USCTRI can be found at www.usctri.org

About Advanced Heat Treat Corp; Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe.  Their UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more. Established in 1981, AHT is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like they are their first born, understanding when your customer needs their parts back ‘yesterday’ and the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today. More information on Advanced Heat Treat Corp. can be found at www.ahtweb.com"

ASM Detroit Heat Treat Show. We welcome our newest advertiser the American Society of Metals (ASM) who are promoting the upcoming show in Detroit, Michigan being held October 20-22nd 2015. This is the largest and best North American heat treat show of 2015 and while Detroit might not be everybody's first choice this should not be missed. If memory serves us correctly the last time this show was held in Detroit was 2007 and we dug out some photos from that show. July 1/2015

Gord Montgomery, Bob and Chip Keough.
While Bob is no longer with us his legacy certainly lives on in the form of furnace builder AFC-Holcroft and commercial heat treater Applied Process.

Clif Coleman of Mid South Metallurgical. At the time of this show Clif was brand new to the heat treating industry but he is a perfect example that working hard and having common sense will take you a long way as he now has a very successful commercial heat treating operation.

Thom Coughlin with Mark Podob of commercial heat treater Metlab.

 Lisa Hill of Ipsen. We don't believe that Lisa is with Ipsen any longer which is a shame.

ALD Dynatech Press Release. "ALD Dynatech has refurbished the hot zone of large high Vacuum Brazing furnaces along with the vacuum pumping system to increase the equipment's overall efficiency. The hot zone is shipped to an aerospace customer base in Hyderabad.  The Hot Zone has an effective 1600 mm (64”)ID and length of 2050 mm (82”), and is made from two solid graphite rolls with a curved CFC hot face that are packed against a stainless steel structure.  This new and advanced hot zone structure will help minimize heat loss.  Heating elements are made of MoLa material. In addition to the new hot zone, the existing vacuum system has been upgraded with a highly efficient high vacuum pumping system to work vacuum levels of 10-5 mbar range. 

 

With the new two-piece insulation and vacuum pumping system efficiency of the vacuum furnace will increase by 25% and shorten the cycle time by 15%.   ALD-Dynatech specializes in rebuilding hot zones for all major OEM for the worldwide market.     The average cost saving to the customer is between 30 to 40% from the original OEM price.  

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 100+ 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."  ALD-Dynatech Company is part of the Indian Government’s “Make in India – Affordable and Excellent” initiative. Visit our website for a great cost saving tips :  www.ald-dynatech.com" July 1/2015

Somebody Is In Trouble! We have no idea who the guilty party in this story is or even whether it is a captive or commercial heat treater but some heat treater made a real big mistake as you can read in this story. June 30/2015

"Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is telling owners of 65 new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos to immediately stop driving the vehicles and is recalling a total of 7,690 SUVs. The automaker said it is taking the unusual step of telling owners to stop driving the vehicles because suspension components were installed that were not correctly treated by a supplier for high temperatures. That condition could cause the component to break or could rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power. The other 7,625 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos have not been sold. They are either on dealer lots or are on their way to dealers. The automaker said a "supplier discovered a potential problem during an internal quality review. FCA US was alerted, launched an investigation to determine if any vehicles were affected and, out of an abundance of caution, halted vehicle shipments from its assembly plant."

 





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