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Heat Treat News

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

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


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

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Used Equipment Available. We have turned over a lot of used equipment recently and what you will see now in our list of used equipment available is quite a bit different than just a month ago, have a look and tell us what questions you have. Recent additions include two Surface Combustion Endo Generators, a Cryogenic Tank, brand new Pit Carburizing Fixtures, an AFC Charge Car, a Lindberg Batch IQ Line Complete, two Ipsen Vacuum Brazing Furnaces, a Despatch Continuous Oven, two Surface Combustion 36 X 72 X 36 1400F gas fired gas tempers, and a very nice Williams 5600 CFH Endo Generator. If you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we will try to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com September 2nd

A few examples include:

Bluewater

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Press Release. "WATERLOO, IA — Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) would like to announce the promotion of Jeff Thompson to the position of Vice President – Corporate Operations. Jeff has been an active and integral leader at AHT for more than 26 years and has most recently assumed the role of VP, Manufacturing at the Burton facility in Waterloo IA. In assuming his new duties as VP – Corporate Operations, Jeff will oversee operations at the four AHT locations located in Iowa, Alabama and Michigan. He will work closely with each of the plant leaders to ensure customer throughput, streamline processes, manage equipment/project launches and continue to coach/develop/praise current and future AHT leaders. “Jeff’s commitment to customer service and passion were key for this leadership position. We’re excited to have him spread his wealth of operational knowledge now across all four facilities.” Stated Mikel Woods, Sr. VP, Sales and Marketing. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe. Established in 1981, AHT has developed into a multi-service heat treat company that takes pride in fitting the ideal solution to any application.

AHT’s UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening (i.e. Quench & Temper), Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more services. The company’s unsurpassed customer service, high quality standards, prompt turnaround, commitment to research and development, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have led AHT to where it is today. To learn more about AHT’s capabilities, contact Mr. Mikel Woods (Sr. VP, Sales / Marketing) at 319-232-5221 or woodsm@ion-nitriding.com. Or visit AHT online at www.ahtweb.com." September 2nd

Corner Stone

Bodycote Press Release. "The Germany, Netherlands and the Alps (GNA) Division of Bodycote, today announced that it has acquired Menzing Warmtebehandeling BV in the Netherlands, located in Haaksbergen. The business was acquired from Michel Menzing.

Menzing Warmtebehandeling BV was founded in 1989 by brothers, Harrie and Johan Menzing and over the years has succeeded in building an enviable reputation as one of the finest independent heat treatment companies in the Netherlands.  Menzing is known for its outstanding customer service in the market.  The acquisition reflects the importance of the Dutch and Northern German markets to Bodycote. 

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The financial impact is not expected to be material to Bodycote plc. For further information, please contact: Peter Selbach, President, Automotive & General Industrial – Germany, Netherlands, Alps (AGI GNA), Tel. +49 211 73278 0, eMail peter.selbach@bodycote.com, Bodycote European Holdings GmbH Deutschland, Schiessstraße 68, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany

About Bodycote
With more than 190 locations in 26 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com."
September 2nd

Ipsen

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

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"G-M ENTERPRISES RECEIVES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ORDERFOR 6-VACUUM FURNACES. Suresh Jhawar, CEO of G-M ENTERPRISES is pleased to announce that G-M has been awarded a multi-million dollar order for six (6) G-M Model HVF 701-XXB (2-Bar) Vacuum Furnaces from a Leading US Company processing aerospace parts. These Furnaces have a Free Work Area of 48” Wide x 48” High x 72” Long with 4,500 Lbs. gross loading capacity. The Furnaces are equipped with GMVAC1 WONDERWARE based computer control system which provides exceptional process flexibility and the Furnaces are capable of achieving better than 10-5 Torr range vacuum level. Initially this customer has installed their two G-M HVF 401-XXB (2-Bar) Furnaces and has been extremely happy with their performance and G-M’s support. Business at this customer site has steadily increased and additional furnaces are needed for installation in their new facility which is under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.  These Furnaces are equipped with 200 HP Cooling Blower with over 4,000,000 BTUS/HR Heat Exchanger and a Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to provide controlled cooling. Hot zone construction is with all graphite insulation including heavy duty graphite hearth assembly and graphite heating elements in circular configuration." August 29/2014.

ATP

Pyradia Industrial Ovens Press Release. Oven and furnace builder Pyradia in Longueuil, Quebec sent us this interesting press release. To round it out we will be taking some photos of the company today and posting them on the website Monday-now how is that for up to date news reporting? August 29/2014.

Pyradia Industrial Ovens has received an order for a Drop Bottom Furnace from Steelville Manufacturing Co. of Steelville, MO. The 48”x48”x48” furnace will be used for heat treating aluminum aircraft parts for the Defense industry. The electric powered heat treating furnace designed in accordance with AMS 2750E Class I standards (+/-5°F temperature uniformity)and equipped with a water/PAG quench tank will operate between 300 and 1150°F. The commissioning in the unit in currently planned for January 2015. To learn more about aluminum solution heat treating furnaces we have available, please visit our website. Keep in touch with industry news and product development by following us on Linkedin (Pyradia) or Twitter (@Pyradia)”. 

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European Used Equipment Available. Surplus Heat Treating Equipment. For 16 years “The Monty” has been very successful at putting buyers and sellers of used heat treating equipment together and we now bring this model to Europe. If you have surplus heat treating equipment we would be very happy to help you find a buyer on a non-exclusive small commission basis. Please let us know what questions you have and we will be happy to answer them. If you are a buyer looking for a particular item please let us know and we should be able to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com August 29/2014.

A few examples include:

Wirco

"G-M Vacuum Furnace Installation at: Accurate Brazing, 4 Progress Drive, Manchester, CT 06042. Suresh Jhawar, CEO of G-M ENTERPRISES is pleased to announce that Accurate Brazing of Manchester, CT (An Aalberts Industries Company) just completed the installation of their third G-M Model HVF 401-B (2-Bar) Vacuum Furnace having a Free Work Area of 36” Wide x 36” High x 48” Long with 2,500 Lbs. gross loading capacity. The Furnace is equipped with GMVAC1 WONDERWARE based computer control system which provides exceptional process flexibility and the Furnace is capable of achieving better than 10-5 Torr range vacuum level. Initially Accurate Brazing installed their first two G-M HVF 401-B (2-Bar) Furnaces and have been extremely happy with their performance and G-M’s support. Business at Accurate Brazing has steadily increased and an additional furnace was needed. Accurate Brazing had a critical need of getting a Furnace delivered to them within 14-weeks and G-M actually delivered the Furnace in twelve weeks of time. Accurate Brazing is primarily engaged in providing quality services to the aerospace industries and G-M is very happy to be a part of their growth in meeting their critical needs in serving their customers." August 28/2014.

Vac Aero International/Montreal, Quebec. Vac Aero has a very strong presence in the commercial aerospace heat treating and coatings industry both in North America and Poland (this is in addition to their vacuum furnace building division based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada). We have in the past profiled the companies locations in Ontario but today we show you a photo of their location just outside of Montreal, Quebec. This facility has roughly 30 employees, numerous horizontal vacuum furnaces up to 6 bar and a few atmosphere furnaces. All of these are dedicated to the aerospace industry which accounts for 98% of their business. The photo below shows the first shift in front of one of the furnaces in this case a Vac Aero built 6 bar unit. August 28/2014.

Nitrex Metal Inc./30th Anniversary. While Nitrex Metal Inc. headquartered in St. Laurent, Quebec certainly didn't invent gas nitriding they are without a shadow of a doubt the company that turned it into a "mainstream" heat treating process. It's hard to believe but the company founded by Mr. Michel Korwin just turned 30. In honor of this occasion a large party was held August 15th to celebrate a party which we at "The Monty" unfortunately missed. However we felt it worthwhile to tour the St. Laurent facilities this week which with roughly 35 employees serves as the headquarters and R & D centre for the company (by the way globally Nitrex Metal Inc. has over 350 employees). The photo below shows from left to right; Gord Montgomery, Jordan Montgomery, Paul Oleszkiewicz, Paulo Abravtes, Jack Kalucki (who has been with the company for 30 years). Mireille Ellaya, Dimitri Koshez and Alex Dionne all standing in the R & D department. Also worth mentioning is that German controls company PE which is part of the UPC group of companies owned by Nitrex just celebrated their 40th anniversary. August 27/2014.

Let The Good Times Roll! These are the good times in the worldwide heat treating industry with virtualy all captive and commercial heat treaters booming along. There are quite a number of reasons why including the booming auto sector and here is one more reason-aerospace orders. August 27/2014.

"People ordered a ton of airplanes in July. In a note to clients, Brian Jones at Societe Generale said he expects durable goods orders rose 24.5% in July, up from 1.7% in June, and topping the current record high monthly percentage increase. The catalyst? Airplanes. Jones notes that Boeing reported a record 324 commercial aircraft were ordered in July, nearly three-times the 109 ordered in June, with the composition of these orders weighted towards the company's more expensive models. Boeing's orders totaled an estimated $98.3 billion, Jones estimates, and he expects the Census' durable goods report next week to show an increase in aircraft bookings that is about half that amount. Jones writes that, "While market participants have been trained to strip out the ever-volatile transport category when assessing a report, July’s projected moon shot, with its implications for future nondefense capital goods shipments, may indeed be too large to ignore." Here's the eye-popping chart that shows the projected increase in airplane sales".

Birth of a Heat Treat/Doksan Heat Treatment. We continue on with our series showing a commercial heat treat being built completely from scratch, the heat treat we are talking about is of course Doksan Heat Treatment in Ankara, Turkey (by the way it gives you an idea about how heat treating in Turkey is flourishing in that our second news item for today from AFC-Holcroft is also about Turkey). To date we have shown you an empty building, a photo of the owner, and several items including batch IQ furnaces, a vacuum and an endo generator arriving at the plant. Today we show you the facility as we saw it several months ago with furnaces installed and partial production. The one photo shows a bloodletting of a sheep which is an Islamic belief called “Kurban” which is believed to keep the evil eye at bay. August 26/2014.

Solo

AFC Press Release. "(August, 2014) A major international supplier of vehicle powertrains has purchased a stress relief furnace from AFC-Holcroft, for a manufacturing facility in located in Turkey. The equipment, a belt type recirculating nitrogen atmosphere stress relief furnace, is designed to stress relieve engine components. This new furnace is part of a complete manufacturing line, which includes automatic loading and unloading. The equipment is designed to operate at 600°C (1112°F), with a temperature uniformity of better than +/- 10ºF. This order represents the fifth stress relief furnace unit this customer has purchased from AFC-Holcroft, duplicating earlier furnace units purchased. Previous installations are running production in Poland and Mexico. This fifth replica unit is the first to be delivered to Turkey. Commented Marc Ruetsch, “As many multi-national manufacturers began moving their production to Turkey, AFC-Holcroft also increased activity to support new growth. We anticipate more industry investment in this region, and Turkey is a significant part of our global plan.” Built by AFC-Holcroft’s manufacturing partner MATTSA in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the equipment will be hot tested prior to dismantling for shipping. Delivery/installation expected in the second quarter of 2015.

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." August 26/2014.

Crio

Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has never had so many top notch positions available in the heat treating industry which indicates both the shortage of good people available and also the fact that we get results for our advertisers. A small sampling of recent offerings include these; a Field Service Electrician, a Field Service Mechanic, a Graduate Metallurgical Engineer.

Do you want results when it comes to filling a position within the heat treating industry? "The Monty" is the most economical, fastest way to fill that position. Looking for a job? Send us your ad and we will put it on the site free of charge for as long as you would like. When it comes to filling positions within the heat treating industry "The Monty" can't be beat! With a readership of over 20,000 heat treaters/month we will help you fill your position or help you find a job. Just contact jordan@themonty.com. August 26/2014.

Phoenix

Monday Morning Briefing. We start off with an unfortunate story about a fire at commercial heat treater Parker Trutec in Sevier County, TN. “SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Thursday night fire damaged a heat treating facility in Sevier County.The fire broke out around 9:40 at Parker Trutec - MMI on River Bend Drive, off Newport Highway. Firefighters arrived to find about 25-percent of the building on fire. Around 30 employees were inside at the time. All of them made it out safely. Crews determined that no dangerous chemicals were inside the building and power has been restored. They also say the building only sustained minor damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Several agencies responded including Sevier County Fire Department, Sevierville Fire Department, Pigeon Forge Fire Department, Caton's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, and Northview Kodak Volunteer Fire Department”. Can Eng Furnaces International one of the larger North American furnace builders just celebrated their 50th anniversary. Our guess would be that this was quite a celebration as Can Eng is enjoying one of their best years ever if not their best. "CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited, founded 50 years ago by Arthur R. Neufeld and Waldron L. Bamford, has established itself as global leader in the design and manufacturer of industrial heat treating equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  From the first furnaces built in 1964, CAN-ENG Furnaces’ engineering team has provided custom designed equipment for the most demanding heat treating applications.  On June 19, 2014, customers, vendors, industry partners, and employees past and present gathered at CAN-ENG’s head office in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada for an Open House, followed by a dinner overlooking Niagara Falls. The evening kicked off with a warm welcome from Niagara Falls mayor, Jim Diodati and CAN-ENG president, Michael Klauck.  After dinner, guests enjoyed speeches by CAN-ENG president, Michael Klauck, former owner and president, Wally Bamford and CAN-ENG vice chairman, Alan Van Geyn. The evening was topped off with a performance by the Caverners, a Beatles tribute band.  SECO/WARWICK furnaces in Brazil recently hired a new Finance Manager. SECO/WARWICK do Brasil hired a new internationally experienced finance manager. "Leila Mogames joined the team to support the international cooperation. As an experienced manager in international companies Leila graduated as Bachelor of Business Administration with International Trade in 2009 and attending an Accounting, Finance and Controllership Expertise at FIPECAFI. Previously she worked at KPMG (Big 4), at the Transfer Pricing and International Taxes Department, and in the Controllership of Iochpe Maxion S.A. (Maxion Wheels). Rohde GmbH of Bruchkoebel Germany recently sold a furnace to Menzing Warmtebehandeling B.V. in the Netherlands. The company provided this photo which they have dubbed “The Flying Furnace”.  The furnace has dimensions of 100x100x180 cm for nitriding and nitrocarburizing with pre- and post oxidation processes.  

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EFD Induction received an order from one of Japan’s largest manufacturing companies for two Minac mobile induction heating systems. The units will be installed at a facility in Japan and will be used for brazing generator stator bars and windings. The Minac features automatic electronic matching, robot compatibility and user-friendly controls. EFD Induction also received orders from two companies in India for Minac and Sinac induction heating systems. The companies, well-known names in the tool manufacturing and power-generation distribution markets, will use them for various brazing applications. Aalberts Industries of the Netherlands just released their first half 2014 financial results and they appear to be impressive. This story is worth mentioning as the company is one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Europe. Aalberts Industries: organic revenue +5%, net profit +9% and earnings per share +8%. And to round things out we have this photo of a press quench system built by HEESS of Germany which is about to ship. Family owned HEESS is probably the largest manufacturer of press quench systems in the world. The photo shows a Model SP1250 system which is a single press which can handle parts up to about 50” in diameter. August 25/2014.

Qual-Fab

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

The first furnace in the plant.

The arrival of a Schmetz 10 Bar Vacuum Furnace

The fifth batch IQ furnace arriving

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

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

Eurotherm

Solar Press Release. "Souderton, PA.  August 22, 2014 – Using advanced gas cooling technology and out-of-the-box thinking, Solar Atmospheres has developed a unique three-step process to austenite condition, transform, and bright age harden 17-7 precipitation hardenable (PH) stainless steel without removing the material from the furnace for transformation. 17-7 PH is classified as a semi-austenitic stainless steel that has expansive use in aerospace and growing new applications in the medical industry. The reason for this is 17-7 PH’s attractive combination of properties including very high, spring-like strength, good ductility, and excellent corrosion resistance due to its high alloy content. In order to obtain these properties however, 17-7 must be heat treated in a more controlled manner than many other alloys. Interestingly, even within these controlled parameters, flexibility exists to obtain attractive properties other than those classified as the standard RH and TH conditions. By adjusting the austenite conditioning temperature to raise the martensite finish (Mf) temperature to its highest theoretical point, in situ cooling to fully transform the material is now possible using Solar’s advanced technology. As a baseline, the new set of mechanical properties and microstructure characteristics were compared to standard Condition TH1050, likely the most common condition specified in industry for 17-7 PH. Solar Atmospheres has coined the new condition “SH950.” Compared to 17-7 PH Condition TH1050, Condition SH950 shows comparable yield strength, higher tensile strength, and on average twice the ductility. The tensile properties were obtained with two different heats of steel with three tensile specimens tested for both heats and conditions resulting in 12 separate tensile test results. The findings are both consistent and inspiring. The microstructure of SH950 also appeared superior with respect to lower delta ferrite stringers being present.

There are two reasons why the continuous process is desirable. First, in order for 17-7 PH heat treated to the TH condition to fully transform from the austenite conditioning temperature one must cool to below 60°F (Mf) which is not practical inside a vacuum furnace. Therefore the product must be removed from the furnace and cooled (sometimes artificially in a freezer or cooler) to obtain transformation. This takes time and requires additional equipment. Solar’s SH condition eliminates the removal requirement due to the Mf being higher than 60°F. The second reason Solar’s continuous process is desirable is that by removing the parts from the furnace the risk of discoloration is increased as water vapor is reintroduced into the vacuum furnace upon unloading and reloading. Solar’s continuous process reduces this risk. The positive results associated with Solar’s Condition SH950 for 17-7 PH indicate that a new medical device design could be based on the newly established range of mechanical properties while reducing both the risk of discoloration and the cost of heat treating. For more information on this new process contact Don Jordan, Corporate Metallurgist at don@solaratm.com or 215-721-1502 x1206.

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

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

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

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

REESE

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

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

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

Custom Electric

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

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

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

This furnace provides the following benefits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centorr Vacuum Industries is a high temperature vacuum / controlled atmosphere furnace manufacturer with an installed base of over 6500 units worldwide. Their furnace offering ranges from large commercial  and production units with hot zones over 3m x 3m x 3m, to smaller Lab and Research  & Development furnaces for use at temperatures up to 3500°C. They are located in Nashua, NH with a fully staffed Aftermarket Field Service group, and Applied Technology Center offering R&D support and toll production service. For more information please contact the sales department at 603-595-7233 or visit their website: www.centorr.com"August 6/2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by equities research at FinnCap in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. They currently have a GBX 750 ($12.74) target price on the stock. FinnCap’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.09% from the company’s current price. Shares of Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY) opened at 687.50 on Thursday. Bodycote PLC has a 52 week low of GBX 595.00 and a 52 week high of GBX 832.00. The stock’s 50-day moving average is GBX 693.1 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 726.1. The company’s market cap is £1.302 billion. The company also recently announced a dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, November 7th. Investors of record on Wednesday, October 1st will be paid a dividend of GBX 4.60 ($0.08) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.66%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 1st. A number of other firms have also recently commented on BOY. Analysts at Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Bodycote PLC to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 25th. They now have a GBX 776 ($13.18) price target on the stock, up previously from GBX 759 ($12.89). Separately, analysts at Investec reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Bodycote PLC in a research note on Tuesday, July 22nd. They now have a GBX 760 ($12.91) price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Jefferies Group cut their price target on shares of Bodycote PLC from GBX 895 ($15.20) to GBX 825 ($14.01) in a research note on Tuesday, July 22nd. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 889.17 ($15.10)”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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