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Bodycote Financial Results. The world's largest commercial heat treater Bodycote has just released their preliminary 2014 financial results http://bodycote.com/ The summary below from Reuters is the best one we came across. Want our to the point summary? Revenues down a touch, profit up a bit, big special dividend to reward investors and drive the stock price up, plans to try and find more good acquisitions, return on sale up to 18.2% which is almost 1% over last year and talk of investing more in geographic areas which hold the promise of the most growth. There just saved you the time of reading the whole 31 page report. Although seriously? The company is doing well and is well run. February 27/2015

"British engineering company Bodycote Plc reported a 5.4 percent rise in full-year pretax profit and announced a special dividend of 38 million pounds ($59 million) - more than the company's net cash on hand at the end of December. Bodycote, which heat-treats jet engine turbine blades and other aircraft and car parts, said on Thursday its priority was to use the cash for organic growth and value-enhancing acquisitions. "If no such acquisitions are imminent and available funds exceed the immediate needs of the business, then it is our intention to make supplemental distributions to shareholders," Bodycote said in a statement. Bodycote's cash on hand stood at 35.7 million pounds at the end of December. The special dividend of 20 pence per share is double the special payout in 2, 013. The company also announced a final dividend of 9.8 pence per share, up from 9.1 pence a year earlier. Bodycote provides services to improve the properties of metals through heat treatment, metal joining and hot isostatic pressing. The company reported a pretax profit of 103.7 million pounds for 2014, compared with 98.4 million pounds a year earlier. Revenue fell 1.7 percent to 609.1 million pounds on a reported basis but was up 4 percent at constant exchange rates.

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Used Equipment Available. Our list of the best priced used furnace equipment in the industry keep changing. So what have we added in the past couple of weeks? A bunch of stuff including an Ipsen Bottom Loading Vacuum Furnace, a 4,000 pound/hour Cast Link Belt Line, two Super 30 Allcases which will be given away shortly, an Aluminum Melting Furnace, a Pangborn Table Blast system, two Roto-Jet parts washers, and a "Multibottle Surface Endo Generator." Remember if you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we will try to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com February 27/2015

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HTSU Press Release. Now to this story we have a lot of background. Dibalog based in Heidelberg, Germany offers a very cool and very effective "peak demand" system for reducing electrical costs. It has been very successful in Europe and with our in depth knowledge of the technology we can say that it works and works well depending upon peak demand charges. With HTSU based in Greenville, SC acquiring the US division of the company we believe that the system will become far better known in North America. February 27/2015

"GREENVILLE, S.C. – Heat Treating Services Unlimited Inc., a global field services and accredited testing and calibration laboratory specializing in the thermal processing industry, announced today the acquisition of dibalog USA Inc., an energy optimization company. The investment in dibalog USA bolsters HTSU’s comprehensive portfolio of maintenance, calibration, repair and testing services in North America. Dibalog will operate as a new division of HTSU known as Dyno Controls. “Dibalog underscores our commitment to adding significant expertise to continue to bring cost savings solutions to our clients,” said HTSU President Kyle Favors. “At Dyno Controls, our energy products and software tools calculate and maintain uniform energy loads and monitor performance. By optimizing the energy used within the facility, we are considerably reducing costs for our clients.” Energy demand charges can be a significant part of a business’ utility bill. Dyno Controls keeps companies from breaking that threshold, saving them thousands of dollars each month in energy costs. Since 2008, HTSU had been a sales/service partner to dibalog GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany. “Companies throughout North America will benefit greatly from the world-class team at Dyno Controls,” said Gunther Braus, president and CEO of dibalog GmbH. “With their experience and proven track record, they are providing end-to-end thermal processing management services.” New Technical Sales Representative Adam Richey will lead Dyno Controls. A former small business owner with experience within multiple industries, Richey understands the value of savings and optimizing all aspects of a company. “HTSU is well positioned in the thermal processing industry, and Kyle Favors and his management team have done an excellent job in advancing the company’s offering and market position,” Richey said. “At Dyno Controls, I look forward to creating more value to our customers.” About Heat Treating Services Unlimited (HTSU) Heat Treating Services Unlimited Inc. provides pyrometry, refractory, burner tuning and energy management services. HTSU testing and calibration activities are in compliance with ISO/IEC: 17025:2005. The privately held company is headquartered in Simpsonville, S.C., and has offices in Detroit, Asheville, N.C., Wichita, Kan., and Venice, Fla. Visit www.htsu.com."

ThermProcess/Is it Worth It?  The world's largest heat treat exhibition ThermProcess is scheduled for June 16 to the 20th 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany. This event is held every 4 years, always in Düsseldorf and actually consists of four metallurgy trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST all of which have to do with the processing of metals. The size is truly shocking with over 2,000 exhibitors spread out over 12 halls but the really impressive feature is the size, and complexity of the various booths. We have been told that some of the booths cost in the hundreds of thousands of euro and with a number of exhibits being the size of a medium sized American house we have no reason to doubt it. To give you an idea we have these photos from the 2011 show including the Seco Warwick booth exhibiting a vacuum furnace which ended up at commercial heat treater in Wisconsin, USA of all places. The show is expensive to attend and with hotels in the area tripling the price of rooms during the exhibition it is not a cheap show to attend. So is it worth it?

For most European suppliers to the industry this is a "must do" event as they are conspicuous by their absence if they are not there while at the same time few North American and Asian industry suppliers exhibit at the show. This is a very European show and unless you have a presence in Europe to sell your products don’t bother exhibiting. As far as attending goes it is a fascinating show with the latest heat treating technology in the world and there is the added bonus that Düsseldorf is a very nice city. February 26/2015

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SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "SECO/WARWICK Allied Pvt. Ltd. has installed single chamber vacuum hardening furnace with high pressure gas quenching facility for Jyoti Heat Treat Industries, at their fourth Commercial heat treatment unit in Chakan, Pune, India. The Vector™line furnace with high pressure gas quench facility is ideally suitable for Vacuum Hardening in an oxygen free environment. Heating can be performed in vacuum as well as under convection with partial pressure. Quench pressure can be adjusted from 1.5 bar to a maximum of 10 bar. The Vector furnace installed at Jyoti can also be used for additional processes such as vacuum annealing, normalizing & tempering. The furnace has effective uniform hot zone size of 600x600x900 mm (24”x24”x36”) & load capacity of 600 Kgs (1320 lbs.). The furnace complies with NADCA requirement and is equipped with an advanced PLC/HMI control system.

About Jyoti Heat Treat Industries: Jyoti Heat treat Industries started the heat treatment 20 years ago in Pune and now successfully managed by Mr. Ramamoorthy., CMD of Jyoti Group.  The main strong points of Jyoti group are their willingness to meet customer requirements with respect to quality, delivery and process traceability, competitive pricing and nonstop operation throughout. Now after adding a SECO/WARWICK Vacuum furnace to their Heat treatment facility, Jyoti Heat treat Industries is now capable of catering to all type of Heat treatment requirements for their customers. About SECO/WARWICK: 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 aluminum production as well as aluminum recycling, forging, automotive, aerospace, commercial heat treating, HVAC/R, electronics, wind energy, medical equipment and nuclear industries. The SECO/WARWICK Group produces vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces, controlled atmosphere aluminum brazing furnaces (CAB), aluminum process furnaces and vacuum metallurgy equipment in manufacturing sites in Poland (SECO/WARWICK Europe), the United States (SECO/WARWICK Corp., RETECH Systems LLC), India (SECO/WARWICK Allied Ltd.), China (SECO/WARWICK RETECH Mfg. Tianjin Co., Ltd.) and Brazil (SECO/WARWICK do Brasil Ltda.). Sales, service & spare parts offices in Germany (SECO/WARWICK Services GmbH) and Russia (SECO/WARWICK Russia) complete the worldwide customer care network." February 26/2015

ALD Dynatech Press Release. "ALD Dynatech has received order for a Monotherm 9912 vacuum furnace with Low Pressure Carburizing from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).  The Monotherm vacuum-carburizing furnace has an effective hot zone of 900 mm x 900 mm x 1200 mm long, 10-2 mbar vacuum level and 2 bar cooling capability.  The furnace will be used to carburize and heat treat aeronautic components. ALD Dynatech will provide turnkey solution to the customer including furnace, cooling water, cooling gas system, fixtures and installation. ALD-Dynatech process engineers will develop carburizing processes for very complex steel grades.   The furnace will be installed in September 2015. 

The picture shows ready for shipment Monotherm 669 vacuum furnace with LPC carburizing system for another division of HAL in India.  The furnace has effective hot zone 24”x24”36” (600x600x900mm) and 10 bar cooling capability.  The vacuum furnace was fully tested including carburizing cycles at ALD facility before shipment.  The vacuum furnaces comply with international aerospace standards, AMS2750E and NADCAP requirements.

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." February 25/2015

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 February 25/2015

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Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Press Release. WATERLOO, IA —Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) was recently audited by PRI to maintain Nadcap (National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation at their MidPort facility for heat treating (nitriding and Aerospace Quality System, specifically).  The audit took place January 12-16 in Waterloo, IA, where they were awarded 18 months of accreditation. Advanced Heat Treat Corp. became Nadcap certified in 2013. Employees undergo intense training to ensure proper procedures are in place for ion and gas nitriding processes. AHT staff proficiency is tested every year—exceeding the minimum requirement of every two.

According to PRI: “Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both Industry and Government to establish requirements for accreditation, accredit Suppliers and define operational program requirements. This results in a standardized approach to quality assurance and a reduction in redundant auditing throughout the aerospace industry because Prime contractors, Suppliers and Government representatives have joined forces to develop a program that:

  • Establishes stringent industry consensus standards that satisfy the requirements of all participants
  • Replaces routine auditing of suppliers with one approved through a consensus decision-making process of members from the user community
  • Conducts more in-depth, technically superior special process audits
  • Improves supplier quality throughout industry through stringent requirements
  • Reduces costs through improved standardization
  • Utilizes technically expert auditors to assure process familiarity
  • Provides more frequent audits for Primes, fewer audits for Suppliers”

"Advanced Heat Treat Corp. takes pride in holding ourselves to the highest quality standards and looks forward to continuing to offer the Nadcap accreditation for our aerospace and defense customers." Corp. Quality Systems Lead, Connie Mackey, stated.

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.
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. February 25/2015

Selas Press Release. "Streetsboro, OH, February 23, 2014 – Selas Heat Technology is pleased to announce that Jeff Malarik has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America.  Mr. Malarik will assume sales and marketing leadership responsibilities for all Selas brands, including Webster Combustion (boiler burners, Winfield KS). The addition of Mr. Malarik to the Selas brand family is a very important step in accelerating the strategic growth plans of the company.  Mr. KK Tiwari, President and COO of Selas Heat Technology stated that “We have been searching for this role for a long time and are very excited to have finally found Jeff.” Mr. Malarik is a hands-on senior executive with 29 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing and sales management. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at Eaton Corporation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, The Stanley Works, Atlas Copco and other respectable companies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA in Marketing from Cleveland State University. His exceptional communication and presentation skills have contributed to a history of sales and market growth in mature industries through cultivation of direct sales force and distributor networks.

About Selas; Selas Heat Technology Company has been dedicated to providing quality heat technology solutions since 1896. Selas has served the advanced thermal processing needs of tens of thousands of customers, providing mixers, blowers, balanced zero-ratio regulators, valves, air heaters, flame safeguard devices, package burners, nozzle-mix burners, self-recuperative burners, radiant flame shape burners, ultra-low NOx burners, combustion gas mixers, gas blender valves, flame arrestors and blowouts, BTU monitors and controls, flow meters, and much more. Selas delivers heat technology solutions to the glass, fiberglass, steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemical, petrochemical, automotive, plastics, ceramics, food processing, heat treating, powder coating and textiles industries with the highest quality products, customer service and aftermarket support." February 24/2015

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Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has many top notch positions available in the heat treating industry which indicates both the shortage of good people available and also the fact that we get results for our advertisers. A small sampling of recent offerings include these; a commercial heat treater in Michigan looking for a Metallurgist/Quality Engineer, a firm out in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada needs a knowledgeable heat treater, a very experienced and ambitious individual is looking for an Intern Position, a Quality Assurance Manager is required at National Heat Treat in Houston, Texas and an Outside Sales Executive Position is open at alloy supplier Steeltech.

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. February 24/2015

Nutec Bickley Anniversary. On Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 furnace builder Nutec celebrated their 40th Anniversary in Monterrey, Mexico. To celebrate a gala evening was hosted with over 450 guests from all over the world. In the first photo below we see CEO and owner of Nutec Mr. Genaro D. Cueva with Joe Martin, Business Development Manager during the gala evening. The second photo shows Mr. Genaro D. Cueva cutting a ribbon to celebrate a new line of production and a new distribution center in Monterrey, Mexico. This was held on Thursday, Feb. 19th." February 24/2015

Super Systems

Monday Morning Briefing. It is estimated that 70% of sales to the heat treat industry in North America are handled by independent sales representatives which brings us to two items about reps in North America. First off Marty Keylon out in California (an ex Bodycote guy who has been a rep for a few years now) has added 3 new lines;  Conrad Kacsik Instrument Systems, Inc. - Survey's, Instruments, Calibration and T/C Sales.     www.kacsik.com, South Tek Systems - Manufacture of Nitrogen Generators - 99.998 % purity that meets the requirements for Vacuum / Belt Furnaces / Bell Furnaces. http://southteksystems.com/ and Phoenix TM - Survey instruments and software for furnace temperature uniformity survey's and temperature recording of customers parts while profiling. We know all of these companies and would vouch for each. Continuing on Pregl Services is announcing that they have a new rep on the US west coast; "Pregl Services, Inc. (Pregl), providers of comprehensive aftermarket support to the thermal processing industry, today announced the signing of Ron Sviben and TLG Industries, Inc. of Redondo Beach, California as their manufacturers’ representative covering California, Oregon, Washington and northern Mexico.   To learn more about Pregl’s new and rebuilt hot zones, and replacement parts for major vacuum furnace brands from Pregl Express Parts™, customers in California, Oregon and Washington please contact Ron Sviben at 310.379.6876 or by email at r_sviben_7@hotmail.com.  For information regarding available sales territories, please contact Jack Herbert at 608.314.8260 or by email at jack.herbert@pregl.com.  For information regarding available sales territories, please contact Jack Herbert at 608.314.8260".

We have mentioned Texas Heat Treating a couple of times over the past 2 or 3 years mainly because of the enormous investment in their Fort Worth location. The press release and photo below shows how the location looks today. "Continuing in it’s expansion to meet growing demand, Texas Heat Treating – Ft Worth has installed and commissioned a 7th Surface Combustion “Super 36″ Integral Quench Furnace. The furnace, rated for 6,000 pound loads, is mated with an additional (8th) Tempering furnace, parts washer, endothermic gas generation, and a second material charge car that services the entire line of “IQ” heat treating equipment. The equipment is used primarily for Carburizing and atmosphere controlled Hardening. Texas Heat Treating President Buster Crossley states: “This new furnace capacity obviously helps in providing customers with the necessary throughput to service their markets. We also see improvements in quality and energy efficiency, and this also benefits our customers.” In addition to the Integral Quench Furnace line, the Ft. Worth plant houses a Pit Furnace Department, Nitride Department and two Vacuum Furnaces. Straightening and Cleaning Departments complement these heat treating processes. A Metallurgical and Mechanical testing laboratory provides timely inspection service".

Out in Centreville, Iowa foundry Jef-Scot Metal Industries has decided no more sending out work to be heat treated. The company recently announced that instead of sending their work to Coffeyville, Kansas for heat treating they are going to bring it in house which sounds very reasonable. Kevin Calvello Manager of B & W Heat Treating Inc. in Tonawanda, NY has been elected President of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance-good for him. Heinz Berger passed away on Feb 4th., 2015 at the age of 87. He was the Managing Director of the Aichelin Group until 1997, when it was sold to Berndorf AG. He was in a leading position at AWT from 1989-2002 and founder of the world’s largest heat treat show Thermprocess in 1972. In 1987 he was awarded with the German Federal Cross of Merit, the highest German award. For many years (1972-2007) he was very active in the German Engineering Association VDMA. He was a German Industry Ambassador during the cold war, travelling very often behind the iron curtain with quite sensational results, selling hundreds of furnaces in many countries in that part of the world.  Newly formed furnace manufacturer ACE Furnaces of India is please to announce that they have received an order from Concept Industries for a wire annealing furnace which can be seen in the photo below. It would appear that most or all of the management team at ACE were formerly employees of Seco Warwick Allied Pvt.

And to round things out we have one final photo for you courtesy of Greg Salazar of Salazar Industrial Training. Greg has been instructing companies and individuals on safety issues pertaining to gas fired equipment for many, many years and this photo shows a few of the attendees at a recent seminar he gave in Southfield, Michigan. February 23/2015

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Ipsen Press Release. What we really enjoy about this press release is the photo below showing the relatively recent Ipsen installation at fastener manufacturer Dokka in Michigan-pretty cool install. February 20/2015

"CHERRY VALLEY, ILSince 2010, Ipsen has successfully installed more than 50 atmosphere furnaces, tempers and auxiliary equipment throughout North America, demonstrating their ability to provide advanced solutions with top-of-the-line atmosphere products. These installations covered a diverse range of atmosphere furnaces, including single- and double-chamber sealed quench, vertical retort, pusher and box furnaces. Whether a new installation or an expansion of an existing line, these installations were designed for use in a range of applications and industries – Automotive, Aerospace, Commercial and Energy. With one of the largest install bases of atmosphere furnaces in the United States – several thousand since being founded in 1948 – Ipsen continues to deliver atmosphere solutions that meet a range of customer needs. For Ipsen, a key part of innovating is listening to the specific needs and challenges of their customers and then providing ideal solutions that meet those needs. As companies are faced with constantly evolving requirements and processes, nothing is more essential than finding heat-treating equipment that provides the necessary solutions. Overall, Ipsen’s focus on customer needs allows them to provide customers with optimum equipment they can trust and rely on for full-scale solutions. Learn more about Ipsen’s atmosphere product line at www.IpsenUSA.com/Atmosphere

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

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Centorr Press Release. "Centorr Vacuum Industries announced it has shipped orders for two high-temperature sintering furnaces for 2015 delivery to a leading firm in the production of AlN substrates for the LED market in China. The designs include CVI’s 2 cu ft graphite furnace for AlN sintering and a refractory metal furnace rated to 1850C for a secondary heating process. These new furnaces build on the success of CVI's experience in non-oxide ceramics and include modifications made specifically for high-temperature sintering of advanced ceramics.

Centorr's graphite furnace design includes robust Graphite Tube and Block elements designed for use to 2250°C, with a 4-sided hot zone and integral graphite retort for excellent temperature uniformity. The rigid graphite insulation design provides for long-term service even in the presence of process off-gassing and residual binder contamination, while the new dual-flow Sweepgas® system allows more effective "sweeping" away of the process offgassing.  Furnace control is via PLC/Programmable Controllers with Centorr's custom-designed HMI visualization interface. Centorr Vacuum Industries Sintervac Non-Oxide design is available in sizes of  2,3,4.5,9,16,24,and 54 cubic foot volumes. The refractory metal furnace design, sized at 1 cu ft will be used for a specific part of the AlN process where a non-graphite hot zone is desired for material cleanliness. The system is rated to 1850C and offers temperature uniformity under +/- 3°C.

Centorr Vacuum Industries is a high temperature vacuum and  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, to smaller Lab and Research & Development furnaces for use at temperatures over 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 Scott Robinson at 603-595-7233."
February 20/2015

Metex Heat Treat/Ajax Tocco. Now this photo is a real disappointment in terms of quality but we will run with it anyway. Metex Heat Treat in Mississauga, Canada is rapidly becoming one of the largest heat treats in the country with the company planning and completing several million dollars worth of new investments between 2014 and 2015. What you see in the background of this photo is a brand new million dollar Ajax Tocco Induction hardening system with two power supplies, robotic handling, automated loading and unloading, datalogging-basically all the bells and whistles all encompassed in a single spindle scanner system designed to run 24/7. This photo was taken February 18 and it shows the system just a few days away from entering full production. In the foreground we have from the left Surjit and Raman Bawa of Metex and Jordan Montgomery of WG Montgomery Ltd. February 19/2015

Canadian Winter 2015. While this has absolutely nothing to do with heat treating we know our readers in places such as Mexico, India and Thailand will get a kick out of this photo. This was taken just yesterday a few hundred feet from the offices of WG Montgomery Ltd., located just outside of Toronto, Canada and shows the ice flows that have been building up in Lake Ontario. Normally this would all be water but with record breaking temperatures of -30C (roughly -20F) the ice flows build up quickly-believe it or not but these "ice hills" are over 10' high but will be gone within a month. The city of Toronto can be seen off in the background. February 19/2015

Kanthal Heating Elements. We whole heartedly welcome our newest advertiser Sandvik and their line of Kanthal electrical heating elements. Please do click on their banner ad which can be found on this page to see what the company has to offer. February 19/2015

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ALD Dynatech Press Release. "ALD Dynatech has received order for a high vacuum-brazing furnace from Indian Joint Venture Company serving the global aerospace industry.  The high vacuum brazing furnace has an effective hot zone of 900 mm x 900 mm x 1200 mm long, conforms to international brazing standards, AMS2750 E specification and NADCAP heat-treating requirements.  The precise temperature requirement in the heating zone is control by an intuitive and self-adjusting PLC/SCADA system. The furnace will be used to braze complex aerospace components for jet engines. ALD-Dynatech recent installed a large vacuum furnace capable of processing 3 ton of super alloy material per load.   The furnace has an effective hot zone 1200 mm x 1200 mm x 1500 mm (48”x48”x60”) and 2 bar cooling capability. 

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 manufacturers 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." February 18/2015

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FPM Heat Treating/Nadcap. Commercial heat treater FPM in the US Midwest has always been one of the larger commercial heat treaters in North America and one with a concentration on large volume heat treating. However there is another side to FPM that of aerospace heat treating as you can see. February 18/2015

"FPM HEAT TREATING Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Heat Treating. Nadcap recognizes FPM HEAT TREATING for its commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality. FPM Heat Treating in Elk Grove Village, IL announces that it has received an additional Nadcap Scope of Accreditation for Carburizing, Carbonitriding, and Hardening & Tempering. With this addition, FPM’s Elk Grove Village facility is now approved to provide a broad variety of thermal processing services since receiving their first accreditation in 2007 for Vacuum processing. At FPM, we work hard to produce top quality heat treatments to meet the stringent aerospace specifications. Adding these processes to our Nadcap Scope gives us the ability to provide a greater range of services to the aerospace industry and help our customers gain more business. FPM Heat Treating received this Nadcap accreditation for demonstrating their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.

“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Companies such as FPM Heat Treating work hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as FPM Heat Treating be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.”

Solar Atmospheres/Sikorsky Aircraft. "Solar Atmospheres, Inc. announced today that it has renewed an approved supplier status with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation with a 2-year certification.  Solar is approved to provide heat treatment of titanium, and carburizing grade materials and aircraft grade steels in accordance with various AMS and Sikorsky specifications.  In addition to maintaining current approvals, Solar also gained full approval for laboratory testing, metallography and micro hardness testing for Sikorsky products. Mike Moyer, Director of Sales at Solar Atmospheres, Inc. states, “Solar Atmospheres Inc. has been Sikorsky approved since the 1990s. Over the years, Solar’s investment in R&D and process development has gotten the attention of Sikorsky and other prime aerospace companies, resulting in an expansion of our work scope.  Solar’s Low Pressure Vacuum Carburizing process is a perfect example of our ever-expanding capabilities and subsequent approvals.” For additional information, please contact Mike Moyer, Director of Sales at 215-721-1502 x1207, or mikem@solaratm.com, or visit us at www.solaratm.com. " February 17/2015

Beavermatic Press Release. "BeaverMatic® Supplies a New Carbottom Furnace to an International Power Generation Company February 16, 2015. An existing customer purchased its second BeaverMatic carbottom furnace. The furnace is an essential duplicate of a furnace manufactured several years ago but was redesigned to operate in Asia. It will be used for stress relieving components ultimately used in the power generation industry. The BeaverMatic furnace is capable of processing 5 foot (1.5 meter) wide by 5 foot (1.5 meter) high by 8 foot (2.4 meter) long workloads that weigh up to 10,000 pounds (4.5 tons). It is electrically heated by rod overbend heating elements and features a car driven by a motor a gearbox. Pneumatic cylinders seal the car mounted door to the insulated frame. A forced convection system results in ±25°F (±6°C) temperature uniformity from 1200°F to 1550°F (649°C to 843°C). A Eurotherm nanodac instrument enables recipe management, guaranteed soak functionality, and temperature control and recording. The furnace is lined with energy efficient ceramic fiber insulation. Parts are supported by grids on pre-cast workload supports. A CE Marking was affixed to the furnace to indicate that it complies with the The Automatic Choice for Proven Performance Heat Treating Equipment applicable international requirements. BeaverMatic personnel recently supervised the installation of the furnace, checked out its performance and operation during start-up and received final signoff. BeaverMatic manufactures standard and custom, batch and continuous equipment used worldwide in the commercial heat treating, aerospace, automotive, fastener, gear, tool, mining, military, and power generation industries. BeaverMatic, Inc. has recently manufactured a wide range of gas fired and electrically heated carbottom furnaces of various sizes. As a progressive family-owned company, BeaverMatic offers world-class furnace capabilities with simplified yet sophisticated designs. For more information, please contact: Patrick Weymer, Product Manager, at 815-963-0005 or Patrick.Weymer@BeaverMatic.com" February 17/2015

Bluewater

Monday Morning Briefing. We’ll have a look in the US to start off where we read that BTU International in Mass.,  a manufacturer of heat treating furnaces has a new owner by the name of Amtech Systems Inc., who is based in Arizona. We don’t think of BTU as a “real” heat treat furnace company as they concentrate on industries such as electronics however from time to time we do see one of their continuous furnaces at a powdered metal company or a firm doing brazing-looks like they build nice stuff. Auto parts supplier ZF Industries in Greys Court, SC is in the process of installing their third Ipsen pusher furnace. This location has been growing like crazy the past few years and with their vacuum carburizing furnaces and pusher capability this is becoming one of the larger captive heat treaters in the US. Speaking of Ipsen this picture must bring joy to the heart of every Ipsen employee out there-a line of partly completed Titan vacuum furnaces at the companies location in Rockford, IL. We say every Ipsen employee however I am sure that Thorsten Kruger, CEO of the Ipsen Group sees it differently-one heck of a lot of money tied up in inventory.

We will move to Europe and Germany in particular to start off with. Hanomag which is one of the three largest commercial heat treaters in Germany has now finished their plant expansion at their location in Hannover, Germany. This location also has a new Managing Director, Dr. Winfried Gräfen who is a well known expert in the German HT industry. The good doctor was formerly R & D Director at Ipsen, is currently one of the managing directors at AWT and is also MD of another of Hanomag’s plants in Gommern, Germany. Recently we mentioned that Bodycote is opening their sixth location in Poland this one in Siechnice near Wroclaw-we are hearing that due to a couple of issues the plant is behind schedule a couple of months or so which would not be surprising with a “greenfield” site. In the UK commercial heat treater Metaltech is investing £50,000 into new equipment to allow them to target the offshore wind and marine markets for future work. The company has 24 employees and will be making the investment in their Consett facility. We are certainly impressed that the company is investing in more equipment but with all due respect £50,000 quid doesn’t go very far with heat treat equipment.

Wisconsin Oven recently announced the shipment of two (2) electrically heated walk-in batch ovens that will be used for baking tool castings and curing powder coatings. The two (2) powder coating batch ovens were purchased to replace the customer’s older batch ovens that were failing due to age. Due to the limited height of doorways and a freight elevator in the customer’s 150 plus year old mill building, the ovens were built with a horizontal split line. This split line allowed the ovens to be completely manufactured, tested and burnt out prior to shipment at Wisconsin Oven which resulted in a quick install once received at the customer’s site. Commercial heat treater and vacuum furnace builder Vac Aero of Burlington, Ontario, Canada just sent us this press release; Burlington, Ontario, February 16, 2015 - VAC AERO has recently received orders for three complete all-metal hot zone refurbishments for customers in Florida, Connecticut and Indiana, in the Aerospace, Medical and Commercial Heat Treatment industry sectors. The retrofit work is for two horizontal and one vertical furnace. VAC AERO hot zones feature unitized construction for easy removal and maintenance. The lightweight design’s low thermal mass enables faster quenching and longer life. The heat shield package consists of one layer of .020” thick lanthanted molybdenum (Mola) sheet backed by one layer of .010” thick molybdenum sheet, and three layers of .014” stainless steel sheet. The heat shield package is supported by a 14 gauge stainless steel assembly that also acts as a manifold to distribute the quenching gas uniformly throughout the workload. Built for rugged usage and low maintenance VAC AERO hot zones feature unitized construction for easy removal and maintenance. About VAC AERO International Inc. Founded in 1959, VAC AERO International provides vacuum heat treating and thermal & paint coating services as well as vacuum furnace systems and controls to aerospace and high-tech industries worldwide. VAC AERO operates 6 production facilities near Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, Canada as well as in 2 production facilities in Poland.
More information can also be found at: www.vacaero.com

JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (February 17, 2015) – Pregl Services, Inc. (Pregl), providers of comprehensive aftermarket support to the thermal processing industry, today announced the signing of Rick McGinnis and Industrial Heat Products of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania as their manufacturers’ representative covering Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.   To learn more about Pregl’s new and rebuilt hot zones, and replacement parts for major vacuum furnace brands from Pregl Express Parts™, customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, please contact Rick McGinnis at 717.201.0640 or by email at rickhps@aol.com. For information regarding available sales territories, please contact Jack Herbert at 608.314.8260 or by email at jack.herbert@pregl.com.  Pregl Services, Inc. was founded in 1997 by experienced vacuum furnace professionals to provide reliable, expedient, cost-effective, value-added repair, rebuild and reconditioning services to the thermal processing industry; which minimize downtime, reduce operating costs, improve operating efficiencies and maximize equipment longevity. For more information, please visit us at www.pregl.com And to round things out we have this really cool U-Tube video of the heat treating department of gear manufacturer Horsburgh & Scott of Cleveland, Ohio. February 16/2015

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Martin Beaton/He's Back. Years ago we met a fellow by the name of Martin Beaton who at the time was a young metallurgist at FAG Bearings (now Schaeffer and one of the largest bearing companies in the world) in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Martin rose through the ranks quickly, and eventually ended up as a Regional Manger for commercial heat treater Bodycote covering the Great Lakes region which encompassed probably a dozen different plants in the US and Canada. The bloodletting of 2009 meant a lot of really good people at Bodycote were let go and unfortunately Martin was one of them. Fast forward to today and we just learned that Martin is now one of the top people at Swedish steel company Bohler Uddeholm and is based at the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada facility (which we will add is one of the most impressive captive/commercial heat treat operations we have seen in the world, we love the tennis courts-true story by the way). We have a high opinion of Martin but the real reason we mention him today is that for some reason we receive more inquiries about where he is than any other individual in the industry. A welcome addition to the industry again in our opinion. February 13/2015

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Bodycote/Zabrze, Poland Fire. International heat treating giant Bodycote suffered a serious fire at their location in Zabrze, Poland last week. The fire occurred in a quench tank and 5 employees suffered injuries from smoke inhalation while trying to extinguish the fire before it could spread and while waiting for the fire department. This incident is another that shows how heat treating can be a dangerous business. Bodycote has put an enormous amount of time, effort and expense over the past number of years into safety issues and is at the forefront when it comes to implementing all required safety codes; in spite of this accidents can still happen in this industry. We understand that the workers involved should be considered heroes for the effort they put into extinguishing the blaze. This facility is one of the largest and oldest facilities Bodycote has in the country. February 12/2015

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Southwest and South Central Activity Press Release. From Marty Benegalia of Southern Thermal Systems, Inc., in Texas we have these very interesting comments about how the dramatic drop in oil pricing is effecting heat treating in the heart of oil country-the southern US. Marty can be found at www.southernthermalsystems.com 817.326.5125. February 11/2015

"As we enter the second month and midway through the first quarter of the New Year we are certainly witnessing a roller coaster ride in the stock market and oil prices.  The oil and gas activity has certainly slowed down and has resulted in layoffs announced by large oil and gas equipment manufacturers.  Schlumberger announced a workforce reduction around 9,000 and Weatherford announced 5,000 in workforce reduction worldwide.  This equated to about 10% of their worldwide workforce by my estimate.  Today, Halliburton announced a 6-8% reduction in their worldwide workforce.  Many of these energy driven companies have announced a reduction of capital investments – as much as 50% to 70%. 

As seeing the glass as partly full, these announcements were for a “reduction” of capital expansion investment, not the complete elimination of them.  This sector has experienced moderate expansion in capital expenditures directly into their heat treating facilities in the last couple of years.  Many large oil and gas equipment manufacturers (Schlumberger, Hughes, Dresser, Weatherford,  Halliburton for example) have significant heat treating facilities.  Large amounts of the heat treating processes are done in large, integral quench batch furnaces and with carburizing being an important process.  Vacuum Furnace technology is also present in oil and gas equipment manufacturers in both production processes as well as Research and Development facilities.  The capital investments in heat treating equipment will likely be negatively impacted by the volatile oil prices and I would expect this to be felt mostly in the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana areas of our region.      

Lower gasoline and oil prices will certainly help other sectors and perhaps a big part of the United States will not feel much impact at all from the “oil slump”.  In this region it has resulted in layoffs as mentioned and also in smaller volume of orders or outright order cancellations.  The oil and gas equipment suppliers provide their goods to production sites worldwide, so the upside is that wherever there is drilling activity, these goods will still be in some demand.

We can see that energy swings can benefit other industries such as Airlines and Transportation companies.  The money saved there could be passed on to the consumers and potentially benefit the heat treating equipment manufacturers as these companies may have extra capital to invest into previously “shelved” projects.   Aerospace and Power generation markets are a bit more active and these business sectors utilize box furnaces, vacuum furnaces, various coatings and welding technologies – perhaps new opportunities will be generated for the suppliers of these types of equipment.

We do enjoy filling up our gas tanks with cheaper gas prices, but that does come at the expense of some customers having had cutbacks in production and personnel.  The area has been through numerous energy market swings and as reported previously, this area has diversified greatly since the mid 1980’s to weather the storm as good as possible. 

Activity so far this year has been good and the business mood has been much more optimistic than expected due to our oil/gas focus.  We are witnessing a few plant expansions and promised equipment additions as well as new process developments.  Often times we’ve seen that in the challenging times we are rewarded with better efficiencies, productivity and lessons learned. " 

Furnace Parts LLC Press Release. "Furnace Parts LLC, an ISO 9001:2008 certified, leading thermocouple manufacturer in Cleveland, Ohio, is pleased to highlight a host of thermocouple and temperature sensing products at the upcoming MRO Americas 2015 show in Miami, Florida on April 14-16, 2015.  Located in Booth #3210 at the show, we invite you to stop by to view our offerings, and chat with our trained and knowledgeable sales associates and engineering staff about our products. Of particular interest to those in attendance is a new offering from Furnace Parts LLC; our featured HTS™ thermocouple wire, an extremely cost effective, high temperature alternative to traditional vitreous silica offerings. Certified in accordance with AMS 2750E by our ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in house calibration laboratory, this wire is ideally suited for temperature uniformity surveys and load thermocouples, and will save your organization money. 

Additionally, our full line of base metal, noble metal, MgO and thermocouple accessories will also be displayed; covering a vast range of your temperature sensing requirements.  Each of our thermocouples are offered in accordance with AMS 2750E specifications, and are available in special limit, "1/2 special limit" and distinct aerospace prime specifications, customized at temperature points unique to your application needs. Furnace Parts LLC President, John Popovich, notes, “We are delighted to be a part of the MRO Americas event for the first time.  The venue is ideal for spreading our message of quality, delivery and value to those in the aerospace community, and for visiting with many of the long time customers we service in the sector.  We also welcome the opportunity to introduce our organization to many for the first time.”  

“We firmly believe, and have heard directly from many of our customers, that we manufacture some of the tightest tolerance temperature sensors in the industry.  Whether it be conformance to Nadcap, AMS 2750E, or other aerospace prime specific requirements, we know that on a day in, day out basis, we meet and exceed the requirements of those in the aerospace market.”   Please visit Furnace Parts LLC Booth# 3210 while in Miami.  Let us demonstrate why Furnace Parts LLC coincides with Excellence in Temperature Measurement®." February 11/2015

Flender Corp/Elgin, IL. Going back a number of months we had a story about a gear facility in Elgin, IL closing down and putting all of the equipment on the auction block. Included in the equipment were two absolutely top notch pit carburizing systems manufactured by well known furnace builder Aichelin based in Austria which had to have been a multi-million dollar investment. We speculated at the time that the equipment would be very difficult to sell because of the size and also the fact that furnaces of this type have a very limited market, that market being limited to well-who else but manufacturers of large windmill gears. And guess what? Manufacturers of large windmill gears in North America are not selling many windmill gears. So bottom line is that the equipment is still available and is now listed as “very well priced" which is code for "we are having a hard time selling this". By the way have a look at the U-Tube video below showing quenching from this system. We can't help ourselves we get such a kick out of seeing flames shooting to the ceiling even if we know that perhaps this is not entirely a good thing.

"A leading global manufacturer of gear reducers, gearboxes, couplings, drivetrains, and open gearing has ceased operations at their Elgin, IL facility. The facility was formerly owned and operated by Flender Corp. and Winergy before it was sold to a major international manufacturer which recently decided to cease operations there. This well-known company produced components for many industrial applications, including mining, rail and transportation, power generation, wind, water/wastewater, cement, minerals and marine. As a result of this closure, all the machinery, equipment and real estate from the facility located at 950 Tollgate Road in Elgin, IL are available for sale". February 10/2015

Throughput Press Release. "DELAFIELD, WI, February 1, 2015—Throughput Consulting, a leading provider of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software, announces its new module release, Advanced Quality™ to its existing BLUESTREAK™ suite of products.
“Implementing rounding and converted units manually is difficult to accomplish and prone to numerous reporting errors. The only realistic option is to have it done automatically by your quality system – Bluestreak™. Converted Units can be combined with Rounding for all of your variable-type control plan characteristics. Additionally, Bluestreak™ stores all detailed quality test result data - Reported (Result), Measured, Converted, Rounded - so there is full data transparency for verification of how test values were collected and reported,” states Todd Wenzel, CEO of Throughput I Bluestreak™.

Rounding; Rounding features are extensible which allows Bluestreak™ to add new rounding algorithms if needed in the future. Currently the ASTM E-29 - 08 specification is supported as well as the Boeing BAC-5650 specification (hardness results only). Two other rounding algorithms based within Microsoft SQL Server are also provided.
With E-29, users can specify the rounding interval (rounded to nearest) and BAC-5650, the rounding interval is set to the nearest 0.5 Rockwell number.

Converted Units; With this feature, Measured Units (UOM) can be specified in addition to the Reported Units (UOM). This allows users to record hardness in one scale and report the hardness in the scale the customer requires. The conversion from the Measured to Reported must be done “manually” using the appropriate conversion table, most likely already stored next to the hardness testers. When results are reported on the certification, the proper syntax will automatically be used - “ConvertedValue UOM (MeasuredValue UOM)”.

About Throughput I Bluestreak™; BLUESTREAK™ Suite is designed exclusively for a service-based manufacturing environment, where the primary focus is processing and not inventory management. Any service-based manufacturing company can easily customize BLUESTREAK™ to mirror unique business workflows. Find out more at go-bluestreak.com, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube" February 10/2015

PRI Press Release. PRI Short for (Performance Review Institute) and AVIC International of China signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to work together in the area of AS9100 certification. Also to promote Nadcap special-process accreditation and relevant trainings to provide comprehensive support to premier Chinese suppliers that intend to enter the aerospace industry. The strategic cooperation between PRI and AVIC International will help more enterprises enter the aerospace supply chain and will play a positive role in strengthening the foundation of the Chinese aerospace industry." February 10/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. Looking over our news items today we see that the majority cover new furnace orders and installations which always makes our day as a sign of the healthiness of the industry. First up is Consolidated Engineering Company (CEC to you) of Kennesaw, Georgia who has just landed an order from an aerospace parts supplier on the US west coast for a mobile drop bottom oven. The purpose we understand is for solution heat treating of jet engine components. CEC by the way is one of the largest new furnace builders in North America and while their capabilities are impressive we think of them mainly for aluminum heat treating. Cambridge Heat Treating in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada is just finishing installation of a SECO/WARWICK gas fired, vacuum temper/nitriding furnace. This is a beauty and yes you did read that right-gas fired. We at “The Monty” have seen perhaps 3 gas fired vacuum furnaces over the years so they are very much in the minority. However the province of Ontario now has almost the highest electrical rates in North America and soon will have the highest because of the province’s conviction that green energy is the only way to go. This of course means that nobody in Ontario heats with electricity if they can heat with gas. When the furnace is in production in just a few short weeks we will be able to provide you with a couple of photos. Commercial heat treater Metals Engineering in Green Bay, WI is growing again. This is a family owned operation offering carburizing, carbonitriding, stress relieving and a few other processes. The owner Ted Kemen has done a really top notch job of growing the company since he purchased it from his father a few years back and his latest acquisition is a brand new box furnace. This is a gas fired unit being built by McLaughlin Services of Avilla, IN and it will be a few more weeks before delivery.  Northstar Aerospace a supplier of aerospace components with two locations in North America will shortly be adding more press quenching capacity at their location in Canada in the form of a Gleason Press Quench system.

The auto companies themselves might not be investing as much in in house heat treating but the parts suppliers in general and Linamar in particular are certainly adding capacity-we often lose track about how quickly Linamar is growing. Not that long ago the company set up operations in Arden, NC to produce transmission components. Late in 2014 the company announced a $115 million USD investment in this location and part of this investment includes a 24 cell ALD Vacuum Carburizing system which is being installed as we speak.  When combined with Linamar’s VC systems in Mexico they become one of the largest vacuum carburizing company's in North America. Since we are talking about Linamar this press release from late in 2014 might also be of interest; “Linamar Corporation and the minority shareholders of Seissenschmidt AG (“Seissenschmidt”) today signed a definitive agreement for Linamar’s purchase of the remaining 34% of the shares of Seissenschmidt, which specializes in high volume hot forgings. Seissenschmidt has 3 primary lo cations in Germany, Hungary, and the United States. Linamar had previously announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire 66% of Seissenschmidt”. We mentioned furnace builder ALD above. There was a lot of talk a couple of months back about ALD (which is based in Hanau, Germany) moving some of the their offices to other locations in Germany with Berlin being mentioned. However press reports in Germany now say the company will be staying put in Hanau although in a new location in 2016.

We mentioned ALD moving into a new building down the road, might as well mention that Harper International just moved into a new building. Harper is an impressive company but we seldom run across them for the simple fact that they concentrate on the very high temperature systems, far above what the average heat treater would need. "Furnace and thermal processing specialist Harper International has announced the opening of new corporate headquarters and improvements to its Technology Research Center in Buffalo, New York, USA. The building includes new office space for engineering, technology, operations, sales and support staff and an improved Technology Research Center for its customers. “Creating synergy with our brand, mission and vision, the new headquarters provides us with the environment necessary to deliver the most innovative thermal processing systems possible,” the company stated". Furnace builder SECO/WARWICK seems to like the idea of "webinars". What we mean is that the company has had at least one or more of these webinars recently about different technologies and here is another one the company is presenting. Interesting concept-we like it and are real curious about how these work out. "This Webinar is going to present truly groundbreaking carburizing technology that will allow many companies to double, triple, or even quadruple the carburizing productivity without consuming more production space. Date/Time:  Thursday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. EST. This 30-minute Webinar unveils truly new carburizing technology making it possible to double or triple (or more) your production depending on material and case depth. Watch actual examples of increased productivity with little or no increase to your current equipment footprint".

Induction company Ajax Tocco Magnethermic whose banner ad can be found on this page recently issued this press release; "Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic Corp. received an order from a Mexican mining company for a stationary channel induction furnace for holding and maintaining at temperature a bath of molten zinc. The furnace is designed to improve the facility’s capacity by holding the molten zinc poured from existing Ajax TOCCO melting furnaces in operation". And to round things out we are going to leave you with a real good rumor. Rumor has it that one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the Chicago, IL area was recently sold to an investor based on the US eastern coast, Connecticut in particular. While we are pretty sure this is true we are going to wait for 100% confirmation before we mention the name of the company. And that is it for our Monday Morning Briefing, we hope it is a good week for everybody out there. February 9/2015

HARD DST-CR Press Release. HARD Technologies of Australia has offered up this press release about a heat treating process which diffuses chromium into tool surfaces rather than coating them which them claim vastly extends a tool's life and performance. While this is done in a fluid bed furnace which has fallen out of fashion in many areas of the world the company does offer some very strong reasons to consider this process. February 6/2015

Overview: Since 2004 HARD Technologies has been developing the Duplex Surface Treatment (DST) with the help and expertise of Deakin University (Australia). The diffusion process is performed in a fluid bed furnace at low, non-distorting, temperatures. This allows large tools to be treated in a very cost effective way. Existing techniques such as chromium deposition (PVD, CVD) or chromium plating suffer from having a step-like (or discontinuous) transition from the chromium coating to the underlying steel substrate. In demanding applications this can lead to a delamination of the coating. By diffusing the chromium into the surface, the DST-Cr process promotes alloying and bonding between the chromium layer and the substrate, providing a gradual transition in properties such as hardness, elastic moduli and  thermal expansion properties. This improves the treatment’s durability and lifetime.

The DST process is a two-step process, both carried out in a fluid bed furnace:

  • first the part is nitrocarburised
  • then the chromium diffusion treatment is performed (typically around 1050 °F / 570 °C)

The hardness profile and microstructures for a treated part (AISI H13) are demonstrated here:

DST-Cr produces a surface that can cope with the demands of the tooling industry and dramatically improve the lifetime of expensive parts. The chromium nitride layer has the following properties:

  • Low friction coefficient (<0.2)
  • High surface hardness (up to 1500 HVN on H13)
  • Heat resistant up to 1300 °F (700°C)
  • Increases corrosion resistance (Cr = 60-65%)
  • Resistance to adhesive wear and oxidation

HARD Technologies and its partners have treatment facilities in the United States and Australia. If you would be interested in having a tool treated, or would be interested in working with HARD on developing or growing this patented technology please contact us. Email:  info@hardtechnologies.com.au Website: http://www.hardtechnologies.com.au/

Nitrex Metal Inc. Well from all that we have heard the last "Innovative Solutions in Heat Treating Seminar" was a sucess which leads us to the second one coming up in October of this year. February 6/2015

NOVATHERM 2 Press Release. Three years after the successful launch of the “Innovative Solutions in Heat Treating” seminar, Nitrex Metal Inc. in conjunction with United Process Controls  and the Institute of Precision Mechanics, are once again holding the event in Poland from October 7-9. The objective of the seminar is to bring together an international panel of experts and scientists in heat treating in order to create an opportunity for sharing the latest theories, developments and practices in this field. The seminar relies on both leading academic researchers and industry practitioners to deliver high quality content on the latest innovations that improve manufacturing quality and efficiency. For more information, please visit the seminar’s website www.novatherm.org. The call for presentations is now open, and all proposals must be received by April 1."

ASM International Pune Chapter.  "Pune, India. In January 2015, the ASM International Pune Chapter invited Damian Bratcher, Director International Operations, Super Systems Inc, to present at their chapter meeting. More than 90 attendees representing more than 60 customers were present and established a Chapter record for largest gathering. The distinguished guests gathered for a discussion titled "Modern Approach to the Quality Control of Heat Treat Processes Based Upon CQI-9 Requirements".

About Super Systems Inc. Super Systems, Inc., based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, develops and manufactures products for the thermal processing industry. The products include probes, analyzers, flow meters, controllers, software solutions, and engineered systems. Super Systems has many years of experience in addressing industry demands with technology to help their customers be more efficient and to enable them to produce consistent, high quality products. At Super Systems, customer care is the number one priority and they strive to set the highest standard in the industry.

Who is ASM International?  ASM International serves materials professionals, nontechnical personnel, and managers worldwide by providing high-quality materials information, education and training, networking opportunities, and professional development resources in cost-effective and user-friendly formats. ASM is where materials users, producers, and manufacturers converge to do business. February 5/2015

Aberfoyle Metal Treating/Aberfoyle, Canada. Over the years we have had several photos of this extremely unique commercial heat treater but we still can't help ourselves every time we see it we are fascinated by the joint because of the size of the furnaces. The photo below taken today shows some sample parts ready for heat treating with John Beingessner and Tom Bell of Aberfoyle along with Jordan Montgomery of "The Monty" in the forefront. Obviously winter in Canada. February 5/2015

Crio/Mexico. If pushed we would put our money on Mexico as the fastest growing area in the world when it comes commercial and captive heat treating (although the southern US, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia are right up there also). To bolster this statement we can tell you that commercial heat treater CRIO http://www.criomx.com/ with locations in Queretaro and Monterrey, Mexico is growing once again. The Monterrey location will be shortly adding a gas fired 36" X 48" X 30" batch IQ system to their existing batch IQ furnaces. This is a relatively new location for Crio but one that is obviously doing well. Future furnace installations in Mexico will include a number at suppliers to the Japanese "transplants" which will be happening in the near future. February 4/2015

It Has Begun. The amazing drop in oil pricing was bound to have an effect on heat treating of energy components and we are starting to hear of many examples of this-here is another example this one a company in PA. February 3/2015

"A massive oil shift that’s led to lower prices at the gasoline pump is also translating to layoffs at two Beaver County plants. Plants in Koppel and Harmony Township, part of global pipe manufacturer OAO TMK, based in Russia, are laying off about 10 percent of the workforce at both locations due to the rapid decline in oil prices, spokesman Roger Bentley confirmed Friday. “In general, the rapid decline in oil prices has really resulted in a corresponding pullback of drilling activity in the oil and gas industry,” Bentley said. “As a result, we have adjusted our level of operations due to deteriorating business in that area.” The two facilities have been employing about 750 workers, according to a company website. OAO TMK's American division includes TMK IPSCO, which consists of 12 plants. The shift comes as a U.S. benchmark for crude oil has dropped from more than $100 a barrel at the end of July to less than $50 in early January, which has also come with ripple effects in related operations throughout the industry.

The Koppel plant produces seamless oil-country tubular goods, drill pipe and line pipe used in the exploration, production and transmission of oil and natural gas, according to the company. The Harmony facility converts cast round billets into seamless tubular products and provides other processing operations, such as heat treating and inspection services. The pipe market is strongly affected by global oil prices, and restrictions to Western credit have further complicated the issue, the company has said.

AFC-Holcroft Press Release. "A leading global automotive supplier has placed an order with AFC-Holcroft for a rebuild/retrofit of an existing Pusher Furnace line, along with contract additions for companion ancillary equipment, as part of a multi-phase project. The first phase rebuild/retrofit portion involves restoration of an existing 3-Row pusher furnace line including: Pusher furnace with Quench, Postwasher, Temper furnace, and transfers/conveyors, electrical control panels, and flowmeter panels. As part of the order, the existing equipment will receive a number of modifications and upgrades to meet current industrial, safety and supplier standards. The new companion ancillary equipment will consist of the following: 3-Row magazine loader, Prewasher, Preheat furnace, Oil storage tank, Closed-loop cooling system, 13,500 cfh E-Z series Endothermic gas generator, transfers/conveyors and powered exhaust system.

A new Holding Chamber with Press Quench will integrate into the rebuilt/retrofitted equipment that will allow for either direct part quenching (into Pusher furnace quench tank) or press quenching (into the Press Quench). The Holding Chamber will be unloaded by a robot that will load/unload the Press Quench. The equipment for rebuild/retrofit is already in storage at AFC-Holcroft’s build partner, MATTSA, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. MATTSA will rebuild/retrofit the existing Pusher furnace line and provide the new companion ancillary equipment. Once completed, each piece will be cold-tested and shipped to the supplier’s plant for installation, start-up, commissioning and formal operator training by MATTSA and AFC-Holcroft. Completion of the first phase is expected in 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. For more information, contact media@afc-holcroft.com." February 3/2015

Solar Atmospheres Press Release. "Solar Atmospheres of California Obtains SAFRAN/SNECMA Approval . Fontana, CA. – February 2, 2015 - Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) announced today that it has attained an approved supplier status for SAFRAN/SNECMA.  SCA has received approval for the heat treatment processes of stress relieving, solution heat treatment, normalizing, homogenization annealing, ageing process, stabilization process, sub-zero HT process, and austenitizing quenching for steel, nickel base alloys, and cobalt base alloys.  There are a limited number of companies in the U.S. with the SAFRAN/SNECMA approved supplier status. Derek Dennis, president of Solar Atmospheres of California states, “I’m very pleased to add SAFRAN/SNECMA approval to our growing list of quality approvals.  Along with expanding our current capacity, our dedicated quality department continues to work diligently on obtaining new approvals to support our customer’s new programs coming online in 2015.  This approval was a long time in the making; Solar’s internal quality system was capable of meeting all the detailed requirements of this world class aerospace supplier.  SCA is committed to providing a quality service, continuously improving with a customer service second to none.”

For more information about Solar Atmospheres of California, please contact Mike Drakeley at (866) 559-5994 ext. 1303, or miked@solaratm-ca.com, and visit us at www.solaratm.com." February 3/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off with a story of a relatively small fire at a captive heat treat operation in Bay City, Michigan. "All employees of Bay Carbon Inc. are safe as Bay City firefighters continue to battle a large blaze at one of the plant's six buildings on the city's West Side. A heat treating building where graphite is purified at Bay Carbon started on fire sometime after 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, forcing four employees working inside to evacuate. About 20 additional employees on the company's campus, 800 Marquette Ave., were also successfully evacuated. "We're pleased that everyone made it out safely and that our evacuation plan ran to perfection," said Tom Clare, president of the company. "You plan for these types of emergencies, hoping to be ready when it strikes, and we were today." More than a dozen firefighters from Bay City were on hand, using an aerial truck and firefighters on the ground to douse the blaze. Clare confirmed there are chemicals in the building used in the purifying process, which was likely causing sporadic bursts of black smoke. He said insulation inside the building also likely caused the black smoke. In addition to black smoke, large sparks shot from the building. Firefighters occasionally held back spraying water on the structure, waiting to see if additional smoke and flames would shoot up".

From  Bay City we move on to Canada where we hear that a very well known guy in the heat treating business Dave Orosz recently retired. Dave like many in the industry has spent most of his working life in heat treating and in Dave's case all of it spent at H & S Heat Treating in Port Robinson, Ontario, Canada and with their sister company Nitrex Metal Technologies in Burlington, Ontario. His experience will certainly be missed. Also in people news we have this; EFD Induction Group, one of the world’s leading makers of induction-based industrial heating solutions, has announced the appointment of Artur Pająk as Vice President of Operations. As we have often stated heat treating is very much a family business and as an example we offer this up. In 1940 William Edward Engelhard started heat treating  in North Arlington N.J and eventually moved to Owego, NY where he founded Owego Heat Treat. Time passed and it came to be owned by his grandson Ed who ran it until he eventually was forced to close it down due to two severe floods at which point Ed moved to Solar Atmospheres in PA. What we didn’t know was that Ed’s first cousin Eric Engelhard followed in the family tradition and runs commercial heat treater Temperature Processing in Colorado which was founded by his father. In a rather unfortunate and ironic twist Eric is just recovering from a flood which occurred at his facility in Colorado. Follow all of this story? Rather convoluted we have to admit but first cousins ending up heat treating on opposite sides of North America with both plagued by flooding issues is a remarkable coincidence. . In Oklahoma Cargill Heat Treat founded by long time heat treater Steve Cargill is doing well these days with the plant almost doubling in size.

From India we have two news items. The first has to do with a furnace builder by the name of ACE Furnaces PVT. Ltd., located in Navi Mumbai, India. We were not familiar with the name but as it turns out the key players of this company are all former employees of Seco Warwick Allied Pvt. Ltd., India (previously Allied Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd., India) who formed the company just last year. The firm started out with a bang having just completed a rebuild of a larger roller hearth furnace for Tube Investments Group.  Also in India Jyoti Heat Treat Industries recently opened their 4th commercial heat treatment facility in Chakan, India. The plant will have a combination of batch IQ furnaces and vacuum. Edwards Vacuum is pretty pleased with the fact that Ipsen has selected them to supply pumping systems for seven large high vacuum brazing furnaces which Ipsen is building. Apparently this is the first time that Ipsen has used Edwards systems for their vacuum brazing furnaces. All the furnaces have been installed at locations in China. And to round things out last week we mentioned how Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) in the UK was making a major investment in their facility in Dudley-well we have pictures to show you what they have been up to. February 2/2015

Prikner Press Release. This is rather a cool picture. The short version of this story is that commercial heat treater PRIKNER in the Czech Republic recently installed this SECO WARWICK gas nitriding furnace. Here are the full details. January 30/2015

"Commercial heat treatment shop PRIKNER, The Czech Republic, concluded a contract with SECO WARWICK Europe for the delivery of a gas nitriding furnace with ZeroFlow technology and plasma activation feature. The furnace allows for the heat treatment of constructional and stainless steels, and will be equipped with several gas trains with different gases in order to perform a wide variety of processes such as gas nitriding and nitrocarburizing with different methods of pre- and post-oxidation (including plasma surface activation). This unique technology enables a proper surface activation, and as a consequence, allows for nitriding of the parts made from stainless steels (and others steel grades as well). Apart from the above, the furnace will be working in accordance with ZeroFlow gas nitriding method – a unique way of gas nitriding invented by Prof. Leszek Małdziński. ZeroFlow has been winning the market with simple and fully-automatic process control and lowest possible ammonia consumption  which leads to significant cost savings of the heat treatment process and decreases its impact on the environment. Start-up of the furnace is planned on August 2015."

Specialty Heat Treat/Houston, Texas. One of the largest commercial heat treaters in all of North America is Specialty Heat Treat based in Houston, Texas. In early 2014 the company embarked on an ambitious expansion project which we mentioned at the time. The project was completed in late 2014 and we have the photos to prove it. The first 2 pictures show 3 new 25’ furnaces, 2 new 25,000 gallon quench tanks, and 1 new manipulator. The third photo shows the new 1,000 Ton straightening press being re-built. This is obviously a multi-million dollar investment and as always it shows that everything in Texas is truly bigger. January 29/2015

MTI Sales 2014. There was a small error in the MTI reporting for 2014 which we mentioned the other day and guess what? We did even better than previously reported. "December Bills for Heat Treaters Increase 10.3%. Ytd sales for the Metal Treating Industry for December 2014 were $945.9 million, an increase of 5.1% from 2013 when sales for January-December equaled $900.3 million. Sales for the Metal Treating Industry for December 2014 totaled $73.8 million, an increase from 2013 when sales for December equaled $66.9 million. All nine MTI districts reported higher sales in December 2014 compared to the previous year." January 29/2015



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