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Monday Morning Briefing. Our friend John Dodson has made a change. John has been an Account Manager for alloy supplier Wirco of Avilla, Indiana for a number of years but very recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas to act as a direct sales rep for the Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana territory. John will be taking over from Danny McWilliams who was the Wirco rep in this area for many years, however Danny decided he wanted to slow down a bit and consequently left Wirco although he still reps for UPC and AFC-Holcroft. The International Federation For Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) now has a new Secretary General a Mr. Stephan Hock who is taking over from Mr. Robert Wood. IFHTSE is a fine organization however it is so academic that I would imagine most of the information shared would go over the head of the average heat treater-certainly it is over ours. Having said that though they certainly can organize good events with the next one being May 20-22 in Venice, Italy. Unfortunately our friends at Alfe Heat Treating the largest commercial processor of aluminum in North America had a small fire at their plant in Charlotte, NC which originated in a quench oil tank. Luckily as you can see in these photos damage was minimal (one of the photos shows the inside of the plant AFTER the fire) certainly had a lot of fire trucks there is what strikes us.

Not too long ago we told you how Consolidated Engineering Corp of Georgia landed a very nice order for a mobile drop bottom furnace for the solution heat treatment of jet engine components from an aerospace manufacturer on the US west coast. Turns out this thing is a monster at 4 stories tall-at this point the principal design is completed. I would be curious to see this beast when it is finished. Tenova Core has received an order from Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP for a high-performance hydrogen bell-type furnaces for installation at its facility in Bowling Green, Ky. TevTech LLC installed a laboratory sintering furnace to Youngstown State University’s Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (CIAM). The furnace has an 8-inch-diameter x 12-inch-high hot zone with temperature capability up to 2600°C (4712°F). BMI since 1947 has been a vacuum furnace manufacturer in France that became part of the Tenova Group a few years back. The company just finished installing another 3 furnaces, 2 of which are low pressure nitriding furnaces and the third a gas hardening furnace at a leading manufacturer of cutting tools in southern Taiwan.

Verder Scientific sent us this press release; "The recent merger of Carbolite GmbH, the German sales organization of the British company Carbolite Ltd., and Gero Hochtemperaturöfen GmbH into Carbolite Gero GmbH & Co. KG has given rise to the availability of the Gero high temperature and vacuum furnace systems to North America for the first time. With over 30 years of furnace manufacturing under the direction of Roland Geiger, Gero is a well-established furnace manufacturing company in the European Union and is excited to offer their products to the North American market. Gero furnaces, specialized for heat treatment applications up to 3000°C and for vacuum and other modified atmospheres, are commonly used in Europe by companies in the aerospace, chemical, energy, and advanced materials sector as well as research and academia. As a result of the merger, Verder Scientific, Inc., the United States subsidiary of Verder Scientific under which Carbolite Gero operates, now offers Retsch, Carbolite and Carbolite Gero equipment with fully trained product managers to address any and all inquiries". ACE Furnaces in India which is a relative newcomer to the furnace building business has landed three new orders recently all from Concept Industries in India. These include a continuous wire annealer, a Hardening and Tempering Line and a Roller Hearth type Hardening and Quenching Line. The roller hearth furnace is shown below. March 30/2015

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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 few weeks? New items including two AFC-Holcroft Mesh Belt Austemper Lines, a Plateg Plasma Nitriding System a small but very nice 2 Bar Vac Aero Vacuum Furnace, a Gas Fired Pit Carburizing Furnace, an Ipsen Bottom Loading Vacuum Furnace and a 4,000 pound/hour Cast Link Belt Line. 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 March 30/2015

A few examples include:

Steeltech

Wall Colmony Press Release. "Preserving the tradition originated by the late Robert Peaslee, a brazing pioneer who invented the first nickel-based brazing filler metal, Wall Colmonoy offers a European Session of Modern Furnace Brazing School on 20-22 October, 2015 at Wall Colmonoy’s European Headquarters in Pontardawe, Wales, UK. Engineers, technicians, quality managers, production managers, and others will participate in “hands-on” practical applications while learning about brazing technology from the industry’s leading brazing engineers. For over 60 years, Wall Colmonoy engineers have been gaining practical experience on actual problems in brazing plants around the world.

This three-day seminar offers knowledge and practical application on:

  • Brazing Design
  • Metallurgical Aspects / Brazing Operation
  • Brazing Atmosphere and Furnace Equipment
  • Brazing Material Selection and Applications
  • Quality Control

Unlike other classroom-only seminars, Brazing School attendees will tour the facility and see the actual brazing application on the shop floor. They will also have the opportunity to apply different forms of filler metal to supplied samples, have them vacuum brazed and discuss the outcomes. Wall Colmonoy’s Leading Brazing Engineers have the technical know-how and practical experience to guide attendees through the brazing process from beginning to end production.

Modern Furnace Brazing School instructors are: 

  • DR Alun Battenbough, PhD, BEng (HONS) MRes, Technical Services Manager, UK
  • Artur Osmanda, Dipl.-Ing. (Diplom-Ingenieur), Manager Alloy R&D, UK
  • Paul Wheel, Quality Manager, MSc & BEng(Hons) Engineering, Design, Manufacture & Management, UK
  • Muhsin Haddad, Quality Engineer, BEng (Hons) in Material Science and Engineering, UK
  • Rian Davies, Development Engineer, 38+ years brazing experience, UK
  • Peter Williams, Business Unit Manager, 25+ years brazing experience, UK
  • Winston Jenkins, Aerobraze Expert, 44+ years brazing experience, UK

For seminar details and registration information, contact Alise Jeremiah, Marketing Coordinator, at brazingschool@wallcolmonoy.co.uk or +44 (0)1792 860 622. About Wall Colmonoy Wall Colmonoy is a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components across aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, mining, energy and other industrial sectors. Known for our unique proven way of creating superior performing alloys that enhance engineered components, we pride ourselves on long-term strategic customer collaboration that produces value-added ideas and creative solutions. Combining over 75 years of engineering technology with a progressive, visionary outlook, Wall Colmonoy offers customers trusted, customized expertise that results in smart innovation and shared growth. More information about Wall Colmonoy is available at: www.wallcolmonoy.co.uk, http://uk.linkedin.com/company/wall-colmonoy-ltd-uk-, www.twitter.com/wallcolmonoy and www.facebook.com/wallcolmonoy" March 30/2015

Custom Electric

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; Furnace builder Gasbarre is looking for a Customer Service Person, Commercial heat treater Paulo Products is looking for a Sales Engineer, an experienced fellow in Australia is looking for a new job as Project Manager, furnace builder Can Eng is looking for a Technical Sales Person, and a commercial heat treater in Michigan wants a Metallurgist/Quality Engineer. March 30/2015

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

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Grede/Biscoe, NC. Now where did we leave off? Oh yes that manufacturing and consequently heat treating is flooding to the Southern US and Mexico because of more favorable conditions for industry as opposed to the Northern US and Canada. Forget about China and India-too far away the South is rising again. In this case we see that $1 Billion/year casting and auto parts supplier Grede is making a big investment in their plant in Biscoe, NC which includes a large investment in their heat treating department. March 27/2015

"Grede plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Biscoe, North Carolina, facility to support the growth of its commercial vehicle business. The investment will be used for heat treating equipment, new molding machines, an environmentally friendly immersion coating system and the addition of 26,000 sq. ft of manufacturing floor space. In addition, it is anticipated that more than 35 employees will be hired at the location to support the expansion and growth plans.

Grede supplies key components for class 3-8 commercial vehicles, including suspension, engine, driveline and accessory components. The addition of value-added services like heat treatment, paint and machining at Biscoe offer increased options for customers seeking to streamline the supply chain and improve delivery. In conjunction with the above investments, Grede also will increase its engineering capabilities, which will provide a new, multi-faceted approach to product development for heavy-duty truck and other transportation and industrial applications. This all-encompassing, customer-focused approach will drive design and development activities, lightweight design programs, and material evaluations that include SiboDur®, Lost Foam and high-temperature materials. Services such as engineering support for planned projects, process and mold flow simulations, and 3D prototype printing capabilities will further strengthen Grede’s ability to meet and anticipate customer needs".

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 March 27/2015

A few examples include:

Phoenix

Bodycote Annual Report 2014. If you have a genuine interest in the worldwide heat treating industry and find yourself with time on your hands we would suggest a very good read is the Bodycote 2014 Annual Report  http://www.bodycote.com/investors/reports-and-results/2014.aspx I do want to emphasize that this is a financial report and rather “dry reading” in consequence but some very interesting facts are presented. To my mind the most interesting point was that the company since 2009 has been quietly emphasizing their “Specialist Technologies” which in a nutshell are high end, advanced processes with little competition where the company feels they can make higher profit margins.  This strategy is emphasized by the fact that the company closed several locations in Europe that were “commodity based” and not big money makers-we saw this last year at a very small operation in Ankara, Turkey that closed down not long after we visited (I don’t believe that the two events are related by the way). This was a small, modest operation which obviously had had no investment for years and was geared towards low end heat treating. While my opinion was not asked I would have to say that this all makes perfect sense and the proof is in the fact that profit is up as is the share price. Below are two points from the report which concisely talk about these strategies. March 26/2015

"Strategic progress; The strategy of preferential investment and expansion in our Specialist Technologies that has been pursued since 2009 has again made a meaningful impact on Group financial performance. In 2014 these technologies contributed some 24% to Group revenue, which was up from 14% in 2007. The six Specialist Technologies are HIP Product Fabrication (HIP PF), Specialty Stainless Steel Processes (S3P), HIP Services, Surface Technology, Low Pressure Carburising and Corr-I-Dur®. In 2014 they had a combined operating margin of over 30% (stated before central costs) and in total contributed 38% of Group headline operating profit. Depending on the technology, Bodycote occupies either a unique or a very strong position in the market. Our success with these technologies will, sooner or later, attract greater competition but notwithstanding this, the market size, future growth potential and ability to generate superior margins from these processes are all very significant. Year-on-year growth in this area of the business was 17%, at constant exchange rates".

"Our strategy of expanding in the rapid growth countries saw new plants announced in Turkey, Poland, China and Mexico. However, the total number of facilities in the Group fell to 188 as several uneconomic, commodity oriented sites were closed in Europe. Usable equipment was or will be transferred to other sites in the Group, but the exit from commodity work offset the growth achieved elsewhere in the classical heat treatment side of the business and overall the increase was constrained to 1% at constant exchange rates as a result".

Crio

ALD Dynatech Press Release. "ALD Dynatech has received an order for a next generation high vacuum-brazing furnace from major international OEM supplier to aerospace and automotive industries.    The furnace has an effective hot zone of 900 mm x 1200 mm x 1500 mm (36”Wx48”Hx60”L), operates at a 10-5 mbar vacuum level and has a 6 bar cooling capability.   The precise seven heating zones are control by an intuitive and self-adjusting PLC/SCADA control system.  According to Janusz Kowalewski, Managing Director and CEO, the new brazing vacuum furnace order confirms ALD-Dynatech's engineering ability to adopt the best global practices in designing and manufacturing innovative furnaces for the global market.    The furnace will be used to braze complex automotive components.

About ALD-Dynatech Furnaces Pvt Ltd. India.  ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of world renowned Vacuum furnace manufacturer “ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany”. The legacy companies that comprise ALD Dynatech have a combined 200+ years of Vacuum technology experience. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications including commercial heat treating, Carburizing processes, sintering processes, tempering processes, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining and military, dies, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries."  ALD-Dynatech Company is part of Indian Governments “Make in India – Affordable Excellent” initiative drive." March 26/2015 

Super Systems

Steeltech Ltd/Grand Rapids, Michigan. We welcome our newest advertiser alloy supplier Steeltech Ltd. of Grand Rapids, Michigan whose banner ad can be found on this page. Steeltech is one of the larger high temperature alloy component suppliers in the US. March 26/2015

Ipsen Press Release. "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – When it comes to thermal processing, success often depends on minimizing costly downtime and keeping heat-treating equipment running at its best. Now, customers can receive technical support, order parts, schedule service and request hot zones, upgrades or retrofits with Ipsen’s new Aftermarket Support Helpline: 1-844-Go-Ipsen.  “Providing customers with the ideal solutions for their needs has always been one of our primary focuses. One such need is immediate support, which is why we created our Aftermarket Support Helpline. Our new helpline connects customers to our experts when they need it most so we can help keep their furnaces working and ensure they have everything they need for continued success,” said Geoffrey Somary, president and CEO of Ipsen USA. Ipsen’s Aftermarket Support Helpline offers full-service support for all of their customers’ heat-treating furnace needs. Ipsen customers can receive solutions for expanding their capabilities, increasing their flexibility, extending the life of their equipment and more by simply calling Ipsen’s new helpline. When it comes to unparalleled support, Ipsen is a partner in success. Learn more about Ipsen’s 360º support for furnaces at www.IpsenUSA.com/Helpline.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing industries, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success." March 25/2015

Tenaxol

PYRADIA Press Releases. Pyradia in Longueuil, Quebec (Montreal) has carved out quite a niche for themselves in high and low temperature ovens over the years. What was once a fairly modest company had grown into quite a prosperous organization and with the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar compared to the US dollar we believe the company will see even more growth. Pyradia Industrial Ovens recently received a contract for the design and manufacturing of an Electric powered Composite Curing Oven from a manufacturer of composite and thermoplastic parts for the aerospace & automotive industry.

The Class I +/- 5°F  - AMS 2750, instrument type “A” furnace with a 96" x 126" x 90" working zone offers pressure / vacuum ports and thermocouple panel with max design temperature of 500°F.  This oven is fitted with state of the art data logging system from Eurotherm model Versadac capable of recording up to 64 inputs. Control system also includes Eurotherm 3504 main temperature controller and all relative information will be shown to the operator using KEP 7in. Human machine interface (HMI). The curing oven is also fitted with 6" high efficiency Roxul mineral fiber insulation panels. Browse our complete range of furnaces & ovens here or contact us if you wish to discuss in details an application with one of our representatives.

PYRADIA WINS BURN-OFF OVEN CONTRACT

The industrial oven division won last week a contract for the design and manufacturing of an industrial pyrolysis gas oven – a Pyradia BOSS System – for a company based in Ohio.  This NFPA 86 class A GBO furnace with inside working dimensions of 100” x 96” x 78” will be use to burn off cutting oil then fully oxidize tungsten carbide grinding swarf. The furnace can reach a working temperature up to 2012 °F and is equipped with an after-burner to burn-off VOC at the end of the process. Pyradia Industrial Ovens is a division of Pyradia Inc. You can consult our complete range of furnaces & ovens here." March 25/2015

MWS Heat Treatment Congress/Munich Germany. For 31 years Dr. Schneider’s MWS heat treatment congress in Munich, Germany is the major spring event for heat treaters in Germany, always with 110-130 participants. For some of them this event is even more important than HK Wiesbaden (now Cologne). The congress consists of three days of information exchange, networking and long technical discussions and includes all of the major players in the European heat treating market. This year the most important German commercial heat treaters were in attendance including SHU, Hanomag, VTN, Hauck, Technotherm, Werz, Wegener. On the equipment and customer side of things we had  Aichelin, ECM, ALD, IHI, Systherms, IVA, Rübig, EMO, Burgdorf, Graphite Materials, WPX, Stange, Opel, BMW, Ford, Bosch, Magna, ZF, ThyssenKrupp and Volkswagen. In the second photo we have Dr. Alexander Schreiner who celebrated his 80th birthday March 23.  Congratulations! This event partnered with the Global Heat Treatment Network  and in just 4 weeks we will see the HeatTreatment Forum & Expo 2015 in Wroclaw, Poland (with the active support of The Monty). March 24/2015

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SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "SECO/WARWICK continues to enjoy another outstanding year with a number of new orders and some new technology developments especially when it comes to aluminum drop bottom ovens. The Aluminum Process Team is justifiably proud of what they have achieved. After numerous Drop-Bottom furnaces were commissioned and significant improvements were implemented, this equipment has became a top product in our portfolio. In order to emphasize the new technology we registered our Drop-Bottom ovens under the new brand name “VertiQuench®”. The name describes the process of very fast vertical quenching. The heat treated material is dropped into the quenching tank placed exactly under the furnace. This is an affordable solution for demanding aerospace applications that provides:

· AMS2750 compliant quench transfer times
· extremely tight temperature uniformity resulting from proprietary and proven airflow innovations
· fast and full load immersion even up to 5 seconds
· compact design enabling line expansion
· low utilities consumption.

SECO/WARWICK latest commissioning of VertiQuench® furnace for the aerospace industry confirms utilities consumption reduction and significant improvement of furnace parameters. We will keep on working with our R&D team for new advanced technologies." March 24/2015

CI Hayes/Paul Chamberlain. Furnace manufacturer CI Hayes has this to tell us today. March 24/2015

"C.I. Hayes, manufacturer of heat treating furnaces, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Paul Chamberlain as Sales Engineer. His experience in the heat treating industry spans over 25 years in sales, customer service, production and management. His responsibilities at C.I. Hayes will be in support of sales of capital equipment, parts sales and customer service. C.I. Hayes is a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company that designs, manufactures and services industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat treating equipment and has been delivering custom solutions to the heat treating industry for 110 years. The company is located in Cranston, RI.
For more information on how C.I. Hayes can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment today, contact Paul Chamberlain at (401) 467-5200 or pchamberlain@cihayes.com. You can also visit our websites at www.cihayes.com and www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com for additional information."

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Alberto Pena/Safe Cronite. Manufacturers representative Marty Keylon out in California Bgdog756@aol.com let us know that alloy provider Safe Cronite (whose ad can be found on this page) one of the largest in the world has a new US Sales Manager by the name of Alberto Pena. Marty as a Safe Cronite rep spent a few days travelling with him recently and since Marty has a high opinion of him we have a high opinion  of the man also. March 23/2015

ETSA Group/Super Systems Inc. Press Release. Looks like SSI recently installed a FNC control system at Mexico's largest commercial heat treater ETSA Group. March 23/2015

"Super Systems Inc. (SSi) and Sistemas Superiores Integrales (SSi Mexico) recently implemented a nitriding/ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) automated control solution for Especialidades Termicas SA de CV (ETSA Group), an internationally recognized leader in the metal treating business serving customers in Mexico since 1979. The nitriding/FNC process changes the properties of the work pieces, increasing the metals’ surface hardness while improving its resistance to corrosion. SSi’s control system design will provide precise control of temperature and process gases including ammonia, nitrogen, and CO2.

With this setup, the instrumentation and sensors will be used to accurately control the process and provide the required nitriding potential (KN). The parts will be run in accordance with AMS2759/12A Group 3, Class 2 process parameters and will meet CQI-9 requirements. The furnace used in the FNC process will continuously control compound layer with proper phase composition by using process gases and automatically controlling the nitriding and carburizing potentials. Along with the controls, SSi’s SuperDATA system will be added for historical tracking of loads as well as real-time and historical process parameters. All data variables will be available in a format that allows operations, quality, and maintenance personnel to use the provided data to minimize downtime, eliminate product variability, and provide complete traceability to production runs. SSi, SSI Mexico and ETSA Group are working on a number of controls projects and software upgrades to provide continuous process control in atmosphere, vacuum, nitriding & temper furnaces and allowing for complete traceability to process parameters using the SuperDATA data acquisition system. For more information on ETSA Group's capabilities, please visit:http://www.especialidadestermicas.com/index.html

Super Systems Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been developing and manufacturing products for the thermal processing industry since 1995. SSi’s products include probes, analyzers, controllers, software solutions and engineered systems. With over 100 years of combined experience, SSi continues to satisfy industry demands with innovative technology, enabling customers to be more efficient and to produce higher quality products. For more information on SSi’s capabilities, visit www.supersystems.com (USA) or www.supersystems.com.mx (Mexico)."

Glock/Smyrna, Georgia. Many people around the world are familiar with Glock hand guns which have earned a high reputation in the firearms world. What many people are not aware of though is that Glock is an Austrian company which has a number of manufacturing locations around the world including a very impressive manufacturing facility in the US-Smyrna, GA to be exact which produces 1.2 million handguns/year. We are pleased to show you these really cool photos of their in house heat treating department which features Rubig Ion Nitriders and vacuum furnaces (no surprise here since Rubig is an Austrian company also). March 20/2015

ATP

Flenders/Siemens, Elgin, Illinois. Going back quite some time we told you how gear manufacturer and captive heat treater Flenders/Siemens in Elgin, Illinois was closing up shop and shutting down their extremely impressive captive heat treat department. This consisted of a number of Aichelin pit carburizing furnaces and associated equipment. This of course is old news, what is new news (or lack of news) is that the equipment remains and as far as we know has yet to receive a serious bid. Nothing to do with the quality of the equipment but the size of the furnaces restricts the number of potential buyers, the removal costs would be horrendous and since several other suppliers of wind mill gears in North America have also shut down flooding the market with furnaces of this size there is just not much demand. It would break our hearts to see this equipment scrapped but it might come to that. We'll give you an update in a few months. March 19/2015

Alfe

PhoenixTM Press Release. "Temperature Uniformity Survey System Commissioned at Major US Bearing Manufacturer. PhoenixTM has recently completed the commissioning of a ‘Hot Box’ system at a major US bearing manufacturer, which is to be used for CQI-9 certification of their multi chamber continuous heat treatment furnace. It is the second plant within this group to install a PhoenixTM system. The ‘Hot Box’ thermal barrier and data logger are set up in a 9 point TUS (Temperature Uniformity Survey) frame outside the furnace, and the whole test system is then charged as a new load, which can have major downtime savings during the survey. The system has been designed to withstand temperatures of up to 1832°F / 1000°C. Watch a short explanation of ‘Hot Box’ surveying at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff2QaRKdmHY david.plester@phoenixtm.com / www.phoenixtm.com March 19/2015

Corner Stone

Metlab Heat Treat/Wyndmoor, PA. "Commercial heat treater Metlab http://www.metlabheattreat.com/index.html recently had this to say about new orders.  

"Metlab has received two contracts from defense contractors to heat treat tank components. The contract is part of an ongoing multi-year program supported in part by US funding. Metlab was selected for this program due to its unique heat treating capabilities for processing large components. The first contract was received from an Israeli defense company to nitride turret gear races. These gears, with teeth on one side that mesh with smaller gears, and a bearing race on the other allow the tank turret to rotate 360°. The gear race is made from a European steel similar to Nitralloy 135M. Each gear race is over 8′ in diameter. The parts are masked with to allow certain non-working areas of the gear races to be machined after heat treatment. Parts are heat treated in one of two of Metlab large furnaces, the largest measuring 15′ in diameter by 12′ deep, and 20 or more rings can be accommodated in a single 120 hour cycle. On the current tank turret gear race program, Metlab has heat treated over 1,200 parts. Nitriding was selected as the preferred process over flame hardening, due to its ability to produce consistent, accurate hardening results with no component distortion. Since the change from flame hardening to nitriding, there have been no field failures of any of the components heat treated by Metlab. The furnaces used for nitriding the tank turret gear races were originally designed and manufactured to nitride ship and submarine gears for the U. S. Navy. Typical drive gears measure over 10′ in diameter by 10′ tall, and weigh in excess of 12,000 pounds each. Over 50 of these gears were nitrided on the original project." March 19/2015

Gasbarre Products, Inc./Press Release. US Furnace Manufacturer Gasbarre Products sent us this press release about a new hire at the company. March 18/2015

"Gasbarre Products, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Saline as General Manager of Sinterite and C.I. Hayes. Mark is an accomplished manager with nearly 30 years of technical and business experience in the powder metallurgy industry. He has worked with all aspects of the manufacturing process, starting on the production floor and eventually into sales, engineering and management positions. Mark is a Penn State graduate with two degrees: Materials Engineering and Business. Continuing education of professional development includes lean manufacturing, business training and Shainin technical courses. He is also an active member of the local Rotary Club. Sinterite and C.I. Hayes are furnace manufacturing companies within the Gasbarre Furnace Group. Sinterite designs, manufactures and services custom continuous belt and batch furnaces for sintering, steam treating, annealing, brazing and heat treating applications. Sinterite’s quality design includes alloy and ceramic muffles, powder-handling equipment, custom fabrications, and the exclusively-manufactured HyperCooler, sinter-hardening system. Sinterite is located in St. Marys, PA. C. I. Hayes offers a full line of vacuum and atmosphere furnaces capable of temperatures to 3000F. Belt, pusher, and walking-beam furnaces highlight our atmosphere line. Single chamber and modular furnaces, for batch and continuous production, are included in the Hayes’ vacuum line. Modular vacuum furnaces feature isolated heating and quenching chambers. Endothermic, exothermic, and DA generators are also available. C.I. Hayes is located in Cranston, RI.

For more information on how Sinterite and C.I. Hayes can provide custom-engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, contact Bill Gasbarre at (814) 590-6282 or bgasbarre@gasbarre.com. You can also visit our websites at www.sinterite.com and www.cihayes.com for additional information."

ECM USA Inc. It looks like furnace builder ECM of Grenoble, France is planning a new location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The photo below shows where they currently are located and the article tells you what future plans are. March 18/2015

"ECM USA Inc., which supplies heat treating equipment to automakers, has requested approval to build a new shop in the Business Park of Kenosha, where it currently leases space. The city's Plan Commission will review the proposal Thursday. ECM is based in Grenoble, France, and has 40 installations in North America, including the operation in Kenosha that has existed for 15 years. The proposed 10,750-square-foot building would house the ECM U.S. offices for management, sales, marketing and service support. The warehouse space will be used for spare parts storage and shipping, along with pre-assembly of heat treating equipment supplied to customers. Automakers Ford, Chrysler and General Motors use ECM equipment to harden steel parts used in transmissions and shafts for steering components."

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Dependable Metal Finishing/Kendallville, Indiana. Commercial heat treater Dependable Metal describes themselves this way; "Dependable Metal Treating, Inc. is a locally owned and operated heat treating facility located in Kendallville, Indiana. Incorporated in 1995, we have grown from a small 2 furnace operation to 10 integral batch furnaces with support equipment, automatic monitoring controls and a full metallurgical laboratory. In 1999 the state of Indiana granted Dependable Metal Treating the Quality Improvement Award. We are ISO Certified, W-HTX & CQI-9 compliant http://dependablemetaltreating.com/" Well I guess Ross Noble, President of Dependable is going to have to change his website to say 12 integral batch furnaces. The company will in the very near future be adding two more batch IQ furnaces to their operation. By the way 12 batch IQ’s in one location is a pretty good sized plant, certainly larger than the average shop in North America. March 17/2015

Eurotherm

Monday Morning Briefing. This is a rather interesting press release. To cut a long story short Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) which already owns a few companies making heat treating equipment has acquired another in the form of  Wisconsin Oven. What makes this really interesting is that Wisconsin Oven quite often supplies lower temperature units such as tempers to some of the furnace builders who then slap their own nameplate on it. Whether some of the furnace builders will still want to do this when Wisconsin Oven is owned by a company which is potentially a competitor will be interesting.

"Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”) has acquired Wisconsin Oven Corporation, a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. Wisconsin Oven offers products for the aerospace, automotive, composites, energy, finishing, military and pharmaceutical industries. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including BlueM, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH and now Wisconsin Oven. Wisconsin Oven is located in East Troy, Wisconsin, southwest of Milwaukee and northwest of Chicago. Wisconsin Oven has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing a broad range of industrial ovens and other heating equipment since 1973. The company strives for superior equipment quality and performance along with a commitment to customer service. Many of the industries served require specific temperature uniformity and equipment performance documentation. Wisconsin Oven’s experienced design team is able to meet even the most stringent standards for their equipment. "Wisconsin Oven has experienced incredible growth since selling to PLC group of France in 2012. This acquisition by TPS will provide great new opportunities and allow continued growth for the entire group. We are extremely excited about becoming part of the TPS family. The experience combined by all these great companies will provide expert solutions for applications in all temperature ranges."David Strand, President / CEO, Wisconsin Oven Corporation."

Down in Collegedale, Tennessee we see that spring maker and captive heat treater Newcomb Springs had a small fire last week. The fire was located in the duct work above two furnaces (surprise, surprise we swear that 90% of fires in heat treats originate in the ductwork because nobody ever cleans them). Anyway the fire department was called, the fire quickly put out and there were no injuries-nothing to see here folks keep moving. In Fort Wayne, Indiana Aluminum castings producer Ward Corporation will invest $6.2 million to expand operations at the company's 300,000 square-foot Fort Wayne foundry, adding an additional 15,000 square-foot casting area. You know darn well that we are going to tell you that part of this $6.2 million investment is slated for new furnaces. The company provides components such as intake manifolds for Cummins. Auto parts maker Chassix Inc. has 25 plants around the world making items such as rear control arms but in spite of business being excellent the company  filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week. Turns out the main issue was the company’s Bristol, Indiana location which has lots of business but most of it was underpriced. The company does quite a bit of heat treating in house mainly continuous and batch heat treatment processes for aluminum T6 heat treatment.

In the UK vacuum furnace manufacturer Vacuum Furnace Engineering in Halesowen is making some big changes. The company was formed in 1985 by ex Abar and Ipsen employees and supplies vacuum furnaces around the world (interestingly enough they have a partnership with Italian furnace builder TAV). Bottom line is the company is getting some new capital and a new chairman as you can see.  "Prominent West Midlands businessman, Roy Kishor, has taken the role of chairman and will lead the management team in growing the £10 million turnover firm in the longer term, seeing a big opportunity to expand its contract servicing and repair business, develop the next generation of vacuum furnaces and set up a new apprenticeship scheme in addition to its current business. The Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking, Cornwall Street, Birmingham, team provided a growth capital loan, senior debt and a revolving credit facility through relationship director Steve Mitchell, relationship manager Hannah Clarke, credit partner Robert Lapper and growth capital director James Cooksey." In India new furnace builder ACE "(new as in the company builds new furnaces and is also a new company formed in 2014)" is announcing a new order from Concept Industries for a continuous hardening and tempering line for bimetal band saw blades.

And if you are interested  AMG Advanced Metallurgical (parent company of ALD the vacuum carburizing people) recently released their fourth quarter financial results-have a look if this is of interest. AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. reported fourth quarter 2014 improvements in operating cash flow, EBITDA and earnings per share. Net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter 2014 was $7.3 million, or $0.26 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million, or ($0.12) per fully diluted share in the fourth quarter 2013.  EBITDA increased 108% to $21.9 million in the fourth quarter 2014 from $10.5 million in the fourth quarter 2013. AMG achieved these improvements despite an 8% decrease in fourth quarter 2014 revenue to $260.4 million. Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said, "AMG's efforts to improve its balance sheet and create financial flexibility have been a remarkable success. AMG generated record free cash flow during 2014 and reduced net debt by $72.7 million, or 45%. This was accomplished despite subdued market conditions, by improving overall profitability, managing working capital and maintaining discipline in capital spending.  In the fourth quarter, AMG Processing and AMG Mining continued to increase year over year gross margins through improved productivity, a reduced cost structure and a focus on providing higher value-added products. AMG Engineering EBITDA improved to $2.7 million in the fourth quarter, the highest quarterly performance of 2014 for the segment. Despite the improvement, AMG Engineering is still below expectations and additional measures will be taken to ensure a return to historical profitability levels." March 16/2015

Wirco

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "We cordially invite you to attend the next SECO/WARWICK FREE Webinar. We will tell you how one of our customers reduced heat treatment costs by 30% with the installation of a CaseMaster Evolution D6 two-chamber furnace for vacuum carburizing and quenching in OIL. Are you keen on finding out more about this equipment and the technology it delivers? Save the date and attend the Webinar that will be hosted by  Marcin Przygoński – Vacuum Team Sales Engineer. You will find more about this furnace and ask if you have some questions as well. When:  19th of March 2015 │ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Warsaw local time) Click here to register"March 13/2015

Bluewater

Aichelin USA Press Release. People in the know are well aware that Chrysler in Kokomo, Indiana (or Fiat/Chrysler/America-we have no idea what to call them these days) is one of the largest captive heat treats in the world which makes this press release even more interesting. March 12/2015

"Aichelin USA announced that it has received an order from the FCA US LLC Transmission Plant in Kokomo, Indiana. The order is for the 10th FNC furnace which will be added to the existing furnace cell in the photo below.  The furnace system includes: Our Flexiclean washer system, pre-oxidizing furnaces, cooling stations, endothermic gas generators, one dual directional loading cart with automated loading and unloading stations.

Aichelin is a world leader in providing batch, multi-chamber and continuous furnaces for faster cycle times, better use of floor space and flexibility in heat treating. This furnace will be built in the USA and supported by our Aichelin-USA team based in Plymouth, MI. For more information about this type of equipment or Aichelin-USA please contact Bill St.Thomas (b.stthomas@aichelinusa.com) or phone us at 734-983-8969."

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "Jason Ackerman has joined SECO/WARWICK Corp. as Chief Operating Officer at the Meadville, Pennsylvania engineering and manufacturing facility. As COO, Mr. Ackerman is responsible for the company’s day to day operating activities, including project management, purchasing, quality, construction, and manufacturing operations for North America. Mr. Ackerman previously spent 11 years with GE Transportation serving in a variety of roles of progressing responsibility including Purchasing Manager, Master Black Belt of Lean Six Sigma, and Plant Manager.  He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA.  In addition to his duties at SECO/WARWICK, he serves as the Associate Pastor at Erie Christian Fellowship Church.  He and his wife are also the owners of Milestones Quality Children’s Consignment Store located in Erie and are the proud parents of 7 children."  March 12/2015

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Induction Heating Systems. We don’t talk about Induction heating as much as we would like to so today is as good a day as any to publish some Induction “stuff”. We recently ran across an estimate of the number of Induction systems in use around the world in manufacturing applications (ignoring the primary metals sector). What we understand is that it is estimated that as of 2010 there were 40,000 installed induction systems in the US and a total of 120,000 around the world. Of these it was guessed that almost 70% were 50kW of power or less. Further estimates suggest that Inductoheat is the largest in the world, with other major players being EFD at 20,000 systems around the world, Ajax Tocco and GH Induction with 4,000 installations. We have no idea how accurate these figures are so feedback is appreciated but the bottom line is that there are a heck of a lot more induction systems out there than atmosphere or vacuum furnaces. March 11/2015

Advanced Heat Treat Corp./Press Release. It is rather ironic that we received this press release as just a week ago we had an inquiry about which commercial heat treaters in the US could handle heat treating of firearm components due to government regulations. It was certainly news to us that there is such a regulation but not surprising. So if anybody ever asks you which commercial heat treaters can heat treat firearm components you can answer the trivia question correctly and so can we. At least one is Advanced Heat Treat Corp. March 11/2015

"WATERLOO, IA—Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) announced today that it has received a Federal Firearms License (FFL) issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The FFL will provide AHT customers the opportunity to send regulated firearm components to their Waterloo, Iowa and Cullman, Alabama locations for heat treatment. The license is valid through March 1, 2018. “The addition of this license will allow us to better serve our customers in the firearms industry,” said Drew Hutchison, Director, Sales and Operations. “Our customers encouraged us to pursue the FFL to expand our capabilities. We look forward to offering our heat treat services to this market and see additional opportunities for growth.” Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe.  Their UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more.

Established in 1981, AHT is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like they are their first born, understanding when your customer needs their parts back ‘yesterday’ and the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today. 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. About FFL; Visit the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at www.atf.gov." 

J.L. Becker Company/Eric Buchanan. "J.L. Becker Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Buchanan for the position of Sales Engineer. Prior to joining J.L. Becker, Eric gained industry experience working with OEM automotive companies and its suppliers, in both Account and Quality Management roles. He has managed large scale projects from initial request through PPAP launch and serviced both international and domestic accounts. His experience with a variety of heat treating processes and applications, coupled with quality and account management knowledge, brings unique insight in providing commercial-based heat treat solutions to J.L. Becker’s customer base.

Eric attended Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, earning multiple degrees along with concentrated coursework in the Applied Sciences of Metallurgy and Material Sciences. He has successfully completed Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Karrass Development Courses. J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, designs, manufactures and services a full line of heat treating equipment for virtually any process, including annealing, quenching, hardening and carburizing. These systems include both batch and continuous type operations, specializing in Integral Quench (IQ), Tip Up, Box and Car Bottom Furnaces. We also offer a full line of replacement parts and auxiliary equipment, such as atmosphere generators, quench tanks and charge cars. For more information on how J.L. Becker can provide custom engineered solutions for your specific thermal heating requirements and manufactured heat treating equipment, contact Eric Buchanan at (734) 855-5460, or visit our websites at www.jlbecker.com and www.gasbarrefurnacegroup.com." March 10/2015

Dokka Fasteners/Michigan. Captive heat treater and fastener provider Dokka added a couple of Ipsen Batch IQ furnaces a year or so ago, a story which we mentioned at the time. To add to this story we have a few more photos of this location provided by Mr. Greg Salazar of Salazar Industrial Training who recently provided a combustion safety course to the company. March 10/2015

NSL Analytical/Jim Martin Press Release. "NSL Analytical Services, Inc. announces the appointment of Jim Martin as Business Development Leader in the Northeast States. Mr. Martin brings more than 39 years of industry experience in business development, sales and marketing in testing and instrumentation. His knowledge and experience in Spectrometry, Materials Testing, and Physical Quantification brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. He is an active member and contributor to technical groups, published numerous articles, and has been recognized for his activities in support of ASM International, Society Of Plastic Engineers and others. “It is really great to have Jim join our team to support our customers and answer questions about testing and how NSL can support them in meeting testing needs of their products,” said Larry Somrack, president. “Jim’s experience, degree in engineering, MBA, and knowledge of customers in the Northeast is a real asset for NSL.”

His responsibilities include assisting NSL's customers and representatives with business and technical issues. He is charged with helping customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut meet requirements and resolve issues with NSL’s broad range of thorough, accurate, timely objective materials analysis, testing, characterization and consulting services. Mr. Martin will offer the full suite of analytical testing NSL offers for industrial, commercial and research organizations…continuing NSL’s quality policy of Trust, Technology, and Turnaround. NSL clients can be found in many industries ranging from Aerospace and Medical Devices; to Plastics and Automotive; to Electronics and Metals Forming; to Heat Treating and Energy; Nuclear and Organic Polymers; Food and Pharmaceuticals; Ceramics and Optics. For more information, visit http://www.nslanalytical.com NSL has a complete metallurgical and Mechanical testing laboratory specifically designed for Heat Treating clients. It has extensive Rockwell and Micro-hardness testing for such applications as case depth and Jominy tests. The staff is well versed in failure analysis and NSL is Certified ISO/IEC 17025 A CLASS, and NADCAP (PR1) Other certifications include Nuclear, GE, Westinghouse, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Group, Lockheed, Rolls Royce, Rolled Alloys.....and a long list of others." March 10/2015

Monday Morning Briefing. We’ll start off with people news in the south western US where we see furnace manufacturer Ipsen has a new South West Service Manager. This position was held by Mr. Dusty Lynch who took over from Lloyd Sorensen (who is now with Bell Helicopter) however Dusty recently made a change and Mr. Nick Zientek has taken over this position. I have a lot of respect for these guys as a position like this requires an enormous amount of time on the road. Moving to new furnace orders a major US corporation awarded Nutec Bickley with a new contract to supply a new line consisting of two pusher tray furnaces for the process of investment casting. The first furnace will be used to do a burnout, heating the molds to a temperature of 1,600°F. While the second furnace will be used to pre-heat the molds to a maximum temperature of 2,300°F. Surface Combustion of Maumee, OH currently has an order in house for a gas nitrider from a US customer. The gas nitriding business in North America has long been dominated by Nitrex but with gas nitriding becoming more and more well known we would expect to see more companies entering this market.

TimkenSteel in Canton, Ohio placed an order with SMS Meer for a quench and temper line for both austenitizing and tempering processes. The Timken in house heat treating department in Canton is not new but it certainly is a pretty big operation. Aluminum Precision Products out in CA a manufacturer of die forgings will be adding another furnace to their in house heat treating department in the form of a rotary hearth furnace. We’ve mentioned gas nitriding today so lets move on to plasma nitriding, We always think of European companies such as Rubig, Klockner, Rubicon, etc for plasma nitriding furnaces but Columbia? There is a company in Columbia by the name of Ion-Heat who has been around for a while who offers new plasma nitrding units. The company claims to have a system installed in the US currently with more to come and their pricing certainly puts everybody else to shame. Unfortunately we don’t know enough about them to give them an unqualified recommendation.

Tomorrow there is an auction in Danville, Kentucky offering a number of items including an old CI Hayes autoclave and an Ipsen vacuum furnace. Few details are included in the offering but from the pictures both of these items look pretty old and tired however vacuum furnaces virtually always find a buyer at auction. There is a second auction tomorrow in St. Johns, MI which features an Ajax Magnathermic horizontal induction hardening system. Again we would expect this to sell pretty quickly. If we’re talking about used equipment being available we might as well throw in that fastener manufacturer Ingepal in Brazil is selling off a large cast link belt line designed for fasteners. It was built by a company we are not familiar with by the name of REX who we learned is a local company that seems to have a good reputation. And to round things out Aalberts Industries in the Netherlands one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Europe recently released their financial statements and they look pretty good. If you want all the details http://www.aalberts.com/en/ March 9/2015

Throughput I Bluestreak Press Release. THROUGHPUT I Bluestreak™, a Manufacturing Execution System, for service-based manufactures, developed BlueCharts™, a web application that integrates with Bluestreak I Production Pathway™ to produce charts from data provided by SCADA or electronic data logging systems. Supported Charting Systems Charts produced from various supported systems will vary based on the capability of the logging system. Some systems can provide data charted in the browser while others produce an image file. March 9/2015

● SSi (data-driven & image charts)

● Paper Charts (scanned)

● Wonderware (data-driven & image charts)

● Proprietary Systems (based on integration capabilities)

● SpecView (data-driven)

● Eurotherm (data-driven)

Key Product Features
 Browser based UI allows viewing from any modern web browser
 Modular design allows new charting systems to be added
 Time definition sensitive (i.e. ability to update or change charting systems without affecting previous charts)
 Notes and order information may be added to the chart
 Chart may be saved as an image file (PDF at some future date)
 View and export the data
 Change time periods of retrieved data
 Show general chart notes (i.e. Manager sign-offs) or series-specific chart notes (i.e. Start Soak, End Soak)

Jasco Heat Treat/Fairport, NY. Once upon a time one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Upstate, NY was Jasco Heat Treat in Fairport, NY but times have changed. The company was part of a group owned by Gene Baldino and Dutch Summers (although we could be corrected on the exact spelling and ownership structure) but things have changed. As of December 2014 sister companies Jasco Tools and Little Rock Inc., were sold to ARCH Global  Precision a venture capital firm leaving Jasco Heat Treat as a bit of an orphan. Good company, nice equipment but much smaller and more modest than it was at one time. March 6/2015

Ipsen Press Release. "Ipsen Kicks Off 2015 With Comprehensive Heat Treatment Course CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Ipsen recently held their first Ipsen U class of 2015, allowing attendees to start the year with a broad overview of furnace equipment, processes, maintenance and more. Ipsen’s three-day-course provides attendees with a hands-on approach to learning while receiving qualified tips and knowledge directly from the experts.
Participants in the February 2015 Ipsen U course came from across the country, including Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas. Reflecting on the class, attendees found that it offered a “comprehensive overview of the general construction and mechanics of the furnace,” as well as an in-depth look at “the furnace’s hot zone and areas to focus on for preventive maintenance.”

Throughout the course, attendees were able to:

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

Overall, Ipsen U allows participants to build and refresh their knowledge of heat-treating equipment and processes through applied learning. Learn more and register for an upcoming 2015 Ipsen U course – April 7-9, June 2-4, August 4-6 or October 6-8 – at IpsenUSA.com/IpsenU." March 6/2015

The Big Cheese. So yesterday we had some fun about a parking sign directly in front of a US commercial heat treat saying: "Reserved Parking for the Big Cheese" (scroll down for the photo). We invited readers to guess who this referred to and we had 4 good answers and 12 bad answers. The correct response was that this parking spot belongs to Mr. Gary Huss, President of Hudapack Metal Treating http://hudapack.com/ which has three locations in the US and ranks amongst the 20 largest commercial heat treats in North America-this particular picture was taken in front of the Elkhorn, WI plant. We understand that this sign was presented to Gary by his emplyees which says a lot about the man. In driving related stories we also told you yesterday that drivers in Ohio just ain’t that good and promised you an example, well this shows how they park at Dayton Heat Treating & Forging in Dayton, Ohio-in the side of the building. We are of course kidding to some extent, yes this is the side of Dayton Heat Treating & Forging but this was the result of a driver swerving to avoid another and running into the side of the Dayton building. March 5/2015

Fastener Technology Aviation/ALD-Dynatech. "ALD-Dynatech has installed a high vacuum hardening furnace with high pressure gas quenching system for FTA (Fastener Technology Aviation), at their manufacturing plant in Izmir, Turkey. The multi-purpose ALD-Dynatech vacuum furnace with high-pressure gas quench is the environmentally friendly and clean furnace ideally suitable for Hardening and Brazing applications under oxygen free environment. Heating in the vacuum chamber furnace can be performed under vacuum as well as under convection. Depending on the part geometry, quench pressure can be adjusted from a gentle cooling or high pressure gas quenching designed up to 6 bar. With auxiliary equipment installed, ALD Dynatech high precision vacuum furnace can be used for Annealing, Stress Relieving, Tempering, and Normalizing applications. The furnace has effective hot zone size 350x250x450 mm (14”x10”x18”) & load capacity of 100 Kgs. (200 lbs).Treated parts are heated very homogeneously in a temperature range between 150 °C (300°F) and 1315 °C(2400°F) and under vacuum level of 10-5 Torr range. With advanced PLC/HMI control system , furnace complies to NADCAP requirement “ Furnace is highly flexible since it can be used for hardening with high pressure gas quench and brazing application under high vacuum for complex aerospace parts” Mr. Oguzhan Kocaman Quality Manager, quoted  after completing the production trials.


About FTA (Fastener Technology For Aviation ): FTA was established on 28 April, 2004 at A.O.S.B. in Izmir. Turkey.  The main ambition of FTA is to produce fasteners, high precision parts, sheet metal dies and fabricated parts for Aerospace business with the best possible delivery terms and prices.   The Vision of FTA To be a dependable and competitive supplier in the field of aerospace fastener business. FTA are also manufacturing aerospace parts of high Ni alloys, high alloy steels, Titanium and Aluminium Alloys. FTA has state of art manufacturing facility at their plant in Turkey with all latest high end machines for fabrication of precision parts. http://www.ftaviation.com/index.php About ALD Dynatech: ALD Dynatech is India’s largest manufacturer of vacuum heat treatment furnace systems. ALD Dynatech is a part of world renowned Vacuum furnace manufacturer “ALD Vacuum Technologies, Germany”. The company manufactures turn-key vacuum heat treatment systems for applications including commercial heat treating, carburising, nitriding, sintering, tempering processes for bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining and military, commercial heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries. www.ald-dynatech.com" March 4/2015

Heat Treat Parking. So who is the "Big Cheese" who has the audacity to think he deserves a parking spot directly in front of the main entrance of a major heat treat as you can see in the sign below? We will reveal the name of this dastardly villain tomorrow and also show you how they park at heat treats in Ohio (bottom line is pretty badly). March 4/2015

ASM Heat Treat Show/Detroit, Michigan. So the big heat treat show in North America in 2015 is in Detroit, Michigan this year and this is what the organizers have to say;

"Heat Treat Event On Track To Sell Out Exhibit Space Materials Park, Ohio – February 24, 2015 – This October 20-22, professionals in the heat treating industry from around the world will gather in Detroit at the 28th ASM Heat Treating Conference and Exposition co-located with Gear Expo 2015. The event will be organized by the ASM Heat Treating Society. Heat Treat 2015 will focus on industry contributions and breakthroughs, with many heat treat-focused technical sessions and plenary talks by experts. Based on how the show has performed in Detroit in the past, there is an expected draw of hundreds of companies and over 8,000 attendees due to its co-location with Gear Expo. The conference location is within driving distance of automotive center of the world, and Cobo Convention Center has recently undergone a $290 million renovation “Heat Treat has always been a draw for companies who want to network with customers face-to-face.  The exposition space is already 90% sold out as the show continues to expand, it will sell out as in previous years,” stated Kelly Thomas, Manager, Events at ASM International. “Heat Treat will be without a doubt our biggest show of the year. The Heat Treat community comes together at this event, known as the premier heat treating event in the industry.” Save the date Heat Treat 2015! Visit www.asminternational.org/heattreat To EXHIBIT, CONTACT: Kelly Thomas, Manager, Events ASM International kelly.thomas@asminternational.org 440.338.1733

About ASM International; As the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists, ASM International is dedicated to informing, educating, and connecting the materials community. A member and volunteer based organization, ASM serves as a central resource that gathers the latest applied information from the field and disseminates it back to industry, academia, and government through published content, classes, conferences, expositions, and local chapter engagement. To learn more about ASM International, visit www.asminternational.org" March 3/2015

PhoenixTM Press Release. "New ‘Hot Box’ temperature monitoring system for aluminum logs in a walking beam furnace PhoenixTM have successfully designed and commissioned a ‘hot box’ system for a major aluminum log casting plant in Germany. In this homogenizing process the log rotates in a walking beam furnace making it difficult to obtain accurate core product temperature information.  The PhoenixTM ‘hot box’ system was designed to be attached to the log which enables it to be used during normal production, and also ensures that thermocouple positions are maintained throughout the process.   Designed to be smaller than the overall log diameter so as not to impede its progress through the furnace, the thermal barrier also incorporates a rotating evaporative system, to protect the data logger, which significantly enhances thermal performance.  Following successful commissioning, the customer was able to optimize throughput whilst maintaining product quality. For more information: sales@phoenixtm.com / www.phoenixtm.com Caption for photograph: ‘the test log with ‘hot box’ system attached, exits the furnace’"March 3/2015

Ajax Tocco/LB Foster. "Ajax TOCCO Supplies Induction Heater for FBE Coating System at L.B. Foster Advanced Pipe Coating Equipment Increases Birmingham Plant Capacity Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic recently shipped a 4,500 kW, 12 pulse, Pacer II induction heating system to the L.B. Foster Coated Products pipe coating facility in Birmingham, AL. The installation of this advanced equipment marks a key development in L.B. Foster’s capacity expansion plans. The high-speed coating plant is capable of applying Fusion Bonded Epoxy (FBE) to 12.75 inch – 24 inch pipe in lengths up to 80 feet. The new Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic system provides progressive, in-line heating of the pipe prior to application of the FBE coating and features the ability to quickly change the line’s inductors for differing pipe sizes to minimize production downtime. The L.B. Foster pipe coating facility is located on the site of American Steel Pipe.

About L.B. Foster Company L.B. Foster Company is a leading manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets with locations in North America and Europe. Website: www.lbfoster.com About Ajax TOCCO Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic®, a subsidiary of Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation®, designs and manufactures world- class induction heating and melting equipment for various industries and applications throughout the world. In addition, ATM provides a range of services including laboratory process development, preventative maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities, and installation services. E-mail: sales@ajaxtocco.com Website: www.ajaxtocco.com" March 3/2015

Tenaxol. So who is the man when it comes to polymer quenchants? Tenaxol of course! Well Tenaxol didn't exactly ask us to say this but when it comes to Quenchants we do tend to think of Tenaxol first. We welcome our newest advertiser Tenaxol (whose banner ad can be found on this page) to our website and we would encourage our readers to check out what they have to offer. March 3/2015

Caitlin Montgomery. Saturday February 28th Caitlin Montgomery was married to Andrew Parkes. While Caity no longer works at WG Montgomery Ltd. she did for a number of years during which she helped with the website and traveled to numerous heat treat exhibitions around the world including Düsseldorf and Wiesbaden, Germany, Nashville and Orlando, USA. March 2/2015

Bodycote Financial Results. Just this past Friday we had a brief summary of commercial heat treater Bodycote's latest financial results. It is our belief that this summary of the company's profit margins also makes for interesting reading.

"Things are turning out exactly the way we said they would," says Bodycote (BOY) chief executive Stephen Harris. Since he embarked on a "tidying up" operation in 2009, margins at the supplier of heat treatment, metal joining, hot isostatic pressing and coating services have steadily risen. Most recently, management has been increasing efficiency in Bodycote's European automotive and general industrial unit by closing down underperforming plants. Such measures drove divisional margins up 90 basis points to 15.6 per cent. Moreover, Bodycote's margin model, whereby each customer is analysed and prices set accordingly, boosted the group's core heat-treatment business and helped widen group margins by 90 basis points to 18.2 per cent.

Bodycote also continues to expand in high-margin specialist technologies, which now contribute almost a quarter of group revenue - up from 14 per cent in 2007 - and, tellingly, account for 38 per cent of operating profit. The group is the sole supplier of popular services such as HIP product fabrication, which management describes as "the mother of all pressure cookers", giving it strong pricing power. Demand is so hot for these services, says Mr Harris, that they haven't been affected by plummeting oil prices. The oil and gas sector represents about a tenth of Bodycote's business, but a third of that is served by specialist technologies. Broker Credit Suisse expects adjusted pre-tax profit of £114m for the year ahead, giving EPS of 44.6p (from 43.8p in 2013). March 2/2015

Webster Combustion Press Release. "Webster Combustion Technology LLC (“Webster”) announced this week that it has promoted Mr. Eric Graham from OEM Sales Manager to National Sales Manager.  Mr. Graham will continue to oversee sales to OEMs with added sales and marketing responsibilities to all sales channels.  Mr. Graham will be reporting to Selas’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Jeff Malarik. Mr. Graham started his combustion career in the sales department of Webster in 1991.  He moved on to be a Senior Applications Manager at Kewanee Boiler Company in Kewanee, IL, and then became National Sales Manager of Gordon-Piatt, a John Zink company, in Tulsa, OK.  In 2009 Mr. Graham was pursued by Webster to rejoin the company as a Regional Sales Manager and later moved to the position of OEM Sales Manager where his expertise was needed.  Mr. KK Tiwari, President of Selas Heat Technology, has stated “this was a natural move given Mr. Graham’s 24 years of experience in the combustion industry, his aptitude for listening to the needs of the customer and quickly delivering solutions.”

About Webster Combustion; Selas Heat Technology Company, LLC, acquired the business of Webster Engineering and Manufacturing in November 2013 and resumed its business as Webster Combustion Technology, LLC.  The Company’s burners combine advanced control technology with proven combustion performance to provide the heat source for the transformation of water to potable hot water, hot water for heating, and steam for heating and process applications. For over eight decades, Webster’s proven designs have helped customers reduce emission levels, and provided higher efficiencies for both new and replacement installations. Webster’s patented Temp-A-Trim® system, senses combustion air temperature and utilizes a VFD to provide customers with both fuel and electrical savings. Webster will continue to expand its product offering by listening to the voice of the customer and providing innovative solutions to fulfill their requirements under the leadership of Mr. Mark Wehmeier and Mr. KK Tiwari, and with the support of Selas.  Selas, a pioneer in the combustion industry since 1896, also owns the following brands: Pyronics®, Red Ray®, EnsignTM Ribbon Burners, Ray Burners® and Maxsys® Fuel Systems. March 2/2015

SECO/WARWICK. We welcome our newest advertiser furnace manufacturer SECO/WARWICK whose banner ad can be found on the right hand side of this page. Based in Poland but with manufacturing locations around the world SECO has over the years become one of the world's largest furnace builders offering Vacuum and Atmosphere solutions for just about every type of heat treating process. March 2/2015

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 sales 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 has a very good managment team in place. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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