Captive/Commercial Heat Treater Hosts Uddeholm Heat Treat Academy

Uddeholm is known around the world as a leading manufacturer of tool steel for industrial tools and as such has state of the art heat treating facility around the globe. Just last week they held their “Business Academy – Heat Treatment” at their partners location, Ramada ACOS in Portugal.

We have spoken a number of times about how the Ramada facility in Ovar, Portugal is impressive by any standards. Below we have a summary of the company as reported by “The Monty Heat Treat News” after a visit in November,  2021 along with a photo showing Dale Montgomery of “The Monty Heat Treat News” in the vacuum department. The other photo is of the recent “Uddeholm, Business Academy -Heat Treatment” get together (PS; this facility recently invested in a number of Ipsen Sealed Quench furnaces).

“NOVEMBER 2021; Ramada ACOS is a captive/commercial heat treater located in the northern part of Portugal in the city of Ovar. The firm is another example of a company which offers some of the most “state of the art” heat treatment processes available anywhere in the world. Ramada has been in business  for more than 75 years both as a heat treater and a distributor of steel for Uddeholm. The company has 13 vacuum hardening and vacuum nitriding furnaces all from French furnace builder BMI along with 8 sealed quench furnaces with oil quenching, Interestingly enough at least some of the sealed quench furnaces are from a Brazillian furnace manufacturer by the name of Brasimet which caught our attention-as it turns out because of the historical connection between Portugal and Brazil this is a not uncommon occurence.

The vacuum furnaces include a hardening furnace with dimensions of 1200 mm X 1200 mm X 1800 mm (48″ x 48″ x 72″) with 13 bar nitrogen quenching, a vacuum carburizing system, several tempering units and some nitriding systems. Every single one as mentioned previously was provided by BMI in Lyon, France and in many cases Ramada has been the testing ground for new processes being developed by BMI.”

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