Fred Hamizadeh, American Axle & Manufacturing Talks Pusher vs Batch IQ
Today we have a real treat for you as our host Mr. Carlos Torres talks pusher furnace vs batch IQ furnace with Mr. Fred Hamizadeh who is in charge of heat treatment for one of the largest in house heat treaters in the world, American Axle & Manufacturing (for a few more details about heat treating at AAM we would refer you to the brief article below which was posted to “The Monty Heat Treat News” in early 2020 shortly after a visit by “The Monty” team to the AAM facility in Guanajuato, Mexico). To find out where Fred ranks on our list of the “Most Influential People in the North American Heat Treating Industry in 2021” please follow this link; 40 Most Influential People in The North American Heat Treating Industry 2021 | The Monty
“April 2020 Posting. American Axle & Manufacturing-Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex Mexico; Any list of the largest captive heat treaters in North America would have to include auto and truck component supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (https://themonty.com/project/10-largest-north-american-captive-heat-treaters/) In terms of sales the company reported $6.53 Billion USD in 2019, in terms of the amount of heat treating we can’t even guess. We know AAM has large heat treating departments in a number of locations around the world including the US, Mexico and Poland but what that translates into in terms of number of furnaces is anybody’s guess (although one of our favorite heat treaters, who is also one of the most influential in North America, Fred Hamizadeh of AAM would certainly know https://themonty.com/project/25-most-influential-people-in-the-north-american-heat-treating-industry/ )
This all takes us to the AAM Manufacturing Complex in Guanajuato, Mexico which we visited last week. The complex includes several different facilities and several different heat treat departments. We are very constrained in what we can say and photos were an absolute no-go but we can at least give a broad summary. What we saw were multiple large pusher furnaces, numerous batch IQ furnaces and generators with a couple of large mesh belts thrown in. The equipment ranges in age from older right on up to almost brand new and all of it is in immaculate shape with state of the art controls.”
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