Gas Nitrider Installed in Peru?

It is very seldom (well almost never) that we hear about heat treating in Peru so this press release about a new gas nitriding system being installed in Peru makes for interesting news.

To the best of our knowledge this is the only gas nitrider installed in the entire country, however we know from personal experience that a commercial heat treater in the country “Tratar Peru” does have plasma nitriding capabilities. In 2018 Gord Montgomery of “The Monty Heat Treat News” visited Tratar as you can see in two photos further down this page.

“voestalpine High Performance Metals del Perú recently added a state-of-the-art NITREX system for nitriding and nitrocarburizing a wide range of components made from high-performance steels. This new addition strengthens the company’s position as a leader in high-tech thermal and thermochemical processes on par with highly industrialized countries, expanding its capabilities to precisely meet the needs of industries such as mining, metal-mechanical, energy, plastic, sugar, among others.

The new pit-type furnace, a model NXK-612, is designed to process 600 mm (23.5”) diameter by 1200 mm (47.25”) high workloads weighing up to 800 kg (1700 lb.). Process technologies include Nitreg® controlled nitriding, Nitreg®-C controlled nitrocarburizing, and ONC® post-oxidation. As with all Nitreg® brand technologies, subsequent cleaning of treated parts and additional production steps, such as final machining, are eliminated.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nitrex will work closely with voestalpine High Performance Metals del Perú to help meet the needs of its customers through research and process development for a wide range of applications, materials, and markets.

“We are excited to bring these new heat treatment processes to the Peruvian market,” commented Arturo Garcia, Plant Manager, “because they offer an expansion of possibilities with processes ranging between 400-600°C (752-1112°F), which can be adapted to various low alloy steels and tool steels while respecting tempering limits. Depending on the type of application, deep layers with excellent white layer control, low roughness, and low microporosity can be achieved.”

The voestalpine High Performance Metals division specializes in high-performance materials and customer-specific services, including heat treatments, surface treatments, and additive manufacturing processes for the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, oil and gas, and tooling industries.

Since 2005, Nitrex Metal has established a lifelong relationship with the voestalpine High Performance Metals division, including its subsidiaries ASSAB, ASSAB Steels and ASSAB Tooling. The company currently operates twelve Nitrex nitriding and nitrocarburizing systems in ten countries, including China, Czechia, Hungary, Indonesia, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.”

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