Komatsu Mining Auctions Off Surplus Heat Treating Equipment

​Heavy equipment supplier and captive heat treater Komatsu Mining is auctioning off a number of heat treating furnaces which are surplus to their ongoing operations as we speak. Komatsu Mining, West Milwaukee Manufacturing Facility is having an ongoing “on line” auction which features a wide variety of heat treat furnaces, some very interesting others not so much so. Included in the auction are a number of batch IQ furnaces along with salt processing items and some other odds and ends. As a footnote to this story we include the press release below published by “The Monty Heat Treat News” back in 2020. In it we talk about a very substantial investment Komatsu made in a brand new, state of the art heat treating facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

“NOVEMBER 15th 2020. Komatsu Mining Corp., Heat Treat Project Update; As part of our Monday Morning Briefing we had the note below about mining equipment giant Komatsu adding a state of the art heat treating department to their new facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To update this story we can say that the entire heat treatment department will be housed in its own building and the furnaces will be the most versatile in the world-Batch Integral Quench furnaces (IQ for short in North America, Sealed Quench in the rest of the world)-the furnaces were provided by AFC-Holcroft of Wixom, Michigan. While you could argue that the cost per pound of heat treating components in a continuous style furnace such as a pusher are lower, the benefit of a batch IQ is that they are versatile. Different part sizes, different weights not a problem and plus it is far easier to shut down a 3500 pound capacity batch IQ than a large pusher line.

“For our Monday Morning Briefing for October 19/2020 we start off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. To begin we will use this press release which appeared just a couple of weeks ago; “Building on its 135-year-legacy in Milwaukee, Komatsu Mining Corp. officially broke ground earlier this month for its new state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee’s Harbor District on east Greenfield Avenue. The company recently finalized the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling nearly 57 acres for the project. Partnering with the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee, Komatsu is investing approximately $285 million in its South Harbor Campus, which will include purpose-built, modern manufacturing facilities; advanced technology, robotics, engineering and R&D labs; a large office complex, training facilities, a data solutions center and an experience center.” When this project was announced back in 2018 one of the details emphasized by Komatsu was that this new project would include a state of the art heat treating facility. We can confirm that this is the case and while we can’t provide details at this point we can say that the heat treat portion of the project is certainly moving ahead.”

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