Top 50 Heat Treater Makes Multi Million Dollar Investments in New Equipment
Family owned and operated commercial heat treater “ThermTech” in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA has consistnently made “The Monty Heat Treat News” list as one of the largest commercial heat treaters in North America https://themonty.com/project/the-monty-heat-treat-news-50-largest-north-american-commercial-heat-treats-2022/
According to this press release the company has recently embarked on a stunning investment in new, state of the art heat treatment equipment. We have no doubt but that the founder of the company Mr. Charles, “Chuck” Wiberg (who passed away in 2020) would be very proud of how his family has continued to grow the business-Chuck is third from the right in this picture.
Executive Vice President of Sales, Ben Gasbarre commented that “Gasbarre is proud to partner with a reputable, growing company such as ThermTech for their large capacity furnace needs.”
Additional Investments in Vacuum Department, New Aluminum Line, & ‘Green Technology’
ThermTech has also added two additional Vacuum furnaces from Ipsen, USA. The furnaces have dimensions of 36” wide x 36” Tall x 48” long with capabilities of quenching up to 6 bars of pressure utilizing nitrogen or argon gas as the quench medium. These large vacuum furnaces are AMS class 3 (+/-15F) certified capable of AMS2750, along with exceeding conformance to many industry standards including NADCA 207 and AMS2769. Other common thermal operations that ThermTech’s vacuum department specializes in include annealing, hardening, stress relieving, tempering, aging, and homogenizing.
Beginning in January 2022, ThermTech boasts a fully operational aluminum line. With capabilities of up to 3000 lbs in a single quench, the solution anneal furnace purchased from Williams Industrial Service features a 60″x 60″ x 48″ working area. This line is capable of a sub-15 second transfer to air blast quench, a water quench range of 55F up to boiling, a sub-7 second transfer to water quench which exceeds AMS 2770/AMS2771 specifications, as well as load thermocouple monitoring during the solution treatment, quenching, and aging. ThermTech can provide the following processes including solution treatments, aging, stress relieving, annealing, water quenching and air quenching.
Brandon Medinger, Director of Operations – Aluminum & Austempering, ThermTech, stated that “Working with Williams Industrial Service has been seamless; from providing prompt customer service, to on-site visits, and importantly their attention to detail.” Brandon Medinger, also noted that Williams is “a technically capable organization that can handle a project like ours that had very difficult requirements.”
Another recent purchase includes a new austempering/marquenching furnace from Michigan based AFC-Holcroft. This state-of-the-art furnace can handle a single part racked in the vertical orientation up to 56″ long. The working dimension of the furnace is 36″ W x 72″ L x 56″ H, can process a gross load weight of 7,000 lbs and is capable of operating with salt temperatures ranging from 350F – 750F.
Dan Hill, Sales Engineer at AFC-Holcroft notes that “The UBQA system is an environmentally friendly ‘green technology’ which can be used to impart resistance to distorting, cracking or warping of heat-treated components”. Applicable processes include marquenching, austempering, and carburizing with additional washing and tempering capacity accompanying the new marquenching/austempering furnace. Although installation is expected in early 2023, AFC Holcroft has already made multiple site visits to ThermTech providing excellent customer service and offering out-of-the-box suggestions to best suit ThermTech’s needs.
ThermTech leads the region in heat treating sales and metallurgical innovation. The company’s long-term strategy is to increase growth in the Midwest and on a national scale. This includes adding more workers and integrating the use of a robotics handling systems, which is expected to be installed in late 2022.
ThermTech currently employs around 137 people, many of whom have been there for 10+ years. They strive to promote a positive work/home life for their employees which includes providing tuition assistance for those furthering their education. With pay averaging around $20.00/hour, their employees also receive full benefits including: an onsite medical clinic, chiropractor, massage therapist and health coach, who can all be seen during the workday.