Top Heat Treat News Items for the Week of May 13th

Each week “The Monty Heat Treat News” tracks our most popular heat treat news stories according to “Social Media”. For the week starting Monday May 13 these were the top 3 stories with each getting several thousand “reads”. 
Furnace Builder Aichelin to Offer Vacuum Furnaces; “The AICHELIN Group and Sistem Teknik have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Austria. This joint venture will produce and distribute industrial vacuum heat treatment technologies and services in Europe. The AICHELIN Group is thus adding a promising segment to its existing product portfolio.
“As one of the global market leaders in the production of industrial furnaces for industrial heat treatment, we want to become an even stronger partner in the supply of vacuum furnaces for industry. The joint venture combines the best of two worlds: With the products developed by Sistem Teknik and our global after-sales and service network, we create maximum customer focus – a perfect combination to better meet the increasing demand for vacuum solutions in the future,” states Christian Grosspointner, CEO of the AICHELIN Group.
“The motivation of our joint venture is to offer the best possible technology that fits our time, which inevitably demands environmental efficiency and sustainability. We have noticed that there is a strong market for megatrends such as carbon footprint, electromobility and lean production. With our vacuum furnaces, we aim to provide solutions that ensure low carbon emissions and maximum process quality. I am very confident that this collaboration will not only bring innovation, but also benefit our industry,” says Mehmet Özdeşlik, CEO of Sistem Teknik.
Ipsen USA Welcomes Max Stormo to Souderton, PA; Ipsen welcomes Max Stormo as the new Ipsen Customer Service (ICS) Operations Manager as the company streamlines its aftermarket services in Souderton, PA. Stormo comes to Ipsen after an extensive career working as a manufacturing operations leader in Texas, and a recent role as Vice President of Operations at a manufacturer in the Philadelphia region.
In this position, Stormo will be a hands-on leader that directs and coordinates activities of Ipsen’s aftermarket business for the Souderton plant. This includes overseeing manufacturing activities, developing and implementing production plans, training and developing staff, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality aftermarket parts to Ipsen’s customers.
“Leading organizations through a series of step changes leads to organizational transformation. I’m a big believer in step change – which drives sustainability,” Stormo explained. “These changes lead to bigger things and set new standards.”
New Commercial Heat Treat in Tennessee; According to this press release a German company by the name of BorTec will be setting up a commercial heat treat facility in Johnson City, TN. Once completed the facility will offer “boronizing”; “Boriding, or Boronizing, is a thermo-chemical surface hardening process used to improve the life and performance of metal components. The process is used to strengthen resistance to corrosion and abrasive wear, decrease coefficient of friction, and, of course, greatly increase surface hardness. What is the difference between boriding and nitriding? While boriding can increase the hardness of material up to 2600 HV, nitriding can only achieve 950 HV for certain types of steel. Nitriding is most effective on nitriding steels, whereas boriding is also used on steel grades containing nickel, nickel superalloys, and cobalt superalloys.”
Want to know more about boronizing? In a few short weeks boronizing expert Craig Zimmerman of commercial heat treater Bluewater Thermal will be speaking about the process in a new episode of “The Heat Treat Podcast”.
“A new manufacturing facility in Johnson City will be the first U.S. location for a German-based company. State officials announced Thursday BorTec USA’s plans to invest $3.1 million and create 35 new jobs at its plant at 3618 Bristol Highway. The heat treatment plant will mainly produce wear- and corrosion-resistant pipes for the oil and gas industries.
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