Returning a tired heat treat furnace to original condition is one rebuild option. Another option is to try something new after evaluating available combustion technology and after updating manufacturing goals and objectives. A recent rebuild project allowed Kromschroder Inc. (Hudson, Ohio) to demonstrate the advantages gained in furnace performance by taking the latter approach, according to the company. Working with its distributor, Custom Electric Manufacturing Co. (Wixom, Mich.), Kromschroder rebuilt a batch heat treating furnace for a large, Minnesota commercial heat treater.
The following specific goals were established by the customer before initiating the rebuild project: