Automated atmosphere furnace systems have proven success in reducing labor and manufacturing costs, while allowing companies to be cost competitive in the global market.
Automation of thermal processing equipment is a key factor in meeting the increasing demands of the heat-treating industry to increase system throughput while reducing initial capital and operating costs. In the area of atmosphere furnace systems, Ipsen International's IronHorse(tm) technology combines improved furnace components and control systems to reduce labor and manufacturing costs. The system includes TQ-type straight through (Fig. 1) and RTQ-type in-out (Fig. 2) integral quench furnaces with precise batch charge loading and unloading, highly efficient Recon-III(tm) burners, forced convection atmosphere control, Supercarb(tm) direct-feed atmosphere system and an endless chain-transfer mechanism, which offer improved performance compared with traditional systems. The furnace systems are suitable for completely automated carburizing, neutral hardening and carbonitriding.