CEC Completes Field Testing of Heat Treatment System
After significant testing at Consolidated Engineering Company's in-house Research & Development facility and further testing in a working foundry, CEC (Kennesaw, Ga.) has completed comprehensive field trials of the CleanCast® Heat Treatment System. CEC validated that castings obtain higher properties and shorter cycle times when loaded into the furnace at higher temperatures. This Process Critical Temperature/Time relationship, a principle patented by CEC, involves taking hot castings directly after pouring and placing them into the CleanCast® furnace before they have a chance to cool.
Also proven was that the use of high-pressure, high-impact hot air nozzles in the test equipment promoted rapid de-coring of complex cast parts in addition to rapid heat-up. Additional benefits that would also be gained from such cell-type processing would be less labor and manual handling, lower inventories, smaller equipment footprint and reduced environmental effects.