PlaTeg GmbH of Germany, represented in the U.S. by Pye Metallurgical Consulting, Inc. of Meadville, PA, has installed a pulsed plasma ion nitriding furnace at a commercial heat treatment company specializing in aerospace component heat treatment located on the west coast. The furnace can perform pre-plasma nitriding to produce a hard clean substrate onto which is deposited a duplex layer with high hardness values. The working size of the furnace is 26" diameter x 40" high. The total power rating is 50kW and is evacuated by conventional vacuum pumping systems. The unit is managed and controlled by a user-friendly computer and software program developed by the manufacturer and the client.