Process-control software combines advanced modeling with data acquisition to monitor and manage thermal processes closer than previously possible.
Time and temperature are critical parameters in any heat treating process. Energy and resources are wasted if a part stays in the furnace too long, and the required mechanical and metallurgical properties may not be achieved if a part spends less than optimal time in the furnace. Previously, there has not been a simple way to measure or track the property transformation within parts during a heat treating operation. Moreover, it requires tedious trial and error methods to determine optimal furnace settings. A new PC-based process control and optimization software, LINE-MOD, promises to change the paradigm of heat treating processes. The software combines advanced modeling with conventional process control and data acquisition to monitor and manage thermal processes more closely than previously possible. The system provides a window to the process, which enables an understanding of the complexities involved in heat treating.