ASM International released Surface Hardening of Steels: Understanding the Basics, a 364-p practical selection guide edited by J. R. Davis to help engineers and technicians choose the most efficient surface hardening techniques that offer consistent and repeatable results. Emphasis is placed on characteristics such as processing temperature, case/coating thickness, bond strength and hardness level obtained. The advantages and limitations of the various thermochemical, thermal and coating/surface modification technologies are compared. Economic concerns, as well as health and safety considerations are also addressed. Info # 266 or