Nitrex Metal Inc. (Quebec City, Canada; completed start-up of a second controlled-nitriding system for NTN-Blower, a manufacturer of precision roller bearings. The new NX-1220 installation is designed to provide fully automatic process control of nitriding without the need for specialized personnel. Identical to the first unit, installed and operating since April 2005, the follow-on order will double the nitriding capacity of the NTN-Blower plant in Macomb, Ill. The investment also allows the company to bring the thermochemical process in-house for better control over cost, quality, and turnover. A main feature of this system is the upgrade from individual controls to the NPM Global package, a software utility that allows secure remote access to the furnace control system.