Process-Electronic GmbH is working with furnace OEM Aichelin GmbH to install its plant automation system in a lights-out heat-treatment cell destined for Bosch Rexroth in Beijing, China. The automation package consists of the Protherm 9800 production management software, a Protherm 500 controller, an iNS intelligent nitriding sensor with dual H2/02 detection, oxygen probes and an ammonia cracker. Integration, implementation and commissioning of the automation system are scheduled for April 2007.

The Protherm 9800 will be programmed to supervise a carburizing and nitriding line at Bosch Rexroth. The carburizing line comprises three carburizing furnaces, a tempering furnace, a washer and a storage/material handling system. For the nitriding line, the Protherm 9800 will control four horizontal nitriding furnaces, a preoxidation furnace, a washer and storage/material handling equipment.