Bodycote Thermal Processing (Huntington Park, Calif.) has acquired three gas nitriding installations based on the UPC Protherm 500 programmable controller and the H2Smart hydrogen analyzer from United Process Controls. These include two pit-type NP-1020 turnkey systems complete with furnaces and one upgrade for an existing furnace. All three systems will be used primarily for nitriding stainless steels. In addition, an IN-500 exhaust-gas neutralizer will ensure the furnaces’ environmental friendliness.

United Process Controls is a new alliance of five companies within the heat-treating industry: Furnace Controls, Marathon Monitors, Nitrex Metal, Process-Electronic and Waukee Engineering.