Bodycote has finalized an agreement with AFC-Holcroft that will provide a common batch furnace platform for Bodycote facilities in 27 countries. The object of the agreement is to allow for consistency throughout the 190 commercial heat-treatment plants that Bodycote operates globally while minimizing costs for new equipment. AFC-Holcroft’s universal batch quench (UBQ) family of products was selected as a result of in-plant experience that has shown superior process results and reduced operating costs. In addition, the equipment can be provided at a reduced cost with local service being available in all key regions in which Bodycote operates.

An additional benefit of the agreement is the standardization of controls architecture throughout Bodycote’s plants. Advanced features that have been jointly developed will provide Bodycote with global connectivity and pave the way to future innovations.