RAD-CON, Inc. announced that a 100% hydrogen annealing furnace system, commissioned for Charter Wire’s new manufacturing facility in Menomonee Valley, Wis., is now operational. Charter will utilize the system primarily for recrystallize annealing of low-carbon drawn wire. The new system also gives Charter the capability to anneal alloy steels for specialty applications. The bell-type furnace has RAD-CON’s FlexLoad™ plenum to allow a variety of coil packages to be loaded. The system includes RAD-CON’s patented AC/APEx™ atmosphere control system for regulation of heating rates and atmosphere flows according to wire quality requirements.

The system also includes RAD-CON’s Super-High Convection (H2SHC™) technology for superior atmosphere circulation and a rapid hydrogen cooling spray-water feature for superior product brightness. With full production set for this month, the furnace system is the first production unit operating in the new facility, allowing Charter to take advantage of the higher-quality hydrogen annealing process. Charter is a leading supplier of shaped steel bar and wire products.