United Process Controls has been awarded a contract by transmission-components manufacturer U.S. Gear, a division of AxleTech International, to supply new state-of-the-art furnace controls and data acquisition. A pusher furnace will be outfitted with CQI-9 compliant furnace controls based on the Protherm 600 controller, FurnaceDoctor® infrared multipoint gas analyzer and Waukee Flo-Tronic electronic flow meters. The Protherm 9800 software application will integrate the control systems of the pusher and other batch furnaces and streamline heat-treating operations at the company’s Chicago, Ill., plant.

The Protherm 9800 performs data acquisition, recipe management, monitoring and analysis. This upgrade investment will bring an older piece of equipment into CQI-9 compliance, providing greater accuracy in the heat-treat cycles as well as providing the company with comprehensive process documentation. United Process Controls includes Furnace Control, Marathon Monitors, Process-Electronic and Waukee Engineering.