Super Systems Inc. (SSi) supplied Bodycote North America with an automated nitriding control system at its Highland Heights facility outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Highland Heights upgraded the controls on a gas nitriding pit furnace to provide automated process control for precise metallurgical results and a traceable, repeatable nitriding process. The SSi nitriding system includes a complete electrical and flow-control system that provides the furnace with the ability to run recipes for one- or two-stage gas nitriding cycles and control all the necessary parameters to achieve precise metallurgical results.

According to Bodycote, the new controls give Highland Heights the ability to automatically control Kn, temperature, back pressure, soak time and gas flows as well as data log everything for complete traceability. The investment in controls and software has created operational improvements and plant-wide efficiencies.