Applied Process, AFC-Holcroft Collaborate on Furnace for New Plant
The new heat-treating facility, Applied Process’ Monster Parts Division, will be housed in a purpose-built, 15,000-square-foot building in Oshkosh. The furnace will employ strategically placed natural-gas-fired radiant tubes and is designed to meet the stringent temperature uniformity requirements of various new international standards. It will utilize an endothermic gas atmosphere with natural gas addition. The heat and atmosphere will be uniformly circulated in the furnace with the aid of four alloy fans. A raised pier design in the furnace will allow both the sight lines necessary for efficient radiant heat transfer and the smooth flow of atmosphere circulation. A special direct gear drive handling system was developed by AFC-Holcroft for this furnace. The system is designed to smoothly accelerate and decelerate the load quickly, without the rough, jerking motions that can plague conventional transfer systems.