SECO/WARWICK received an order for a CaseMaster Evolution® vacuum carburizing furnace line that includes a washer/tempering unit, loaders and line control system with single-load tracking. The system is dedicated for the treatment of automotive steering-system components. The contract was signed in August 2013 with ThyssenKrupp Presta de Mexico S.A. de CV, and SECO/WARWICK will deliver the turnkey production cell in the second quarter of 2014. The CaseMaster Evolution is a three-chamber vacuum furnace with separate preheating, heating and oil-quenching chambers. It will be equipped with low-pressure carburizing FineCarb® technology and pre-nitriding PreNitLPC® technology.

The furnaces will work in the line with a control-integrated, continuous, combined washing and tempering line and will be equipped with a supervisory control system for the heat-treatment process, which tracks and records the entire process for an individual load from input to output of parts. The complete line has been adapted for the specific requirements of the requested semi-continuous operation mode and the high automotive standards of ThyssenKrupp Presta.