Byington Steel Treating has quite a back story. What started as a one-man operation is now the Bay Area’s premier source for heat-treating service and expertise.

    Byington Steel Treating opened in 1952 in a small leased building in Santa Clara, Calif. Today, over 60 years later, the commercial heat treater employs more than 30 people and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week in its 35,000-square-foot facility just blocks from the original location.

    An AS 9100C and ISO 9001:2008-certified company, Byington Steel Treating works directly with aerospace businesses and their subcontractors to exceed all quality requirements. This longtime MTI member also works closely with small and large companies in the semiconductor, automotive, medical, military, transportation and communication markets. Byington Steel Treating develops standardized heat-treating processes and procedures to safeguard consistent results. The company has a greater than 98% customer satisfaction rating. This can be attributed to its combined expertise and experience, which ensure that your product arrives on schedule and performs exactly as specified.

    Byington Steel Treating has a large inventory of equipment and offers a wide range of processes. These include, but are not limited to:

•   Two drop-bottom furnaces capable of heat treating aluminum parts 11 x 6 x 5 feet and up to 8,000 pounds. With a temperature range of 500-1100?F (±5?F), the furnaces meet the requirements of AMS 2770.

•   A car-bottom furnace capable of hardening, stress relieving, annealing and normalizing steel parts 7 x 5 x 12 feet and up to 35,000 pounds. This furnace has a temperature range of 1000-2200?F (±25?F).

•   One fully automated dual-scanning induction machine capable of processing two 4-inch OD parts simultaneously for rapid, predictable results. A second induction machine is utilized for localized through-hardening and can handle parts with cross sections up to 2.5 inches and 70 pounds.

•   Two Despatch furnaces, one 10 x 6 x 12 feet and one 3 x 2 x 5 feet. These furnaces are mainly used for stress relieving, annealing of aluminum alloys and precipitation hardening. With a temperature range of 100-800?F (±10?F), they can handle parts up to 10,000 pounds.

•   Two 5- x 6-foot pit-type furnaces used for stress relieving, tempering, annealing and precipitation hardening. With a temperature range of 600-1150?F (±10?F), they can handle parts up to 6,000 pounds. Two 3- x 5-foot pit-type furnaces capable of nitriding, stress relieving, annealing and precipitation hardening. With a temperature range of 600-1100?F (±10?F), they can handle parts up to 3,000 pounds.

•   Vacuum furnaces capable of hardening, stress relieving, normalizing and annealing steel parts up to 43 x 46 x 61 inches. With a temperature range of 550-2250?F, they can handle parts up to 3,000 pounds.

•   Two atmosphere furnaces for through-hardening, case hardening and carbonitriding of alloy steel.


    The company also has a dedicated maintenance department to minimize downtime; an engineering department to ensure the best results; and two delivery trucks to cover as much of the Bay Area as possible.

    Byington Steel Treating is constantly investing in new technology and its employees’ training. Because many of its customers require the use of aluminum parts, the company recently increased its investment in equipment that enables aluminum processing. Byington Steel Treating also partners with its customers to provide specialized equipment such as racking.

    In the past year, this West Coast-based company has made a number of key investments with an eye toward the future. Byington Steel Treating has installed several new furnaces, gone 100% paperless, doubled its delivery capacity and expanded into two new buildings. More importantly, the company plans on continuing this growth to better serve its customers and stay at the forefront of the commercial heat-treating industry.


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