Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. received a turnkey contract to design, manufacture and commission an automated system for the heat treatment of lightweight aluminum automotive structural components for a Tier-1 automotive-component supplier with locations in North America and China. This high-volume continuous heat-treating system includes a solution furnace with rapid quench-transfer capabilities and an artificial aging oven utilizing natural gas heating systems. The installation includes Can-Eng’s precision air-quench (PAQ™) technology.

The PAQ system integrates a unique combination of air-handling technologies and computational fluid dynamic modeling, which uniformly delivers conditioned quench media for repeatable and uniform property and dimensional results while minimizing residual stress levels. The system will also be installed with Can-Eng’s Level-2 automation system, which integrates product recognition, tracking and processing parameter historical trending capabilities.