Aichelin USA installed a new multi-chamber integral-quench (IQ) hardening furnace cell at a company’s site in the southwestern U.S. The recently commissioned furnace system includes: pre-/post-washer, pre-oxidizing furnace, endothermic gas generator and a four-chamber gas-fired IQ furnace consisting of one loading, two high-heat neutral hardening and one oil-quench chamber. The system is fitted with a moveable cart for loading and unloading.
The installed cell was built in the U.S. and is fully automated with a SCADA system. Aichelin also provided the hoods, stacks, guarding and turnkey installation. The system will provide faster cycle times, better use of floor space and flexibility in heat treating a wide range of components. The customer has plans to add another system in the future.