Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. has been contracted by an automotive manufacturer located in California to design, manufacture and commission an automated system for the heat treatment of thin-walled, high-pressure die-cast aluminum automotive structural components. The high-volume system includes a solution furnace with customized structural product fixtures, Can-Eng’s precision air-quench (PAQ™) system, an artificial-aging system and controls integrated into a Level II SCADA system.

The PAQ system integrates a unique combination of recirculating air chambers, distribution nozzles, dampers and directional ductwork that uniformly delivers conditioned quench media, leading to repeatable and uniform property and dimensional results. Quench parameters are developed for each component and, once validated, can be integrated as part of the product recipe.