Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. installed and commissioned a T7 automated furnace line for an all-electric automotive manufacturer in California. The system, for the heat treatment of HPDC aluminum automotive structural components, was designed for the thermal processing of components for the launch of a new model. The high-volume T7 roller-hearth heat-treating 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, which leads to repeatable and uniform property and dimensional results. Quench parameters were developed for each component. Once validated, they were integrated as part of the product recipe.