March is always a significant time of year for Industrial Heating. Why? Well, hopefully, it brings the end of winter. More importantly for our readers, however, it kicks off our Directories season and typically is the calm before the storm of industry events to come over the following months.

As has been the case for years, March offers our Commercial Heat Treaters Directory, and this month, April, provides our Aftermarket Directory. July is our Manufacturers and Product Buyers Guide and November features the Materials Characterization and Testing directory.

Four directories may seem like a lot, but each serves a specific purpose. In this issue you can find a supplier that can provide aftermarket parts and services for your industrial furnace system. Not only can you search by company, state, keyword or application (e.g., ancillary equipment, compliance, energy conservation, etc.), you can also submit an info request to talk to a company offline. March was an opportunity to find a commercial heat treater that can handle your heat-treating needs. July brings the industry’s most comprehensive resource for locating equipment suppliers for nearly any high-temperature thermal-processing equipment system. And you can find manufacturers of testing equipment in November.

It’s important to remember that all four directories are available online at As you may recall, Industrial Heating re-launched our online directories on a new e-publishing platform last year. This was big news because of the following improvements gained from the transition:

  • Visitors can now select single or multiple companies and request more information.
  • Fewer clicks for the visitor to get to company listings and products.
  • Product photos now appear in a slideshow format.
  • Improved search to include all keywords on a listing.
  • Visitors can move around more easily to see different categories quickly and efficiently.

Industry Events

Where does one begin when discussing notable trade shows in 2017? April and May are quite busy.

Later this month, the 121st Metalcasting Congress takes place in Milwaukee, Wis. Held April 25-27, it bring together suppliers, foundries and casting customers. Ceramics Expo, the manufacturing tradeshow for ceramic materials and technologies, will be held on the same dates in Cleveland. And the 4th Heat Treatment Forum will be held April 26-27 in Wroclaw, Poland. It promises to deal with aspects concerning vacuum and atmosphere heat-treatment processes, process control, maintenance and quality.

May brings AISTech 2017 and Interwire, both held May 8-11. AISTech in Nashville, Tenn., will feature technologies that will help steel producers compete more effectively in today’s global market. Interwire in Atlanta, Ga., showcases suppliers and manufacturers of wire; cable; and fastener, formed and fabricated wire products. Shows this summer include PowderMet 2017 June 13-16 in Las Vegas and Turbo Expo June 26-30 in Charlotte, N.C. 

Internationally, the IFHTSE Congress/European Conference on Heat Treatment June 26-29 in Nice, France, will be a forum for academics, engineers and researchers from industry to discuss and disseminate the recent advances, innovations and developments in the field of heat treatment and surface engineering. In addition, the International Thermprocess Summit will be held June 27-28 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event allows executives from OEMs and industry suppliers to discuss relevant strategic topics affecting the industry.

Any list of events would not be complete without mentioning Heat Treat 2017, held Oct. 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The 29th Heat Treating Society Conference and Exposition will feature an exciting mix of new technology, exhibits, technical programming and networking events geared toward the heat-treating industry.