IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. announced that its Copper Alloys division successfully completed and commissioned a new solution annealing furnace and quench tank. The unit’s start-up marks the completion of the major component of the Copper Alloys division’s capital improvement program and positions IBC to expand sales of copper alloy products in existing and new markets. Designed and built by HTF Inc. of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the unit is a gas-fired loader box-style furnace that was uniformity tested to AMS 2750. This will allow IBC to meet demand for copper alloy products that must be heat treated to AMS-H-6875, API 6A, and ASTM B196 and B194 specifications.
According to IBC, the furnace will dramatically improve repeatability during the annealing process by automating many aspects of annealing that previously were done manually. By removing operator variability, the unit will also improve product consistency and allow IBC to deliver more consistent heat-treated properties from batch to batch across its copper alloy product line.