Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. received an order from an automotive corporation’s U.S.-based bearing division for a mesh-belt furnace system for heat treating thrust races, retainer/cages and washers. The CQI-9 compliant production line features built-in flexibility that allows for neutral hardening and carburizing. The system includes an atmosphere-controlled hardening furnace, salt quench, two-stage post-quench washing system, salt reclamation unit, temper furnace, salt holding tank and CAN-ENG’s Level 2 SCADA system (PET™).

The electrically heated system utilizes unique loading combinations on its belt to meet production requirements while achieving the company’s required low residence times for the system’s hardening furnace and quench. Through the integration of the PET system, the company gains access to vital tracking of product status, detailed process data for continuous process improvements, comprehensive equipment diagnostics, cost analysis and inventory management.