Nitrex Metal received an order for a turnkey nitrocarburizing system from Alu Menziken Extrusion AG, a Swiss manufacturer of aluminum profiles and complex extrusion-press products. The system, which incorporates Nitreg-C technology for treating aluminum extrusion dies, was installed at the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in northwestern Romania. The pit furnace has overall chamber dimensions of 31.5 inches in diameter x 59 inches high (800 x 1500 mm) with capacity optimized to nitrocarburize a 3,300-pound (1,500-kg) load. The process technology adapts to the application requirements to deliver improved performance of extrusion dies.

Tailoring the application’s surface properties has a positive influence on performance metrics like throughput per run and number of runs per die, which mitigates the cost of tooling. Alu Menziken also chose the Nitreg-C technology to reduce the possibility of potential failures, like premature washout and flaking, that degrade the performance of dies.

The new facility in Mediesu Aurit produces a range of aluminum profile and extrusion products for aerospace and automotive companies including Audi, BMW, Bentley and Daimler.