SECO/WARWICK Group’s subsidiary based in Meadville, Pa., has been awarded a major contract to build and commission a specialized aluminum solution heat-treating furnace for a U.S. manufacturer. The furnace, which is AMS 2750-compliant and Nadcap-capable, will be engineered to load, heat treat, quench and discharge with minimal operator assistance. It will be used to heat treat products for automotive, aerospace and medical applications.

Per AMS 2750, both temperature uniformity and time to quench are critical factors necessary to achieve favorable and consistent material properties. The furnace is designed to maintain temperature uniformity of ±5°F. To achieve the critical time-to-quench sequence, SECO/WARWICK will include its load-handling system, which will improve efficiency and throughput by reducing loading and unloading time between batches. Because of its rapid loading/unloading capability, the furnace will achieve near-continuous product processing in what would otherwise be defined as a batch furnace.