Bodycote will open a new heat-treatment facility in Elgin, Ill. The purpose-built facility, which is scheduled to be operational in June 2020, has been designed as a replacement for Bodycote’s aging plant in Melrose Park, Ill. It will support manufacturing supply chains in the Midwest region. The Melrose Park facility will be closed once the transfer of customers’ work has been completed. According to Bodycote, the investment allows it to expand capacity and improve its ability to deliver high-quality heat-treatment capabilities.
Baker Furnace developed an incineration solution for infectious medical waste. As more and more people are treated for COVID-19, the amount of infectious waste produced will continue to increase. The company manufactured a medical waste incinerator that uses temperatures in excess of 1832°F (1000°C) to eliminate infectious pathogens and reduce waste.
Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) is working with hospitals to prove the efficacy of its Gruenberg product line for dry heat sterilization on PPE and N95 masks for reuse. Tests at a research hospital show positive results in the dry heat sterilization of masks, face shields, gowns and other PPE, with minimal deterioration of the material. During the process, masks were heated to a specified temperature for a calculated period of time that resulted in sterilization of the material. After the sterilization process, fit tests were performed on the masks that passed filtration efficacy, structural integrity and mask fit.
Bodycote completed the acquisition of Mason, Ohio-based Ellison Surface Technologies to create one of the largest providers of thermal-spray and engineered-coating surface technology services in the world. Ellison’s business is an excellent strategic fit with Bodycote’s existing Surface Technology business. The expanded Surface Technology business can offer additional technologies and added resources to consolidate its leadership in surface-coating solutions and specialist processes, including thermal-spray coating, liquid coating, thermal processing and diffusion coating.
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In doesn’t matter if it’s managerial or technical, with the next decade’s shortage of labor and fast-paced change, quality training is going to be an absolute must if you want to maximize your productivity and people.
As a result of its unique properties, aluminum has been of key importance in many of the developments of the past century. Let’s look at that history and some great nonferrous products/applications along with their thermal treatments.
Why is aluminum’s story only about a century old? Because although aluminum is the most abundant metallic element in the earth’s crust (8%), metallic aluminum was produced for the first time just 200 years ago.
Check out the May 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, which features "Automotive and COVID-19: Radiators to Respirators, "Developments of Plasma Processing in Surface-Treating Technology", and much more.