Nitrex Metal entered into an exclusive agreement with Voestalpine AG to bring new innovations in stainless steel hardening technologies to the Czech Republic. As a result of the agreement, Voestalpine added a nitriding system configured to process workloads 31.5 inches in diameter x 78.75 inches high (800 mm x 2,000 mm) that weigh up to 3,850 pounds (1,750 kg). The system complements a previously installed Nitrex system that combined Nitreg-C gas nitrocarburizing technology with ONC post-oxidizing technology for processing firearms.
Gasbarre Products Inc. (Gasbarre) announced that all manufacturing for its Thermal Processing Systems business unit will take place in its 50,000-square-foot facility in St. Marys, Pa., at the end of 2019. In 2011, Gasbarre acquired the J.L. Becker brand of industrial furnace equipment. Over the last eight years, Gasbarre has run parallel manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Pennsylvania for its furnace equipment. Consolidating the manufacturing of its common product lines allows for the most efficient use of its floor space, equipment and manufacturing processes. The company plans to invest in an additional 12,000 square feet of manufacturing space with additional office and conference-room capacity in St. Marys.
The heart of the vacuum furnace system is just as critical as the heart of the human body. Just as it is important to keep your heart healthy and pumping, it is crucial to keep your vacuum furnace system healthy and pumping.
Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped an indirect-gas-fired walk-in oven to a manufacturer in the technology industry. The heavy-duty oven, which will be used for heat treating materials used in the production of vehicle batteries, has work-chamber dimensions of 12 feet wide x 6 feet long x 10 feet, 6 inches high. Guaranteed temperature uniformity of ±10°F at 190°F was documented with a nine-point temperature uniformity survey in an empty oven chamber under static operating conditions.
Accurate Brazing, based on market feedback, added a second hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. Both presses are equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC) technology, which combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process, and will be installed at Accurate Brazing’s newest facility in Greenville, S.C. The process, called high-pressure heat treatment (HPHT), streamlines the steps involved in material densification and heat treatment. It also enables all processed components to cool uniformly, resulting in minimal thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth.
Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems built and commissioned a high-temperature car-bottom furnace for a manufacturer of excavating equipment based in the southern U.S. The furnace has a work zone of 84 inches wide x 144 inches long x 48 inches high with a 16,000-pound load capacity and an operating temperature range of 1000-2282°F (538-1250°C). It will be used for stress relieving, normalizing and other high-temperature processes. The furnace, which replaced an existing furnace, gives the manufacturer improved operating efficiency and higher-temperature processing capabilities.
We live in the real world, and things break down or otherwise drift from factory settings. Patchwork repairs (that all too often become permanent) and temporary fixes are poor substitutes for properly planned and well-executed maintenance activities.
Check out the December 2019 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring "Metal Additive Manufacturing without Melting", "Furnaces with Tungsten Heating Elements Make High Product Quality Possible", and much more.