Solar Manufacturing has been commissioned to design and build a vacuum furnace for Magnetic Shields Ltd. of Kent, England. According to the companies, it will be one of the largest horizontal vacuum furnaces in the United Kingdom. The furnace, which is being built with a SolarVac Polaris control system, will be designed to accommodate loads up to 48 inches wide x 48 inches high x 96 inches deep with a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds. Operating at a vacuum level of 10-5 Torr, it will be able to reach temperatures up to 2400°F (1315°C) and include a partial-pressure hydrogen gas process and an external quench system designed for negative pressure quenching.
Super Systems Inc. completed a nitrogen-methanol controls upgrade for an industrial furnace line at Liberty Wire in Johnstown, Pa. The scope of the project included a new control system and panel for a continuous annealing furnace line for processing coiled wire products. The SSI Matrix control system was incorporated to control the automated flow and mixing of the process gases. SSI HMI and eFlo 2.0 meters were also integrated to provide Liberty Wire with the latest in hardware, software and communications technology.
From start to finish, the production of metal products is one of the most energy-intensive industries in the world. As a result, improving both energy and production efficiency, while also ensuring product quality, is likely at the top of any manufacturer’s to-do list.
Process reliability is essential for producing high-quality heat-treated metal parts. Reliability can be improved through vigilance, and effective troubleshooting responses can extend service life to give heat treaters greater opportunity to respond to market demands.
Lindberg/MPH shipped a mesh-belt conveyor furnace to a company in the electronics manufacturing industry. The electrically heated furnace, which has a maximum temperature of 2012°F (1100°C), has an argon process atmosphere and a full muffle design. The total equipment input is approximately 9 kW. The purge chambers are located at the entrance and exit ends of the furnace and contain a removable baffle tray assembly. The overall dimensions of the furnace and stand are 128 inches long x 22 inches wide x 59 inches high.
Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from China’s Shougang Qian’an Electrical Vehicle Steel Co. for the heat-treatment portion (furnace system) for two annealing and coating lines (ACLs) for non-grain-oriented (NGO) electrical strip. The scope of the contract includes engineering, turnkey delivery of all furnace-related key components, supervision of assembly, commissioning and training. In addition to the electrical equipment belonging to the furnaces, the control components and the associated software and a mathematical furnace-management model will also be supplied.
L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. delivered three bench-mounted box furnaces that will be used to test high-temperature aerospace fasteners. The fastener manufacturer now has five GS series furnaces at its facility in Pennsylvania. The furnaces have internal dimensions of 18 inches wide x 12 inches high x 24 inches deep. Included is a spring-assist vertical lift door that allows for effortless loading and unloading at high temperatures. The industrial control system includes a Eurotherm temperature controller, over-temperature protection and a recirculation fan for uniformity.
In today’s society – with prevalent discussions regarding environmental impact, global warming and with many companies even tracking their carbon footprint on their websites – efficiency is certainly a hot topic.
Efficient is an adjective defined as “achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.” Society as a whole typically strives to achieve and apply “efficiency” to all facets of life.
Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. has been contracted to design and commission a 6,600-pound/hour continuous mesh-belt atmosphere furnace system for Metex Heat Treating Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario. It will be commissioned for the hardening and tempering of high-volume automotive fasteners, stampings and assembly components. The system includes a computerized loading system, mesh-belt-controlled atmosphere hardening furnace, oil-quench system, mesh-belt tempering furnace, pre- and post-wash systems and Can-Eng’s PET System. It is scheduled to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2020.