Surface Combustion supplied two new Allcase batch integral-quench furnaces to Cambridge Heat Treating of Cambridge, Ontario. Cambridge also purchased two used Allcase furnaces. All four units were installed in the same line along with a previously purchased 30- x 30- x 48-inch Allcase with top cool. All the furnaces are serviced by Surface’s charge car, Uni-DRAW batch tempering furnaces, washers and an RX endothermic-atmosphere gas generator. The 36- x 48- x 36-inch batch heat-treat line greatly expands Cambridge’s capacity for carbonitriding, carburizing, neutral hardening, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) and normalizing.
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) announced that the 2019 Fall Seminars and Fall Business Conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 24-26. The technical seminar series will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the Fall Business Conference on Thursday at the Intercontinental Cleveland. The Combustion Seminar and the Safety Standards and Codes Seminar will take place concurrently over both days. There will also be two separate one-day seminars on infrared heating and induction technology. Attendees of all four seminars will enjoy access to IHEA’s tabletop exhibition and reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 24.
SMS group received a contract from Chinese steel and forging company Daye Special Steel Co. Ltd. for the engineering and delivery of a high-speed hydraulic open-die forging press. The press operates with a forging force of up to 50 MN and an upsetting force of 60 MN. The high forging frequency of the press enables sophisticated materials requiring a narrow temperature range to be forged and reduces machining times. Daye Special Steel plans to use the press, which will be installed in its Huangshi plant, to forge a variety of products of high-temperature alloys and special steel. Commissioning is scheduled for May 2020.
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.
Tenaris S.A. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from PAO TMK, a Russian manufacturer of steel pipe, 100% of the shares of its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary IPSCO Tubulars Inc. for $1.2 billion. IPSCO Tubulars is a U.S. domestic producer of seamless and welded OCTG and line pipe products with an annual production capacity of 450,000 metric tons of steel bars, 400,000 metric tons of seamless pipe and 1,000,000 metric tons of welded pipe. The acquisition will add a first U.S. steel bar production facility at Koppel, Pa.; complement Tenaris’ seamless production in Bay City, Texas, with a second facility in Ambridge, Pa.; and bring additional heat-treatment, welding and finishing facilities to better serve customers.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed penalties of $1,326,367 to Dowa THT America Inc. – a metal heat-treatment company based in Bowling Green, Ohio – after the company exposed employees to atmospheric, thermal, electrical and mechanical hazards as they performed maintenance inside heat-treating furnaces. In addition to the penalties, OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
Lindberg/MPH shipped a 2192°F (1200°C) crucible furnace to a company in the energy industry. The furnace can be used for a number of applications and processes, including annealing, ashing, carbon firing, ceramic firing, hardening, melting, metallizing, normalizing, sintering, solution treating and stress relieving. Efficient heating-element design, high-temperature graded insulation and advanced temperature controls combine to deliver dependable, long-life heat sources. The furnace has work-chamber dimensions of 12-inch top opening ID x 18-inch chamber depth.
L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. shipped a dual-chamber heat-treating furnace to a southeastern U.S. manufacturer of various items used in the production of heavy equipment and transportation devices. The box furnace will be used to heat treat the tooling used to manufacture these items. Its top chamber, which has an effective work zone of 16 inches wide x 16 inches high x 32 inches deep, is used to harden tool steels. Its bottom chamber, which has an effective work zone of 14 inches wide x 14 inches high x 32 inches deep, is used for tempering, stress relief and preheating.
OSR Inc., a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, plans to increase its manufacturing production in Columbus, Ind. The company, a joint venture between Japan’s Owari Precise Products Co. and Columbus-based Rightway Fasteners Inc., will invest $7 million to construct and equip a new 82,395-square-foot manufacturing facility. OSR plans to add up to 12 new positions and is hiring immediately for positions in heat treatment and IT. Production is scheduled to increase at the beginning of 2020.
Check out the April 2019 issue of Industrial Heating, which features our cover story on 10 steps to saving energy, regenerative thermal oxidizers, "The Ups and Downs of the Worldwide Graphite Electrode Market", and much more.