Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped five electrically heated, standard draw batch (SDB) ovens to East Carolina Metal Treating in Raleigh, N.C. The ovens, which have a maximum operating temperature of 1250°F, will be used for stress relieving. The basket dimensions of each oven are 2 feet wide x 3 feet long x 2 feet high. Guaranteed temperature uniformity of ±10°F at setpoints 300°F, 750°F and 1250°F was documented with a nine-point temperature uniformity survey in empty oven chambers under static operating conditions.
Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. has been chosen to design and commission a high-capacity heat-treatment system for a Tier 1 global automotive manufacturer. The system provides T-6 and T-7 processing capabilities for lightweight aluminum high-pressure die-casting (HPDC) automotive components. It includes Can-Eng’s robotically integrated part-handling system; individual part-processing features that deliver predictable metallurgical and part dimensional properties; precision air-quenching technology; Level 2 automation for the managing of individual component parameter traceability; system diagnostics; and CQI-9 reporting.
SMS group received the final acceptance certificate from Japan’s Hitachi Metals following the successful commissioning of its open-die forging press. This is the largest four-column open-die forging press in push-down design that SMS group has built in the last 25 years. The press, which operates with a forging force of up to 90 MN and an upsetting force of 108 MN, forges flat and round bars from ingots at a maximum starting material weight of 30 tons. Hitachi Metals intends to use it to process titanium alloys, tool steels, high-speed steels and nickel-based alloys.
Pyradia received an order from Uni-Cast for two electric drop-bottom ovens for its T4 applications. Uni-Cast, which manufactures aluminum investment castings, is expanding its factory in Londonderry, N.H. The ovens have a temperature uniformity of +/-10°F.
Commercial heat treater Specialty Steel Treating of Fraser, Mich., invested in an AFC-Holcroft UBQ (universal batch quench) furnace and a UBT (universal batch temper) annealing furnace as part of a larger multiyear equipment standardization program intended to replace older equipment provided by another supplier. The UBQ and UBT furnaces are near duplicates to equipment recently provided by AFC-Holcroft as part of the same program. Delivery of the UBT is expected in the second quarter of 2019 to the site on Malyn Road in Fraser, with the UBQ to follow in the third quarter to the Commerce Road plant in Fraser.