Industrial Heating, during a Q&A session at FNA 2020, announced that it will support the Reshoring Initiative with a $2,500 sponsorship. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring and to shift collective thinking from offshoring is cheaper to local reduces the total cost of ownership. As part of this new relationship, the Reshoring Initiative will provide Industrial Heating with editorial content throughout 2021.
Custom Electric Manufacturing (CEM), which was acquired by Sweden-based Kanthal in 2018, will go to market under the Kanthal brand effective Jan. 1, 2021. Headquartered in Wixom, Mich., CEM has been supplying original equipment and replacement heating elements for both electric and gas furnaces for more than 35 years. The background to the acquisition is that Kanthal plans to strengthen its footprint in the North American market.
Andritz Herr-Voss Stamco Inc., a member of international technology group Andritz, successfully commissioned a new cut-to-length line at Rolled Alloys’ facility in Fairfield, Ohio. The state-of-the-art line processes 0.125-inch x 48-inch stainless steel and nickel alloys and has an incoming coil capacity of 20,000 pounds.
It is a well-known fact that too many recordable safety incidents will result in the good people from OSHA showing up to hang around and ask a lot of questions. Nobody wants to get hurt on the job. Everyone at the facility has some other place to be once their shift is over, and many employees have family waiting for them. With that being said, why would people continue to operate poorly maintained manufacturing equipment and material-handling machinery?
Commercial and captive heat-treat facilities have significant capital investments in their equipment, particularly in fixtures and fabrications. Many shops have made investments in alloys that have improved life from two years to four years.
Over the past few decades, significant strides have been made to increase the life cycle of components that are to be used at high temperatures. Today, there are new alloys that can result in another doubling (or more) of the component life at far less the doubling of cost.
After much analysis, feedback from attendees and the uncertainty of COVID-19, the MTI Board of Trustees has approved transition to a virtual format for Furnaces North America 2020. Attendees will be able to experience the virtual exhibit hall for free. For those wanting to view the three live panel discussions and 35 technical sessions, FNA is offering a special for attendees of $199 for each of the first two registrants from a company and $49 for every person after that. To qualify, everyone must register on the same online registration form.
Kanthal engineers decided to put their skills to the test and see how fast they could actually bake a pizza without compromising quality. So, working with electric heating, they built an oven consisting of eight porcupine elements in the iron-chromium aluminum alloy Kanthal AF heated to a temperature of 1650°F. With the help of a professional pizza chef, they managed to bake a delicious Neapolitan pizza in just 37 seconds.