Magnetic Specialties Inc. (MSI) built a new 4,800-square-foot addition to its facility in Telford, Pa. The insulated and heated steel building with a reinforced concrete floor will increase production floor space by 25-30%. MSI manufactures heavy-duty power supplies for the electric furnace industry; specialty transformers and reactors for a range of industries; and smaller specialty transformers for the electronics industry.
Alcoa Corp. announced that, effective Nov. 1, 2019, it will implement a new operating model that will result in a leaner, more integrated, operator-centric organization that accelerates the company’s strategic priorities. Alcoa will eliminate its business-unit structure and consolidate sales, procurement and other commercial capabilities at an enterprise level. Under the new operating model, the Alcoa Executive Team will also be streamlined from 12 to seven direct reports to the CEO.
SECO/VACUUM Technologies (SVT), a SECO/WARWICK Group division with headquarters in Meadville, Pa., will supply a dual-chamber vacuum oil-quench furnace to an aerospace equipment manufacturer. The company is bringing its low-pressure carburizing and hardening work in-house. The furnace uses one chamber for vacuum heat treatment and the second chamber for oil quenching.
Quaker Houghton agreed to acquire the operating divisions of Norman Hay plc, a private U.K. company that provides specialty chemicals, operating equipment and services to industrial end markets. Norman Hay serves industries including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and power generation through four divisions: Ultraseal, Sifco ASC, Surface Technology and Norman Hay Engineering.
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., a global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, acquired the assets and certain liabilities of Walker Die Casting and C&R Tool and Engineering for approximately $103 million. Lewisburg, Tenn.-based Walker produces aluminum castings and supplies essential components for Allison’s core on-highway transmission products. Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based C&R Tool and Engineering supplies metalworking tools for use at Walker and other companies.
Nitrex Metal Inc. supplied a nitriding system to Hydro Extruded Solutions in Trzcianka, Poland, to address the company’s need for improved process performance and more accurate control of nitriding results. The nitriding system replaces a decommissioned nitrider that was phased out several years ago due to extrusion die failures and inconsistent metallurgical results. It includes Nitreg technology that helps optimize parameters for maximum efficiency and quality and increase die strength and extrusion throughput while reducing the possibility of potential die failures.
Ipsen USA announced its next Corporate Academy class for training field service engineers, part of a fast-track development strategy to continue increasing technical service capacity in the field. This strategy provides a solution to drive the success of heat treating in the industrial manufacturing space. Participants get 26 weeks of comprehensive classroom knowledge, hands-on troubleshooting experience and on-the-job field training. The goal is that participants leave the program with expertise in servicing and maintaining furnace equipment.
Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped an electrically heated, Ferris-wheel batch oven to the aerospace industry. It will be used to cure epoxy resins and varnishes on assorted aerospace parts. The oven, which has a maximum operating temperature of 500°F, has work-chamber dimensions of 3 feet, 4 inches wide x 3 feet, 6 inches long x 3 feet, 6 inches high. When the configuration of the workload is such that it is capable of absorbing the heat, the heavy-duty unit has sufficient capability to heat 200 pounds of product to the company’s specified temperature range within two hours.
Novelis Inc. reaffirmed its full commitment to closing its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp., a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, notwithstanding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit to block the transaction. Atlanta, Ga.-based Novelis intends to vigorously defend against the DOJ's challenge, which it believes is without merit. Novelis announced in July 2018 that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris for approximately $2.6 billion.
3D Systems of Rock Hill, S.C., has been awarded a $15 million contract by the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to create the world’s largest, fastest and most precise metal 3D printer. The printer’s build envelope is planned to be 1,000 mm x 1,000 mm x 600 mm, which is a significant increase over current large-scale metal 3D printers with a build envelope of 500 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm. The printer will revolutionize key supply chains associated with long-range munitions, next-generation combat vehicles, helicopters, and air and missile defense capabilities.