Lindberg/MPH shipped an electrically heated pit furnace to a manufacturer in the power industry. The furnace is designed with a maximum operating temperature of 1750°F and gross workload of 1,600 pounds. It can accommodate a work basket 25 inches in diameter and 48 inches deep. A retort minimizes atmosphere consumption and furnace conditioning time between loads. The cover lid utilizes an electrically operated boom lift, which provides ease of loading and unloading. An upper furnace fence guard was also installed to provide added safety.
After 32 years at the helm of INEX Inc., a Holland, N.Y.-based provider of silicon-carbide radiant tubes, owner Mike Kasprzyk announced his retirement. Kasprzyk will continue to be active in the company by supporting Michael Rumfola, new owner and president. Rumfola brings 25 years of experience in the heat-transfer industry to INEX. He has a bachelor’s in physics from Fredonia State University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo. Kasprzyk, meanwhile, will also serve as a consultant.
Cromodora Wheels SPA installed a chip melting furnace for wheel production in Ghedi, Italy. The furnace, which has a capacity of 10,000 tons per year, was supplied and commissioned by Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group. Cromodora Wheels produces cast magnesium and aluminum wheels used for competition. Currently, the wheels are manufactured in a low-pressure casting process. The company is modernizing the recycling of its processing scrap with the new melting furnace.
Airbus, as part of its plan to produce 63 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2021, will expand its industrial footprint in the U.S. by increasing the production rate of A320 family aircraft at its Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala., to seven per month by the beginning of next year. This increase will result in 275 jobs added at the facility over the next year. The company will also invest another $40 million through construction of an additional support hangar on the site, bringing its total investment to more than $1 billion in the Gulf Coast city.
IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating online learning course is scheduled to begin April 13, 2020. Students benefit from the flexible online format that includes interactive forums with other students and scheduled office hours with the instructor. It’s an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace.
L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. shipped five box furnaces to a manufacturer of chemicals and chemical coating products located in the Midwest. These products are primarily used in the medical field as a coating and must be cured at 800°F. The furnaces can also be used for sintering of chemical powders up to 2200°F. The furnaces have an effective work zone of 10 inches high x 15 inches wide x 13 inches deep. They are designed to be placed on a benchtop or with an optional furnace stand.
Ipsen USA installed a vacuum furnace at Stack Metallurgical Group’s site in Spokane Valley, Wash. Formerly known as Inland NW Metallurgical Services, Stack Spokane is one of the company’s four locations offering a range of metal-processing services. Installation of the 2-bar vacuum furnace, which will be used to process critical aerospace components, was completed in late 2019. Stack operates four Ipsen furnaces in Spokane and 12 more at its site in Portland, Ore.
Quintus Technologies received an order for a hot isostatic press (HIP) from HT-MX, a heat-treatment specialist based in Chihuahua, Mexico. The press includes Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC) feature, which combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process. The HIP has a hot zone measuring 14.8 inches (375 mm) in diameter and 47.2 inches (1,200 mm) in height. It operates at a temperature of 2550°F (1400°C) and a pressure of up to 2,070 bar (30,000 psi).
Sheffield Forgemasters will lead a consortium of partners in a research-and-development project to explore the industrialization of electron-beam welding (EBW) in civil nuclear assemblies, with the potential to integrate welding into the manufacturing process. The Sheffield, U.K., company will install an electron-beam welder capable of welding 3-meter-diameter cylinders under localized vacuum and without traditional welding preparation, offering narrower welds than traditional methods plus the ability to weld as part of the manufacturing process, prior to quality heat treatment. It will then manufacture a civil nuclear component to demonstrate a full-sized (4.3 meters high x 3 meters diameter) small modular reactor pressure vessel and also produce several grades of steel alloys suitable for civil fission and fusion nuclear applications within the project's research element.
Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private-equity firm, acquired Firth Rixson Forgings Ltd. from Arconic. Going forward, the business will operate as part of Forged Solutions Group, which was formed in November 2019 by Arlington Capital as its aerospace forging platform. Located in Sheffield, United Kingdom, Firth Rixson provides complex closed-die forgings and forged discs and proprietary forward-and-backward extrusion-produced shafts and cylinders primarily for OEM and Tier 1 aerospace and defense engine customers.
Check out the February 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring an editorial on Nonferrous – Products and Their Processes, along with the Inspection and Maintenance Critical to Safe Fuel-Train Operation.