Centorr Vacuum Industries announced shipped a Sintervac AM furnace for the debind and sintering of additively manufactured parts to a leading firm in the 3D printing/additive-manufacturing industry. The 2-cubic-foot furnace is rated for operation to 2912°F (1600°C). The graphite furnace design includes robust graphite tube and block elements designed for long service life with a four-sided hot zone and integral graphite retort for excellent temperature uniformity. The retort also compartmentalizes the residual off-gassing from binder-jet materials used during part production, allowing them to be caught in the dual trapping system. The Sweepgas debind system allows for effective sweeping away of the process contaminants. Furnace control is via PLC with Centorr's custom-designed HMI visualization interface.
Registration is now open for IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course, which begins Oct. 7. Students will learn the basics of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating.
Quaker Chemical Corp. and Houghton International combined to create Quaker Houghton, a global provider of industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies. Quaker Chemical’s combined breadth of product and service offerings can be found in end markets such as aerospace, aluminum, automotive, machinery, industrial parts manufacturing, mining and steel.
AK Steel accepted an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program. Researchers from AK Steel plan to work in collaboration with DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop microstructure-based transformation models to predict austenite stability in high-strength steels in a project titled “Thermo-Mechanical Forming Process Development to Produce Tailored Strength Automotive Structural Components.” The collaboration will develop mathematical models that could enable the production of automotive components with properties tailored to meet the demanding performance requirements of the future, according to AK Steel.
Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI selected Sinton, Texas, as the site for its state-of-the-art, electric-arc-furnace (EAF) flat-roll steel mill. The planned facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of approximately 3 million tons, with the capability to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steel grades. The project will include value-added finishing lines, including a galvanizing line with an annual capacity of 550,000 tons. SDI, which will invest approximately $1.9 billion in the project, expects to begin construction in early 2020. The company expects to create approximately 600 well-paying jobs.
Accurate Brazing, a full-service provider of specialized heat-treating solutions, will add hot isostatic pressing to its thermal-processing capabilities with the installation of a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. The press is equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC), a feature that combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process and improves material properties of parts designed for mission-critical applications. It will be installed in Accurate Brazing’s recently opened facility in Greenville, S.C.
Solar Manufacturing shipped a horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace to Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Ga. GSU will be using the furnace primarily for vacuum thermal-processing research and development of various iron-based alloys, including additive-manufactured parts. The furnace includes a graphite-shielded hot zone and heating elements. It has a work-zone size of 12 inches wide x 12 inches high x 18 inches deep and a weight capacity of 250 pounds (114 kg).
Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp will partner for a project to develop lower-carbon steel production. For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverized coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production. Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200-km network in the Rhine-Ruhr area. This will be implemented at one of the blast furnaces in thyssenkrupp ́s integrated steel mills in Duisburg, Germany. Thyssenkrupp aims at reducing CO2 emissions in the production process by up to 20%.
Tenova, a company of the Techint Group, concluded the selling process of the HTC Group, which includes IVA Schmetz (Germany), Mahler (Germany), Fours Industriels B.M.I. (France) and IVA Schmetz Industrial Furnaces (China). All four companies specialize in advanced technologies for heat-treatment processes for components. The purchasers are Qizhi GmbH and Shanghai Qizhi Information Technologies Co. Ltd., both members of Ningbo Qijing Holding Co. Ltd.
SECO/VACUUM, a SECO/WARWICK Group company, received an order for a high-volume nitrocarburizing furnace serving a major automaker via a tier-one supplier. The horizontal retort furnace is designed for precision nitriding capability and productivity. It will allow the company to produce, in North America, a significant number of parts used by automotive suppliers and will be integral to a larger investment in the firm’s component manufacturing operations. In addition to ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), the furnace can also provide clean stress-relief processing.