Accurate Brazing, based on market feedback, added a second hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. Both presses are equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC) technology, which combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process, and will be installed at Accurate Brazing’s newest facility in Greenville, S.C. The process, called high-pressure heat treatment (HPHT), streamlines the steps involved in material densification and heat treatment. It also enables all processed components to cool uniformly, resulting in minimal thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth.
Lindberg/MPH shipped a gas-fired aluminum stack melting and holding furnace to a company in the secondary smelting industry. The furnace, which has a melt rate of 4,500 pounds per hour, will be utilized to produce aluminum ingot and sows. It is designed with access grating and a ladder for safe access to roof-mounted equipment during maintenance. A three-point laser metal-level sensor is provided that notifies operators of the current furnace metal level through an attached light tree.
Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems built and commissioned a high-temperature car-bottom furnace for a manufacturer of excavating equipment based in the southern U.S. The furnace has a work zone of 84 inches wide x 144 inches long x 48 inches high with a 16,000-pound load capacity and an operating temperature range of 1000-2282°F (538-1250°C). It will be used for stress relieving, normalizing and other high-temperature processes. The furnace, which replaced an existing furnace, gives the manufacturer improved operating efficiency and higher-temperature processing capabilities.
United States Steel Corp. plans to reduce greenhouse-gas-emissions intensity across its global footprint by 20%, as measured by the rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents emitted per ton of finished steel shipped, by 2030 based on 2018 baseline levels. This target will apply to U.S. Steel’s global operations. The company plans to achieve this goal through multiple initiatives, including the development of electric-arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking at its Fairfield Works and at Big River Steel, in which U.S. Steel recently acquired a minority interest with an option to acquire the remainder over the next four years.
Novelis Inc. broke ground on a $36 million investment to expand and upgrade recycling capacity at its Greensboro, Ga., facility. The project includes adding state-of-the-art equipment for aluminum scrap recycling, a new baghouse for improved dust mitigation and enhanced designs for safer and more efficient traffic flow. The company expects to complete the project by fall 2021. The investment will expand the company’s capabilities in automotive closed-loop recycling, a process to take aluminum scrap created during stamping and recycle it for new vehicle production. Closing the loop preserves the value of the alloy, reduces cost, minimizes environmental impact and establishes a secure supply chain.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. signed another one-year agreement to extend and expand carbon-steel hot-rolling conversion services for NLMK USA at its Hot-Rolling and Processing Facility (HRPF) in Brackenridge, Pa. The agreement provides NLMK USA with continued access to the HRPF’s capabilities for conversion of their broad range of carbon-steel grades through December 2020. ATI’s HRPF enables production of materials that maintain high strengths at high temperatures. It allows control and tailoring of sheet and plate microstructures and other physical attributes to meet specific performance requirements at shorter cycle times in wider sizes with efficiency.
Acerinox S.A., a stainless steel manufacturer based in Spain, acquired Germany’s VDM Metals Holding GmbH, a producer of specialty alloys, for approximately $585 million. The deal will allow Acerinox to diversify into growing markets such as aerospace, medical and oil and gas. VDM Metals develops and manufactures nickel, cobalt and zirconium alloys. The company also supplies sheets, strips, bars, rods, wires and welding fillers. Acerinox operates six manufacturing facilities on four continents and has an annual melting output of 3.5 million metric tons.
Solar Manufacturing shipped a vacuum furnace for processing additively manufactured parts to a large science and technology laboratory. The lab requires the furnace, which has a maximum temperature of 2400°F (1315°C), to further their research and development work. Built with Solar Manufacturing’s SolarVac Polaris control system and a graphite-insulated hot zone, the furnace is designed to accommodate loads up to 36 inches wide x 36 inches high x 48 inches deep with a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds.
Gardner Aerospace, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of aircraft parts and sub-assemblies, invested in a high-pressure fluid-cell press from Sweden’s Quintus Technologies. Gardner recently opened a 45,000-square-meter manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China, that will support China’s rapidly developing domestic market for aerospace parts. The 800-bar (11,600-psi) press has a forming area of 700 mm x 1,800 mm (27.6 x 73 inches). Gardner purchased a high-pressure fluid-cell press from Quintus in 2015. It has a central position at the company’s facility in southern France, where it has generated significant cost savings and eliminated several forming operations.
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire select assets of Bombardier aerostructures and aftermarket services businesses in Belfast, Northern Ireland (known as Short Brothers); Casablanca, Morocco; and Dallas, Texas. The acquired Bombardier operations employ more than 4,000 people at three sites comprising approximately 3.4 million square feet. The backlog of work includes long-term contracts on the Airbus A220 and A320neo, along with Bombardier business and regional jets.
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.