Lindberg/MPH built and shipped an electrically heated, full muffle, mesh-belt conveyor furnace that will be used for treating pressed powdered material. The furnace is designed for applications with a maximum process temperature of 1832°F (1000°C) that utilize a nitrogen or clean, dry filtered-air process atmosphere. The unit is configured with nine temperature control zones and includes a water-cooling section. The conveyor system features a 14-inch-wide mesh belt with belt stop alarm to provide an audible and visual indication in case of a conveyor stoppage.
Quintus Technologies will supply a high-pressure fluid cell press to France’s LAUAK Group, a Tier 1 supplier to the aerospace industry. The press will be installed at the LAUAK Aerostructures factory in Grandola, Portugal, in September 2023. According to LAUAK, the press significantly increases and secures its production capacity. It will operate at a high forming pressure of 800 bar (11,600 psi) over a work area of 700 mm x 1,800 mm (27.6 x 73 inches).
Wisconsin Oven designed, built and shipped an electrically heated horizontal quench system to a manufacturer of products for the automotive industry. It will be used for the solution treatment of aluminum. The maximum temperature is 1200°F (650°C), and the interior chamber dimensions measure 2 feet wide x 2 feet high x 2 feet long. The system has the capacity to heat 450 pounds of aluminum parts and the steel basket within 60 minutes. Temperature uniformity of +/-10°F at setpoints of 850°F (455°C) and 1050°F (565°C) was verified with a nine-point profile test prior to shipment.
Nextracker Inc. and MSS Steel Tubes USA commissioned a new Tennessee factory to manufacture low-carbon steel components for Nextracker’s solar tracking systems. The Memphis-based facility will manufacture steel torque tubes and create 129 new jobs.
WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH serviced burners on a roller-hearth furnace at a Schaeffler plant in Germany in order to be operated with both natural gas and hydrogen as fuel with high efficiency and low emissions. The successful commissioning with natural gas has already been carried out. Once the hydrogen infrastructure has been established, commissioning with H2 as fuel gas will proceed.
Happy Forgings Ltd., based in Ludhiana, India, ordered a mechanical forging press from Schuler subsidiary Farina Presse. With a press capacity of more than 6,000 tons, it will be used to produce crankshafts for trucks weighing 3.5 tons and heavier. Happy Forgings is also relying on the precision, rigidity and ease of maintenance of the press to continue producing durable crankshafts in the future.
NuScale Power Corp. and Nucor Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore co-locating NuScale’s VOYGR small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) power plants to provide clean, reliable baseload electricity to Nucor’s scrap-based electric-arc furnace (EAF) steel mills. The companies will also explore an expanded manufacturing partnership through which Nucor would supply Econiq, its net-zero steel products, for NuScale projects. As part of the MOU, the companies will evaluate site suitability, transmission interconnection capabilities and capital costs for potential NuScale plants to be sited near and provide carbon-free electricity to Nucor EAF steel mills.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based 72 Steel will invest approximately $218 million to build a steel manufacturing plant in Aliquippa, Pa. The nearly 44-acre site sits just outside of Pittsburgh and once was site of the former Jones & Laughlin/LTV steel mill. The company said it will use the world’s most advanced steel production technology and have an annual output of 500,000 tons of capacity. 72 Steel will mainly produce rebar and section steel that will be used in building structures, bridges and workshops. Its products will also be used by other industries.
Thermprocess, Newcast, Metec and GIFA 2023 are sure to provide a strong platform for the energy-intensive thermal-processing industry.
May 15, 2023
From June 12-16, the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, will become the center for the international casting and metallurgical industries. Trade fairs GIFA, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast (GMTN) will cover the complete spectrum of foundry technology, castings, metallurgy and thermal-processing technology.
Footprint Tools, a manufacturer of traditional hand tools in the United Kingdom, is at the heart of a research project that could see Sheffield spark a recycling revolution in industrial forging that unlocks a step-change in the manufacture of safety-critical components for the aerospace, defense and energy industries using machining waste and linear hammer technology. The Sheffield-based company recently unveiled the latest addition to its Admiral Works’ facility: a state-of-the-art Schuler precision linear forge, the only one of its kind in the U.K. and one of only three in Europe, according to the equipment manufacturer.