Solar Atmospheres purchased and commissioned a Hitachi scanning electron microscope (SEM). The FlexSEM1000 II will allow the commercial heat treater to meet customer needs, such as strict requirements for low-level contamination from carbon, oxygen and/or nitrogen post heat treating. In addition, the SEM will enable Solar to fulfill materials characterization and microstructural determination requests beyond basic metallography and hardness testing. This investment is a response to the changing needs of Solar’s customers.
Rolled Alloys expanded its processing capabilities with the addition of an Andritz Herr-Voss Stamco coil leveling line. The machine will allow the company to process material from 020 to .125 inch. The line can receive coils up to 20,000 pounds with widths from 24 to 48 inches wide. It is also capable of adding PVC protection to the top and bottom of sheets for stringent surface requirements.
Abbott Furnace Company received an order from a global automotive supplier for a continuous-belt, stainless steel brazing furnace. It is scheduled to be installed in Mexico in the second quarter of 2020. Abbott Furnace will design, manufacture and install the five-zone, electrically heated furnace, which is rated for 2150°F (1175°C) and includes a 30-inch-wide belt and silicon-carbide muffle.
Solar Manufacturing shipped a vacuum furnace to a company in Virginia that services the tool-and-die industry. The furnace, which has a load weight capacity up to 250 pounds and a maximum operating temperature of 2400°F (1315°C), will be used for solution annealing, aging and brazing. It includes a graphite-insulated hot zone and the SolarVac Essentials control system.
Piper Aircraft Inc. installed a high-pressure Flexform press from Quintus Technologies in its manufacturing facility in Vero Beach, Fla. The addition of the press reflects the growing market for new trainer aircraft. The fluid cell press applies flexible forming technology to the production of sheet-metal parts across the entire Piper line of eight aircraft models. With a work area of 27.6 x 73 inches (700 mm x 1,800 mm), the press introduces production efficiencies by eliminating forming operations, intermediate heat treatments, and manual pre- and post-forming operations.
Montreal, Quebec-based Nova Steel will open a production facility that includes two tube mills in Delta, Ohio. The facility will produce hollow structural sections (HSS) and standard pipe. Nova Steel will invest more than $70 million in the 250,000-square-foot plant and create approximately 100 new jobs. Groundbreaking will take place by mid-year, and the facility is expected to be fully operational in 2021. The company selected northwest Ohio because of its proximity to steel coil supply. Other factors include transportation advantages such as direct rail access and the heavy load limits on highways between Ohio, Michigan and Canada.
Tenova, a Techint Group company, received a contract from Nippon Steel for the supply of an electric-arc furnace (EAF). The furnace is the first one for Nippon Steel in Japan. It will be installed at its Hirohata works. Production is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022. According to Tenova, the new installation will save the steelmaker approximately 400,000 tons/year of CO2 emissions.
Andritz received an order from Slovenia’s SIJ Metal Ravne for the supply of a complete heat-treatment plant, including two double-chamber furnaces, a charging machine, high-volume quenching tanks and an automation system. Commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021. Each double-chamber furnace consists of a high-temperature furnace (1202-2228°F) with recuperative burners and a low-temperature furnace (392-1526°F) with forced circulation. Both furnace types meet the qualifications for AMS 2750E. The charging machine is designed as a portal-type unit for handling charging material up to 25 tons.
Otto Junker received an order for two continuous annealing lines with strip-flotation furnaces for copper strip from Ningbo Powerway New Material Co. Ltd. of Ningbo, China. The company produces alloy bars and wires as well as alloy plates and strips. The core of each annealing line is a gas-fired strip-flotation furnace. The metal strip is supported only by a cushion of protective atmosphere of nitrogen and hydrogen, without any mechanical contact, as it passes through the annealing and cooling cycle. The furnace, which was developed in close cooperation with the Technical University of Aachen, provides uniform heat transfer across the strip width for consistently high product quality.
Check out the May 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, which features "Automotive and COVID-19: Radiators to Respirators, "Developments of Plasma Processing in Surface-Treating Technology", and much more.