Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic acquired assets of IQ Technologies Inc. Cleveland, Ohio-based IQ Technologies has been commercializing an intensive quenching (IQ) process for steel parts in the U.S. and overseas for the past 20 years. The IQ process is an effective and alternative way of quenching steel parts. Developed by Dr. Kobasko of Ukraine in 1964, it presents a very rapid and uniform cooling of steel products in water with cooling rates several times greater than that of conventional quenching in agitated oil or polymer. The IQ process is interrupted at an optimal time when the surface compressive stresses reach their maximum value and the part hardened layer reaches its optimal depth. A proprietary computer program is used for determining an optimal dwell time for steel parts of different shapes and dimensions.
Anhui Anhuang Machinery Co. Ltd. placed an order with SMS group for a fully automatic closed-die forging line for pistons. The 2,500-ton line consists of a fully automatic closed-die forging press and an induction heating system from SMS Elotherm for heating the forging blanks. Anhui Anhuang will be one of the first automotive suppliers in China that is capable of manufacturing pistons for cars and trucks in a fully automated process. Commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.
Taylor-Winfield Technologies (TWT), a metal joining solutions providers, announced the opening of its fully equipped laser coil joining research-and-development laboratory in Youngstown, Ohio. The lab is an extension of the company’s existing full-service metal joining and induction heat-treatment laboratory. The laser laboratory is equipped with a full-width 1,930-mm coil joining solid-state fiber laser welder with induction pre- and post-weld heat treatment. It is available for customer sampling and proof-of-process validation for the application of laser coil joining in a process line.
Aerospace manufacturers rely heavily on the autoclave to ensure that their products meet porosity goals. For large parts of thermoplastics (like skins, spars and integrated structures), this has always been the best way to achieve the compaction and consolidation pressure required to drive out any volatiles.
Recently, however, aerospace manufacturers are researching the options of producing thermoplastic composites in an out-of-autoclave press consolidation technique because it reduces the production cycle from 4-7 hours to 10-30 minutes for small and mid-size parts.
The PICO-S induction generator’s compact and portable design, intuitive operation menu and easy plug-and-play commissioning allow for use in a wide range of induction applications – from brazing to shrink-fitting and from die hardening to annealing.
Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic and Ohio Crankshaft are wholly owned subsiaries of Park Ohio Holdings. Park Ohio is a diversified international company providing world-class customers with a supply-chain management outsourcing service, capital equipment used on their production lines and manufactured components used to assemble their products.
InTEST Corp. announced that its thermal segment subsidiary, Ambrell Corp., is opening a new Induction Heating Applications Laboratory in the U.S. and expanding its capabilities in Europe. Ambrell’s Applications Laboratory, with facilities in Rochester, N.Y., and Hengelo, the Netherlands, will open a third location in Fremont, Calif., specifically to serve customers in the western U.S. The facility will include hands-on demonstrations and parts testing of a variety of induction heating applications. In addition to the new California location, Ambrell’s Hengelo laboratory has recently undergone a significant upgrade, including an increase in electric power capacity. The lab now allows for application testing using induction power supplies rated as high as 125 kW.
The new-generation Minac – a mobile all-in-one induction system for the heating of practically any electrically conductive material – is prepared for developments within advanced analytics and predictive maintenance, condition monitoring and alarming, automation and real-time data, machine learning, remote service, and augmented reality.