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.
After spending two years as a retail sales associate and five years handling industrial equipment telephone support calls, it became abundantly clear that the experience one creates for their customer can be even more important than having the fast/easy solution.
Aluminum manufactured products of various sizes have been steadily replacing steel in industrial designs such as automobiles, airplanes, appliances and many more applications due to the light weight and flexibility of aluminum.
Epcon Industrial Systems custom-designed and manufactured two batch ovens specifically for aging aluminum structural components for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Each oven includes a multi-tiered rack system and has sufficient capability to heat 6,500 pounds of aluminum and 2,500 pounds of steel from 70°F to 400°F in under two hours while meeting the stringent temperature uniformity requirement of +/5°F.
During World War II, there was a need to heat treat large tank parts for use in the North African theater. Cincinnati, Ohio-based Derrick Company, a local brick-maker, devised a way to use their brick-making kilns as heat-treating ovens.
Ovens designed for age-hardening processes must have precise temperature uniformity, proper airflow, energy efficiency, low maintenance and provide consistent metallurgical results for a variety of part and workload shapes and sizes.
The aluminum heat-treatment industry is an exciting place to work these days, as demonstrated by ongoing research activities into how mechanisms triggered by heat treatment can lead to shorter cycle times for solution heat-treating and aging processes.
Check out the October 8, 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring the "Improving Kiln ROI: Taking Back Lost Profits with a Bricking Machine", "Industrial Automation: Manufacturing, Heat Treating and Data Analytics", "Optimizing Burner Management and Combustion Control with Safety PLCs", and much more.