ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH will build a heat-treatment services center in China, the company’s fourth such plant worldwide. Officially registered as ALD Thermal Treatment (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., the facility will be equipped with ModulTherm, ALD’s heat-treatment system, and will serve the domestic industry with heat-treatment services. The new production hall will be build next to subsidiary ALD-C&K Vacuum Technologies (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. The start of production is scheduled for autumn of 2020.
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Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from Russian’s JSC Pervouralsk Pipe Plant for a roller-hearth continuous furnace system for bright annealing stainless steel pipes in a 100% hydrogen atmosphere. The heat-treatment system is designed as a roller-hearth furnace for the bright annealing of 2,000 kg/hour of austenitic stainless steel and nickel-based alloy pipes. The solution annealing of these high-alloy steel grades is carried out in the temperature range of 2012-2192°F (1100-1200°C). The tubes are heat treated in this continuously operating system using a 100% hydrogen atmosphere as process gas.
Lindberg/MPH shipped an electrically heated pit furnace to a manufacturer in the power industry. The furnace is designed with a maximum operating temperature of 1750°F and gross workload of 1,600 pounds. It can accommodate a work basket 25 inches in diameter and 48 inches deep. A retort minimizes atmosphere consumption and furnace conditioning time between loads. The cover lid utilizes an electrically operated boom lift, which provides ease of loading and unloading. An upper furnace fence guard was also installed to provide added safety.
Nitrex, a global provider of fully integrated heat-treating solutions and technologies, acquired G-M Enterprises, a manufacturer of vacuum furnaces. The acquisition is in line with Nitrex’s strategy to further expand its heat-treatment solutions while strengthening its products portfolio. For the past 30 years, Corona, Calif.-based G-M Enterprises has earned a reputation as a leading technological supplier of vacuum furnaces for customers in the aerospace, power-generation, energy, MIM and commercial heat-treating industries. According to Montreal-based Nitrex, the acquisition represents a great fit because both companies share the same goal of providing technologies that improve customer workflow and efficiency while maximizing the life span and quality of engineered parts and components.
Over the years, the heat-treatment industry has seen a number of truly innovative technology advancements – the oxygen probe and the adaptation of process simulators for recipe development being perhaps the most impactful to date.
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.