Balancing refractory properties in aluminum furnaces can maximize service life.
August 12, 2020
A significant concern when manufacturing aluminum metal is the practical service life of the furnace. The service life is largely driven by the refractory lining’s ability to resist the various operating conditions within the furnace, such as high temperature, temperature variation, chemical corrosion and mechanical abrasion.
In the global industrial heat-treating market, tens of thousands of products are sent through conveyorized ovens or furnaces each and every day. The thermal processing of these products – whether heat treating the core material or even curing a surface coating – is often critical to the quality or performance of the finished product. Whether aluminum brazing a radiator or curing paint on a car body, achieving the correct process times and temperatures is essential.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing at the time of writing. Terminology we were not familiar with before has entered our vocabulary. Social distancing, shelter-in-place and furlough are now part of our daily lexicon. These are all measures, among others, instituted to protect us.
August 10, 2020
Just like individuals, each business will have its unique challenges and some commonalities as well. For heat treaters, the need to maintain customer approvals, industry accreditations, equipment calibration and furnace efficiency are vital to their current and future ability to provide heat-treatment services. Yet these are not easy to achieve in optimal conditions, and today’s world is indisputably suboptimal.
2020 has been quite the year for in-person meetings, with almost all being cancelled nationwide since April. Every association has had to adjust, innovate and create an alternative learning and networking experience for their industry.
Certified Metal Craft started off with just a few small furnaces in a 6,000-square-foot facility. Today, 51 years after opening, the commercial heat treater operates eight vacuum furnaces and a range of other equipment from a 32,000-square-foot facility in El Cajon, Calif.
Change. It is something that all of us are faced with these days. From COVID-19 to civil unrest, we are facing new business and personal challenges that can also provide opportunities, depending on how you look at them.
In March, this column discussed the types of fuels used worldwide for electricity generation and where new gas and oil pipelines will be built. In August 2019, we talked about the need for better waste-to-energy (WTE) furnaces, especially those burning municipal trash.
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Products Finishing magazine and Southern Company have teamed up to provide a comprehensive training course. The Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar is scheduled for October 20-21 at the Alabama Power Technology Application Center (TAC) in Calera, Ala.