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U.S. Manufacturer Orders Dual-Chamber Box FurnaceOpen in a New Window

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. shipped a dual-chamber heat-treating furnace to a southeastern U.S. manufacturer of various items used in the production of heavy equipment and transportation devices. The box furnace will be used to heat treat the tooling used to manufacture these items. Its top chamber, which has an effective work zone of 16 inches wide x 16 inches high x 32 inches deep, is used to harden tool steels. Its bottom chamber, which has an effective work zone of 14 inches wide x 14 inches high x 32 inches deep, is used for tempering, stress relief and preheating.


Danieli Building Steel Plant in MoroccoOpen in a New Window

Danieli will build a new steel plant in Morocco that will produce 800,000 tons per year of billets measuring 5 x 5 inches (130 x 130 mm) to 7.9 x 7.9 inches (200 x 200 mm). The melt shop will include a 100-ton electric-arc furnace (EAF) with the most advanced technological packages: an off-gas laser system, electrode regulation system and an automatic EAF de-slagging door. Danieli Automation will supply a Level 2 process-control system. Plant start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.


Fastener Manufacturer Expanding in IndianaOpen in a New Window

OSR Inc., a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, plans to increase its manufacturing production in Columbus, Ind. The company, a joint venture between Japan’s Owari Precise Products Co. and Columbus-based Rightway Fasteners Inc., will invest $7 million to construct and equip a new 82,395-square-foot manufacturing facility. OSR plans to add up to 12 new positions and is hiring immediately for positions in heat treatment and IT. Production is scheduled to increase at the beginning of 2020.


Furnace Manufacturer Investing in Equipment, Adding JobsOpen in a New Window

Delta H Technologies will invest more than $300,000 in equipment and add 11 new jobs at its facility in Carroll, Ohio. Delta H Technologies manufactures industrial furnaces and heat-treatment ovens for the aerospace industry. The 11 new jobs will double the company’s current workforce. Fairfield County provided a $20,000 Workforce Development Training Grant to help with new-employee training, and JobsOhio provided a $50,000 performance grant toward the purchase of new machinery.


Modern Heat Treat Installs UBQ FurnacesOpen in a New Window

AFC-Holcroft received multiple orders throughout 2018 for UBQ (universal batch quench) furnaces and companion equipment from Modern Heat Treat, a commercial heat-treating operation in Richland Hills, Texas. The equipment was installed alongside similar equipment already in operation at the facility. Modern Heat Treat benefitted from the modular, flexible UBQ design with the ability to add new equipment incrementally, creating full production cells that utilize existing controls. Individual furnaces can be added to the operation independently, and they can be idled and restarted easily as needed for maintenance service or changes in production.


Paulo Adds HIP at Ohio FacilityOpen in a New Window

Paulo will add hot isostatic pressing to its thermal-processing services with the acquisition of a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. The press is equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC), a feature that improves material properties in additive manufacturing and investment casting. The HIP will be installed in Paulo’s recently expanded Cleveland Division in Willoughby, Ohio, which provides specialized brazing and vacuum heat treatment.


Award to Enhance U.S. Steel’s AHSS Manufacturing CapabilitiesOpen in a New Window

U.S. Steel accepted an award from the High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) Special Call: Steel and Aluminum, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, to expand its manufacturing capabilities for advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). The goal of the winning project is to enhance the company’s hot-strip mill model used in creating AHSS. This type of steel is used by automakers to manufacture economically lightweight vehicles to meet increasing fuel-efficiency requirements.


Evraz Investing in Canadian Steelmaking PlantsOpen in a New Window

Evraz North America will receive approximately $29.7 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) steel and aluminum program, which was created last year to help bolster the competitiveness of the industry in Canada. The contribution is part of the company’s planned $83 million investment over the next three years into equipment upgrades and expansion at mills in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Red Deer, Alberta. The upgrades include a new heat-treat line in Red Deer that will greatly increase the capability to provide premium-alloy-grade quality in the OCTG product range.


U.S. Aluminum Manufacturer Orders Furnace SystemOpen in a New Window

SECO/WARWICK received an order from a U.S. manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum sheet for a sow and T-bar preheat furnace system to achieve maximum product quality, energy savings and melt safety. The furnace offers optimum airflow management and a heating system that promotes efficient heat transfer throughout the work. It includes a patented movable baffle system and fixed base airflow spacers for maximum heat transfer to varying height loads. The system is PLC-controlled with remote I/O and dual operator-interface control stations.


Manufacturer of Investment Castings Orders Pusher FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Armil CFS Inc. shipped a natural-gas-fired pusher furnace to a European manufacturer of investment castings for the medical industry. The two-row, high-production furnace will be used for the burnout and preheating of investment casting molds. It has an operating temperature range of 1650-2100°F (900-1150°C). Residual wax will be consumed within the furnace chamber, eliminating the need for an afterburner. A recuperative combustion system will utilize a series of medium-velocity burners and a cross-flow recuperator operating in three zones of control.


U.S. Fastener Manufacturer Orders Mesh-Belt FurnaceOpen in a New Window

AFC-Holcroft received an order from a Midwestern facility of a U.S.-based manufacturer of safety-critical fasteners and assembly solutions for a mesh-belt furnace. The new equipment will replace an older AFC-Holcroft installation. The furnace, which will be used in the production of metal fasteners, will integrate with existing companion equipment including a loading system, pre- and post-wash systems, oil quench and temper furnace.


Ipsen Names Customer Service Sales ManagerOpen in a New Window

Ipsen USA promoted Matt Clinite from Midwest regional sales owner to customer service sales manager. The position is new to Ipsen. Clinite will be responsible for building the Ipsen customer service sales team to provide the best in the industry aftermarket support for parts, engineered solutions and service.


Nucor Steel Marion Commissions Walking-Beam FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Nucor Steel Marion Inc. of Marion, Ohio, granted SMS group the final acceptance certificate for the supplied walking-beam furnace after successful commissioning. The furnace, which went into service in the existing bar mill, is capable of delivering 120 short tons per hour of hot billets at 2255°F (1235°C). The NOx content of this furnace is close to 25 parts per million, making it the most energy-efficient furnace with the lowest emission values within Nucor.


Fiat Chrysler to Invest $4.5 Billion, Create 6,500 Jobs in MichiganOpen in a New Window

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) plans to invest $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants and build a new assembly plant in Detroit. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs. The investment will increase capacity to meet growing demand for the company’s Jeep and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white-space products as well as electrified models.


Box Furnaces Shipped to Technology Industry, Battery ManufacturerOpen in a New Window

Lindberg/MPH shipped an industrial box furnace to the technology industry, where it will be used for multiple applications, including annealing, austempering, brazing, preheating and solution treating. The Treet-All furnace, which has a maximum temperature rating of 2050°F, has work-chamber dimensions of 12 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 12 inches high. It meets and exceeds industry standards for heat-up rates and outer shell temperatures.


People in the News – February 2019Open in a New Window

Here is a roundup of recent personnel announcements around the thermal-processing industry.


Peters’ Heat Treating Names New PresidentOpen in a New Window

Peters’ Heat Treating Inc. of Meadville and McKean, Pa., announced that Andrew S. Wilkosz has been named president of the company. Wilkosz has been with Peters’ Heat Treating for nearly four years. He previously served as vice president of operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company across all three facilities. Wilkosz is also a principal in Laser Hard Inc., a company specializing in robotic laser heat treating and cladding.


IHEA Announces NFPA 86 Updates SeminarOpen in a New Window

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will present a one-day seminar that will focus on the recent changes to NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces.  It will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) in Elgin, Ill., from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Gasbarre Products Announces Management ChangesOpen in a New Window

Thomas G. Gasbarre has stepped down as CEO of Gasbarre Products Inc. He has held the position since 1990 when his father, George Gasbarre, the founder of the company, retired. During his tenure as CEO, Tom completed a series of key acquisitions that earned Gasbarre Products a worldwide reputation. He will remain as chief financial officer until his planned retirement at the end of 2020.


Research Identifies Causes for 3D-Printing DefectsOpen in a New Window

Additive manufacturing’s promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. Research published recently in Science, led by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory, identified how and when these gas pockets form, as well as a methodology to predict their formation.


Aerospace Manufacturer Orders Industrial OvenOpen in a New Window

Epcon Industrial Systems received an order to build an industrial oven for the aerospace industry. The oven, which has two combustion chambers located on top and three guillotine doors, will be used to process airplane parts. It is approximately 15 feet wide x 15 feet high x 40 feet long. Each 20-foot section of the oven can operate independently or as a single unit, providing flexibility in the line. This is a turnkey project funded by the U.S. government and includes a comprehensive site FAT (factory acceptance test) and on-site commissioning. 


Manufacturer of Medical Parts Orders Convection OvensOpen in a New Window

Lucifer Furnaces supplied several convection ovens to a manufacturer of small medical parts in the southern U.S. The ovens all have a work-chamber size of 9 inches high x 9 inches wide x 18 inches long and heat to 1200°F. Uniformity is achieved with recirculating airflow. A rear-mounted, heavy-duty fan directs air alongside wall heating elements and then through the work zone. Parts are protected from the heating elements with a 16-gauge stainless steel liner. 


Thermcraft Founder Passes AwayOpen in a New Window

Morris L. Crafton, founder of industrial furnace and oven manufacturer Thermcraft Inc., passed away Feb. 14 at the age of 93. Nearly 50 years ago in January 1971, Morris and his wife, Clara, opened Thermcraft in Winston-Salem, N.C., on the principal of providing the best customer service available in the thermal-processing industry.


Aerospace Supplier Orders Horizontal-Quench SystemOpen in a New Window

Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped an electrically heated horizontal-quench solution-treat system to an aerospace-industry supplier. The system has a maximum oven operating temperature of 1200°F and work-zone dimensions measuring 5 feet, 4 inches wide x 5 feet, 6 inches long x 5 feet, 4 inches high (above the rollers). It was designed to heat a 565-pound gross load, consisting of a mixture of aluminum and steel, to 1000°F, provide a soak at temperature and then quickly move the load into a quench tank.


Kobe Steel to Increase Steel Powder CapacityOpen in a New Window

Kobe Steel Ltd. plans to invest approximately $16 million to increase the production capacity of its steel powder plant in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. The production capacity of steel powder products will increase to 110,000 metric tons per year from the current 96,000 metric tons per year. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2021. Kobe Steel will install another reduction furnace to enable higher treatment temperatures than the current furnaces.


Italian Aluminum Processor Orders Twin-Chamber Melting FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from Fonderie Pandolfo for the delivery and installation of a twin-chamber melting furnace (TCF). This order will double the Italian company’s production rate. The TCF, with a capacity of 65,000 tons/year, is designed for aluminum scrap recycling. In order to cover a broad range of scrap, it combines pre-treatment and melting in one furnace.


Fastener Manufacturer Installs Mesh-Belt FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. commissioned a continuous mesh-belt heat-treat system for the production of high-quality automotive fasteners in the Piedmont region of Italy. The high-volume fastener system features energy-efficient combustion and waste-heat recovery systems, atmosphere-controlled mesh-belt hardening system, oil quench, post-wash system, temper furnace, soluble oil system, bi-directional conveyor discharge and Can-Eng’s Level 2 SCADA system. The system was commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2018 and has exceeded the company’s performance expectations.


Ceramics Manufacturer Orders Box FurnaceOpen in a New Window

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. shipped a floor-standing box furnace to a manufacturer of high-tech ceramics and associated components located in the northeastern U.S. The furnace will be used for glass components along with fiber optics and research and development. It will also be used to fill in on various thermal projects and development. The work zone measures 24 inches wide x 16 inches high x 32 inches deep, with a temperature gradient of ±20°F at 1100°F using two zones of temperature control with biasing to balance any temperature gradients.


Arconic Investing $100 Million, Creating Jobs in TennesseeOpen in a New Window

Arconic Inc. will invest approximately $100 million to expand its hot-mill capability and add downstream equipment capabilities to manufacture industrial and automotive aluminum products in its Tennessee Operations facility near Knoxville, Tenn. The project, which is expected to create 70 new jobs, is already under way and should be complete by the fourth quarter of 2020.


U.S. Steel Restarts Construction of EAFOpen in a New Window

U.S. Steel announced the restart of construction on a technologically advanced electric-arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility at its Tubular Operations in Fairfield, Ala. The company previously initiated construction of the EAF in March 2015 and suspended construction in December 2015 due to unfavorable market conditions. The project is expected to create approximately 150 full-time jobs.


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