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IHEA 2019 Annual Meeting

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Air Liquide Opens Advanced Fabrication CenterOpen in a New Window

Air Liquide and its U.S. subsidiary, Airgas, opened the Advanced Fabrication Center (AFC) at the Air Liquide Delaware Innovation Campus in Newark, Del. The AFC focuses on helping industrial customers adopt new manufacturing technologies and more efficient and cost-effective production processes. It will deliver a continuous flow of development projects, innovations and exploratory R&D. Air Liquide’s manufacturing expertise in welding gases and advanced fabrication processes will be on display at the center.


Aluminum Facility in Slovakia Includes Heat TreatmentOpen in a New Window

Constellium N.V. opened its new Automotive Structures facility in Zilina, Slovakia, dedicated to the production of aluminum crash-management systems and body structure components. The 5,200-square-meter facility includes technologies for heat treating, forming, machining and welding aluminum automotive components. It also features a state-of-the-art laboratory to ensure products meet customer specifications.


Additively Manufactured Spray Head for Forging Plants Wins AwardOpen in a New Window

Germany’s SMS group won the German Design Award in the “Industry” category for an additively manufactured spray head used to cool dies in the forging industry. The award recognizes innovative products and projects and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them. In this case, it was not only the spray-head component that was noteworthy, but also that additive-manufacturing (AM) techniques were used to produce the part.


Forging Company Orders Belt Conveyor OvenOpen in a New Window

Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped a natural-gas-fired belt conveyor oven to a forging company that will use it to preheat aluminum billets. The oven has sufficient capability to heat 3,000 pounds per hour of aluminum from 70-950°F as long as the workload is configured in a manner that is capable of absorbing the heat that is generated within the time available. The conveyor system utilizes a stainless steel flat wire belt, and a variable-frequency drive provides adjustable speed control.


Bodycote Opens New Facility, Announces Further ExpansionOpen in a New Window

Bodycote officially opened its advanced heat-treatment center in Rotherham, Yorkshire. The facility offers a range of heat-treatment services and has been established to support the aerospace and power-generation markets in the U.K. and Europe. Bodycote also announced plans for significant expansion at the site. Tom Gibbons, president of Bodycote’s Aerospace, Defence & Energy division, said: “Due to customer demand and interest since the announcement of this new plant in July, we are investing in further capacity and technology. The additional space we secured here at Rotherham is nearly three times the size of our existing unit. We are committed to ensuring we are able to meet our customers’ demand in the years ahead.”


GFG Alliance Acquires Keystone Consolidated IndustriesOpen in a New Window

GFG Alliance (GFG) of the U.K. signed a binding agreement to purchase all of the outstanding stock in Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc. (KCI) from Contran Corp. Under terms of the deal, GFG Alliance company Liberty Steel USA will acquire KCI, including all of its subsidiaries, for $320 million. The deal includes Keystone Steel and Wire, a division of KCI that has been in the steel and steel products business for over 100 years. Liberty Steel USA will also add a wire-rod facility with a 1.1-million-ton-capacity electric-arc furnace (EAF), an MBQ/SBQ bar mill, three welded-wire reinforcement-mesh facilities and a PC strand facility.


Florida to Host IHEA's 2019 Annual MeetingOpen in a New Window

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will celebrate its 90th Anniversary at the 2019 Annual Meeting April 29-May 1 at the Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, Fla.


Nucor Acquires Precision Castings CompanyOpen in a New Window

Nucor Corp. acquired Corporacion POK S.A. de C.V. (POK), a fully integrated precision castings company with a facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. POK produces complex castings using steel, bronze, iron and specialty exotic alloys and precision-machined products used by the oil-and-gas and mining industries. The company complements Nucor's acquisition of a cold-finish facility in Monterrey last year.


High-Quality Ancillary Program at GIFA, NEWCAST, METEC and THERMPROCESSOpen in a New Window

Exhibits by about 2,000 companies at the trade-fair quartet GIFA, NEWCAST, METEC and THERMPROCESS 2019 will be complemented by a varied ancillary program consisting of international conferences, symposiums and special shows. With the slogan “The Bright World of Metals,” the four events will cover the entire spectrum of foundry technology, casting products, metallurgy and thermal-processing technology. Around 78,000 international visitors are expected to attend the trade fairs June 25-29 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Century Aluminum Expanding in KentuckyOpen in a New Window

Century Aluminum Sebree LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Co., announced two expansion programs at its Sebree, Ky., smelter that will increase the smelter’s production of both value-added and secondary aluminum. The programs, which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, will improve the smelter’s product mix by adding approximately 90,000 metric tons of additional billet production to the Sebree casthouse and increase the smelter’s overall output by adding 20,000 metric tons of additional secondary (scrap reprocessing) capacity.


IH Economic Indicators: Growth Streak Sets RecordOpen in a New Window

Industrial Heating’s monthly economic indicators for November 2018 remained over 50 for the 24th straight month. This breaks the streak of 23 months of growth from December 2004-October 2006, which was the longest such stretch since the study began over 16 years ago in April 2002. November 2018’s index numbers...


Nuclear Research Center Orders Vacuum FurnaceOpen in a New Window

TAV Vacuum Furnaces manufactured a customized vacuum furnace for a research center in the nuclear field. The furnace, which has useful dimensions of 13.8 inches (350 mm) wide x 15.7 (400 mm) inches high x 13.8 (350 mm) inches long, has a maximum temperature rating of 3992°F (2200°C). It represents a solution for advanced ceramics and metallic parts already realized with the additive-manufacturing process. The goal of this project was to create a laboratory furnace using the standards normally applied in the industrial field.


Steel Dynamics to Invest in EAF Flat-Roll Steel MillOpen in a New Window

Steel Dynamics Inc. will construct a new state-of-the-art, electric-arc furnace (EAF) flat-roll steel mill in the U.S. The facility is anticipated to have an annual production capacity of approximately 3 million tons with the capability to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steel products. The current estimated investment is $1.7-1.8 billion, with anticipated direct job creation of approximately 600 positions. The project will include a galvanizing line with an annual capacity of 450,000 tons.


Construction of New Solar Manufacturing Facility ProgressingOpen in a New Window

The construction site for Solar Manufacturing’s new facility in Sellersville, Pa., is well under way. The new 57,500-square-foot building is dedicated to vacuum furnace manufacturing. Four bridge cranes are in place, the full plant and office roof is complete, and most of the concrete floor has been poured.


Japanese Heat Treater Orders Nitriding, Tempering FurnacesOpen in a New Window

JGEF Furnace of China shipped six furnaces to a Japanese heat-treating company. Four horizontal, front-loading nitriding furnaces are designed specifically for precision gas nitriding in a retort style with vacuum purge. This gas nitriding method precisely controls the case depth and nitride layer formation (including white layer) to achieve high surface hardness, improved wear resistance and longer fatigue life.


GM to Cut up to 14,000 Jobs in North AmericaOpen in a New Window

According to reports, General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes about 8,000 white-collar employees, or 15% of GM's North American white-collar workforce. Some workers will take buyouts while others will be laid off.


3D-Printed Titanium Wheel CreatedOpen in a New Window

HRE Wheels and GE Additive unveiled the first titanium wheel created using electron-beam melting (EBM) technology, a type of 3D printing. With a traditional aluminum Monoblok wheel, 80% of material is removed from a 100-pound forged block of aluminum to create the final product. With additive manufacturing, only 5% of the material is removed and recycled, making the process far more efficient. Titanium also has a much higher specific strength than aluminum and is corrosion resistant, allowing it to be extremely lightweight. Known as HRE3D+, this new prototype wheel shows how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs. The wheel was produced on two Arcam EBM machines in five separate sections then combined using a custom center section and titanium fasteners.


Ametek Land, Danieli Partner for EAF Tapping SystemOpen in a New Window

Ametek Land collaborated with Danieli on an automatic tapping system to increase operational safety and improve process control for steel plants. With the Danieli automatic electric-arc furnace (EAF) tapping system, it is possible to execute a complete furnace tapping remotely from the main pulpit of a steel plant. The system starts furnace tilting in automatic mode, controlling the furnace position during the complete tapping process.


UPC Relocates U.S. HeadquartersOpen in a New Window

United Process Controls Inc. (UPC) plans to relocate its U.S. headquarters from West Chester, Ohio, to Oak Creek, Wis., in December. The relocation is the second phase of the company’s initiative to unify its U.S. operations to one centralized location. UPC completed the first phase earlier this year, which saw its two Wisconsin facilities come together under a larger facility in Oak Creek. The 30,000-square-foot plant accommodates the flow controls business and will provide additional manufacturing space for the company’s product lines. It will also house an expanded laboratory as well as engineering, manufacturing, sales and service personnel.


U.S. Manufacturer Orders Gas Nitriding FurnaceOpen in a New Window

SECO/VACUUM (SVT), a SECO/WARWICK Group company, received an order from a U.S. manufacturer for a precision gas nitriding furnace with ZeroFlow technology. The furnace will allow the company to offer engineered steel surfaces that exceed, in many cases, its competitors’ product performance. The company manufactures a range of transportation components. In addition to gas nitriding, the furnace has ferritic nitrocarburizing capability and pre- and post-oxidation. It also has the ability to clean temper and clean anneal to temperatures up to 1400°F.  


Metal Stamping Manufacturer Orders Oil-Quench TankOpen in a New Window

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. supplied a custom-designed oil-quench tank to a metal stamping manufacturer in the Midwest. The quench tank is specifically used to quench metal stamping dies that are heated to 1550°F. Usable dimensions of the tank are 12 inches wide x 12 inches high x 24 inches long. The parts are placed in a basket prior to being quenched then manually placed into the quench oil.


Italian Steelmaker Installs EAFOpen in a New Window

Acciaieria Arvedi S.p.A., an Italian steel producer, installed a new 150-ton electric-arc furnace (EAF) from Primetals Technologies. The EAF, which was installed in the company’s Cremona Steel Works, has a production capacity of 1.4 million metric tons of crude steel per year. The tap-to-tap time is just 36 minutes and is supported by single bucket operation, which enables around 200 metric tons of crude steel to be produced each hour. The EAF is usually charged with a mixture of 65% scrap iron, 25% pig iron and 10% hot-briquetted iron.


November 15 is America Recycles DayOpen in a New Window

Today, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, which was created to raise awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products. A Keep America Beautiful national initiative, it is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Did you know that around 20% of the world's aluminum requirements are covered by post-consumer scrap? Not to be left out, recycled steel is going to play a big part in the industry moving forward. Greensteel, for example, plans to recycle scrap steel using electric-arc furnaces powered by renewable energy. What about titanium? A plant in Europe will produce aviation-grade titanium by recycling. Chips and solid scrap are collected from aircraft manufacturers and then turned into titanium alloys.


Novelis Expands Aluminum Production, Adds Jobs in BrazilOpen in a New Window

Novelis Inc. announced an investment of $175 million at its Pindamonhangaba plant in Brazil. The project, which should create more than 50 new jobs, includes an increase in sheet-ingot, hot-mill and recycling production. The expansion of the company's flagship facility in South America will benefit the organization's beverage-can and specialty customers by bolstering capacity with 100,000 metric tons of additional rolling production and 60,000 metric tons of increased recycling.


AFC-Holcroft Names VP of SalesOpen in a New Window

Tracy Dougherty has been named vice president of sales at AFC-Holcroft. Dougherty has been with AFC-Holcroft since 2008 and served in several sales-related roles, most recently as the company’s sales manager. As vice president of sales, he will have a number of added responsibilities, including overseeing the company’s activities in Europe.


Medical, Aerospace Parts Manufacturer Orders Convection OvenOpen in a New Window

Lucifer Furnaces supplied a forced-air recirculating oven to a manufacturer of medical and aerospace parts. The oven, which has a chamber size of 12 inches high x 18 inches wide x 36 inches long, will be used to heat treat 17-4 stainless steel. It heats quickly with side-mounted element holders housing coiled, low-watt-density resistance wire. The convection-style oven is equipped with a programmable controller and two-pen chart recorder. 


Commercial Metals Company Acquires Rebar Steel MillsOpen in a New Window

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) completed the acquisition of 33 rebar fabrication facilities and four steel mills in the U.S. (located in Knoxville, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Sayreville, N.J.; and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) from Gerdau S.A. for $600 million. The mills have a combined annual mill rolling capacity of 2.5 million tons. CMC now has approximately 7.2 million tons of global melt capacity.


Pfeiffer Vacuum Opens Facility in New HampshireOpen in a New Window

Pfeiffer Vacuum opened a new 27,000-square-foot building in Nashua, N.H. The two-story site will be the home of the company’s North American headquarters for administration, sales, product management, marketing and customer care. In parallel, the former 24,000-square-foot administration building has been converted into a Service Center of Excellence, bringing together all service activities for the major part of the Pfeiffer Vacuum product portfolio under one roof.


Chinese Manufacturer Orders Two FurnacesOpen in a New Window

Andritz received an order from China’s HBIS Group Co. Ltd. to supply two strip processing furnaces. One furnace is for a continuous annealing line and will be used to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). The annual capacity of the line is 825,000 tons. The second furnace is for a continuous hot-galvanizing line to produce hot-rolled products up to 6 mm thick. The annual capacity of the line is 412,000 tons. Production of the first coil on these two lines is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.


Aerospace Company Expansion Includes Vacuum FurnaceOpen in a New Window

StandardAero Component Services dedicated a 30,000-square-foot expansion of its component repair facility in Miami, Fla. The additional working space and capital improvements included the installation of a vacuum furnace, state-of-the-art clean line and water-jet cleaning capabilities. According to StandardAero, the facility will now be the largest provider of aerospace and aerospace-derivative combustor overhauls in North America and the second largest in the world.


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