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Strand Retires After 33 Years at Wisconsin OvenOpen in a New Window

Dave Strand was hired by Wisconsin Oven Corp. as a shop worker in 1986. In 2019, he retires as president and CEO of Thermal Product Solutions, the parent company of Wisconsin Oven. Strand dedicated 33 years to the continued growth of Wisconsin Oven, and his presence will be greatly missed by employees, customers and community partners.


Baosteel Expansion Includes Furnace, Induction HeatersOpen in a New Window

Fives received an order from Baosteel, the largest automotive steel producer in China, to supply the complete thermal portion for a continuous annealing line (CAL) with a production capacity of 630,000 tons per year. The CAL, which aims to produce both standard steel grades and advanced high-strength steels, includes a Stein Digiflex furnace and Celes induction heaters. The first coil is scheduled to be produced by the end of 2021.


Aerospace Manufacturer Installs Box Retort FurnaceOpen in a New Window

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. shipped and installed a box retort furnace to a manufacturer of aerospace components located in the southern U.S. The furnace will be used to debinder ceramic-matrix-composite (CMC) parts. The main function of the furnace is to remove all organics and other materials used in the product prior to placing it in a high-fire vacuum chamber. This debindering process allows for a finished product that is not only very strong but also lightweight.


ParkOhio Acquires Erie Press SystemsOpen in a New Window

ParkOhio completed the previously announced acquisition of Erie Press Systems (formally EFCO Inc.) of Erie, Pa. Erie Press manufactures advanced forging presses, hydraulic and mechanical presses, and metal stretch-forming and carbon extrusion machines for end markets including aerospace and defense, primary metals and high-speed rail.


Liberty Steel Acquires Johnstown Wire TechnologiesOpen in a New Window

Liberty Steel, part of the global GFG Alliance, acquired Johnstown Wire Technologies (JWT) of Johnstown, Pa., the largest producer of value-added carbon and alloy wire in North America. The acquisition gives Liberty valuable capacity to manufacture a range of high-value carbon and alloy wire products for multiple end markets, including the automotive industry. The 638,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Johnstown will complement Liberty’s melting and rolling operations in Georgetown, S.C., and Peoria, Ill.


Siemens Orders Two VIM SystemsOpen in a New Window

Retech Systems, a subsidiary of SECO/WARWICK Group, supplied two vacuum induction melting (VIM) systems to Siemens Power and Gas division. The VIM systems will play a key role in the casting of components such as turbine blades and vanes for the power-generation industry. One VIM directional solidification/single crystal/equiax pitless (VIM DS/SC/EQ) combination casting furnace and one VIM directional solidification/single crystal (DS/SC) casting furnace were installed.


Protolabs Launches Metal 3D-Printing CapabilitiesOpen in a New Window

Protolabs launched production capabilities for its metal 3D-printing service. The new capabilities use secondary processes to improve the strength, dimensional accuracy and cosmetic appearance of metal parts. Protolabs uses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology, which is ISO 9001- and AS9100D-certified, to 3D print metal production parts. Once parts are built, several secondary options like post-process machining and heat treatments are possible, and quality-control measures like powder analysis, material traceability and process validation are taken.


Seeking Nominations for Commercial Heat Treater of the Year AwardOpen in a New Window

Industrial Heating, in cooperation with the Metal Treating Institute and the MTI Educational Foundation, invite you to nominate an MTI member company for the 2019 Commercial Heat Treater of the Year award. You can nominate any company you feel is qualified – including your own if you are a commercial heat treater. This honor will be given to one MTI commercial heat treater that demonstrates they are “making a positive impact on their community and their industry.”


Solar Atmospheres Installs 14-Foot Air FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA installed a 14-foot-long car-bottom air furnace that was surveyed in accordance with AMS2750 Rev E and is uniform within ±10°F (Class 2). With a work zone measuring 60 inches wide x 54 inches high x 168 inches long, the furnace will be capable of handling workloads up to 30,000 pounds. A maximum operating temperature of 1400°F allows the furnace to accommodate the tempering of large tool-steel components and the age-hardening processes of nickel-based alloys and precipitation-hardenable stainless steels.


Commercial Heat Treater Installs Nitrocarburizing FurnacesOpen in a New Window

JGEF Furnace installed a series of nitrocarburizing furnaces at a commercial heat-treatment company’s recently opened 53,820-square-foot facility in Chongqing, China. The furnaces are designed to maintain temperature uniformity of ±3°C. The series of pit nitrocarburizing furnaces use software that controls the nitriding potential and maximizes the efficiency of the process. The systems are capable of maintaining the preset values of Kn, and the process requires no manual adjustments from start to finish.


Networking Tool Available for ThermprocessOpen in a New Window

For the upcoming Thermprocess, GIFA, METEC and Newcast trade fairs, evente organizers offer the smart Matchmaking Tool for exhibitors and visitors to make new contacts and to network fast and efficiently. The events will be held June 25-29 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.


ATI Sells Industrial Forging OperationsOpen in a New Window

Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) agreed to sell two non-core forging facilities to Wynnchurch Capital for $37 million. These facilities, located in Portland, Ind., and Lebanon, Ky., are part of ATI’s High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC) segment. They use primarily traditional forging methods to produce carbon-steel forged products for use in the oil and gas, transportation, construction and mining industries. Their capabilities include comprehensive forging processes complemented by in-house design and engineering, product machining and heat-treating services.


CMC Expands Steel Recycling Plant in ArizonaOpen in a New Window

Commercial Metals Company opened a 63,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Mesa, Ariz. The expansion will allow the company to produce hot-rolled, spooled steel rebar from mostly recycled scrap metal. The electric-arc furnace (EAF) micro-mill, which opened in 2009, uses a continuous technology and is the first of its type to be successfully operated in the U.S., according to CMC. More than 450,000 tons of scrap metal are recycled each year into steel bar products at CMC Steel Arizona for use in construction and fabrication. The facility produces straight and spooled rebar in a range of sizes and lengths. 


Timken Acquires Diamond Chain CompanyOpen in a New Window

The Timken Company acquired Diamond Chain Company, a supplier of high-performance roller chains for industrial markets, from Amsted Industries. Indianapolis, Ind.-based Diamond Chain has manufacturing operations in the U.S. and China and employs approximately 370 people. The company uses enhanced heat-treatment processes that help pins maintain rigidity in the most challenging environments. Diamond Chain also utilizes laser fabrication to drastically cut manufacturing times for custom-made chain attachments.


Heat-Treatment Plant Breaks Ground in SwedenOpen in a New Window

Epiroc, a productivity provider for the mining and infrastructure industries, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new heat-treatment plant for rock drills in Örebro, Sweden. The 1,400-square-meter facility, which will be able to run 24 hours a day due to automation, is expected to be up and running by late 2020. The plant was designed for energy efficiency. For example, residual heat will be recycled internally to heat buildings.


Collaboration to Advance Binder-Jet ManufacturingOpen in a New Window

The ExOne Company announced a material collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, a division in the global engineering Sandvik Group. The material collaboration will focus on qualifying and optimizing Sandvik’s Osprey metal powders with ExOne’s binder-jetting machines. It will include studying powder and binder interactions; developing 3D machine process settings; and creating post-processing heat treatments for various materials, including stainless steels, tool steels and nickel alloys.


Rudnev Presents Woodside LectureOpen in a New Window

Dr. Valery Rudnev presented the 77th Woodside Lecture May 13 in Livonia, Mich. His presentation focused on recent theoretical and practical novelties in induction heat treatment. Common mispostulations associated with induction heating and frequently overlooked metallurgical subtleties were also discussed.


Italian Heat Treater Adds Nitriding, Nitrocarburizing ServicesOpen in a New Window

Family-owned heat-treatment company GalvanoTechnik of Lombardy, Italy, expanded its portfolio to include Nitreg-controlled nitriding, Nitreg-C nitrocarburizing and ONC in-process oxidation treatments. The company invested in a compact Nitrex system configured to process 23.5-inch-diameter x 35.5-inch-high workloads that weigh up to 1,300 pounds. The system complies with the temperature-uniformity requirements of AMS 2750E and meets the specifications of ASM 2759/10, which make it possible to consistently achieve the required metallurgical and mechanical properties for controlled nitriding.


U.S. Manufacturer Orders Aluminum Heat-Treating FurnaceOpen in a New Window

SECO/WARWICK Group’s subsidiary based in Meadville, Pa., has been awarded a major contract to build and commission a specialized aluminum solution heat-treating furnace for a U.S. manufacturer. The furnace, which is AMS 2750-compliant and Nadcap-capable, will be engineered to load, heat treat, quench and discharge with minimal operator assistance. It will be used to heat treat products for automotive, aerospace and medical applications.


HP, Siemens Team to Advance Industrial AMOpen in a New Window

HP and Siemens expanded their strategic alliance to help customers transform their businesses with industrial additive manufacturing (AM). Siemens and HP will incorporate systems and software innovations including overall product lifecycle management (PLM), AM factory optimization, industrial 3D printing and data intelligence, manufacturing execution and performance analytics.


Nucor Invests in South Carolina MillOpen in a New Window

Nucor Corp. announced a capital investment that will add vacuum degassing to its engineered bar capabilities at its mill in Darlington, S.C. Adding this capability will enable the mill to produce engineered bar products meeting some of the most stringent quality specifications in the industry. The vacuum degassing system is expected to begin operations in late 2020. According to Nucor, the investment wlll position it to better serve customers in the southeastern U.S. 


Aluminum Association Plans for Long-Term Industry GrowthOpen in a New Window

The Aluminum Association released “The Aluminum Agenda: A Policy Roadmap for a Competitive U.S. Aluminum Industry,” which lays out principles and policy goals for a sustainable U.S. aluminum sector in the 21st century. The document was developed in consultation with aluminum companies spanning the entire industry value chain. The industry identified five key areas essential for future growth and investment in the U.S.: trade, environment, infrastructure, energy and workforce.


Gornicki Appointed CEO of Diablo Furnaces, Machine Tool BuildersOpen in a New Window

Bill Gornicki has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of both Diablo Furnaces and Machine Tool Builders (MTB), both based in Machesney Park, Ill. With 29 years of experience in the thermal-processing industry, Gornicki, brings a fresh perspective with proven results to leverage the companies’ offerings of heat-treating furnaces and gear machinery forward to achieve new sales levels. Sustained improvement and long-term growth will be cultivated by Gornicki being intimately focused in operational excellence, expansion of product breadth and capabilities in existing and new markets.


International Mint Orders Vacuum FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Furnacare Inc., a TAV Group Company, sold a TAV horizontal vacuum furnace with a maximum temperature of 2462°F (1350°C) to an international mint. The furnace, which has useful dimensions of 400 mm (15.7 inches) wide x 400 mm (15.7 inches) high x 600 mm (23.6 inches) long, has high-speed quenching with up to 25 bar of helium with an optional recovery circuit. A large pumping group allows for rapid evacuation of the chamber and high operating vacuum level. In addition, a closed-loop gas cooling system combines high flow capacity and pressure to guarantee fast and uniform cooling of the load.


Carpenter Technology Forms AM Business UnitOpen in a New Window

Carpenter Technology Corp. announced the formation of its Carpenter Additive business unit. Carpenter Additive’s capabilities span the entire additive-manufacturing (AM) process, including: highly engineered, gas atomized powders; metal-powder lifecycle management solutions; finished component production capabilities; integrated AM and research-and-development facilities focused on technical solutions for customers; and industrial-scale AM and full post-processing capabilities.


Minnesota Company Adds Extrusion Press, Manufacturing SpaceOpen in a New Window

Alexandria Industries invested in a new aluminum extrusion press that will allow the company to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities, extrude more complex product features and hold tighter tolerances while utilizing a variety of alloys. The company, which will gain an extra 30% in extrusion capacity, will add 19,000 square feet of space to its manufacturing facility in Alexandria, Minn., to accommodate the equipment. Construction is scheduled to begin soon.


Aluminum Manufacturer Opening Plant, Creating Jobs in KentuckyOpen in a New Window

Dajcor Aluminum Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of extruded and fabricated aluminum products, will invest approximately $19.6 million to locate its first U.S, operation in Perry County, Ky. The project will create up to 265 full-time jobs. The operation will provide Dajcor additional capacity for aluminum extrusion and fabrication to serve a variety of North American industries. Operations are scheduled to begin by the end of 2019.


Sintavia Opens Advanced Manufacturing FacilityOpen in a New Window

Sintavia officially opened its new 55,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Hollywood, Fla. The facility houses over $25 million of advanced manufacturing equipment, including medium- and large-scale metal 3D printers, multiple furnaces, EDMs and post-processing machines. Some of the industrial engineering improvements of the building include separate manufacturing rooms segregated by alloy, a large-scale powder management system, an uninterruptable power supply, an inert-gas farm and a final production acceptance quality-control room.


Cutting-Tool Manufacturer Orders Vacuum Tempering FurnaceOpen in a New Window

SECO/VACUUM (SVT), a SECO/WARWICK company, sold a vacuum tempering furnace to a global manufacturer of cutting tools. The furnace, which will be used for tempering and stress relieving metal parts, is part of the company’s expansion and complements another vacuum tempering furnace commissioned earlier in 2019 at the facility. The horizontal, front-loading furnace has an all-metal hot zone for clean vacuum processing. It includes a convection fan and a pressurized gas quench for quick cooling.


Zekelman Industries to Build Continuous ERW Tube MillOpen in a New Window

Zekelman Industries will invest over $150 million to build what it says is the world’s largest continuous electric-resistance-welded (ERW) tube mill. The mill will be capable of producing hollow structural sections (HSS) with a size range of 8 inches square x 0.750-inch wall thickness up to 22 inches square x 1-inch wall thickness. Atlas Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, will produce square, rectangular and round structural sections in the mill, which is scheduled for start-up in September 2021. The automated production line will create over 75 new manufacturing jobs.


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