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Fives, SDI Produce First Coil in MississippiOpen in a New Window

Fives, a global industrial engineering group, and Steel Dynamics Columbus LLC (SDI) successfully produced the first coil with a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL #3) at SDI’s mini-mill in Columbus, Miss. The first prime coil was produced on schedule July 9 in the midst of a challenging COVID-19 environment. The project involved equipment delivery from several countries experiencing different forms of lockdown, including France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico and the United States.


Cooling System Manufacturer Orders CAB LineOpen in a New Window

SECO/WARWICK will deliver a controlled-atmosphere brazing (CAB) line to a global manufacturer of cooling systems for electric-car batteries. This is the second CAB line ordered by the company, which is based in Asia, but it’s the first that will be used for its battery cooling systems. The system will be designed for soldering large battery coolers. CAB technology has been the basic production method for most heat exchangers for passenger cars and other vehicles for several decades. According to SECO/WARWICK, its CAB technology has become the most frequently chosen for soldering battery cooler plates in the hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) industry.


Alcoa to Supply Low-Carbon Rolling Slabs to GrängesOpen in a New Window

Alcoa Corp. reached an agreement to supply ECOLUM rolling slabs to Gränges, a producer of rolled aluminum products for heat-exchanger applications and other markets. ECOLUM cast products are produced at hydroelectric-powered aluminum smelters and guarantee no more than 2.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide smelter emissions per metric ton of aluminum. According to Alcoa, this is 75% better than the industry average. When also considering the upstream emissions from bauxite mining and refining, ECOLUM guarantees less than 4.0 metric tons of total carbon dioxide equivalents per metric ton of aluminum.


Tube Manufacturer Expands, Creates Jobs in IndianaOpen in a New Window

According to a report, Phillips Tube Group, a welded-steel tube manufacturer, will invest $8.2 million to expand its manufacturing plant and relocate into the former Matthews International building in Richmond, Ind. The company expects to hire 30 associates by 2024. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (EDC) offered up to $325,000 in conditional tax credits as an incentive based on the company's hiring. According to the EDC, the investment represents the most technologically advanced machinery and processing equipment in the industry.


Ipsen Establishing Excellence Centers in Germany, U.S.Open in a New Window

Ipsen, to ensure it properly addresses the market needs of current and future customers, is establishing Technology Excellence Centers in Germany and the United States while further strengthening its offerings. The company’s equipment manufacturing business will be driven by an Atmosphere Technology Excellence Center in Kleve, Germany, and a Vacuum Technology Excellence Center near Rockford, Ill. This focus into one field of technology will enable faster-paced innovation and quicker response times.


Additive Production Center Includes Vacuum FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Lincotek Additive completed a state-of-the-art Additive Production Center for medical devices in its Trento, Italy, facility by installing a new high-vacuum furnace and a validated heat-treatment process specifically designed for 3D-printed titanium parts. The project – along with an expansion in lab capabilities – will triple the capacity for thermal treatment at the site.


Microelectronics Manufacturer Orders Mesh-Belt Conveyor FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Lindberg/MPH shipped a continuous mesh-belt conveyor furnace to a microelectronics manufacturer in the United States. The furnace is configured for process applications requiring a nitrogen/hydrogen blend process atmosphere in the heating section muffle at process temperatures up to 1832°F (1000°C). The combustible gas system provides a timed nitrogen gas purge of the muffle before process gas can be introduced into the furnace muffle.


Nitrex to Expand Illinois Heat-Treat FacilityOpen in a New Window

Nitrex is set to start the fourth phase of expansion at its commercial heat-treating facility in Aurora, Ill. The project will add a fourth building that will house a new low-pressure carburizing (LPC) system and secondary heat-treating equipment. The ECM vacuum carburizing furnace with oil-quench capabilities will help meet growing demand from makers of high-end critical parts within the automotive, aerospace and tooling industries. The 20-bar dual-chamber furnace has a workload size of 40 inches long x 24 inches wide x 28 inches high (1,000 x 600 x 715 mm) and a load capacity of 1,500 pounds (680 kg).


Feralloy to Create Jobs in KentuckyOpen in a New Window

Feralloy Corp., a Chicago-based steel processing company, plans to locate a $17.5 million facility on Nucor Steel Gallatin’s campus near Ghent, Ky., to level and cut steel for customers throughout the Ohio Valley region. The facility will create 30 new jobs. By leasing a 60,000-square-foot facility at Nucor’s steel mill, Feralloy will receive steel coils directly from the mill and then cut and level them into high-quality sheets per customer spec. Operations are scheduled to begin in October of this year with one shift of 15 employees before expanding to additional shifts soon after.


Rock Island Arsenal Adds AM TechnologiesOpen in a New Window

Phillips Federal, a division of Phillips Corp., added the technologies of SPEE3D to support its Public Private Partnership (P3) and additive-manufacturing programs at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA). SPEE3D’s LightSPEE3D machine prints aluminum parts in minutes using a technology called cold-spray additive manufacturing (CSAM). It addresses many of the Army’s current readiness challenges in the field. LightSPEE3D printers work on a cold-fusion principle utilizing only compressed air, and no volatile gases or heat sources are required to bond layers together.


Automotive Supplier Orders Brazing FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Abbott Furnace Company received an order from a global automotive supplier for a continuous-belt brazing furnace. The electrically heated furnace, which will be installed in Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2020, will be used for brazing of fuel-delivery components. The four-zone furnace is rated for 2150°F (1177°C) and includes a 24-inch-wide belt and a silicon-carbide-domed muffle.


ITP Aero Installs High-Pressure Hydroform PressOpen in a New Window

ITP Aero, a manufacturer of aviation and industrial engines, installed a high-pressure sheet hydroform press from Quintus Technologies in its recently completed plant in Bilbao, Spain. The press operates at a forming pressure of 1,400 bar (20,000 psi), which is important in jet-engine applications because it ensures close-tolerance parts direct from the press with little or no secondary hand work required. With a work area of 27.6 x 73 inches (700 mm x 1,800 mm), it introduces several production efficiencies, eliminating forming steps, intermediate heat treatments, and manual pre- and post-forming operations.


Raw-Material Supplier to Expand, Supply Steelmaking FacilitiesOpen in a New Window

American Resources Corp. announced the expansion of its wholly owned subsidiary, American Metals LLC, and the selection of its currently owned Deane Mining facility in Letcher County, Ky., as its initial rail load-out and logistics location for processed metals. American Metals is expanding its current metal-recovery business and will aggregate, process and transport used steel to be recycled and sold to traditional and electric-arc-furnace (EAF) steelmaking facilities. The company will utilize the existing infrastructure at its Deane Mining facility, which has the ability to haul and aggregate metal from a range of locations.


U.S. Pipe Producer Orders Submerged-Arc Re-welding FacilityOpen in a New Window

Stupp Corp. awarded SMS group a contract to extend the spiral pipe mill at its facility in Baton Rouge, La. The contract consists of two projects: a partial revamp of the spiral pipe machine to increase pipe production capacity and a new submerged-arc re-welding stand to complement the existing three welding stands. The plant’s modifications, which can increase Stupp’s annual capacity by 40,000 tons (to 60,000 tons) will go into operation by the end of 2020.


Tenova Joins Project at ArcelorMittal DofascoOpen in a New Window

Tenova Goodfellow Inc., (TGI) a Canadian subsidiary of Tenova, a Techint Group company specialized in innovative solutions for the metals and mining industries, is joining a collaborative project titled “Digital Transformation of Secondary Metallurgy Facility at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.” The project is focused on ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s secondary metallurgy facility, which includes a ladle furnace, a degassing tank, their auxiliaries and transfer cars. The goal is to demonstrate how digitalization technologies can improve production by minimizing manual intervention, reducing process variation and improving final steel properties.


AISTech 2020 CancelledOpen in a New Window

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), after extensive consultation in recent weeks with governing authorities and the AIST Board of Directors and with due regard to the safety and health of members, exhibitors, attendees and staff, cancelled AISTech 2020 – The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition. The event was scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Super Systems Announces Management ChangesOpen in a New Window

Super Systems Inc. (SSi) announced the promotion of Jim Oakes from vice president of business development to president. Oakes has been with SSi for 15 years in various roles, but he has always been focused on positioning the company as a leader of sensors, controls and software in the heat-treating industry. Oakes has served the industry not only at SSi but through volunteer work on the board of trustees and as board president for both the Metal Treating Institute (2019-present) and ASM Heat Treating Society (2017-2019). 


Air Liquide to Supply EAF Steel Mill in TexasOpen in a New Window

Air Liquide signed a long-term agreement with Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) to supply gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon to SDI’s electric-arc furnace (EAF) steel mill in Sinton, Texas. To support the agreement, Air Liquide plans to invest over $100 million to install an air-separation unit (ASU) on its Gulf Coast pipeline network in Ingleside, Texas, and extend its pipeline network to SDI’s site.


Midwest Manufacturer Orders Pusher FurnaceOpen in a New Window

Armil CFS Inc. shipped a hydraulic pusher furnace designed to burn out and preheat investment-casting molds to a Midwest manufacturer of marine propulsion components. The furnace, which includes an automated tray extraction system and return conveyor, is designed to push a 48-inch-wide tray holding investment-casting molds up to 18 inches high. The combustion system is configured to promote clean firing of ceramic molds at temperatures up to 2150°F (1177°C).


FNA 2020 Going VirtualOpen in a New Window

After much analysis, feedback from attendees and the uncertainty of COVID-19, the MTI Board of Trustees has approved transition to a virtual format for Furnaces North America 2020. Attendees will be able to experience the virtual exhibit hall for free. For those wanting to view the three live panel discussions and 35 technical sessions, FNA is offering a special for attendees of $199 for each of the first two registrants from a company and $49 for every person after that. To qualify, everyone must register on the same online registration form. 


SMS group Invests in Brazilian CompaniesOpen in a New Window

Germany’s SMS group is investing in the acquisition of shares in two Brazil-based companies, Viridis and Vetta, expanding its market presence in Latin America. Part of the transaction is the merger of these two Brazilian companies to create a competency center for industrial digitalization, with emphasis on efficiency and sustainability technologies. The new business will operate under the name Vetta in conjunction with SMS digital, an SMS group subsidiary specialized in digital solutions.


Change in Management at Tenova LOI ThermprocessOpen in a New Window

Tenova LOI Thermprocess, a global company in the field of heat-treatment plants based in Essen, Germany, underwent a change in its management.


Producer of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Systems Orders Conveyor OvensOpen in a New Window

A medical technology manufacturer ordered Despatch conveyor ovens to help produce COVID-19 diagnostic testing systems. Perforated plenums above the belt create a laminar flow that will keep the small, lightweight parts from being disturbed. Fresh-air ports were added to support the positive chamber pressure needed to achieve the required temperature uniformity of ±9°F (±5°C). The continuous belt design is suited for large quantities of similar workpieces being processed.


German Forger Orders Press with 3D-Printed Manifold BlockOpen in a New Window

SMS group put a 31.5/34-MN open-die forging press into operation at Gustav Grimm Edelstahlwerk (GGE), a forge based in Remscheid, Germany. GGE specializes in the manufacture of high-alloy forgings. Because of the built-in hydraulic and control systems, GGE’s new high-speed forging press achieves time savings of about 10% compared to the old press. For the first time, SMS group has installed an additively manufactured machine component in an open-die forging press. The 3D-printed hydraulic manifold block is lighter, more compact and has a flow-optimized design. Designed by SMS group and made of an aluminum alloy, it weighs just one-tenth of the conventional steel component. The manifold block is used to distribute hydraulic oil for operating and venting the cylinders.


BMW Group Opens AM CampusOpen in a New Window

The BMW Group opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus in Germany. The facility brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, in addition to research into 3D-printing technologies and training for the global rollout of toolless production. It will allow the BMW Group, which produced about 300,000 parts by additive manufacturing last year, to develop its position as technology leader in the utilization of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry. The campus, which was an investment of approximately $16.8 million, operates around 50 industrial systems that work with metals and plastics.


Stainless Steel Powder Developed for 3D PrintingOpen in a New Window

QuesTek Innovations LLC developed a stainless steel composition for powder-bed-fusion additive manufacturing (AM) for use either in the as-printed condition or with a single low-temperature heat treatment. This development allows for production of complex, high-strength stainless parts via AM that are comparable to wrought 17-4 PH but without the need for cryogenic processing or high-temperature heat treatment. According to QuesTek, a fully martensitic microstructure is achieved in the as-printed condition with its QT 17-4 powders.


Spanish Forger to Open Facility in OhioOpen in a New Window

According to a report, Spain’s Alcorta Forging Group will open its first U.S. manufacturing operations and regional headquarters in Marysville, Ohio. The 100-year-old company, which develops and manufactures automotive components, will invest $15 million and create 50 new jobs. The 150,000-square-foot forging and manufacturing facility will be completed in three phases and include state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. Under the current uncertain circumstances, Alcorta will move forward with its pre-construction activities while remaining on hold for the construction launch.


New Furnace Eliminates Need for HeliumOpen in a New Window

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA is currently installing a new rapid quenching vacuum furnace that will ultimately eliminate the need for costly helium while increasing production throughput. Solar Manufacturing’s 10-bar vacuum furnace will mimic an older 2-bar furnace in size. However, this new 48-inch x 48-inch x 96-inch 10-bar furnace is equipped with a 600-HP blower designed motor, and it will outperform its older model by processing larger and heavier workloads with the use of nitrogen only.


Aerospace Manufacturer Orders Two Vacuum FurnacesOpen in a New Window

SECO/WARWICK Group sold two vacuum furnaces for aerospace applications to one company in two locations: the United States and Singapore. The aerospace manufacturer has been a SECO/WARWICK customer in Europe for many years, but this is their first vacuum furnace ordered for a U.S. installation. The first furnace will be used for the heat treatment of exotic electrical steels. The high-pressure gas-quench vacuum furnace has a horizontal chamber with a workload size of 24 inches x 24 inches x 36 inches and a 1,300-pound hearth capacity. The second furnace will be used for annealing parts produced by 3D printing.


HIP Expands Service Offerings for Italian CompanyOpen in a New Window

A hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies will enable Italy’s Flame Spray SpA, a thermal-spray coatings provider, to respond to growing demand for densification and heat treatment as additive manufacturing (AM) increasingly takes hold in aerospace parts production. The press will streamline the workflow by integrating the ability to stress relieve, HIP, heat treat and age parts in a single cycle. The combination of high pressure and heat treatment (HPHT) in one system enhances efficiency and reduces per-unit processing costs while generating savings in space, energy and infrastructure. Uniform rapid cooling (URC) capability minimizes thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth, producing finished parts with optimal material properties.


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