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Jasco Heat Treat/Fairport, NY. According to a news report commercial heat treater Jasco located just outside or Rochester suffered a small fire recently. Jasco is a large and impressive commercial heat treater which has been around for many years. April 25/2013

"Firefighters had to be extra careful fighting a fire near Turk Hill Road in Fairport on Monday morning. News10NBC is told molten salt started leaking out of a furnace at the Jasco Heat Treatment Plant around midnight. Firefighters say maintenance workers noticed the leak which caused items to catch on fire. Fairport Fire Chief Mike Gropp says they couldn't use water to put out the fire. "It's a non-water building. We have to use dry powder or chemicals. Water reacts with molten salt in a negative manner." Firefighters say the fire did not cause significant damage to the building and no one was hurt."

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Used Equipment Available. Our latest additions are a Michigan Oven, a Despatch Oven, a Cryotron Tempering Pre-Heat Oven and a very unique Induction Hardening/Press Quench system for synchronizer sleeves. We have some real gems for you recently in our used equipment section. An Immaculate Car Bottom Furnace and two very hard to find Surface "Multi-bottle" Endo Generators. Both listings are below. Our used equipment section is complete and up to date and includes some terrific bargains-have a look at what is new. If you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we should be able to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com April 25/2013

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GM Enterprises/ New Orders. This press release comes from GM Enterprises a vacuum furnace builder on the US West Coast. The GM name will again be in the news next week when we publish our list of the largest North Amercian Furnace Builders. Two Leading US MIM Manufacturers order G-M High Temperature Sintering Furnaces. April 25/2013

"Suresh Jhawar, G-M CEO announced receiving multi-million dollar orders from two US Companies for High Temperature Sintering Furnaces. The first Furnace is a G-M Model HVF 301-XXLB (2-Bar) having a Free Work Area of 36” Wide x 30” High x 96” Long whereas the 2nd Furnace is G-M Model HVF 301-B (2-Bar) with dual Door arrangement having a Free Work Area of 36” Wide x 30” High x 48” Long. The Dual Door arrangement reduces Furnace down time for loading and unloading by utilizing Front Door for loading a new load whereas the Rear Door is utilized for removal of the sintered load. Each system is equipped with “state-of-the-art” automatic binder-removal features via a series of wax traps. The larger Furnace is equipped with dual pumping system with isolation valves to provide maintenance without shutting down the Furnace to provide highest level of uptime. There are multiple vacuum evacuation ports and partial gas flow arrangement to achieve high product yield. Both Furnaces are equipped with GMVAC1 WONDERWARE based software to provide maximum process flexibilities and capabilities including real-time data acquisition and storing complete process history."

Bluewater

Ambrell Press Release. “Scottsville, NY — Ambrell, a leading manufacturer of induction heating systems, has sold an EKOHEAT 10 kW/100 kHz induction heating system to a manufacturer for a shrink fitting application. The manufacturer will use the EKOHEAT to preheat gears so they expand to enable a shaft to be inserted into each one. As the gears cool, they "shrink" back to size, therefore securing the shafts inside the gears. The manufacturer was using another induction provider, but desired a more responsive and dependable partner. Ambrell was founded over 25 years ago and has sold more than 10,000 systems into over 50 countries. All clients are offered free application testing -- which this customer took advantage of -- to ensure their system achieves their process objectives. For more information about Ambrell, visit www.ambrell.com or call +1 585-889-9000. About Ambrell; Since 1986, Ambrell has been a leading manufacturer of induction heating systems. Products are CE certified and manufactured in an ISO9001:2008 certified facility to ensure the highest quality equipment. With a focus on superior heating solutions and service with a prompt response, prospective customers can leverage its Applications Lab to ensure systems are built to their heating requirements, and then rely on superior support throughout their relationship with Ambrell. Ambrell has installed over 10,000 systems in more than 50 countries and is an Ameritherm company”. April 25/2013

Custom Electric

"Joy Global/AFC-Holcroft. (April, 2013) Joy Global in Franklin, Pennsylvania has added a new AFC-Holcroft automated batch integral quench system. The order consists of four 36-48-36 UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnaces with atmosphere top cool chambers, eight UBT temper furnaces, a UBW washer, an automatic bar car, multi-position load and unload tables with scissors lifts and cooling capabilities, stationary tables, tray rollover table, and ProcessMaster Controls system. The system will be fully automated, with each load managed/tracked as it is automatically processed thru the UBQ line, with complete load data reporting for all process data from entry until discharge. The ProcessMaster Controls system is fully integrated with Joy Global's existing plant wide production system.

The customer will be using the equipment for normalizing, quenching and tempering, carburizing and hardening. The modularity of the UBQ system allows for flexibility in processing and production volumes. The equipment was installed and commissioned in the 3rd quarter of 2012. Tracy Dougherty of AFC-Holcroft says of Joy Global, "The team at Joy Global were very thorough and took the time and effort to research the benefits of AFC-Holcroft's automated batch line. This new installation at their Franklin, PA plant gives them one of the most impressive batch lines in North America. This investment will provide Joy Global with the capacity for growth well into the future while producing the quality products their customers have come to expect.
Jason Biondi from Joy Global said, "We look forward to receiving the benefits with the new AFC-Holcroft automated batch line. We are excited about the possibilities the new installation has to offer."

About AFC-Holcroft: AFC-Holcroft is one of the world's largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries. AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft's Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability. For more information, contact media@afc-holcroft.com." April 24/2013

Solo Swiss

SECO/WARWICK/IBC Coatings Inc. Our friends a commercial heat treater and coatings company IBC Coating Technologies in Lebanon, Indiana are doing well these days as you can see from this press release. April 24/2013

"Meadville, Pennsylvania–SECO/WARWICK will deliver a 12 Bar Universal HPQ™ (High Pressure Quench) vacuum furnace to IBC Coating Technologies, Inc. in Lebanon, IN this spring. This Low Pressure Vacuum Carburizing  furnace with high temperature convection heating shall be for hardening and carburizing bearing steel and aerospace components. The furnace shall be designed with a hot zone of 24” x 24” x 36” and a maximum temperature rating of 2400 deg F and 1300 pound gross load capacity. It shall have 12-bar pressure quenching.  Additional features include isothermal quenching and modifications to address the low distortion and demands of high performance bearings and gear markets.   This is the second vacuum furnace that IBC has purchased from SECO/WARWICK.

About SECO/WARWICK CO.   The SECO/WARWICK Group and its five business segments produce vacuum furnaces (VAC), atmosphere furnaces (ATM), controlled atmosphere aluminum brazing furnaces (CAB), aluminum process furnaces (AP) and vacuum metallurgy equipment Retech (VME) in its manufacturing sites in Poland (SECO/WARWICK Europe),  the United States of America (SECO/WARWICK Corp. + RETECH Systems LLC), India (SECO/WARWICK Allied Ltd.) and China (SECO/WARWICK RETECH Mfg. (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.). Sales, service & spare parts offices in Germany (SECO/WARWICK Services GmbH) and Russia (SECO/WARWICK Russia) complete the worldwide customer care network. Read more: http://www.secowarwick.com.

About IBC Coating Technologies, Inc.   IBC develops diffusion surface treatment technologies for anti-wear and anti-corrosion applications. IBC innovative surface treatments, based on Plasma-chemical and Diffusion reactions – Boriding, Nitrocarburizing, Chrome Carbide, Vanadium Carbide, etc. are used in different applications with very good results.
IBC Coating Technologies INC is a privately owned company located in Lebanon, IN, USA. The company started its activities in July of 1996 as a research and development project, based on the know-how and experience of its founders. The company has expanded the array of its services in material treatments. Check back often in the News section for updates and latest events. Read more: http://www.ibccoatings.com/.

The SECO/WARWICK Vacuum Team offers vacuum heat treating furnaces for hardening, tempering, annealing, solution heat treating, brazing, sintering, carburizing, carbonitriding, high vacuum, CVD–graphitizing and degassing.  SECO/WARWICK has built some of the largest and technically advanced vacuum furnaces in operation today, developing advanced technologies like Universal HPQ™ (High Pressure Quench), PreNit® & FineCarb® LPC vacuum carburizing, fully automated control systems and modeling software. Vacuum furnace configurations are available for vertical, horizontal and elevator style furnaces. Both cylindrical and rectangular hot zones with metallic or graphite heating elements are available for both new and used equipment.  Retech LLC provides vacuum melting equipment. Visit http://www.secowarwick.com/"

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"Seco/Warwick. SECO/WARWICK announces that on March 14th  the company signed  a  long-term strategic partnership agreement with the Russian  bearing manufacturers – OJSC “EBC”.  OJSC "EBC" consists of  EBC Group (EPK Saratov, EPK Moscow, EPK Volzhskiy, EPK Samara  and the Stepnogorsk Bearing Plant). The main aim of signing this contract is to further economic cooperation  between the companies for future Seco/Warwick heat treatment equipment for  plants of “EBC” Group and OJSC “EBC” itself.   As a first result of  the signed “Strategic Partnership Agreement” EPK Saratov division placed an order with SECO/WARWICK for  a roller hearth aggregate for spheroid annealing of bearing rings’ forgings. This kind of aggregate is the second unit SECO/WARWICK has delivered to  the EBC Group, and  the sixth we have manufactured within  the last 18 years.  We are convinced that  this will set a new stage of Eastern Market activity  for the Russian market."  April 24/2013

Crio

Business Opportunities. We are always adding new job openings and individuals looking for jobs within the industry. Our newest listings include a Customer Service Manger for Bodycote, a Heat Treat Operator at Moog, Commercial Heat Treater FPM in the Chicago area who is looking for a Shift Superintendent, a captive heat treater in Canada looking for an Experienced Heat Treat Operator, and a knowledgeable individual Looking for a Sales Position. If you are looking for good qualified people we can guarantee that over 20,000 heat treaters per month will see your ad. April 22/2013

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Corner Stone

So What Do Heat Treaters Get Paid? Commercial heat treating. Yesterday Jim McNeal of International Search Partners gave us his very experienced idea of what individuals working on the OEM side of things such as furnace building get paid. Today he tells us about commercial heat treating. April 23/2013

Commercial Heat Treating : I did not include VP level and above as those positions will vary widely depending upon the Company. Of course, the positions described below are generic but this should be a fairly representative view.

General Managers: Some GM’s have plant manager responsibilities as well but for the purposes of this article, I will assume not. The GM is the outward facing presence of the Company and does not get overly concerned with “tactical” day-to-day issues in the Plant. Their main concern is dealing with customers, dealing with their boss(es) and ultimately Profit and Loss of the Plant. Good GM’s are worth their proverbial weight in gold and command salaries in excess of 100K plus bonus plus a car allowance. A wise Owner will offer the good ones a small bit of equity to lock them in for the long haul. 

Plant Managers: PM’s are responsible for the day-day operation of the Plant and all employees report directly or indirectly to them. They typically do not have P&L responsibility but are responsible for everything else. These folks can make anywhere from 70K on up and usually will get some sort of bonus based on performance. 

Plant Metallurgist: Metallurgists often times are also the Quality Managers and/or Lab Managers but for this article, we will separate them out. Their main responsibility is the various processes the Plant is involved with. A couple of asides with this position- This is a great opportunity for a young Metallurgist to get their hands dirty in our business and some Heat Treaters go that route, although they are not easy to attract nor retain for the long haul. Oftentimes a privately owned Heat Treat will have the Principal as the Metallurgist; although, we have made lots of placements once they decide to step back from the day-to-day operations of the business. Expect a Plant Metallurgist to command anywhere from 65K-80K in salary, a little less for an entry-level candidate.

Quality Manager: As I mentioned above, sometimes this is the Metallurgist but often it is a non-degreed person who has risen through the ranks. They will typically supervise a number of quality technicians and run the Quality department, sometimes with Lab responsibilities, sometimes not. These folks earn anywhere from 60-75K. 

Sales engineers: Two types of compensations plans are prevalent. One type of plan is salary only, commensurate with experience. The other is salary plus some sort of commission or bonus. As is the case for OEM’s, compensation depends on how collaborative a sales effort the company uses, if Mfg Reps are involved, and ultimately, personal preference of the company. For a salary only Sales Engineer, expect to pay a base salary of 60-80K plus some sort of car allowance. If there is commission involved, the salary may be as low as 50K + plus some sort of car allowance.   

Maintenance Supervisor: This is the lowest compensated position in a Heat Treat, other than a basic furnace operator, but the case could be made that it is the most important. Without a good preventative maintenance plan and good repair capability when Furnaces go down, a commercial Heat Treater is out of business. Generally, they are non-degreed folks who have worked their way up from an hourly position on the floor and thus, it is difficult, perception-wise, to pay them at a level equal to other key players. These folks make anywhere from 50K on up but good ones are priceless to a commercial Heat Treat.  
As always, I welcome your comments at jamesm@ispards.com or (619) 465-9621.

Jim McNeal is in his 20th year of recruiting in the Thermal Processing Industry and since 1998, has been the Managing Recruiter of International Search Partners in La Mesa, CA. In his “spare time”, Jim is a Naval Reservist and has recently been recalled to Active Duty for a four month deployment to the Middle East. And, in February, it was announced that the President has nominated him for an appointment as a Rear Admiral. 

Solar Atmospheres

LOI Thermprocess GmbH/Metall Technologie Holding Group (MTH). In the world of European heat treating this news items ranks as a major announcement. It would appear that LOI (who we think of mainly for thermal processing equipment in the steel industry) has acquired MTH a group of new furnace builders largely based in Europe.  MTH includes B.M.I. Fours Industriels, Shanghai Huisen-MTH Industrial Furnaces Co. Ltd., IVA Industrieöfen GmbH, MAHLER GmbH Industrieofenbau, RIVA Sp. z.o.o. and SCHMETZ GmbH Vakuumöfen and when combined the group is one of the largest furnace builders in the world. To see how MTH compares in size to other European furnace builders we would suggest  http://www.themonty.com/largesteuropeanfurnacebuilders.htm April 23/2013

"Today,  April 22/2013  LOI Thermprocess GmbH, a Tenova subsidiary company, announced the acquisition of Metall Technologie Holding Group (MTH), from European Capital S.A. SICAR, an affiliate of American Capital Ltd. Completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. Tenova is a part of Techint, the privately held Italian headquartered industrial group. MTH is a leading international provider of industrial heat treatment technology and aftermarket services for heat treatment equipment utilised to treat finished metal components primarily in the aerospace, heat treatment, automotive and machine tooling industries. MTH is headquartered in Menden, Germany.   Baird served as the exclusive financial advisor to European Capital in the sale of the business. The Baird team was led by Joachim Beickler, Managing Director, in Frankfurt and by Vinay Ghai, Managing Director, in London, with assistance from colleagues in the US and Asia. The successful completion of the deal underscores the value of Baird Investment Banking’s global platform, which uses a fully integrated, international team to provide comprehensive M&A and debt advisory services. In 2012, Baird advised on 166 financings and global M&A transactions totalling more than $43 billion.  Baird Managing Director Joachim Beickler, who led on the deal, said: ‘European Capital’s sale of MTH represents an important transaction for Baird Investment Banking, and highlights the global reach of our platform and the depth of our expertise in the core industrial technology sector’."

And for more details we have this press release: "Milan, April, 22 2013 - LOI Thermprocess GmbH, a Tenova subsidiary company, has signed an agreement with European Capital S.A. SICAR for the acquisition of the Metall Technologie Holding Group (MTH). MTH is headquarted in Menden (Germany) and controls the five followingcompanies: Schmetz, Mahler and IVA in Germany, BMI in France and Huisen in China. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.

 MTH is a leading provider of industrial heat treatment technology solutions, both for vacuum and atmospheric furnaces, in the Aerospace, Machine Tooling and Automotive industries, and has been developing well established industrial competences with a focus on energy efficiency and high-performance. It currently employs 320 people, 150 in Germany, 120 in China and 50 in France, and has a turnover of around Euro 65 million. MTH currently serves an installed base of around 2,500 heat treatment furnace units.

 MTH's integration into Tenova will be carried out to build upon MTH's engineering and after-sales team competences whilst leveraging Tenova's geographic presence and organization. This will expand product offerings into new areas while ensuring continuous customer effectiveness. "This acquisition reinforces Tenova's position in the heat treatment furnace industry "- commented Alberto Iperti, CEO of Tenova - "MTH adds a growing segment with a high quality product, production process and after- sales services".

 Gianfelice Rocca, Techint Group Chairman said: "The acquisition of MTH confirms the growth of Tenova in Germany. Tenova's total number of employees in Germany will approach 1.000 across a variety of industrial companies with significant technology intensity such as MTH itself and the other Tenova's subsidiaries including LOI Thermprocess GmbH, Takraf GmbH and Re Energy GmbH

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What Do Heat Treaters Get Paid? We are all curious about what our counterparts are paid-it is part of human nature. So what does the Project Engineer you are working with get paid for supervising the new furnace you just bought? Or the fellow that sold you the furnace? Our good friend Jim McNeal, Managing Recruiter of International Search Partners which we would consider the foremost recruiting firm in North America when it comes to the heat treating industry has provided us with these thoughts. April 22/2013

OEM’s (Furnace and Oven Manufacturers): I did not include VP level and above as those positions will vary widely depending upon the Company. Of course, the positions described below are generic but this should be a fairly representative view.

Project Engineers (Both Mechanical and Electrical): These are typically degreed individuals although with enough experience, a degree may not be required. Some of these folks do Project Management; some are only the Project lead for design. Electrical engineers will generally not be the lead on a single project but will spread themselves out over several projects. These folks can get anywhere from 65K on the low side and into the 80’s on the high side. Typically, these positions are exempt, ie. salaried positions with no overtime.  

Designers, Draftsman, Detailers (Both Mechanical and Electrical): These are typically non-degreed individuals who are the backbone of every Furnace/Oven Manufacturer. They are typically non-exempt (Hourly) and can get anywhere between $18/hour on up to $25+ per hour.

Application Engineers: These positions can also be called Proposal engineers, Estimators, Inside Sales engineers, etc. What these folks do is put together the quotes that go out to prospective customers. Granted, a lot of times the actual Salesman do this but a wise Company will have this function done in-house and allow the Sales Engineer to be out in the Field doing what they do best, SELLING. Application engineers can make $65K on the low side while a seasoned Appl Eng can end up well into the 80’s.  Surprisingly, these are often the most highly sought after people in our business and from a recruiting stand point, are very difficult to source. 

Field Service Engineers: I am not talking about people who work in the Shop; I am talking about that rare and unusual breed of folks (sorry guys) who love to be in the field installing and commissioning furnaces. Most of these gentleman (In almost 20 years in this business, I have never run across a female FSE)  are non-exempt folks who get lots and lots of OT plus per diem and other perks for being on the road. Good ones can often make over $100K in total compensation and usually start out in the $25/hour range. Recently, we have seen some companies going to a straight salary model…..the good news is no overtime; the bad news is that these guys require a guaranteed 100K to go exempt. Recruiting-wise, if we run across a good FSE who wants to make a change, they are literally a walking invoice for us. 

Sales engineers: Two types of compensations plans are prevalent. One type of plan is salary only, commensurate with experience. We see salary only plans with OEM’s who have a very technical product, 99% of the time custom designed, with a long sales cycle, as well as companies who do not have territories per se but sell as a Team. This seems to work well for both parties. The Sales Engineer gets a base salary with some sort of bonus plan based on individual/company performance; the OEM gets a dedicated Sales Engineer with a relatively fixed cost. The other type of plan is salary plus commission. The theory behind this type of plan is that in order to face rejection on a daily basis, the carrot of commission needs to be out there to motivate the sales person and reward producers. We see this type of plan with OEM’s who manufacture a product that can be sold without a lot of custom design needed ie a standard product line. A salary only Sales Engineer will make 80K+ plus.

Field Service Engineers: I am not talking about people who work in the Shop; I am talking about that rare and unusual breed of folks (sorry guys) who love to be in the field installing and commissioning furnaces. Most of these gentleman (In almost 20 years in this business, I have never run across a female FSE)  are non-exempt folks who get lots and lots of OT plus per diem and other perks for being on the road. Good ones can often make over $100K in total compensation and usually start out in the $25/hour range. Recently, we have seen some companies going to a straight salary model…..the good news is no overtime; the bad news is that these guys require a guaranteed 100K to go exempt. Recruiting-wise, if we run across a good FSE who wants to make a change, they are literally a walking invoice for us. 

Sales engineers: Two types of compensations plans are prevalent. One type of plan is salary only, commensurate with experience. We see salary only plans with OEM’s who have a very technical product, 99% of the time custom designed, with a long sales cycle, as well as companies who do not have territories per se but sell as a Team. This seems to work well for both parties. The Sales Engineer gets a base salary with some sort of bonus plan based on individual/company performance; the OEM gets a dedicated Sales Engineer with a relatively low fixed cost. The other type of plan is salary plus commission. The theory behind this type of plan is that in order to face rejection on a daily basis, the carrot of commission needs to be out there to motivate the sales person and reward producers. We see this type of plan with OEM’s who manufacture a product that can be sold without a lot of custom design needed ie a standard product line. A salary only Sales Engineer will make 80K+ plus some sort of car allowance, cell phone, laptop, expenses, etc. If the compensation plan involves commission, expect the salary to drop by 20-30% although interestingly enough, these sales people will generally make more money. Commission can be a powerful motivator. As always, I welcome your comments at jamesm@ispards.com or (619) 465-9621.

Jim McNeal is in his 20th year of recruiting in the Thermal Processing Industry and since 1998, has been the Managing Recruiter of International Search Partners in La Mesa, CA. In his “spare time”, Jim is a Naval Reservist and has recently been recalled to Active Duty for a four month deployment to the Middle East. And, in February, it was announced that the President has nominated him for an appointment as a Rear Admiral. 

Bodycote

Commercial Heat Treater. So does anybody recognize this very impressive commercial heat treater located in the Western USA? Wednesday we will have a very interesting profile of this company which we are sure many people will find fascinating. April 22/2013

Eurotherm

"Leading MIM Manufacturer to Receive Three TITAN® DS Models. CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Ipsen springs into action to deliver three TITAN® DS debinding and sintering furnaces to a leading MIM manufacturer in Southeast Asia within a short 12-week time span. Built on the proven TITAN platform, Ipsen’s new TITAN DS furnace is specially designed for applications in the MIM and Powder Metallurgy industries. These are the second, third and fourth Ipsen TITAN DS furnaces that this company has purchased.

TITAN DS utilizes innovative pump cleaning system and automated binder removal technology, resulting in significantly reduced door-to-door cycle time. Its precise process control maintains consistent part quality and prevents parts and hot zone contamination. TITAN DS delivers the TITAN Experience with its modular design and standardized system that can be used anywhere in the world.

The TITAN DS is a skid-mounted system that installs in days. Its intuitive control system supports multiple languages, provides real-time data acquisition and stores up to 1,000 heat treatment recipes. Its small footprint, manufacturing versatility and operational efficiency, with minimal cycle costs, make this an easy addition to any manufacturing cell. This low-maintenance and cost-efficient system masters the complexity of the MIM industry’s requirements.     

To learn more about how Ipsen’s TITAN DS is bringing the MIM and Powder Metallurgy industry one step forward, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN_DS.

About Ipsen
Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing markets including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. Ipsen is constantly pushing the boundary of possibilities and innovating a future of thermal processing excellence. For more information, visit www.IpsenUSA.com."
April 19/2013

Totaltrac

Largest North American Furnace Builders. We have been diligently working towards our listing of the largest North American furnace builders by annual sales-a list which we expect to have completed by next week. We are constantly amazed at how open most companies in this industry are. As an example we have contacted approximately 14 furnace builders in North America and half very kindly provided sales figures and information about their company's. We will stress by the way that we completely understand if some choose not to release their sales figures. An example of one company which will certainly be on our list of the largest next week is Gasbarre Furnace Group whose comments can be found below. April 18/2013

"With the acquisition of J.L. Becker Company in 2011, Gasbarre Products formed Gasbarre Furnace Group which also includes Sinterite and C.I. Hayes. The group works in harmony in each division in the design, manufacturing and servicing of industrial heat treating equipment to meet a wide range of thermal and material processing needs.  The product offerings include vacuum and atmosphere furnaces in continuous and batch designs up to 3000 0F, enabling GFG to supply the best fit solution for a customer's processing and production needs.  Continuous brazing has supported steady growth of their business activity recently. Employing engineering, technology, service, and understanding of the customer's process and commercial needs enables GFG to provide the best long term solution for their customers.  Each company is uniquely positioned in their markets, but are brought together, when needed, to develop unique solutions for their customers' challenging opportunities. The three companies offer a product line unlike anyone else in furnace manufacturing. Sales of the group are approximately $30 million, with about 25% being international business. William R. Gasbarre, FAPMI".

Phoenix TM

Seco Warwick Press Release. S/W in Poland has sent us this press release about a co-operation agreement they have with Saratov State University in Poland. April 18/2013

"Signed "Memorandum of Cooperation” between SECO/WARWICK Group and "Saratov State University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky” We would like to announce that we have started a Cooperation agreement with the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution in Poland. Our partnership’s benefits will result from international cooperation and information exchange in the sphere of innovations, science and technology. How we will get it? In the signed “Memorandum” we expressed directions to follow. We mostly would like to focus on the technological, scientific and educational area, development of research on heat processing technologies of vacuum and atmosphere thermal processing and vacuum metallurgy. We will realize our mutual venture under the aegis of “Science and Technology Center of SSU” where SECO/WARWICK Group delivered, in order to support carrying out materials laboratory research, the following heat processing equipment: Vacuum furnace for quenching under high pressure, batch-type furnace for high tempering BREW-5 AZOT type, vacuum retort furnace for tempering VTR-4035/36 type with ZeroFlow® technology, three-cell vacuum furnace of the type CaseMaster Evolution T9 with FineCarb system and PreNitLPC function; Vacuum installation for melting and casting of special alloys on the basic of Fe, Ni, Co, Cu  VIM 50-125 type and laboratory VIM ISM 5-200 type for melting and casting of Titanium alloys; Besides the mentioned equipment, this Center has also vacuum deposition of PVD coatings and laboratory/quality control area.

REESE

Wall Colmony/Edgardo Garcia Press Release. April 18/2013

"Edgardo Garcia joins Wall Colmonoy as Director of Operations for the Alloy Products Group in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Mr. Garcia is responsible for process and lean manufacturing improvements, new product developments, budgeting and financial performance for reaching departmental goals. He has an extensive background in inventory control, materials management, MRP systems, Lean Manufacturing and Quality Management ISO 9000. Mr. Garcia holds a BSME from the University of UABC and completed Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. About Wall Colmonoy; Wall Colmonoy is a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of surfacing and brazing products, castings, coatings, and engineered components across aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, mining, energy and other industrial sectors. Known for our unique proven way of creating superior performing alloys that extend the useful life of engineered components, we pride ourselves on long-term strategic customer collaboration that produces value-added ideas and creative solutions. Combining over 75 years of engineering technology with a progressive, visionary outlook, Wall Colmonoy offers customers trusted, customized expertise that results in smart innovation and shared growth. More information about Wall Colmonoy is available at www.wallcolmonoy.com, http://www.facebook.com/wallcolmonoy and www.twitter.com/wallcolmonoy."

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SSI/Aremac Heat Treating, City of Industry, California, USA. Commercial heat treater Aremac was recently in the news because of their brand new plant in Eastman, Georgia. To add to this story (well at least kind of) we have this further update about an upgrade to their control systems at their plant in CA. April 17/2013

"Aremac Heat Treating Plant Performs Upgrade with Super Systems Inc. (SSi) Technology. Aremac Heat Treating, LLC, has been serving the aerospace and commercial manufacturing industries in the western United States since 1968.  Committed to achieving the highest level of service through quality, reliability and technical problem solving, Aremac asked SSi to provide a technology infrastructure giving them the ability to achieve those objectives and streamline their operation. Aremac is implementing the SSi controls and software on multiple pieces of equipment that meet their current infrastructure needs with the potential for future expansion if needed.  “Super Systems has the right product mix of software and controls, along with a commitment to the heat treating industry, which meets our long term objectives at Aremac,” Ed Grott, General Manager at Aremac, explained.

SSi process controllers provide Aremac with flexible recipe-based control that includes remote recipe management, onboard electronic charting for redundancy, and an easy-to-use operator interface.  The SuperDATA software suite will provide the underlying Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) application that will be used in all areas of the operation.  Real-time and historical information will be quickly accessible throughout the facility.  Aremac already uses SSi analyzers for atmosphere and nitriding heat treat applications, along with portable data logging for temperature surveys.  “This is a great opportunity for SSi to expand our product footprint with such a highly regarded heat treater as Aremac,” said Bob Fincken, SSi National Sales Manager.

For the last decade, Super Systems Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been developing and manufacturing products for the thermal processing industry.  SSi’s products include probes, analyzers, controllers, software solutions and engineered systems. With over 100 years of combined experience, SSi continues to satisfy industry demands with innovative technology, enabling customers to be more efficient and to produce higher quality products.  For more information on SSi’s capabilities, please visit our website at www.supersystems.com."

Nitrex Metal/SAPA Profiles. From Nitrex we recieved this press release about an order the company just received from SAPA Profiles (never heard of this company before) for a nitrocarburizing system for a location just outside of Shanghai, China. April 17/2013

"Nitrex Metal received an order from SAPA Profiles to supply a turnkey nitrocarburizing system for its newly acquired extrusion facility in China. The plant located north-east of Shanghai comprises 16 presses with a total capacity of 95k tons. Renamed Sapa Profiles Jiangyin Co. Ltd., this acquisition represents a strategic step in establishing the group’s first aluminum extrusion plant in China. The addition of the Nitrex nitrocarburizing system is part of the group’s capital improvement plan to enhance the capabilities of the plant’s heat treat operations, raise output capacity, and bring new solutions to local customers. Nitrex Metal is supplying a complete system including furnace, racking, control system, and process technology tailored for aluminum extrusion dies. The furnace measures 39” diameter by 59” height (1000 mm x 1500 mm) and can process loads of 4400 lbs (2000 kg). Nitreg®-C nitrocarburizing technology was chosen for better case properties.

ABOUT NITREX METAL INC.; For over 25 years, Nitrex Metal is a leading developer and supplier of automated turnkey nitriding systems for the aerospace, automotive, machinery, gear manufacturing, tool and die, and commercial heat treating industries. To date the company has over 250 installations in plants worldwide and has licensed its technology to heat treating companies in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and USA."

Pawel Wyrzykowski/CEO, Seco Warwick. Today we present to you an interview with Mr. Pawel Wyrzykowski, CEO of one of the largest furnace builders in the world Seco Warwick based in Poland. April 16/2013

1)     I have to say Pawel that I have been looking forward to asking you a few questions about Seco Warwick and the heat treating world. To start off I have to say I have never been entirely clear about the structure of Seco Warwick. As an example you have a number of different locations around the world-are these all divisions of Seco Warwick?

"After  a  transformation  period  we have been  able to finally create a clear corporate structure of the Seco/Warwick Group as of  the beginning  of 2013. So, right now we have a small industrial management holding company (S/W SA) which, on the one hand is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and on the other – holds all remaining shareholdings in our regional operational companies, such as S/W Eurpoe (Poland), S/W Corporation (USA), Retech (USA), SWR (China) and SWA (India). Apart from this we have 2 sales & service regional companies SWS (Germany) and SW Russia. S/W Holding employes 5 Vice Presidents globally responsible for our 5 technology lines  (business segments) and some functional managers, who are globally responsible for purchasing, HR, finance and a few other functions. Apart from this we developed a legal and management framework which sets up the rules and relations of single companies with our global  business segments and defines the principles of joint projects."   

2)     I have always been curious-where did the name Seco Warwick come from and when was the company started?

"Seco Warwick was originally the name only of the SW Corporation in the US, who had acted as our previous parent company. Then, in 2006 the so called reverse take over took place, where the Polish subsidiary took over its US parent company, which in effect became a subsidiary. Until 2012 some management functions were spread over 2  or 3 group companies. We decided to change it and right now we are proud to have not only a very transparent corporate structure, but also a structure which supports our strategy and the know-how transfer. "    

3)     How did you end up as the CEO of Seco Warwick?

"Until  the end of 2011 I had been working for 13 years for a German industrial company. Firstly and I had the honor to lead the East-European business for 10 years and then the last 3 years I spent on the corporate level in Germany being in charge for all international activities. When I wanted to return to Poland, Seco/Warwick was  searching  for somebody of my profile, not necessarily  with furnace experience. From the moment we met, it was a short way to agree on my assignment. I respect this opportunity very much, as there are really not too  many truly global industrial companies  with their HQ in Poland."  

4)     When I think of Seco Warwick I think of vacuum furnaces first, aluminum furnaces second and everything else further down the list. Is this a fair assessment? Would you care to share with us a breakdown of the various types of furnaces you build in terms of a % of total sales? For instance are vacuum furnaces 50% of your overall business?

"Yes, apart of Vacuum and Aluminum, we have 3 further business segments which are: Atmosphere, Melting (Retech) and CAB (Controlled Atmosphere Brazing)." continued

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Monday Morning Briefing. Let's start with Canada today where we see that commercial heat treater Atlantic Heat Treating in Ajax, Ontario will shortly be installing a large capacity gas nitrider. Atlantic heat treating is owned by Mr. Jon Mathews who interestingly enough does not come from a heat treating background which makes him rather unusual. It is a testament to hard work and lots of common sense that Jon has grown the company substantially over the years and is constantly adding more capacity. Still in Canada we see that Exactatherm is adding a new furnace from Seco Warwick, press release below. By the way this is the second large vacuum Seco has sold into Mississauga in the past year, the first being a large 12 bar for which no press release has yet been issued. April 15/2013

"Meadville, Pennsylvania–SECO/WARWICK Corp. has received an order for a CaseMaster Evolution® D12 vacuum furnace for a Canadian heat treatment company. The contract was signed recently and SECO/WARWICK Corp. will provide the equipment for Exactatherm at its Mississauga, Canada facility. SECO/WARWICK officials said they will have the furnace in place in the third quarter of 2013.  The CaseMaster Evolution®  vacuum furnace is a two-chamber furnace with oil and 2-bar gas quenching. The furnace comprises a heating chamber and quench chamber with a gas quench above an oil tank. This furnace design allows for significant increases in flexibility and productivity. About SECO/WARWICK CO ; The Vacuum Team offers vacuum heat treating furnaces for hardening, tempering, annealing, solution heat treating, brazing, sintering, carburizing, carbonitriding, high vacuum, CVD–graphitizing and degassing.  SECO/WARWICK has built some of the largest and technically advanced vacuum furnaces in operation today, developing advanced technologies like Universal HPQ™ (High Pressure Quench), PreNit® & FineCarb® LPC vacuum carburizing, fully automated control systems and modeling software. Vacuum furnace configurations are available for vertical, horizontal and elevator style furnaces. Both cylindrical and rectangular hot zones with metallic or graphite heating elements are available for both new and used equipment.  Retech LLC provides vacuum melting equipment. About Exactatherm ;  Exactatherm Limited is committed to maintaining its position as a market leader and world class provider of heat treatment and advanced surface technologies. The company does this by being consistently at the forefront of maintaining and setting quality standards for these advanced processes and ensuring that we meet or exceed the expectations of our customers by implementing ISO 9001:2008,AS 9100-REV C and NADCAP.Exactatherm has a long experience with Vacuum Oil Quench having installed their first one in 1978. The new furnace will extend Exactatherm’s capacity considerably in the aerospace, energy and defense sectors. Visit http://www.exactatherm.com/  "

In India we ran across something which rather surprised us, Therelek Engineers Private Limited a commercial heat treater in Bangalore claims to be the first in the country to have achieved NADCAP and that it is the ONLY commercial that is NADCAP certified. This was not our impression but perhaps we are mistaken. Going to Germany we understand that Energy Optimization company Dibalog has hired a customer service engineer to handle their sales in North America. He is a fellow by the name of Trent Boehner and he can be reached at t.boehner@dibalog.com We ran across a fellow in the Netherlands who has a blog in which he analyzes commercial heat treats Bodycote and Aalberts Industries http://somanalystblog.blogspot.nl/2013/02/speculative-piece-potential-us-heat.html. Kind of interesting and it is easy to see that he follows "The Monty". In the US we have a few interesting items. First we see that GE has acquired Lufkin Industries in Lufkin, TX. It's worth mentioning because Lufkin (who amongst other things produces large gears) has a large in house heat treating department which we have profiled in the past. In California Bodycote is installing a new 20' X 8' X 5' furnace capable of handling 30,000 pound loads at 2250F. This will be intended to serve the aerospace and engine markets. Nitrex is hosting another of their Nitriding Seminars this one in Las Vegas, NV. "Nitrex Metal Inc. is pleased to announce the return of Nitriding Symposium to Las Vegas, USA this November. Already in its 3rd edition, Nitriding Symposium is a one of a kind event devoted exclusively to controlled nitriding and nitrocarburizing, relying on academic researchers and industry professionals to deliver the latest technologies and developments in the field. Stay tuned for additional details. Visit www.nitriding.info starting on April 26 for more information".

And to round things out we conclude this Monday Morning Briefing by returning to a news item from the past week. American Brazing division of Paulo Products is an enormous operation which will shortly be installing their 26th vacuum furnace in their 150,000 square foot building just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. We had wondered whether this plant has the largest installed base of vacuum furnaces in a commercial heat treat in North America. It turns out not as you can see from the post below from Mr. Bill Jones of Solar Atmospheres. By the way there is one other in the US that might rival these two however they are so publicity shy that we dare not speak their name. "For one facility Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pa. will be hard to surpass. We have 28 vacuum furnaces on line up and running. By the end of this year we are adding 5 additional vacuum furnaces, currently on order. Two are smaller production furnaces for vacuum brazing, a production size 10 bar vacuum carburizing furnace, a 20 bar vacuum alloy hardening furnace, and an all metal mid size hot zone furnace for high vacuum processing of medical components like pacemaker implants. All of our original furnaces were built by Vacuum Furnace Systems Corp and the most recent furnaces since year 2000 built by our sister company Solar Manufacturing Inc. These numbers do not include furnaces in operation Solar Hermitage, Pa. or Solar Fontana, Calif. both major vacuum furnace processing sites. William R. Jones, CEO"

What's Coming Up? Let's have a quick look at what you can expect to see on "The Monty" in the near future in addition to our regular news items, trends and rumors. First we will have interviews with several well known individuals in the industry such as Mr. Pawel Wyrzykowski, CEO of furnace builder Seco/Warwick, Mr. Ben Rassieur, President of one of the world's largest family owned heat treats, Paulo Products and Mr. Bill Disler, President of furnace builder AFC-Holcroft. (incidentally if you would like to be interviewed please let us know and we would be happy to work with you). Also upcoming is a report and photos of several commercial and captive heat treats in Argentina and Italy with a close look at Nitrex in Las Vegas also in the mix. And within the next two weeks an updated list of the Largest Furnace Builders in North America-both vacuum and atmosphere. To give you a taste the photo below shows the assembly area of one of the companies on the list GM Enterprises in CA who also sent us a very interesting idea about the size of the company and their focus. April 15/2013

SECO/Warwick/Bodycote. To round out the week we start off with this press release from SECO/WARWICK and a nice vacuum furnace order they received from the world's largest commercial heat treater, Bodycote. Not sure which Bodycote plant this is for as it could be for one of 30 or 40. By the way notice a pattern here? SECO is becoming very "vocal" about their new orders which is a strategy we agree with. April 12/2013

"SECO/WARWICK EUROPE S.A. has received an order for a 10.0CaseMaster Evolution® T12 Vacuum furnace for the world’s largest thermal processing services provider. The contract was signed recently and SECO/WARWICK. will provide the equipment for Bodycote in Europe. SECO/WARWICK officials said they will have the furnace in place in the fourth quarter of 2013. The 10.0CaseMaster Evolution®T9 vacuum furnace dedicated for LPC and bright oil or gas hardening purposes is a three chamber furnace with separate loading vestibule equipped with a 10 bar abs gas quench system, heating chamber and oil quenching vestibule with an oil tank also comprising a gas quench above an oil level. This multipurpose furnace can meet all of your changing application needs for a variety of materials and the design allows for very flexible use as a straight through or batch unit with either oil or inert gas quenching.

About Bodycote; With 190 locations in 26 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com. The SECO/WARWICK Group and its five business segments (BS) produce vacuum furnaces (BS VAC), atmosphere furnaces (BS ATM), controlled atmosphere aluminum brazing furnaces (BS CAB), aluminum process furnaces (BS AP) and vacuum metallurgy equipment Retech (BS VME) in its manufacturing sites in Poland (SECO/WARWICK Europe S.A.),  the United States of America (SECO/WARWICK Corp. + RETECH Systems LLC), India (SECO/WARWICK Allied Ltd.) and China (SECO/WARWICK RETECH Mfg. (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.). Sales, service & spare parts offices in Germany (SECO/WARWICK Services GmbH) and Russia (SECO/WARWICK Russia) complete the worldwide customer care network. Read more: www.secowarwick.com. SECO/WARWICK Worldwide provides industrial metal heat treatment furnaces used in a variety of processes for material finishing and component manufacturing applications.  We supply furnaces to customers involved with steel and aluminum production, aluminum recycling, forging, automotive, aerospace, commercial heat treating, HVAC/R, electronics, wind energy, medical equipment and nuclear industries".

Plansee Press Release. Molybdenum and hot zone supplier Plansee sent us this press release abut a new design of hot zone for "MIM" furnaces. Seems like a cool idea. April 12/2013

"MIM Hot Zone Door Operation - Simplified. The molybdenum hot zone is the heart of every MIM furnace. With proper design, together with its efficient heating elements, it guarantees a very clean environment and ensures that high temperatures are achieved while its shield packs minimize heat loss. Well-designed hot zones have a long service life, offer short heating and cooling cycles, and distribute heat evenly. With its creep-resistant molybdenum alloys and creatively engineered lightweight construction methods, PLANSEE is continuously improving the energy efficiency and performance of hot zones for high-temperature furnaces. However, the hot zone's performance capabilities are just part of the story. Ease of installation and ease of use are also desired criteria for furnace operators and PLANSEE provides both.

Here is an example: PLANSEE has done extensive work with the design of the MIM hot zone door. After all, it is possible that these doors could be opened and closed several times between cycles. With other designs two hands are necessary to open the door to the hot zone. And prior to opening the door, it is necessary to disengage the actuating mechanism for the shutter assembly which enables rapid cooling. Multiple step processes like these can increase the possibility of operator error. Nevertheless, these steps are unavoidable with many of the current designs. With the new design from PLANSEE, it is no longer necessary to disengage and reengage the door fastenings when opening and closing the doors. When the door is closed, the fastening mechanism automatically engages, due to the counterweighted handle, and ensures a tight seal. Preinstalled shutters. Typically, the fastening assembly for the cooling shutter mechanism is supplied separately and has to be installed on-site. PLANSEE hot zones begin making things easier for you right away. With a PLANSEE hot zone the shutters and related guide rods are preinstalled to enable a simpler installation. As an added bonus, PLANSEE has redesigned the shutters in order to further reduce heat loss. Retort chamber- Easy to open.

PLANSEE also has a new design for the door of the retort as well. Thermal deformation is the reason why these doors can be difficult to open. Thanks to reinforcing structural angles on both the inside and outside of the retort door it has increased resistance to warping. Due to these reinforcements and special molybdenum alloys, the new retort doors are subject to less distortion and can be engaged and disengaged more reliably without sticking. The PLANSEE door is manually affixed to the retort and held in place with a series of hooks located on both sides of the retort. These specially designed counterweighted hooks employ the use of the door’s own weight to provide a tight seal against the retort opening ensuring atmosphere integrity. In the end this means that loading and unloading your work loads can be done quickly, easily, and efficiently using a PLANSEE MIM hot zone and retort.

Paulo Products Company, American Brazing Division/Willoughby, Ohio, USA. So which commercial heat treater in North America has the most number of vacuum furnaces in 1 location? While we can't say for sure we would suggest that quite possibly it is American Brazing (a division of Paulo Products) located in Willoughby, Ohio. The company is currently installing their 25th vacuum with number 26 arriving shortly (both are GM Enterprises units with 6 bar quenching). This is a top notch operation with immaculate equipment as you can see from the photo below. If there are any commercials with more vacuums in a single location we would like to hear about it. The first photo below is very recent, the second was taken about 3 years ago but both give you a good idea about how impressive this plant is. April 11/2013

Bluewater Thermal Solutions/John Pyle. Bluewater the largest US based commercial heat treater has just hired John Pyle with the illustrious title of "Director-Commercial". Bluewater is a very progressive company and I would imagine we will be hearing a great deal more about them in the future. April 10/2013

"Bluewater Thermal Solutions Announces the Hiring of John Pyle. Bluewater Thermal Solutions recently announced the hiring of John Pyle as their Director – Commercial effective March 25, 2013. Mr. Pyle brings over 30 years of sales and operational management experience to Bluewater and will lead the company’s Business Development team as well as focus on growth strategy. Mr. Pyle spent the last 9 years with RTI International Metals, Inc. where he held a variety of positions including Managing Director – Program Office, VP – Fabrication Division and General Manager of their Houston Fabrication facility. Most recently he served as the Director of Business Development at RTI’s corporate office where he developed new market strategies and opportunities that achieved corporate objectives in domestic and European markets. Prior to RTI, Mr. Pyle worked in sales and operational positions both in consulting and corporate level positions. He received his BS/BA in Business/Accounting from Youngstown State University and his MBA from Indiana University."

SECO/WARWICK Press Release. "Meadville, Pennsylvania–SECO/WARWICK Corp. has received an order for an advanced new furnace that will provide improved durability for stainless steel heat treating."This vacuum furnace will come with a 15-bar gas quenching system. The Super Expanite process improves the hardness and corrosion resistance for stainless steel. It is not a coating, but rather a new treatment process. SECO/WARWICK officials said they expect to have the equipment in place by early summer of this year. April 10/2013

About SECO/WARWICK CO. The Vacuum Team offers vacuum heat treating furnaces for hardening, tempering, annealing, solution heat treating, brazing, sintering, carburizing, carbonitriding, high vacuum, CVD–graphitizing and degassing.  SECO/WARWICK has built some of the largest and technically advanced vacuum furnaces in operation today, developing advanced technologies like Universal HPQ™ (High Pressure Quench), PreNit® & FineCarb® LPC vacuum carburizing, fully automated control systems and modeling software. Vacuum furnace configurations are available for vertical, horizontal and elevator style furnaces. Both cylindrical and rectangular hot zones with metallic or graphite heating elements are available for both new and used equipment.  Retech LLC provides vacuum melting equipment. Visit http://www.secowarwick.com/

Gas vs.; Electricity. The decision as to whether to use natural gas as opposed to electricity to heat furnaces comes down to two issues, availability and pricing. Obviously if natural gas is not available there is no decision to be made which means generally the decision comes down to relative cost. Certainly in most areas of North America this is a "no brainer" natural gas is far cheaper than electricity and the long term forecast is that the spread will only widen. One of the charts below shows natural gas pricing over the years, the second electricity. We wouldn't have to debate a second about which energy source to use. And while we are looking at charts the furthest chart down shows nickel pricing and all we can say is all is quiet on the nickel front. April 9/2013

 

 

Solar Atmospheres Celebrates Thirty-Year Anniversary.  Souderton, PA.  April 8, 2013.  "Solar Atmospheres, founded in 1983 by current CEO William R. Jones, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Many things have changed over the last 30 years. However, one thing has remained constant – the spirit of innovation within one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the United States. With deep roots in metallurgy and the science of vacuum furnaces, Solar Atmospheres has shaped the industry with game-changing thermal processing technology. Solar’s expert research and insight have added value to many of their customer’s critical products – from medical implants to airplane seat tracks to parts on the surface of Mars. From one man’s inspiration to three generations of leaders, Solar Atmospheres enters its fourth decade with a world-wide reputation for exceptional quality and service.   Corporate President Roger Jones adds, “We have seen many other heat treating businesses come and go over the years. Solar is fortunate to have enjoyed continued growth from the East coast to the West Coast and from one facility to three. We are grateful to the many people who have contributed to our success – our loyal customers, reliable supplies and our excellent, hard-working staff. We look forward to a future of continuing to pioneer new technology and processes to advance the industry and the business of our customers.” For a detailed history of Solar’s first 30 years, please visit www.solaratm.com ABOUT SOLAR ATMOSPHERES: Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality assurance, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders.  With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh and in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles. Please visit www.solaratm.com for more information." April 9/2013

Monday Morning Briefing. Lets start off with a couple of "people" items. It would appear that Julian Bayshore "Representative Director", Japan with Bodycote (not quite sure what that title means) has parted ways with the company. Bruce Zmyslinski, Key Account Manager in the US for Edwards Vacuum left the company the end of March. Edwards is one of the largest vacuum pump suppliers in the world and their banner ad can be found on this page. Going back to 2011 Goodrich announced that they would be closing their Cleveland, Ohio facility which made aerospace landing gear. The remaining equipment will be auctioned off April 23 and 24th and this includes the heat treating equipment which features a monster Lindberg Hi Heat Gantry furnace which can be seen below. This thing has working dimensions of 72" diameter and 16' high and can handle parts up to 15,000 pounds. Additional equipment includes a couple of generators and a few other pit furnaces including a large salt quench. While Goodrich does some heat treating in house a great deal is outsourced. I can't imagine a used equipment dealer buying something so specialized but you never know. We will be curious to know where this ends up. April 8/2013

Moving to Brazil we see that commercial heat treater TÊCNOTEMPERA, a commercial heat treater, in Santa Catharina in southern Brazil just successfully started up their first vacuum furnace. This was purchased from Seco/Warwick and has working dimensions of 600 mm x 600 mm x 950 mm and 12 bar nitrogen quenching. Apparently the plan is that this will be the first of a number of Seco Warwick vacuum furnaces. I know that commercial heat treating in Brazil is struggling these days so I hope that this impressive investment pays off. Metal Treating Institute (MTI) the largest organization in North America of commercial heat treaters is having a regional meeting in Big Sky Resort in Montana July 19-20. Featured speakers will include our good friend the "Doctor", Dan Herring (boy this man gets around). Moving to the field of rumors we have an interesting one. A brand New Commercial Heat Treat is being constructed in the Rockford, Illinois area. While we don't have a clue who is behind this we do understand that it will offer normalizing, annealing and continuous furnaces. Hey we have to mention something about Italy for a change (although we will have more about heat treating in Italy in a few weeks). We see that one of the largest new furnace builders in the country Cieffe is delivering to Salzgitter in France a turn key furnace line for the heat treatment of steel tubes for the oil industry. This is an automated line capable of handling parts up to 13 meters long with a maximum temperature of 1120C.

Moving to a particular "peeve" of ours we ran across another one of those "crappy" Heat Treat Studies claiming to know the size of the North American captive and commercial heat treating market. I have no idea who puts these things together or where they get their information but this most recent one was so far off the mark as to be laughable. Our personal feeling is that any of these studies are at best educated guesses at most within 20% of being accurate but a number of studies we have seen aren't within 80% of being accurate. While there are probably a couple out there that are reasonably accurate our personal feeling is resist the urge to buy a complete study and contact list for several hundred dollars. Your money would be better spent at the race track. And to round things out our friends at commercial heat treat Metlab in PA sent us this press release. Metlab is worth mentioning in that the company is very specialized and has probably the largest pit carburizing furnaces available in North America.

"Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Visits Metlab Mark Podob (l) and Jim Conybear (r) owners of Metlab, Philadelphia, PA, welcomed the Honorable Allyson Schwartz, Congresswoman to Metlab on Thursday, April 4, 2013. The Congresswoman, Representative for the 13th District in Pennsylvania, toured the heat treat plant looking at the two largest pit furnaces in North America as well as such diverse projects as the manufacture of wire supports for the arresting cable mechanism on aircraft carriers, carburizing and hardening crawler shafts for steam shovels, and gears being nitrided for Navy destroyers. Also toured was the company's black oxide line used for finishing fasteners, machined parts and other components, its in-house metallurgical laboratory, and sandblast cleaning operation. Discussions focused on issues facing small businesses, Metlab concerns for the future of manufacturing in Southeastern Pennsylvania and ways for attracting and retaining a skilled workforce".

Ipsen/New Vacuum Furnace Orders. This is the first time we have run across the name "TinyTurbo" but we get a kick out of it. Anyway's the press release below tells us about a furnace order the company recently received for 3 "TinyTurbos". April 8/2013

Ipsen Designs Pack a Punch, No Matter the Size; "CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Ipsen shipped three TinyTurbo® units to a mid-Atlantic manufacturer. The furnaces were 18” x 18” x 24” (450 mm x 450 mm x 610 mm) and are equipped to handle a number of processes including hardening, tempering, brazing and annealing, showing that small can still be powerful. The Ipsen TurboTreater® has become a force to be reckoned with, setting the standard for speed, energy efficiency and repeatability. Being available in a compact size gives customers access to all the benefits and process enhancements of the advanced TurboTreater, while minimizing floor space for easier integration into manufacturing cells. 

The TinyTubo matches the TurboTreater’s industry reputation stems from the consistency of its results and the dependability of its software and controls. Other valuable features include: Fast cooling speeds and distortion control with 2, 6 and 12 Bar quench pressure options Increased command over processes through intuitive and user-friendly furnace controls software Precise temperature and uniformity control through a wide range of operating temperatures with adjustable power settings for each heating zone, using DigiTrim® and PID (proportional integral derivative) Ability to meet specific process requirements by offering a wide variety of hot zone insulating materials More repeatable results through optional processes like AvaC® (Acetylene-based Vacuum Carburizing) and SolNit™ (where nitrogen is dissolved into the surface layer or case of corrosion-resistant steels) Easy overhaul, repair and furnace cleaning with a hydrogen 10 Torr partial pressure system Decreased cycle times by 25% with greater throughput using convection Ipsen technology is versatile, ensuring that the best fit for customers’ heat treating needs are achievable. TinyTurbo brings faster door-to-door performance to a wide range of applications, including powder metal, high-speed steel, cutting tools and dies. The TurboTreater line also includes the SuperTurbo® the industry’s premium, top-of-the-line large horizontal vacuum furnace. It applies all the superior TurboTreater technology to improve processing of larger dies, tools and parts with complex geometries. It’s equipped with features that make it efficient even for larger, heavier loads. Visit http://www.ipsenusa.com/turbotreater and see how the advanced TurboTreater technology can best be integrated into your production line.

About Ipsen; Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing markets including: Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Medical, Energy and Automotive. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. Ipsen is constantly pushing the boundary of possibilities and innovating a future of thermal processing excellence. For more information, visit www.IpsenUSA.com."

"AFC-HOLCROFT ANNOUNCES CHANGES/ADDITIONS TO SALES NETWORK (April, 2013) AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA, has made several changes/additions to their domestic sales representative network.

Joining AFC-Holcroft is 2° Off, LLC. 2° Off (Two Degrees Off) is located in Fountain Valley, California, in the Orange County area. Industry veteran Skip Jones will be representing AFC-Holcroft to customers in the region which covers California, Washington and Oregon, as well as Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Idaho. Skip Jones /Two Degrees Off can be reached by telephone at 714-719-3868, or via email at lskipjones@gmail.com .

A further change to the AFC-Holcroft sales network includes the enlargement of territory for MetalPro Resources. MetalPro Resources has expanded their coverage from its original Ohio and Western Pennsylvania regions to also encompass Indiana and Kentucky. MetalPro Resources has added Steve Maus to service the expanded territory. Maus’ office address for MetalPro Resources is 407 W. Smith Valley Road #722, Greenwood, IN 46142-0722, telephone 317-405-7047 and email steve@metalproresources.com. More information is available on the company website, www.metalproresources.com.

Additionally, long-time sales representative Ed Boll of Edward A. Boll Co. has added John Oakes to his staff. Oakes will be covering the New England states on behalf of Edward A. Boll Co., selling AFC-Holcroft equipment and spare parts to the New England region. Contact John Oakes at telephone 845-453-1624, or by email at joakes@ebco-us.com. The current sales representative network can be viewed on the AFC-Holcroft website, www.afc-holcroft.com/domestic-reps .

About AFC-Holcroft: AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries. AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability. For more information, contact media@afc-holcroft.com." April 5/2013

"Hi Tecmetal Group, Inc has Opened Metal Joining Research Lab in Cleveland. HTG’s research lab has been created in order study & develops ways to improve metal joining methods. The facility has hired two engineers and will hire a metallurgical scientist who will investigate ways to improve the brazability of hard to braze materials such as Inconel 718, Haynes 214, 409 stainless etc., as well as more conventional developments such as brazing new efficient heat exchangers.

The HTG R & D Center represents HTG's longstanding commitment to technological innovation and will enable HTG to continue its work toward advancements in the metal joining fields that will help bring products to market faster. Terry Profughi, President of HTG states: “Technology is one of the key threads that hold us together," he said. "Our company has invested a great deal of money on various technical capabilities to increase productivity and innovation for our customers, he said." Brazing is one of the oldest technologies developed by mankind; and as a blend of Art & Science, brazing is undergoing substantial advancements today. This progress is due to the unbeatable efficiency of brazing in joining sometimes very different multiple parts into a single and structurally integrated product. Brazing is widely utilized as a key technology in the manufacture & production of many new products. An additional reason for the ongoing technological progress is the developmental activities as HTG’s community of professional engineers and scientists work to advance brazing."April 5/2013

Randy Simmons. March 18th we mentioned the very unfortunate passing of a close friend of ours and a very well known and well respected long time heat treater, Mr. Randy Simmons. As one final note about Randy we have this photo of his remembrance showing his lovely wife Wa and daughter Amy-both terrific people and we share their grief. April 4/2013

Solar Atmospheres/Vacuum Carburizing. While Vacuum Carburizing is best known for heat treatment of automotive transmission gears it can't be disputed that the technology is moving into the realms of the aerospace industry as you can see by the press release below. April 4/2013

Souderton, PA.  "April 3, 2013 – Solar Atmospheres of Eastern PA recently received Nadcap approval for carburizing. The Souderton, PA plant can now better serve the aerospace market with this accreditation. The already stringent review of quality procedures and processes was even more challenging for Solar. The Nadcap audit checklist is based on conventional carburizing processes which are controlled by carbon potential, but Solar’s patented low pressure vacuum carburizing (LPVC) process works a bit differently. The most notable benefit of LPVC over traditional carburizing is the absence of intergranular oxidation (IGO). IGO-free parts eliminate the cost and time required for additional machining. In addition LPVC offers controllable, predictable and very uniform case depths as well as the ability to carburize in blind and very small diameter holes.  Solar’s quality and technical departments collaborated extensively to successfully meet Nadcap requirements while navigating the differences between the two processes. Solar passed the audit without any findings and satisfactorily answered all questions.  This carburizing accreditation joins the Souderton plant’s other Nadcap approvals for heat treating and brazing. For more information or to request a quote, please contact Mike Moyer to discuss Solar Atmospheres capabilities at 1-800-347-3236 Ext. 1207. ABOUT SOLAR ATMOSPHERES; Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality assurance, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding, and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders.  With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh and in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles. Please visit www.solaratm.com for more information."

Heat Treat Fire. While fires in heat treat companies is a not uncommon occurrence it is rather rare to see a fire break out in a building where a heat treater has just left as is the case here. April 4/2013

"Firefighters quickly extinguish a fire that broke out in a Milwaukie building slated for demolition to make way for the MAX Orange Line. Clackamas Fire District 1  Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Tuesday in a Milwaukie building that will be torn down to make way for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail project. TriMet now owns the building that formerly housed Beaver Heat Treating Corp., 2505 S.E. Moores St., where contractors were salvaging parts of the air conditioning system, said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt. "It appears that sparks from a cutting torch set the fire," Altstadt said. Contractors in the building were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. Brandon Paxton, Clackamas Fire District 1 spokesman, said the fire was reported at 2:11 p.m. A total of 10 pieces of firefighting apparatus responded. Beaver Heat Treating is a second-generation family business that operated on the same site since 1955, counting the Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. military among its customers. At one point, the company ran 26 furnaces in the 32,000-square-foot building. TriMet relocated the business when the MAX Orange Line light rail route was selected".

SECO/Warwick/Vacuum Furnace Order China. SECO is obviously doing well these days and they certainly like to advertise their new orders which we always like to see. April 3/2013

SECO/WARWICK Europe S.A. "have started manufacturing of a large unit for heat treatment of titanium, model 2.0VP-4066/138MHVS, for one of the major aviation manufacturers in China. The furnace, which will feature a working area of 1200 x 1200 x 3500 mm, will be equipped with an “all metal” heating chamber and a system of deep vacuum. The length of the vacuum chamber was dictated by the requirement of processing a titanium element of an aircraft wing. The furnace will be made in accordance with the standard AMS2750D class II tooling type A.

Other furnace specifications:
§     heating chamber with molybdenum and SS insulation
§     working vacuum 1x10-5 mbar
§     cooling gas: argon
§     electrical loader
§     a tray to place workload in the furnace working space.

The SECO/WARWICK Group and its five business segments (BS) produce vacuum furnaces (BS VAC), atmosphere furnaces (BS ATM), controlled atmosphere aluminum brazing furnaces (BS CAB), aluminum process furnaces (BS AP) and vacuum metallurgy equipment Retech (BS VME) in its manufacturing sites in Poland (SECO/WARWICK Europe S.A.),  the United States of America (SECO/WARWICK Corp. + RETECH Systems LLC), India (SECO/WARWICK Allied Ltd.) and China (SECO/WARWICK RETECH Mfg. (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.). Sales, service & spare parts offices in Germany (SECO/WARWICK Services GmbH) and Russia (SECO/WARWICK Russia) complete the worldwide customer care network. Read more: www.secowarwick.com.

SECO/WARWICK/New Furnace Order. Man we seem to be mentioning a lot of new furnace orders for SECO these days, here is yet another. April 3/2013

Meadville, Pennsylvania–SECO/WARWICK Corp. is set to commission a graphitization vacuum furnace for a U.S. material manufacturer."The horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace is designed for sintering, heat treating, degassing and graphitizing in vacuum or partial pressure inert atmosphere. The furnace has a maximum operating temperature of 2500 ºF and is 17 feet wide, 16 feet tall and 16 feet long. SECO/WARWICK officials said they are providing a “turn-key” installation and expect to have the equipment running soon. The advanced furnace can have work loaded directly on the furnace hearth piers or as fixtured. Material will be loaded into this furnace with a SECO/WARWICK designed and built forklift style loader. 

PhoenixTM/Florida. Based in the UK temperature uniformity experts PhoenixTM has this announcement about a new location they have in Florida to help conquer the North American market. For further details their ad can be found on this page. April 2/2013

New PhoenixTM Facility in Florida; "To better serve manufacturing industries using heat treatment processes in North America, Phoenix Temperature Measurement (PhoenixTM) has opened a facility in the Sunshine State of Florida. According to Dave Plester, vice-president of PhoenixTM, LLC, "We wanted to give our customers a real person at the end of our telephone line, and not just "press this for that" or voicemail - and it was important for us to have answers to buyers’ questions in a North American time-zone. Also, we are now able to stock equipment in the U.S. and address urgent needs - for example, a data logger on loan to cover periods when our users' equipment is being calibrated" PhoenixTM has incorporated in Florida and is headquartered in Clearwater. "It is a nice place to work," admits Dave Plester, "but we are here for strictly business reasons. Our premises are within the Foreign Trade Zone of St-Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, a hub for UPS cargo jets and with good connections to Canada. Also, just across the Bay from Tampa, we can fly direct to the United Kingdom where our European operations are based. Finally, Florida is a business and tax friendly state with outstanding communications as well as being a vibrant economy in its own right." The North American heat treatment industry demands top quality of service levels and interest is high in thermal profiling systems. "Things are hotting-up and since incorporating here we have secured several major sales in NY State, Georgia, and Tennessee" says Dave Plester."

Wirco. We welcome our newest advertiser "Wirco" one of the largest firms in the US providing heat resistant fabrications and castings for the heat treating industry. Their ad can be found at the top of this page. April 2/2013

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