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CIEFFE/Italy. There have been a lot of rumors floating around recently about CIEFFE Furnaces of Italy and their parent company Accu Holding AG (Accu) of Switzerland. While we can't put to rest all the rumors (although we are expecting a press release in the near future summarizing the situation) we can certainly say that the former CEO of Accu, Mr. Marco Marchetti stepped down from the position April of this year. "Emmenbrücke, April 15th 2016. Accu Holding AG (Accu) has been informed today that the Chairman of the Board of Accu steps down with immediate effect from his function as Chairman due to the ongoing proceedings against him. He remains ordinary member of the Board. Andreas Kratzer has been appointed Chairman ad interim until the next ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders". CIEFFE Furnaces is one of the largest Italian furnace builders and had sales of roughly 40 million Euro in 2015 while their parent company Accu had turnover in 2015 of 156 million Swiss Francs which is almost exactly the same in USD. CIEFFE is a well respected furnace builder who offers most Thermal Treatment technologies. The photo below shows Mr. Marco Marchetti and Gord Montgomery at the CEIFFE facility earlier this year. July 28, 2016.

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Leo Martinez/SEI Heat Treat. Heat treater SEI down in Houston, Texas fairly recently hired a new Operations Manager by the name of Leo Martinez. Leo knows his stuff having worked with companies such as Bodycote, Lone Star Heat Treat and ST Aerospace over the years. SEI is a privately held company which offers processes such as carburizing, gas nitriding, normalizing and annealing. We visited the company a couple of years back and this rather poor photo gives you an idea about the company. July 28, 2016.

GE Oil & Gas (Lufkin Industries). Our top news item yesterday had to do with the changes at one of the larger captive heat treaters in Texas, GE Oil & Gas (formerly Lufkin Industries) in Lufkin Texas. Part of our story mentioned that at least some of the equipment would be auctioned off and we now have further details. The auction will be held August 11/2016 and will include a large inventory of items including as far as we can tell all of the heat treating equipment. This consists of a number of reasonably new Beavermatic Batch furnaces with capacities of up to 15,000 pounds which is a pretty darn big furnace. Based upon the age we would expect it all to sell at auction but because of the size and the modest market for used furnaces these days they will probably see modest interest at best. . July 27, 2016.

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European Used Equipment Available. For 19 years “The Monty” has been very successful at putting buyers and sellers of used heat treating equipment together and we now bring this model to Europe. If you have surplus heat treating equipment we would be very happy to help you find a buyer on a non-exclusive small commission basis. Please let us know what questions you have and we will be happy to answer them. If you are a buyer looking for a particular item please let us know and we should be able to find it for you. jordan@themonty.com. July 27, 2016.

A few examples include:

Crio

Bodycote. "Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, today announced that its Chard facility has become the first subcontract heat treatment plant in the UK to enter the SC21 Supply Chain programme at Silver Award level. SC21 is an improvement programme, with strict criteria, designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains, and has three award levels: bronze, silver and gold. To achieve any level a company must have achieved minimum scoring criteria for business and manufacturing excellence models; must have a robust continuous sustainable improvement plan and must have achieved minimum standards in delivery and quality performance for all of their key customers for a rolling 12 month period. To be awarded Silver, companies must have achieved between 95-99% on delivery, between 99.5-99.9% on quality, and demonstrate excellence in a sustainable improvement programme and associated framework. In the photo below we see from the left; Neil Barnett, Aerospace Director of ADS presented the SC21 Silver Award to Bodycote Chard representatives Jeannette Ward, Acting Works Manager, and John Morris, Works Manager, at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.

About SC21. Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programme designed to increase the performance of suppliers and ultimately their supply chains within the UK aerospace, security, space and defence industries. The programme is a collaborative effort with ADS leading the programme at a national level, working with signatory companies, primes, regional trade associations (RTAs), strategic partners and accredited training providers.
July 27, 2016.


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GE Oil & Gas/Lufkin, Texas. We have yet another example of the carnage facing the heat treating industry in Texas. It was recently announced that the GE Oil & Gas facility in Lufkin, Texas will be closing. Originally known as Lufkin Industries until they were bought by GE the company makes gearing largely for the oil & gas industries. When we visited the plant a few years back we saw a good sized in house heat treating department mainly consisting of Beavermatic batch IQ furnaces. We have been told that all of the equipment will be going to auction but we cannot confirm that. July 26, 2016.

"GE External Affairs Leader Lindsey Benton said the restructuring plans that were announced on Tuesday will likely  result in the reduction of more than 300 jobs in Angelina County. Gear production will also be on the move."We intend to keep a focus on service excellence here in Lufkin and the production of new gear boxes will transition to existing facilities in Europe," Benton said in an emailOn Wednesday it was learned that GE Oil & Gas plans to put its Buck Creek facility on the market after the company cleans up the facility, according to a City of Lufkin official. “We constantly review our operations in order to remain competitive and continue to meet the needs of our customers,” the statement said. “It’s becoming clear that this will be a 'lower for longer' environment. As a result, we are announcing our intent to consolidate our manufacturing operations in Cullman, AL and across Lufkin, TX and have begun holding discussions with stakeholders and employees. We anticipate this restructuring will result in workforce reductions.”

Corner Stone

Used Equipment Available. New or relatively new additions to our list of used equipment include these items below. Remember if you don't see what you are looking for please let us know and we will do our best to find it for you. Feel free to contact us at; jordan@themonty.com July 26, 2016.

A few examples include:

Wall Colmonoy. "Preserving the tradition originated by the late Robert Peaslee, a brazing pioneer who invented the first nickel-based brazing filler metal, Wall Colmonoy offers a fall session of Modern Furnace Brazing School on November 8-10, 2016 at Aerobraze Engineered Technologies’ Brazing Engineering Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Engineers, technicians, quality managers, production managers, and others will participate in “hands-on” practical applications while learning about brazing technology from the industry’s leading brazing engineers. For over 60 years, Wall Colmonoy engineers have been gaining practical experience on actual problems in brazing plants around the world.

Unlike other classroom-only seminars, Brazing School attendees will tour the facility and see the actual brazing application on the shop floor. They will also have the opportunity to apply different forms of filler metal to supplied samples, have them vacuum brazed and discuss the outcomes. Wall Colmonoy’s Leading Brazing Engineers have the technical know-how and practical experience to guide attendees through the brazing process from beginning to end production. For seminar details and registration information, contact Jim Nicoll, Marketing Associate, at E. brazingschool@wallcolmonoy.com, T. 248.585.6400, ext. 233 or visit www.wallcolmonoy.com/brazing-school/" July 26, 2016.

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Bodycote. "Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the HTS/Bodycote ‘Best Paper in Heat Treating’ Award, has been awarded to Xiaoqing Cai, a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, for her paper entitled “Microstructure Development in AISI 4140 Steels During Tempering”. This award, established in 1997 by the ASM Heat Treating Society, recognises a paper that represents advancement in heat treating technology, or promotes heat treating in some substantial way or represents a clear advancement in managing the business of heat treating. The award is sponsored by Bodycote and the winner receives a recognition plaque and a check for $2,500. Xiaoqing’s paper addressed an important issue for heat treaters: can equivalent properties and performance be achieved with both induction and furnace tempering? The judges considered that Xiaoqing clearly demonstrated that equivalent hardness and tensile properties can be achieved by both methods with different temperature, time heat treatments, and that she fully characterized the microstructures that develop during tempering. July 26, 2016.

Xiaoqing Cai (centre) receives her award from Dean Hoffmann, Bodycote and Professor Rick Sisson, WPI Center for Heat Treating Excellence.

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Solar Atmospheres California. "Solar Atmospheres of California announces that it has been awarded Nadcap 24 month Merit status for Heat Treating.  We are extremely pleased PRI has recognized our corporate commitment to quality. Achieving 24 month merit has been a goal set by Solar’s employees since opening its doors in 2011. The adherence to strict specification requirements, flawless process execution, and a daily commitment to quality processing is evident among all employees of Solar Atmospheres of California. Solar Atmospheres of California has held Nadcap accreditation since 2011.

 “Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy; it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Companies such as Solar Atmospheres of California go above and beyond achieving Nadcap accreditation to obtain Merit status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Benefitting from a less frequent audit schedule reduces audit costs and associated pressures and demonstrates the trust that the aerospace industry has in Solar Atmospheres of California based on their past performance in Nadcap audits. PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Solar Atmospheres of California be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.” For more information about Solar Atmospheres of California, visit us at www.solaratm.com, or contact Mike Drakeley at (866) 559-5994 ext. 1303, or miked@solaratm-ca.com. July 26, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. Auto Parts supplier and captive heat treater SONA in Selma, NC very unexpectedly announced they will be closing their facility in NC effective September 18th. The company has over 200 employees and is a supplier to companies such as General Motors. This plant was in the news back in 2013 when the heat treating area suffered a devastating fire which destroyed most of the department. We will provide updates as we learn them. Commercial heat treater Thermal Technologies in Chatsworth, California is pretty busy these days. They have completed the closure of their Sun Valley location and all of the equipment has been upgraded for their plant in Chatsworth will increased capacity on the way. The photo below shows one of the upgraded furnaces.

Recently we gave you an update to some changes at bearing manufacturer and captive heat treater SKF. At the time we told you how SKF had purchased Kaydon Bearing and Seal in Baltimore, MD but that this location was to close with all operations moving to the Hanover, PA plant which has a very impressive heat treating department. The Hanover plant and the heat treating equipment will remain but over the course of the next two years the bearing manufacturing will be transferred to an SKF plant in Gaineville, Georgia and a location in Sweden both of which do heat treating in house. Vacuum furnace builder BMI in France send us this photo of a visit they recently received from a delegation of China Heat Treatment Association members. It was composed of some major heat treater companies from various regions of China mainland. Thanks to our extensive experience of the local Chinese market, especially in aeronautics, we have introduced the delegation to our range of vacuum furnaces, specifically suited to the Chinese needs and technical requirements.

In people news we see that the new Heat Treatment Australia facility in the LA area of California now has a General Manager by the name of Mitch Fahrney. Proving yet again that nobody ever leaves the heat treating industry Mitch was formerly involved with captive heat treater Seacast in Washington state. Now to contradict this we should say that Larry Midla who has spent his entire life in the industry including several years owning his own commercial heat treat Low County Heat Treat in the Carolinas has left the industry to teach public school math in SC which is quite a change of direction.

Chris Robinson who was involved in the in the house heat treating department of American Roller Bearings in NC unfortunately was part of a mass layoff at the plant and is now with a company by the name of Special Fab & Machine again in NC. "Robert J. Schurko, president and CEO of furnace builder Tenova Core since April 2010, retired on July 1, 2016. Thomas V. Bovalina, current chief operating officer, will assume the position of president and CEO. Bovalina has 37 years of steel industry and industrial equipment engineering experience. He has held various positions at the company, starting in 1988 as a process engineer at LOI Industrial Furnaces Inc., which was acquired by Tenova in 2006. Bovalina has been responsible for managing several functions, including corporate operations, project management and sales". 

To round things out we have these two press releases; "Nitrex unveils its fully automated copper plating line in its new facility in North Las Vegas, NV.  The copper plating line expands Nitrex’s capabilities to provide in house copper plate masking or stop-off to complement its heat treating business. This means a quicker turnaround time and simpler logistics to Nitrex customers. The Nitrex Copper Plating Line features automated controls of tank characteristics and chemistry, and a scheduling software powering a robotic hoist for station-to-station parts transfer. This means that plated products are consistent in quality, plating thickness is uniform  and results are repeatable. “I have seen how our customers struggle with copper plating and heat treat quality issues as these are separate processes performed by different suppliers. Typically, the customer ends up holding the ball alone.  I am now excited to show off this capability as this will make Nitrex a one-stop shop for heat treating with copper plating stop-off” says George Deering, Nitrex Sales Engineer – Western Region"

"CeraMaterials, a supplier of graphite and ceramic products is pleased to announce their new subsidiary – GraphiMaterials – focused on graphite insulation, materials and composites.  GraphiMaterials.com went live on July 5, 2016.  This new graphite material specific site features an expanded product line, prominently displayed and improved pricing on standard stock items, enhanced product information, informative videos, and a clean easy-to-read format. Mobile users will also appreciate the site’s friendly design since nearly 20% of CeraMaterials’ customers use mobile devices to access their current web site.  President, Jerry Weinstein, commented, “It has been my dream for a number of years to truly give our graphite materials the space they deserve.  With the launch of GraphiMaterials.com, this dream is now reality.  I encourage our customers to continue to visit as even more unique graphite related products are added in the next few months.”   Initial customer response to the site is strong with the average viewer spending over 4 minutes taking in all the new content and over 25% of viewers exploring more than 20 pages on their first visit.  The new site can be accessed by browsing www.graphimaterials.com". July 25, 2016.

Qual-Fab

Business Opportunities. "The Monty" has many top notch positions available in the heat treating industry which indicates both the shortage of good people available and also the fact that we get results for our advertisers. A small sampling of recent offerings are listed below. July 25, 2016.

Do you want results when it comes to filling a position within the heat treating industry? "The Monty" is the most economical, fastest way to fill that position. Looking for a job? Send us your ad and we will put it on the site free of charge for as long as you would like. When it comes to filling positions within the heat treating industry "The Monty" can't be beat. With a readership of over 20,000 heat treaters/month we will help you fill your position or help you find a job. Just contact jordan@themonty.com.

Janusz Kowalewski/Ipsen. "Ipsen is pleased to announce that Janusz Kowalewski joined the Ipsen Team as Director of Business Development for ARGOS. He is a well-recognized expert in the thermal processing industry who, over the past 25 years, has worked in the United States, China, Europe and India. In addition, Kowalewski was selected as a member of the Heat Treatment Forum Hall of Excellence (2015), as well as selected as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Heat Treatment in North America (2009) by The Monty publication. At Ipsen, Kowalewski’s responsibilities include guiding all global activities for the ARGOS product line, Ipsen’s continuous vacuum process solution for low-pressure carburizing (LPC). To learn more about the ARGOS product line, visit www.Ipsen.de/en/ARGOS.

About Ipsen. Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating systems, supervisory controls systems and predictive maintenance software platforms for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing 360° support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success. July 22, 2016.

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PhoenixTM News Release. "A new video explaining how the temperature profile of a steel slab or billet is monitored through the reheat furnace, prior to the hot mill, has been produced by PhoenixTM. Reheat furnaces consume vast amounts of energy, so the efficiency of the operation depends on accurate temperature control generally using a mathematical model. These models use complex calculations to predict the temperature of the slab at any point within the reheat furnace, ensuring the correct drop out temperature at the exit. However the mathematical model is essentially theoretical and requires verification on a regular basis. This is achieved by the input of actual temperature data from a test slab or billet which has thermocouples set at critical positions and depths. The output from these thermocouples is fed back to a ‘Hot Box’ system positioned on the slab itself. Within this system a thermally protected data logger both stores and transmits (in real time) the temperature profile of these probed positions. The resulting data, normally in the form of a .csv file, is then compared to the predictions of the mathematical model, where adjustments can be made if required.

As the PhoenixTM ‘Hot Box’ system is positioned on the test slab or billet within the reheat furnace, where temperatures may exceed 1300°C / 2372°F, the engineering of all components is critical to accurate data acquisition. ‘Hot Box’ systems can be designed to overcome the height and width limitations of most walking beam and pusher furnaces, and the system supply includes design of the interface between the system and test product which can be critical. The video can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/NaTYI7YF904. Website: www.phoenixtm.com July 22, 2016.

“PhoenixTM ‘Hot Box’ system on a billet, data logger removed from system, and exiting furnace on steel slab.

Bluewater

IHEA/News Item. "IHEA now offers a one-day registration for the International ThermProcess Summit Americas (ITPS Americas) scheduled for August 10 – 12, 2016, at the Loews Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago, IL.  This is the perfect solution for those who aren’t able to attend the full two-and-a-half-day program at ITPS Americas due to schedule conflicts or time out of the office.
 
The one-day registration option includes all of the conference sessions, lunch and tabletop exhibits on either Thursday, August 11 or Friday, August 12. 
Sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association & Industrial Heating magazine, this event focuses on critical information designed to help thermal process executives improve manufacturing operations related to thermprocess technologies.   A complete schedule of events, hotel information and registration is available at www.itps-americas.com" July 22, 2016.

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Vacuum Furnace Auction. Auction company Hilco whose ad can be found at the top  of this page has available for sale a PV-T Inc, Model VBR-91Hx28Wx193D-9Z vacuum Furnace. This is a rather specialized unit but it is relatively new (2002), has a capacity of 3,000 pounds and has a 3 stage pumping system capable of 5 X 10.5 Torr as well as 2 35” Varian diffusions pumps-all in all a very nice looking furnace. If this is of interest feel free to check out the Hilco link above. July 21, 2016.

Custom Electric

Oil & Gas Industries. A reader jogged our memory that we promised a few more details about our July 1 news item entitled "Oil & Gas Industries". A used equipment dealer in the UK approached us about this equipment which they claim is located in a captive heat treat in Singapore which makes products for the oil and gas industries. It caught our attention because of the number of furnaces (7 in total), the size (36 X 72 X 36 which are big IQ furnaces), the age (ten years old) and the fact that they are in Singapore. The manufacturer Surface Combustion is one of the best known furnace builders in North America however the company has never spent as much time marketing outside of North America as some of their competitors so we were rather surprised to see these in Singapore-we would have to assume that they were bought by a US company who wanted to duplicate what they had in the US. So they are on the market and we would guess they will probably end up somewhere in Asia but darn if they were in North America they would be snatched up in a second if the price was right. July 21, 2016.

"July 1/2016 POST. Oil & Gas Industries. The whole world knows that those manufacturers supplying the oil and gas industries have been struggling for some time now. While it is hard to see any upside to the downturn if there is one it is that there has been some good used equipment becoming available and this is a perfect example. A number of reasonably new Surface Combustion Allcase furnaces, gas fired with working dimensions of 36" X 72" X 36" all of which appear to be in good condition and currently in production (although they will be shut down in the very near future) will become available in the very near future. In good times these would sell same day, these days if the price is right they will sell next day. More details to come".

Remix/NOXMAT Partnership. According to this press release German burner company NOXMAT is entering into a partnership with our friends at Remix in Poland a substantial furnace builder. July 21, 2016.

"The German specialist for industrial burners NOXMAT entering into a ground-breaking sales- and service collaboration with Polish furnace manufacturer REMIX. This will enable NOXMAT to provide customers in Poland, Ukraine and Belarus with premium industrial burners combined with extensive services. www.remixsa.pl.

REMIX is headquartered in Świebodzin, which is halfway between Frankfurt/Oder and Posen and about three hours away from the NOXMAT headquarters in Oederan. To NOXMAT, the collaboration with the Polish specialists for furnace equipment is another accomplishment in their mission to expand their business on a worldwide level. The company focuses on advanced collaborations with strategic partners and carries on expanding their global service and sales network consistently. About NOXMAT. NOXMAT manufactures recuperation burners, high-speed burners, control devices for combustion equipment and nozzle pipes. About REMIX. REMIX ranks among the top players in the manufacturing industry for industrial burners and after-sales service providers in Eastern Europe. Currently, the Polish company is primarily focusing on the manufacturing of systems for the engineering industry, the automotive sector, and foundries. REMIX has 140 employees with a shop floor of more than 10,000 m2." 

Calvert Street Capital Partners (“Calvert Street”). This very interesting press release is provoking a lot of attention. Further details about this partnership and our thoughts will be forthcoming. July 20, 2016.

"Calvert Street Capital Partners (“Calvert Street”). "Calvert Street Capital Partners today announced its partnership with John Hubbard and Mike Sobieski to help support the creation of a leading thermal processing company focused on value-added services. Central to this strategy is identifying and bringing together leading businesses that share a focus on world-class safety, quality, service, and advanced technology. John Hubbard, P.E. has devoted his entire career to the thermal processing industry and is a recognized expert in the field. In 1996, John sold his company to Bodycote, plc (LSE: BOY), now the world’s leading provider of thermal processing services. He led Bodycote's expansion in the Americas until 2001 when he was selected to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Bodycote expanded rapidly from a UK-focused heat treater to the preeminent global thermal processing company. He made over 200 acquisitions before retiring to return to the United States in 2009. John Hubbard remarked, “I am excited to apply my industry knowledge to this venture and play a meaningful role in building a best-in-class company that offers a range of advanced technologies. I believe that there is a tremendous opportunity to offer specialized services to address the evolving technological challenges in the marketplace.”

Mike Sobieski has served in various executive leadership roles, gaining broad global experience in manufacturing and quality operations. He has an impressive track record of driving transformative growth and operational improvement. Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Abrasive Form, a Calvert Street portfolio company, Mike developed expertise in the thermal processing sector while spending four years as an executive at Bodycote. Andy John, Partner at Calvert Street, added, “The expertise and experience John and Mike bring is invaluable to creating a thermal processing company that delivers the highest standards of safety, quality, service and technology. They are terrific leaders that each bring unique skills and experiences to our efforts. We are excited to partner with them.” With over 20 years of experience, Calvert Street has developed a dedicated focus on investing in privately held industrial services businesses. This partnership builds upon Calvert Street’s experience in other high-value add sectors, including testing and inspection (Premium Inspection & Testing and IOS) and precision machining (Abrasive Form).

ABOUT CALVERT STREET CAPITAL PARTNERS. Calvert Street Capital Partners is a Baltimore, Maryland-based private equity firm focused on the acquisition of industrial and tech-enabled service businesses in the lower middle-market. Since its inception in 1995, the Calvert Street has focused on partnering with skilled management teams of privately held businesses to drive profitable growth and organizational transformation. Calvert Street has invested over $500 million across more than 60 acquisitions through six committed funds. For more information, please go to www.cscp.com." July 20, 2016.

J.L. Becker Company. "J.L. Becker Company recently restructured its sales force to better accommodate the needs of its growing customer base with the addition of Sales Managers on both national and regional levels. Patrick Weymer will now assume responsibility for the position of National Sales Manager where he will support J.L. Becker’s sales efforts with his broad range of professional and practical experience. Patrick has over 20 years of sales experience, which includes applications engineering and product management with excellent heat processing equipment design and process knowledge. Patrick joined J.L. Becker in 2015 as Sales & Applications Engineer. Going forward, he will manage sales efforts with J.L. Becker’s extensive network of sale representatives located throughout the continental United States.

Additionally, Eric Buchanan will now assume responsibility as Regional Sales Manager where he will lead J.L. Becker’s sales efforts in the Great Lakes region, including Ontario, Canada. Eric joined J.L. Becker in March 2015 as Sales Engineer. Prior to joining the team, Eric gained industry experience working with OEM automotive companies and its suppliers, in both account and quality management roles. His experience with a variety of heat treating processes and applications, coupled with quality and account management knowledge, has brought a unique insight in providing commercial-based heat treat solutions to J.L. Becker’s customer base. Located in Plymouth, MI, J. L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has manufactured a full line of industrial heat treating equipment for over 40 years, providing excellence in design, construction and service. The equipment includes both batch and continuous systems and specializes in Integral Quench (IQ), Tip Up, Box and Car Bottom Furnaces, as well as a full line of replacement parts and auxiliary equipment, including atmosphere generators, quench tanks and charge cars. July 20, 2016.

Wellman Furnaces, Inc. "(Shelbyville, IN, USA) successfully commissioned two custom-built electrically-heated radiant coil furnaces for Changshu 3F Zhonghao New Chemical Materials in Changshu City, China (near Shanghai.) The two large furnaces, with a maximum temperature of about 1700°F utilizing 380 VAC 3 phase power, are used in Zhonghao’s chemical manufacturing processes at this site. Wellman was chosen to supply these furnaces because of their technical expertise and the very high reliability and productivity of similar furnaces that GE/Wellman built and commissioned at DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in 1954. Wellman sent two technical staff to support the commissioning; the plant manager was very pleased at how quickly the start-up went, which allowed them to start producing product after only a week. Wellman has been a worldwide industry leader in the engineering and building of radiant coil furnaces for special chemical processes and is pleased to now have these new radiant coil furnaces working for this new customer in China". July 20, 2016.

SOLO Swiss. "SOLO Swiss SA was pleased to welcome 11 delegates of the China Heat Treatment Association(CHTA). CHTA president, M. Professor Xiao Hui Tong, and his colleagues had the opportunity to visit SOLO Swiss plant and to learn more about SOLO Swiss industrial heat treatment furnaces.  CHTA is a top social organization approved by the state, founded in 1991, who organizes national activities in heat treatment industry through China. Their role is to be a bridge between government and companies. The CHTA helps companies and plants in the heat treatment industry to extend their markets and to improve the technology and management.  The CHTA has more than 1000 members currently. These members come from local associations, companies, institutes and universities. www.solo.swiss" July 20, 2016.

Coleman Heat Treating Inc./Jacksonville, Arkansas. Heat treater Coleman Heat Treating down in Arkansas is pretty pleased about this new addition to their heat treating capacity. What you see is a furnace the company just commissioned which is a Post Weld Heat Treat/Stress Release unit with working dimensions of 10' wide X 10' high X 20' long. July 19, 2016.

VAC AERO/Poland. Yesterday we mentioned how commercial heat treater VAC AERO had sold their two locations in Poland to a company by the name of MB Aerospace. Today we present the press release from MB which gives their perspective on this acquisition. As mentioned Poland is one of the fastest growing areas in the world when it comes to aerospace heat treating which is why we are seeing the growth of captive and commercial heat treaters such as Hauck Heat Treatment and Bodycote both of whom are investing heavily in the country. July 19, 2016.

"MB Aerospace has successfully completed the acquisition of Vac Aero (Poland) from its Canadian parent company Vac Aero International.  The business, which employs over 100 employees at two sites in Kalisz (central Poland) and Rzeszow (south-east Poland), specializes in providing protective and performance enhancing coatings for aero-engine and industrial gas turbine components.  These OEM licensed and proprietary coatings provide wear, corrosion and heat resistance properties across performance critical compressor, combustor and turbine components. Since the company was founded in 2003, it has developed an extensive range of special process capabilities including heat treatment and vacuum brazing, vacuum carburizing, air plasma spray (APS) and high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) protective coatings, as well as corrosion and oxidation resistant paint coatings.  The former Vac Aero subsidiary has a range of customer approvals and will continue to serve key customers in Europe including UTC, Pratt & Whitney and Siemens.

The business will remain at its two current sites and will be immediately rebranded as MB Aerospace Technologies (Poland). In order to support the existing customer base and growing aerospace market in Eastern Europe, MB Aerospace is planning to invest across the business with particular focus on its surface coating services, including thermal and plasma coatings and a range of paint capabilities, as well as heat treatment and brazing processes. Craig Gallagher, MB Aerospace chief executive officer, said: "We are delighted to acquire the Polish operations of Vac-Aero - now trading as MB Aerospace Technologies (Poland) - as its extensive range of capabilities and skilled employees will help us broaden our offering to existing customers and the expanding aerospace market in Poland and the surrounding industrial areas of Western and Eastern Europe. "With thermal and plasma coating capabilities now available to us in the region, we can provide customers with fast, responsive lead times for aero-engine and industrial gas turbine component treatments, whilst mitigating the logistics, and cost, of shipping products long distances to have such critical work done."

Dave Farmery, managing director of MB Aerospace Poland, added: "We have inherited a well-established and respected business in Poland with highly skilled employees and a wide range of customer approvals. Working closely with the existing team, we will invest heavily to provide the local market with the capabilities and capacity required to ensure customers continue to receive a world-class service." Tomasz Krążyński, General Manager, of MB Aerospace Technologies (Poland) said: "After more than a decade of growth and success under Vac-Aero we look forward to starting a new chapter within the MB Aerospace family of companies. The acquisition offers a fantastic opportunity for the business and the planned investment will help us establish ourselves as one of the premier providers of thermal processes and surface coating services in Europe."

Hauck Heat Treatment. Want another news item about heat treating in Poland? Well we have this one concerning top management at Hauck Heat Treatment, one of the largest commercial heat treaters in Europe. July 19, 2016.

"We are glad that Mr. James Dieg recently joined the Management Team of the Hauck Heat Treatment Group. He will take over the function of Managing Director and Director of Operations of Hauck Heat Treatment Germany and sit in Board of Directors of Hauck Heat Treatment. After studying industrial engineering James started his business career in the steel industry. As a Production and Plant Manager he gained intense experience in the operational business. Optimising production processes with a focus on quality and cost was always core. In the last 15 years, James managed two companies in Europe, which develop and produce rollers and isolators for the printing and automotive market. As Managing Director, he and his teams realised remarkable success. James is 52 years old, married and has three daughters. He likes sport activities as running and indoor cycling. We welcome James in our organization, wish him all the best in his new role."

VAC AERO International. Canadian based VAC AERO is known around the world as a manufacturer of new vacuum furnaces and as a very large commercial heat treater dedicated almost exclusively to the aerospace industry. The company has locations in Canada and Poland which is where this story comes in. The company has just sold their two locations in Poland to a company by the name of MB Aerospace. VAC AERO entered the Polish aerospace market back in 2003 when one of their largest customers, Pratt & Whitney Canada set up shop in the country. Since that time Poland has seen an enormous growth in their aerospace sector as we at "The Monty" saw during a tour of both captive and commercial heat treat plants a year ago. The photos below show the two VAC AERO locations as we saw them last year. July 18, 2016.

"VAC AERO International Inc. announces the sale of its Polish subsidiary VAC AERO Kalisz to MB Aerospace. Founded in 2003, VAC AERO Kalisz has become a leading special processes supplier in the region, providing specialized heat treating and coating services primarily to the aerospace and land-based gas turbine engine markets. Moving ahead, VAC AERO International Inc. remains committed to supporting their extensive customer base and looks forward to focusing their efforts and resources on the local Canadian market. Scott Rush, CEO of VAC AERO International Inc. said: “We are extremely pleased to have worked with a buyer that is well respected and established in the market to ensure the long term growth and stability of the business for the benefit of both our employees and customers.” About VAC AERO International Inc. - VAC AERO International Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company suppling heat treating and coating services and industrial furnace equipment to the aerospace and high-tech industrial sectors with facilities located in Ontario and Quebec, Canada".

Ipsen New Furnace Order. According to this press release Ipsen has shipped a very impressive bottom load vacuum furnace to a commercial heat treater in the US Northwest. July 18, 2016.

"CHERRY VALLEY, IL – Companies continue to rely on Ipsen for high-performance heat treatment equipment that is capable of meeting their exact needs and specifications. Recently, Ipsen shipped a Global Vertical (GV) vacuum furnace with 6-bargas quenching to a commercial heat treater on the West Coast. The GV heat-treating system is from Ipsen’s TurboTreater® line, which allows customers to order vacuum furnaces specific to their unique needs.

This custom-built furnace features a 60” D x 60” H (1,524 mm x 1,524 mm) graphite work zone, and an 8,000-pound (3,629 kg) load capacity. It operates at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,200 °F (538 °C to 1,204 °C) with ± 15 °F (± 8 °C) temperature uniformity. The furnace is also equipped with a 35-inch diffusion pump and Ipsen’s CompuVac® controls system. In addition, this GV furnace is equipped with an argon and nitrogen gas cooling system with gas injection nozzles located 360° around the perimeter of the hot zone, as well as a variable frequency drive on the gas cooling motor for controlled cooling. A spare parts starter kit was also included in this shipment to help users prevent unplanned downtime by supplying them with essential parts and consumables.

Overall, Ipsen’s GV heat-treating system provides users with the best of both worlds: improved uniformity of large production parts during heat-up and cool-down segments and the space-saving benefits of a vertical configuration. This shipment represents Ipsen’s ability to provide sophisticated and intuitive heat-treating solutions that support various applications and processes. To learn more about the unique features of the GV furnace and TurboTreater line, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/Vacuum".

Joe Hawkins/Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic. Our friends at Induction company Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic (whose banner ad can be found on this page have this to tell us today. July 18, 2016.

"Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic welcomes Joe Hawkins as General Manager of Aftermarket Sales. Hawkins brings over 20 years of induction melting and heating expertise to the company. His entire career evolved within the metals industry, beginning with Lectrotherm, Inc. in 1991. Hawkins most recently served as Director of Sales for ReMelt Scientific. A graduate of Kent State University, Hawkins later earned his MBA from Malone University. Joe and his wife Lore reside in North Canton, Ohio with their three children.

Ajax TOCCO proudly maintains a team of highly skilled technicians strategically located throughout the world to repair and maintain Ajax TOCCO equipment as well as competitors’ equipment. In addition, the Company houses a large inventory of parts for all of their equipment including older units and some competitor equipment. A convenient, 24-hour service hotline is provided to answer urgent requests and for emergency assistance: 800-547-1527 Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic®, a subsidiary of Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation®, designs and manufactures worldclass induction heating and melting equipment for various industries and applications throughout the world. In addition, we provide a range of services including laboratory process development, preventive maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities and installation services. Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic Corporation E-mail: sales@ajaxtocco.com Website: www.ajaxtocco.com"

Bodycote/Greenville, South Carolina. "MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, is pleased to announce that its new plant in Greenville, South Carolina is open for business. The facility is now ready to process metal and alloy parts that require brazing or vacuum heat treating services. The new Greenville facility primarily serves the Southeast region’s manufacturers and their supply chains in the aerospace, defence, energy and medical industries. The plant is expected to receive Nadcap accreditation by the end of 2016, offering quality assurance based on stringent auditing standards for the aerospace and defence industries. Bodycote intends to offer additional services from the facility in the future in response to customer demand. This investment is part of Bodycote’s further expansion in the Southeast USA. Bodycote is committed to offering world-class heat treating and specialist technology services and is investing in improvements as part of an ongoing strategy to provide the best possible capabilities, mix and geographical network to better serve customers. July 18, 2016.

In the first photo below we see; Ron Adams (centre), Sales Director, Aerospace, Defence & Energy (HT) – East Region, meets with the South Carolina Department of Commerce delegation including Deputy Secretary of Commerce Jennifer Noel, and Andre’ LeBlanc, Director of the South Carolina Europe Office, at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.

In the second picture we see; Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Jennifer Noel, from the South Carolina Department of Commerce presents Ron Adams, Sales Director, Aerospace, Defence & Energy (HT) – East Region, with a thank you plaque at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow".

Austrian AICHELIN Group acquires AFC-Holcroft.  On July 12, 2016, the Austrian AICHELIN Group acquired US-based Atmosphere Group, holding company of AFC-Holcroft. The two groups are a perfect fit: Both are leading market players with a long-standing history and state-of-the-art technologies and services in the industrial area of heat treatment solutions. AICHELIN Group - with its manufacturing companies AICHELIN, EMA Indutec, SAFED, BOSIO and Noxmat - is a leading provider of high-quality plants and systems. AFC-Holcroft is the US market leader in the production of industrial furnace equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Other main companies of Atmosphere Group are Atmosphere Heat Treating and Austemper Inc. Until now, Atmosphere Group was privately held. The parties agreed not to disclose details and the price of the transaction.  

The acquisition complements the geographic presence of AICHELIN Group and strengthens the Group’s overall market position as one of the leading global heat treatment groups. The AICHELIN Group is now the largest provider of Atmosphere furnaces world-wide. With a strong presence in Europe, North America and Asia, the joint annual turnover generated by 1,100 employees amounts to over EUR 195 million (2015). The group operates a network in 32 countries. 

“This is a major step in AICHELIN Group’s strategy of building a global, dynamic group of companies specializing in heat treatment solutions”, says AICHELIN Group’s CEO Peter Schobesberger. “With AFCHolcroft as a member of our Group, we further evolve into a truly global company with strong local roots in the most important markets. We have an excellent, complementary geographical footprint and will further strengthen our leading positions.”  Bill Disler, CEO of AFC-Holcroft, adds: “AFC-Holcroft celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. With AICHELIN Group as our new owner, we are sure to combine our longstanding traditions with an innovative future. AFC-Holcroft will benefit from being embedded into a family of strong global companies and brands.” Extended product portfolio and services for customers AICHELIN Group’s business model covers all stages of the lifecycle: From design, engineering, manufacturing and installation at customer sites to comprehensive maintenance and spare part services.  By combining the networks of AICHELIN Group and AFC-Holcroft, customers will get the best of two worlds: An enlarged, high quality product portfolio as well as a process innovative, world-wide service network. “Together, we have an ideal position to service our customers in the best possible way. They can benefit from our extended project capabilities and the most reliable technology of three continents. Additionally, we will continue to focus on innovation and exploit all our joint possibilities”, says Schobesberger.  As the next step, a process will start to integrate AFC-Holcroft and its sister companies into AICHELIN Group’s network in the coming months. AFC-Holcroft’s headquarters will remain in Wixom, Michigan. The current top management stays in place and most customers will keep their key account managers.   “We want to play an active role in the consolidation of the heat treatment market. We aim at joint growth and a sustainable profitability, for the benefit of our customers, stakeholders and employees”, closes CEO Schobesberger.    
   
About AICHELIN Group; AICHELIN Group - with its manufacturing companies AICHELIN, EMA Indutec, SAFED, BOSIO and  Noxmat- is a leading provider of high-quality plants and systems for heat treatment solutions as industrial furnaces, induction hardening plants and industrial gas burner systems. The company’s roots go back to 1868. Today, with a turnover of EUR 170 mn and 1,100 employees world-wide, it is among the top 3 heat treatment companies world-wide.   AICHELIN Group is owned by Berndorf AG. Headquartered in Mödling, nearby Austria’s capital Vienna, AICHELIN Group has a strong presence in Europe. Its subsidiaries operate in France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. The worldwide presence includes subsidiaries and offices in China, India, Russia and the US as well as a sales network in 22 countries.  

About Berndorf; AG AICHELIN Group is owned since 1997 by Berndorf AG, the holding company of a group of globally active small and medium-sized industrial enterprises serving niche markets. The Group’s core competences are in toolmaking, automotive, heat treatment, belts and belt systems, press plates, pool construction, process engineering, mechatronics and joint venture projects.  Berndorf stands for a solid orientation and long-term, stable investments. Know-how, experience, expertise and international networks make the companies in the Berndorf Group global market leaders in key industrial sectors. Berndorf Group subsidiaries and associates currently employ about 2,700 people in over 20 countries around the world.   

About Atmosphere Group; Atmosphere Group is the holding company of AFC-Holcroft, the US market leader in the production of industrial furnace equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Founded in 1916, the company celebrates its 100thanniversary in 2016.  Other group companies specialize in continuous austempering and offer commercial heat treating services. 140 employees generate a turnover of USD 40 mn.   Atmosphere Group oversees companies AFC-Holcroft, Atmosphere Heat Treating and Austemper Inc. With its headquarters based in Wixom, Michigan, AFC-Holcroft operates its own subsidiaries in China and Switzerland and has a global presence through a partner network in Australia, Brasil, China, India, Mexico, Poland and Spain. July 13, 2016.

Gone Fishing. The offices of WG Montgomery Ltd. ("The Monty") will be closed for summer holidays from Saturday July 9th until Sunday July 17th. Regular news items will resume Monday July 18th. July 11, 2016.

Jim McNeal. "Jim McNeal, the Managing Recruiter of International Search Partners in La Mesa, California, the only full-service national Search Firm that specializes in the Thermal Processing industry, is proud to announce that Josh Hale has been promoted to President of the Firm. “Josh is an exceptional recruiter and I am pleased and excited to have him run our Company. I have no doubt that our many customers will continue to receive exceptional service as Josh leads our Team going forward”, McNeal said. “I have done this a long time, over 22 years, and it is time now for me to step aside and groom my successor”. McNeal will remain a Corporate Officer and will spend the next year formally turning over all of the day-to-day responsibilities to Hale. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be named the President of ISP”, Hale said. “ISP’s reputation in the Thermal Processing industry is second to none and I look forward to building on what Jim has built since 1994”. Josh can be reached at (619) 828-1040 or at joshh@ispards.com." July 11, 2016.

Magna International. We seldom veer off of our very narrow focus of captive and commercial heat treating but this is a slight tangent. Canadian auto parts maker Magna ranks as the third largest company in the world for auto parts production. Depending upon the product and region quite often the company heat treats in house which is where this story comes in. We can’t vouch for the plants in Austria but the Mexican location of Magna does do all of their heat treating in house in a number of large AFC-Holcroft pushers which makes for a very impressive heat treatment department. July 8, 2016.

“Magna International has now supplied five million Actimax transfer cases to BMW Group. The automotive supplier has been providing BMW with drive systems since 2003, including the Actimax transfer case, which powers the all-wheel-drive in nearly all BMW xDrive models. The transfer case is manufactured in Ilz and Lannach, Austria, as well as in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. "We are proud of the entire team's commitment as well as the trust that BMW Group has placed in us and our innovative powertrain solutions," stated Jake Hirsch, President of Magna Powertrain. "Milestones such as this demonstrate Magna's global leadership position in developing and producing all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems.” Through its powertrain operating unit, Magna is the largest independent 4WD/AWD supplier globally with 29% of an $8.2-billion consolidated market. All-wheel drive (AWD) technology, which was once limited to off-road vehicles, is now being used in almost all vehicle segments, including compact cars".

Dennis Wammes. Dennis Wammes who was General Manager for Hanomag Heat Treatment in Hanover, Germany has made a large change by moving to commercial heat treater SHU in Ulm, Germany. SHU we have mentioned several times over the years as the largest single location commercial heat treat operation in the world. In the first photo below we see Dennis Wammes and Gord Montgomery, in the second photo we see a small portion of the SHU facilities to give you an idea about the size and number of furnaces. July 8, 2016.

Bartlomiej Olejnik/Hauck Heat Treatment. Hauck is the heat treating arm of Aalberts Industries of the Netherlands and as such is one of the larger heat treaters in Europe. Bart, who is the subject of this press release is a fellow who we have a high opinion of so we are pleased he is being recognized for his abilities. July 8, 2016.

"We are very proud to announce that Bartlomiej Olejnik – who was until recently the Plant Manager of Hauck Heat Treatment Dzierżoniów – is now part of Hauck’s Executive Circle as he was appointed Managing Director for Poland. During the last almost two years, Bart Olejnik not only had a significant part in building up the plant and designing the initial processes but was also responsible for continuous improvement. Since the beginning, he was never satisfied with the status-quo but always looking for a better way. Six-Sigma and Lean-Management are only two basic principles which Bart Olejnik uses to run the business. Leadership is also an elemental part of his management philosophy. He was able to not only recruit employees that are highly capable of working in a heat treatment shop but also to build a real team of highly motivated individuals which are all together willing to offer best-in-class heat treatment. For all of that we want say thank you. We are very grateful that Bart Olejnik is now part of the Executive Circle and we are looking forward to his future work".

Furnace Engineering/Nottinghill, Australia. Last year we at “The Monty” had the opportunity to visit many of the largest players in the Australian heat treating market. We met some great people, saw some nice installations and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves however at the end of the day the heat treating market in Australia is a small one and with the downturn in the mining sector it’s not getting any larger. One of the companies we visited was furnace/oven builder Furnace Engineering who are actually the Ipsen reps in the country. We saw a vibrant prosperous company but one which is concentrating on furnaces and ovens for a wide variety of industries many far removed from traditional heat treating. The press release below gives you an idea and we also have a photo of the Managing Director, Mr. Richard Simpson. July 8, 2016.

“Furnace Engineering has been awarded a contract to design, supply and install a continuous enamelling furnace. The furnace is 20 meters long, 5 meters wide and operates according to the principle of heat interchange between the outgoing hot and the incoming cold product to improve energy efficiency. Our team is now at the final stage of site installation, almost ready for commissioning."

Robert Harris. It is with regret that we mention the passing of Robert Lance Harris, CEO of furnace building company Abbott Furnace Company of St. Marys PA. “Robert Lance Harris, the chief executive officer of Abbott Furnace Company, died at the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. Lance is survived by his wife, Tracey and their son, Logan. All of us here at Abbott Furnace are deeply saddened by the news of Lance’s passing. Lance was known for his leadership, passion and vision in the industry in which he loved. Over the course of his career he has made an impact in the local communities, companies and the global associates that he worked along side.  We here at Abbott are tremendously proud to have worked beside him and been a part of his legacy and will continue working hard to uphold the missions and values that he helped set forth within Abbott, to create an organization that carries excellence, integrity and unmatched industry standards. In lieu of flowers, the Harris Family is asking that you make a donation to Hospice of the Comforter. Please list in the comment section, In Memory of Robert Lance Harris: Donations by Mail: 480 W Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714. Online Donations: https://donation.floridahospital.com/makeagift/ctl/donate/mid/22874/id/144 July 7, 2016.

Helium Shortages. In a number of vacuum furnace quenching applications helium is either desirable or essential depending upon the process. The catch to it is that there is a finite supply of helium which has lead to shortages and consequently higher prices (which is why whenever it is used a helium recycling system is used to at least cut down losses). We’ve heard differing stories about shortages with some users saying they have had no issues and others saying they are actively looking at alternatives because of shortages. According to this abbreviated article below helium might not be as finite as originally thought. July 7, 2016.

“A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element. Helium doesn't just make your voice squeaky - it is critical to many things we take for granted, including MRI scanners in medicine, welding, industrial leak detection and nuclear energy. However, known reserves are quickly running out. Until now helium has never been found intentionally - being accidentally discovered in small quantities during oil and gas drilling. Now, a research group from Oxford and Durham universities, working with Helium One, a helium exploration company headquartered in Norway, has developed a brand new exploration approach. The first use of this method has resulted in the discovery of a world-class helium gas field in Tanzania. Their research shows that volcanic activity provides the intense heat necessary to release the gas from ancient, helium-bearing rocks. Within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley, volcanoes have released helium from ancient deep rocks and have trapped this helium in shallower gas fields. The research is being presented by Durham University PhD student Diveena Danabalan at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Yokohama, Japan”.

ALD Vacuum Systems. Now this is an interesting rumor. Rumor has it that ALD Vacuum Systems Inc., (formerly ALD-Holcroft) within the last week landed an order for two ModulTherm systems from a US manufacturer of automotive transmission components. The Modultherm systems are designed for vacuum carburizing and there are many of these systems currently in use in transmission component plants around the world. If this rumor is true and we believe it is this is a very impressive order and will give the company a stellar year as we have heard of a number of orders ALD has received in 2016 in North America. July 6, 2016.

Solar Atmospheres. Roger Jones, corporate president of Solar Atmospheres, was nominated as a trustee on the ASM International Board of Trustees effective October 2016. The board of ASM, The Materials Information Society, is comprised of four officers and nine trustees. Three new trustees are elected by the membership every year, and each serves a three-year term. For additional information about Solar Atmospheres, visit www.solaratm.com July 6, 2016.

People “Stuff”. A couple of interesting fellows in the heat treating industry have recently made changes. First up is Mr. Steve Vogt who has an amazing resume. Steve (who is a Metallurgist by background) has worked with such diverse companies as Lufkin Industries in Texas (a gearbox manufacturer and large captive heat treater), Cloyes Gear in Arkansas (another large captive heat treater) and  Metal Improvement Company (now part of Bodycote). He has just started at captive heat treater Sona BLW Precision Forge in Selma, NC a good sized captive heat treater where he is Chief Metallurgist if we understand correctly. In other people news we see that, Lou Vasilevski who was Managing Director of fastener producer and captive heat treater Dokka Fasteners (which recently closed) has moved on to Michigan Nut Products. Dokka is a Norwegian company who set up shop in Michigan to produce fasteners for the wind turbine industry. Quite obviously this venture did not work out and the continuous and batch heat treating equipment was sold, and everybody moved on. Michigan Nut Products, (MNP) with several locations around Michigan manufacturers fastener products and has one of the larger continuous heat treating departments in North America. July 5, 2016.

UPC. "The inauguration of the newest UNITED PROCESS CONTROLS (UPC) facility took place last April in Shanghai, China, and was officiated by Vice President, Mr. Paul Oleszkiewicz and Managing Director UPC China Operations, Mr. You Zhuo. Employees, their families, customers, and the company’s Asian manufacturer representatives were in attendance to tour the new premises, which include Sales and Customer Support, Engineering, Projects Management, Production, and a ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified Calibration Laboratory. The laboratory provides calibration and support of the Waukee flow meters as well as the Process-Electronic and Marathon Monitor brands of sensors and analyzers. While UPC has been present in China since 2005 through its affiliate member Marathon Monitors & Control Systems Corp., the new office was opened as part of the company’s development strategy to increase its manufacturing capacity and to further expand its presence in Asia. The new facility will regroup the company’s fabrication lines under one roof, which will enable UPC to strengthen its relationship with clients and partners.  “Shanghai is the most developed and international city in China. With our new location in close proximity to customers, UPC Shanghai will become the hub of activity for our Asian operations.'' said You Zhuo

ABOUT UPC. United Process Controls is a world leader in industrial process control and automation in the heat treatment and combustion markets. UPC was formed in 2012 as a result of the merger of Furnace Controls Corp. (USA), Marathon Monitors Inc. (USA), and Waukee Engineering Company Inc. (USA). UPC and its worldwide affiliates – Process-Electronic SRL France, Process-Electronic GmbH Germany, Process-Electronic Sp z o.o. Poland, and Marathon Monitors and Control Systems Corporation (Beijing), Limited China – operate nine sales and manufacturing facilities in seven countries with approximately 120 employees. UPC’s and its affiliates’ commitment is to service the thermal processing industry, helping both furnace OEMs and equipment end users make their business more profitable. Our brands include Furnace Control Corp., Marathon Monitors, Waukee Engineering and Process-Electronic, and cover an extensive product range of probes, analyzers, process controllers, flow controllers, gas compressors, gas mixers/gas blending systems, flow control systems, as well as production software. In addition to offering a complete selection of process control hardware and software, we are also specialists in engineering complete control solutions for a variety of processes (carburizing, nitriding, nitrocarburizing, and vacuum) from a single furnace installation to large-scale production." July 5, 2016.

July 4 Celebration. Due to the US July 4th celebration the offices of WG Montgomery Ltd. (“The Monty”) will be closed Monday July 4th with regular news updates resuming Tuesday, July 5th. We wish all of our US friends and customers a wonderful holiday! July 4, 2016.

Amsted Rail. A reader sent us this photo of the heat treating department at AmstedMaxion in Brazil. A summary of the company is below but what we can add is that Amsted manufactures components for the railway industry such as wheels and this involves heat treating in a number of their plants including Virginia, Russia and Brazil in a combination of pit and batch style furnaces.  "AmstedMaxion was created in the beginning of the new millennium, from the association between the US company Amsted Industries Inc. and the Brazilian company Iochpe-Maxion, a successor to FNV - Fábrica Nacional de Vagões, founded back in 1943. With seven decades of activities now, it appears as one of the main Latin American references in the development and manufacturing of steel cargo freight cars, cast steel wheels, bogies, wheel and axle sets and shock absorption and traction systems, in addition to providing services for repair, adaptation and modernization of freight cars and their components. A pioneer, AmstedMaxion serves all railways and their users in Brazil and abroad, including freight car leasing companies. In the largest steel casting plant of South America, parts of up to 6 tons are manufactured for application on machinery and industries of civil construction, mining, automobile and railway". July 1, 2016.

Oil & Gas Industries. The whole world knows that those manufacturers supplying the oil and gas industries have been struggling for some time now. While it is hard to see any upside to the downturn if there is one it is that there has been some good used equipment becoming available and this is a perfect example. A number of reasonably new Surface Combustion Allcase furnaces, gas fired with working dimensions of 36" X 72" X 36" all of which appear to be in good condition and currently in production (although they will be shut down in the very near future) will become available in the very near future. In good times these would sell same day, these days if the price is right they will sell next day. More details to come. July 1, 2016.

AFC-Holcroft. "A Tier 1 automotive supplier located in the Midwest has placed (2) orders with AFC-Holcroft for the supply of heat treating equipment related to the processing of aluminum. The first order will consist of a Roller Hearth Homogenizing Furnace for processing aluminum products. The complete system includes a multi-position loading table, a multi-position furnace, cooling station and multi-position unload table.

The second order is for a Solution Heat Treat Line, which will also be used for processing aluminum products. This system will include charge and discharge transfer cars, a multi-position solution furnace, water quench system, multi-position age furnace, multi-position accumulation charge and discharge tables, accumulation cross-over mechanism and a tray pull-off station. Additionally, AFC-Holcroft will provide their Remote Diagnostic Service™ during the furnace warranty period. This service provides a complete remote monitoring and diagnostic package including transmission and analysis of machine data, targeting the most common or noteworthy events and identifying root causes. The Remote Diagnostic Service transmits data automatically to AFC-Holcroft’s secure servers, eliminating the human time and cost associated with manually gathering historical data for the same purpose.

“While AFC-Holcroft is best known for providing equipment for the processing of steel components, we also have a long history of providing equipment to the aluminum industry” stated Mark Johnston, Aftermarket Equipment Sales. “This order is a further inroad into this growing market.” Field installation, start-up and commissioning are also included with both orders. 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." June 30, 2016.

Where Are They Now? Don Longenette. Last week we informed you of how Don Longenette a very well known figure in the worldwide heat treating industry had left his position at international heat treater Bodycote. We can now say that Don is working with a company by the name of Abrasive Form of Bloomingdale, Illinois where he is Director of Facility Operations. Abrasive Form is a manufacturer of metal component parts including turbine blades, vanes, shrouds, rotors and sprockets which was acquired by private equity firm Calvert Street Capital Partners less than a year ago. It is interesting that the CEO of Abrasive Form is another ex Bodycote fellow by the name of Mike Sobieski. June 30, 2016.



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