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KGO. German furnace manufacturer KGO is a company which has been gaining a loyal following around the world. Over the years KGO has built over 2,000 furnaces of varying styles and sizes which have gone to areas such as Europe, China, USA and Mexico. While it is perfectly correct to say that they have built just about every type of furnace there is we can't help but think of nitriding when we hear the name KGO and this means every type of nitriding except for plasma. These photos show the shop as we saw it this week and somewhere in the group photo showing most of KGO's roughly 50 employees is the owner of the company Mr. Nedeljko Vucemilovic and Mr. Harald Roth who seems to where a wide range of hats when it comes to his responsibilities. October 28, 2016.


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; October 28, 2016.

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HK 16. HK 16 in Cologne is the big Germany Heat Treat Show of the year and is in full swing as we speak with attendance appearing to be substantial. Amongst the first people we met was Kenan Anil who publishes a heat treating magazine in Turkey (and only in Turkish by the way) called "Metal". While it was the first time we have run across the magazine we were impressed and the publisher claims a circulation of 3,000 heat treaters which gives you an idea about the size of the Turkish market. Kenan is on the left, with Cihan Balaban of Sarvion in the centre and Gord Montgomery on the right. October 28, 2016.

Hartetchnik Hagen/Hagen, Germany. For those of us who don't speak German Hartetchnik means heat treat and as this company is located in the town of Hagen the translation would be Hagen HT. Hagen HT would appear to be one of the larger ones in the area with two plants, the first with 50 employees has a number of operations including a very large salt department and the second which is strictly induction has 25 employees. What makes this company reasonably unique is the fact that they can do ADI (Austemper Ductile Iron) which is something not many commercials can do. In both of these pictures you can see the owner of the company Mr. Jorg Schmul (who by the way started off in shipping department which impresses us to no end) and Mr. Harald Roth of KGO. The sealed quench furnace which appears is one of a couple doing ADI and have a working capacity of 1.5 tons. October 28, 2016.

C3 Data. "Seems to be a whirlwind tour for C3 Data. The Monty first encountered C3 and their furnace compliance software at the ASM show in Queretaro Mexico last month. We checked in with C3 at the FNA show in Nashville, Tennessee, and here they are again exhibiting at the HK16 heat treat show in Cologne Germany. I caught up with C3's Co-Founder Nate Wright who said: "C3 is here debuting its unique mobile app and software solution to the international community of heat treaters and laboratories that currently struggle with the furnace compliance to Nadcap & CQI-9. Interested parties learn more about C3 at: ." October 28, 2016.

Lindberg/MPH. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an 85’ long electric resistance heated aluminum launder system to a leader in aluminum die casting. This launder system will be connecting the customer’s existing gas fired aluminum melting furnace to three (3) new electric resistance aluminum holding furnaces located at their three diecast machines. The launder eliminates equipment and manpower costs, as well as the inherent dangers, associated with transferring molten aluminum from the melting furnace to the three holding furnaces with fork lifts and transfer ladles. The launder also keeps the molten aluminum at a set point temperature until it reaches the holding furnaces which means there is no temperature lost during transfer. Overall, this system saves energy by eliminating two (2) pours. One (1) from the melting furnace to the transfer ladle and another from the transfer ladle to the holding furnace. It eliminates the oxides and the resulting hard spots that form each time the molten aluminum is disturbed making it very efficient for the customer. “We work with our customers to find solutions that will create easy work flow and maximize efficiencies. This system was able to provide our customer with these benefits along with improved safety for their workers.” –Andrew Paul, Sales Engineer October 28, 2016.


MTI Fall Meeting. Coinciding with the recent FNA event in Nashville the MTI (Metal Treating Institute) had its annual fall meeting. Among other things the following awards were made to the Heat Treating Community: Erie Steel Ltd. awarded the 2016 Commercial Heat Treater of the Year Award. Jeff Uhlenburg (Donavan Heat Treating) awarded the MTI Heritage Award. Bill Bernard (Surface Combustion) awarded the MTI Award of Industry Merit. AFC-Holcroft awarded Associate Member of the year. Rich Penrose (California Brazing) awarded the President’s Award. Bob Hill (Solar Atmospheres) awarded the MTI Distinguished Service Award. Roger Jones (Solar Atmospheres) awarded the Lance Miller Legend Award, Tim Levy was announced as the 2016/2017 President. October 27, 2016.

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SBS Corp./Avion Europa. Jeff Smith of SBS Corporation, Sarasota Florida announced AVION Europa, Hagen Germany, as its Sole Distributor for the German and German speaking markets. AVION will also do the final Assembly of important components to allow more efficient and faster supply of SBS products. SBS and AVION are already business partners for the last 10 years and want to increase the visibility and improve the service for the european customers of SBS. Jeff Smith and Roland Caminades underline the importance of the growing european market and their determination to increase the market share of SBS in Europe. "AVION combines a deep knowledge of the German heat treatment market and provides excellent technical support for our existing and future customers" Jeff Smith, the owner of SBS Corp. summarizes the intention of the agreement. "SBS products are known throughout the American market and AVION Europa is proud to represent such an established and reliable company and its products" as Roland Caminades, President of Avion Europa emphazizes. October 27, 2016.

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SWF/Siegen, Germany. The full name of this commercial heat treater in Siegen, German  is  Siegener Werkzeug- und Härtetechnik GmbH. As a prelude to the HK16 heat treat exhibition in Cologne which we are now attending we visited several heat treaters including SWF. This company which is also a tool manufacturer offers both captive and commercial heat treating. Before we go any further we have to say that you will be hearing more from us about SWF as they have a rather cool product for testing labs, a product which might prove to be of interest to metallurgists around the world and one which they have been producing for a couple of years now, a rather unique (if there is such a thing) calibrated test block. Anyway SWF has what we would consider a pretty good sized operation. This in the company's own words is what they have to say;

"With more than 95 years Siegener Werkzeug- und Härtetechnik GmbH has been dealing with the four facets of tool making, hardening technology, seminars and hardness comparison plates, the various facets of the steel processing industry, in particular toolmaking / mold making as well as machine and apparatus engineering. The heat treating division offers hardening in vacuum, protective gas and salt baths and can do vacuum brazing, freezing and various annealing processes are carried out. "

What we saw were large Rhode Pit Nitriding furnaces, salt bath nitriding furnaces, a number of vacuum furnaces from companies such as BMI and Systherm with up to 14 bar quenching and one capable of vacuum carburizing and a couple of vacuum tempers. Again as we say you will be hearing more about this company in the future. October 27, 2016.

Nils Vopel, SWF, Jorn Rohde, Ernst Langer, Owner, SWF, Gord Montgomery

Part of the Rohde Team

HEESS GmbH & Co KG/Lampertheim, Germany. Far and away the largest supplier of “press quench systems” is HEESS of Germany. While occupying a small portion of the overall heat treating market “press quenching” is a long established method of reducing distortion and is generally associated with gear manufacturing although the technology is used in other areas also. HEESS was founded in 1945 and to this day remains a family owned business at this point with roughly 110 employees. Our visit this week gave us these nuggets of information; each year the company supplies roughly 12 systems, customers include BMW, Mercedes, ZF and VW, the largest diameter parts HEESS has press quenched in a standard system measure 2.5 meters in diameter, 80% of their business is automotive related and the maximum number of presses in one system they have provided is 6. From the outside HEESS appears to be a rather modest, quiet operation but the systems they put together rivals any in the heat treating world and according to the “co” CEO, Thomas Streng this is because they invest very heavily in R & D and looking at the entire manufacturing process and what they can provide as opposed to selling a one off heat treating solution. Rather a cool place all in all. October 26, 2016.

Jörn Rohde, CEO, Rohde Schutzgasöfen GmbH,  Thomas Strenge, Co CEO, HEESS GmbH & Co KG, Gord Montgomery

Jörn Rohde, CEO, Rohde Schutzgasöfen GmbH, Gerd Mueller-Laessig, Marketing & Sales Director, Thomas Strenge, Co CEO, HEESS GmbH & Co KG, Gord Montgomery

ALD Vacuum Technologies. April 15th, 2016 ALD Vacuum one of the largest producers of thermal treatment systems in the world moved into a new worldwide headquarters in Hanau, Germany. The new location which houses 420 employees combines administration R & D and testing all in a 16,300 square meter building. What impressed us the most was the R & D/Development center which had both a ModulTherm system offering low pressure carburizing combined with high pressure gas quenching and a Syncrotherm system. Both of the systems are available to current and prospective customers with the idea that ALD can offer testing as well as process development and engineering. You can  view all of this in these photos and in the one picture you can see on the right Dr. Klaus Loeser, Senior Vice President, Heat Treatment. And how is business for ALD these days? Pretty darn good. Amongst the many ModulTherm and SyncrotTherm orders are several from "Great Wall" an SUV manufacturer in China who has ordered multipule ModulTherm systems from the company fairly recently. October 26, 2016.


Hot Isostatic Processing/Ed Tenerini. "Former Bodycote Executive forms a Hot Isostatic Pressing Consultancy. Ed Tenerini, formerly President of North American HIP Services for Bodycote, has left the company and started a consulting business focused on Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and related services.  Mr. Tenerini spent over 28 years in HIP, starting with Industrial Materials Technology in Andover, Massachusetts, prior to their acquisition by Bodycote in 1992.  Over the years he served in several positions including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Technical Services and gained extensive knowledge in all HIP related activities. The consultancy was established to help companies learn more about HIP, acquire equipment or services, provide input on installations, safety, processing, powdered metal near net shapes, bonding or any other HIP related topic. More information can be obtained at, including a recent presentation updating the status of the North American HIP Industry." October 26, 2016.

Bloom Engineering Company, Inc. "Bloom is expanding its combustion training opportunities to include Hot Dip Galvanizing Lines (HDGL) and Continuous Annealing Lines (CAL).  The first training will be held in February 2017 at the Houston Airport Marriot in Houston, TX. This two day event offers attendees the chance to learn the latest in HDGL, CAL, and related combustion technologies.  Topics include basics of Hot Dip Galvanizing Lines and Continuous Annealing Lines, thermal cycle concepts including peak metal temperatures & heating rates, pre-pot & post-pot cycle review, and combustion theory."
October 26, 2016.

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Bill Gornicki/ALD Vacuum Systems. Today we are privileged to have an interview with a fellow we have known and respected for many years an individual who has been both a competitor and a work associate, Bill Gornicki of ALD Vacuum Systems in Wixom, Michigan. October 25, 2016.

1) Bill lets start off where we normally start off with an idea about how you got into the industry and what your work history has been. 

"My formal career started in Technical Publications where I wrote manuals and did training for SPS Technologies, Automated Systems Division where we manufactured automated material handling systems. After 5 years there, I wrote manuals with Unisys for their Government and Special Systems Group where I focused on the FAA Alert Radar Terminal Systems program called ARTS II-A and also for US Post Office Small Parcel and Bundle Sorting equipment (it was more interesting than it sounds).  Soon thereafter I wound up in the vacuum furnace industry, again writing manuals.  Over nearly 17 years I held progressively higher positions from Project Manager, Marketing Services Manager, Product Manager and Midwest Region Sales Manager."

2) Currently you are with ALD Vacuum Systems but I am rather embarrassed to say I am not sure what your title is. Could you tell us what your title is and what ALD Vacuum Systems has to offer? Also I am sure readers would like to know what is the relationship with ALD in Hanau, Germany and their parent company AMG. 

"Currently, I’m Vice President Sales & Marketing for ALD Vacuum Systems, Inc.  We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of ALD Vacuum Technologies, GmbH.  As a full component of ALD, our focus is to provide expansion of our heat treat related technologies to the NAFTA region.  For many years we’ve promoted the ModulTherm® and DualTherm®, arguably what we’re best known for.  In recent years our SyncroTherm® has been the technology offering a quantum leap in vacuum furnace capability with deployment primarily into captive heat treaters.  Now, with the introduction of NitroTherm®, we round-out our offerings to provide the most sought after surface treatment capabilities with Low Pressure Carburizing (LPC), Low Pressure Carbo-Nitriding (LPCn), Vacuum Purged Gas Nitriding (VPGN) and Active Screen Plasma Nitriding(ASPN).   These processes coupled with our world leading capabilities in High Pressure Gas Quenching keep us in the technological lead."

3) I would imagine that most North Americans think vacuum carburizing when they think of ALD but you have pointed out many times that this is shifting as you add new products. What can you say about this? 

"Having set our sights to LPC/HPGQ for so long and being affiliated with three (3) contract heat treating operations (ALD Thermal Treatment) has ensured that our equipment offerings are robust and industry capable as well as our process expertise is second to none. It has also come with the “good problem” of being thought of in one dimension… LPC.    Now, after all these years Nitriding has once again emerged as a legitimate consideration for some components.  Our retort style vacuum tempering furnace is the perfect platform from which to begin in offering Vacuum Purged Gas Nitriding.  It’s been an option for many years and only now we’re setting focus on it." Continue Reading

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ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH. Out With The Old/In With The New. As previously mentioned furnace builder Rohde located in Bruchkoebel, Germany will be moving into a new building in Hanau,  November 21 2016. You can view the assembly area of the new building in one of these pictures, the second shows part of the Rohde team in their current location. In the background are two annealing furnaces being built for a German automotive parts supplier-these by the way are number 7 and 8 for the same customer. October 25, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. We will start off in Indianapolis, IN where it sounds like Rexnord will be moving a plant to Monterrey, Mexico. This plant manufacturers bearings and includes an in house heat treating department. It would follow a Rexnord facility in Clinton, Tennessee which recently closed with the heat treat furnaces being moved to Mexico. "Employees of Rexnord Bearings in Indianapolis found out during shift change Friday that the company is likely moving its manufacturing facility to Moneterrey, Mexico. The Steelworkers Union went to meet with the company and were told it would be closing its doors between April and June in 2017. The union said the number of affected employees is around 350. Their average wage is around $24 per hour. Rexnord makes gear drives, bearings, industrial chain, brakes and other components. The plant is located at 7641 Rockville Road. The company says a final decision on the matter has not been made". Furnace manufacturer Can Eng in Niagara Falls, Canada just received an order of a 1,000 pound/hour roller hearth furnace from an auto parts supplier in NC. The order is estimated to be worth just under $2 million USD.

This is kind of an interesting story, Industrial Heat Treating a commercial heat treater in MA would like to move their business and convert the old site to a residential building after cleaning up the site. From time to time we run across similar stories, namely a long established business which finds that the land it is sitting on has appreciated substantially over the years.  “A businessman's plan to replace an industrial facility near the Neponset Bridge in North Quincy with a six-story residential building would involve an extensive clean-up of toxic chemicals from the site. John McCormack, owner of Industrial Heat Treating at 31-39 Newbury St., has hired Web Engineering Associates of Norwell to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater underneath the business, which specializes in treating metals. Christopher Harrrington, McCormack’s attorney, said the project’s permitting is time-sensitive because Industrial Heat Treating is struggling financially and is in federal bankruptcy court. The business has been located in North Quincy since the 1940s. A reader told us how Penna Flame Industries in PA is expanding with more flame treating equipment. "Penna Flame Industries, located along Route 588 near the Zelienople Airport, has broken ground on an 8,700-square-foot addition to the facility. The expansion will house an 80-inch drop spinner flame-treating implement, the largest such machine in the world, said Andrew Orr, company vice president. Penna Flame, which employs about 25 people, uses fire to heat-treat steel for what Orr calls "high-wear environments," such as railroad car wheels, coal mining equipment and gear assemblies for extreme conditions. The new spinner, which is expected to be operational by early 2017, will "tremendously increase our capacity," he said. A drop spinner turns a round steel object while an operator blasts it with an open flame to heat it, in many cases, above 1,000 degrees. When the metal reaches its desired temperature, the device will drop into a tank for quenching".

Commercial heat treater Erie Steel, in Toledo, Ohio was recently named the commercial heat treater of the year. "Industrial Heating Magazine, in cooperation with the Metal Treating Institute and the MTI Educational Foundation, is pleased to announce it has awarded Erie Steel Ltd from Toledo, Ohio, the 2016 Commercial Heat Treater of the Year Award.  Erie Steel Ltd has been an MTI member since 2008. This honor is given to one MTI member company that demonstrates they are “making a positive impact on their community and their industry.” Michael Mouilleseaux, Erie Steel Ltd General Manager, accepted the award on his company’s behalf. Swiss furnace builder Codere (whose banner ad can be found on this page) recently had a conference in Birmingham, UK and this is what they have to say about it; "Codere Switzerland and their local partner Wellman/Almor Group based in Birmingham recently had a successful conference presenting our modular System 250 batch technology. The conference was attended by a number of the leading commercial heat treaters in the UK. Codere's Senior Metallurgist, Mr. Jean-Marie Hertzog presented Codere’s aerospace experiences/trends and salt quenching specifically linked to the automobile sector. 

Peter Kerbel very recently became "Director Ipsen Customer Service Sales USA". Peter has been with Ipsen for a number of years and appears to be working his way up the corporate ladder which means he must be a competent guy and probably a fun guy at a party also. Out in MO, USA an outfit called O'Fallon Casting added a solution-anneal oven, not sure who manufactured the unit. "O’Fallon Casting broke ground on a 25,000-square-foot expansion that will bring the total size of its facility in O’Fallon, Mo., to 75,000 square feet. The expansion includes a new high-capacity solution-anneal oven that will nearly double the company’s current heat-treating capacity. The main focus of the project is to streamline product flow and modernize the casting cleanup and pre-inspection areas. Construction will take approximately 12-16 months and will work around the current production schedule". Tyree Transformers/Australia. Heat treat furnaces are usually big, bulky beasts which usually don't get moved around the world too much but here is an exception. A few years back Tyree Transformers in Australia bought a big SECO/WARWICK roller hearth furnace from SECO in the US. The furnace was built in the US, shipped to Australia and now it is on it's way to a company in South Afica which means this unit has moved half way around the world. Sorry the story appealed to us. For some reason we ended up with two stories about Codere today, this is the second. This photo shows a furnace the company sold to Titan Fasteners in China which was built according to #AMS2750E specifications.

And to round things out we have these photos of equipment arriving at the new Heat Treatment Australia plant in the LA, California area. October 24, 2016.

Cieffe Group/Italy. From Italian furnace builder Cieffe we have this press release. As many are aware over the past year there have been issues at the management level of Accu Ag Holdings the former parent company of Cieffe. Those issues have been resolved as we can see and the company feels it is in a stronger position than ever with new stable financing. We look forward to speaking with the new CEO, Mr. Peter Schweighofer at the HK16 show and adding his comments to this press release. In the meantime we leave you with this photo of a very impressive installation the company has at a location in Germany.

“Cieffe group will be present this year at HK 2016 in Cologne, Germany to confirm its presence in the worldwide heat treating market and more specifically in the German market which has always been a very important area for us. A new team of investors has decided to believe in our company and products and for this reason they have bought us out from the previous owners Accu Ag holding. We are now part of another Swiss company which has provided stable financing to the company as well as providing strategic input which will strengthen our presence in the market and restore us as one of the top ranking furnace builders in the world.  Leading this transformation will be Mr. Peter Schweighofer the new CEO of Cieffe Group and the investors representative for Cieffe International Ag the parent company”.  October 21, 2016.

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. October 21, 2016.

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Bodycote/Huntington Park, CA. "Bodycote, the world’s leading provider of heat treating services, is pleased to announce that its Huntington Park, California facility is now back in full operation for all processes. After fire broke out at the location on Saturday, September 3, Bodycote personnel responded safely and quickly to ensure continuity of service for customers. Bodycote utilized its local plant network to provide interim back-up capability and support. Just one month later, Huntington Park is operating all heat treat services at full capacity including nitriding, carburizing, vacuum and vacuum oil quenching, endothermic neutral hardening, copper plating, copper stripping and white layer removal. Bodycote thanks all its personnel, firefighters and investigators for their services and support in ensuring that recovery efforts were safe and expeditious. October 21, 2016.

Ipsen. "Continuing Ipsen’s long-standing tradition of offering trainings that teach best practices and help improve the performance and lifespan of your equipment, Ipsen has provided expert-taught trainings to nearly 70 attendees in just the past month alone. They recently wrapped up their 2016 trainings with another successful, expert-taught seminar in Connecticut and a full October Ipsen U class, and they are set to expand on available trainings in 2017. Ipsen will begin 2017 by hosting another series of Ipsen U classes, with courses available February 7-9, April 4-6, June 6-8, August 1-3 and October 3-5. Their newly remodeled, state-of-the-art space offers an ideal arena for attendees to build and refresh their knowledge of heat-treating equipment, processes and maintenance through applied learning. For those that prefer to stay close to home, Ipsen will also be providing additional one-day trainings throughout the United States; specific topics that will be covered during these local seminars include:

  • Vacuum and atmosphere furnace maintenance best practices
  • Optimizing operations with predictive maintenance
  • Achieving and maintaining Aerospace compliance

Overall, both training opportunities will teach best practices for regaining control of your equipment and offer expert insight into specific maintenance issues you might be experiencing on a daily basis. Reflecting on past courses, attendees commented that “staff and facility are top notch and very knowledgeable in the heat-treating process.” 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". October 21, 2016.

Global Heat Treatment Market. Yesterday we spoke about a report we recently read that summarized the size and distribution of the worldwide heat treating market. Our views are clear on these reports, mainly that we are skeptical about their conclusions. Our readers however are not skeptical in the slightest rather they have grave doubts about these reports as you can see below. This was the strongest response we received and while we have condensed it to some extent the message is clear and to the point. Please keep in mind that when reading these comments you need to refer to the previous days notes on this subject. October 20, 2016.

"Sorry but the report yesterday is the worst there is. Maybe 89B$ is not a bad guess, but the distribution is wrong. As an example from what was said yesterday; What is “others” compared to “Industrial”? Non-Industrial? Some kind of home cooking? And the authors have to explain their assumptions on what is considered “Global Metal Heat Treat market”- I have seen them putting services and equipment in one basket.

The problem is, investors buy these reports and, at a minimum, take it into consideration as a viable source - or even worse, take it for granted. It all starts with the definition, which is most important: You see this at IHEA or with the burner companies, they heat treat everything you can think of: Bread, Glass, Limestone, Ceramics, … and METAL. Most Metal (and I state metal not steel) which we heat treat as a component, has been heat treated before in the steel mill or wherever it it was formed or shaped. This heat treat is done mostly in open atmosphere (80%) in furnaces supplied by e.g. Tenova, SMS, Danielli, Fives, etc. This is heat treating of raw materials, low value added.

Then of course you have all these processes which are clearly defined and those which we can discuss to be either part of heat treating or not at all: e.g. brazing, coating (HVOF, PVD, CVD, Boronizing, …) curing, aging, STRESS RELIEVING (in particular as part of welding).

But let’s stick with the clear and straight numbers: We have a very precise number on how many vehicles are built. Last week you reported the amount of gears being heat treated for automotive transmissions. I have made calculations and assumptions, and that might a nice trivia question for your site: What is the value of heat treating in one vehicle? Is it $1,00.00? $500.00? More or less? And do you consider just the value of the heat treating of the components such as gears, axles and pistons or do you take into account the heat treating involved in producing the tooling and dies which help to produce a vehicle?

Now, let’s do the math on an airplane. Same thing. Separate components begin built all of which have to be heat treated and then the tooling needed to make the other parts of the plane-what is the heat treating cost for this (depending on where you draw the line with aging, stress relieving, spray coating, aluminizing, HIPping etc.)"

We would consider these very valid points and would appreciate any thoughts on what the cost of heat treating is for a vehicle or airplane either as an estimated cost or a % cost.

Chris Kenward/Ajax TOCCO, UK. From the UK we have this news item from Induction guys "Ajax Tocco". October 20, 2016.

"Huge congratulations to our own Chris Kenward on his recent well deserved award for ‘Meritorious Service to the Heat Treatment Industry’. Chris’ achievements were recognised by the Surface Engineering Association and the Contract Heat Treatment Association, at their recent awards evening held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Chris continues to be influential within the industry and of course here at Ajax TOCCO, where he is a key member of probably the largest and best equipped sub-contract induction heat treatment facility in the UK.

He has been in metallurgical roles for over 45 years and before moving to Ajax TOCCO (then Tocco Heat Treatment) about 20 years ago he worked for well known companies such as IMI Witton, GKN Hardy Spicer and GKN Sinter Metals. During that time Chris did his training on a day release basis, eventually gaining his HNC in metallurgy. In more recent years (2011-2013) Chris served as the Chairman of Contract Heat Treatment Association, and during his tenure he took it upon himself to tackle the industry problem of an upcoming skills gap.  The day release training in metallurgy that Chris took advantage of doesn’t really exist nowadays. Chris has made real headways in setting something up that is specific to the heat treatment industry".

Global Heat Treatment Market. A few months back a research firm by the name of Technavio issued a research report named “Global Metal Heat Treat Market 2016-2020". A summary of the report included these tidbits; The global metal heat treatment market is projected to reach over 89 billion USD by 2020. Also included were these tibits. October 19, 2016.

Global metal heat treatment market by end-users 2015










Global metal heat treatment market by aerospace industry: largest market; The global metal heat treatment market by the aerospace industry was valued at USD 21.30 billion in 2015. The aerospace sector is a significant end-user of metals. Any deformation in properties of a metal case can lead to serious accidents. To prevent accidents, aircraft manufacturing companies use the latest metal heat treatment technology and furnaces in their plants.

Global metal heat treatment market; automotive industry: second-largest market; The global metal heat treatment market by the automotive industry was valued at USD 19.92 billion in 2015. The buoyancy of the automotive industry in developed countries such as the US and Germany during the post-global recession period resulted in the sales volume of passenger cars and commercial vehicles returning to the pre-crisis level.

Regular readers of “The Monty” will know that we tend to be real skeptics of the reliability of these reports for a number of reasons, the main one being that they never define exactly what heat treating is. Does it include foundries and steel making as an example? Be that as it may these numbers are probably as good as any you will find out there. We did find it rather interesting that this report claims that the aerospace heat treating market is larger than the automotive heat treating market-we would have given you very good odds that it was the other way around and would need some hard qualified numbers to change our opinion. So if anybody asks you the size of the worldwide heat treating market you can reply with some authority that it will be $89 Billion USD in 2020 and then quote the name Technavio Research and leave it up to them to justify their numbers.

PhoenixTM Press Release. "Increased requirements in furnace monitoring and surveying call for improved measurement equipment. To meet these demands PhoenixTM has developed a new generation of in-process data loggers. Based on the dependable PTM1000 series data loggers, the new PTM1200 generation with 6, 10, & 20 thermocouple channel variations, has many new features including these points: For more information visit or email" October 19, 2016.

-Two way RF communications; which allows reset and download while the system is in the furnace, and auto data retrieval (‘catch-up’) if there is a loss of RF signal - for example if the logging system is in a water quench, or if the PC is not available for entire trial.

-Faster sampling rate; down to 0.2 seconds over the full 20 channel selection without any loss of accuracy.

-Increased Memory; to 3.8 million data points, allowing high sampling rates even in long processes. 

-Bluetooth connection; in addition to the standard USB, allowing remote system set up check even if the logger is sealed in a thermal barrier.

-‘On – board’ calibration data; the data logger memory contains the latest calibration correction data as well as a signed copy of the original calibration certificate which can be printed if required. The data can be transferred with a “click” into Thermal View software, saving manual input of the correction factors.

Solar Atmospheres/Press Release. "Solar Atmospheres announces that it has been awarded Nadcap 18-month Merit status for Heat Treating at the Souderton, PA facility.  We are extremely pleased PRI has recognized our corporate commitment to quality. The adherence to strict specification requirements, flawless process execution, and a daily commitment to quality processing is evident among all employees of Solar Atmospheres. Solar Atmospheres in Souderton has held Nadcap accreditation since 1995, maintaining merit status for the majority of that time. Having demonstrated their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications, the Nadcap Task Group has determined that Solar Atmospheres has again earned this special recognition. For more information about Solar Atmospheres, visit us at

 “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 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. PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Solar Atmospheres be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.” October 19, 2016.

Thermex/Edmonton, Alberta. Back in March of this year commercial heat treater Thermex in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada announced how they would be installing a SECO/WARWICK gas nitrider. As a follow up to this story we have these photos of the furnace being installed-the unit is now in operation.​ October 18, 2016.

"Thermex Metal Treating is expanding capacity at its Edmonton, Canada facility with the purchase of a Gas Nitrider with Vertical Pit-style loading and SECO/WARWICK’s proprietary ZeroFlow™ control technology, and ferritic nitrocarburizing capability. Thermex offers a wide range of ferrous metal heat treating processes and services in Western Canada, from its base in Edmonton, Alberta. The purchase of this state-of-the-art equipment is in keeping with Thermex’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, integration of new technology, and high quality customer service.  Thermex’ president, Norm Hanson, states “combined with SECO/WARWICK’s R&D testing capabilities and its experience in gas nitriding, we felt this was our best option to offer exacting nitriding solutions for our customers and our large load requirements.”

HärtereiKongress 2016/October 26-28th 2016. Next week Germany will see the largest heat treating exhibition in Europe in 2016, HK16 in Cologne, Germany. While originally this show was largely dedicated to the German market only, the flavor has changed over the years and it now has a much more international feel so much so that this year there will be record number of companies exhibiting, 214 in total from 15 companies. We at "The Monty" will be taking the opportunity to profile some local captive and commercial heat treaters. Last year we visited a few including the two below. October 18, 2016.

WERZ Vakuum, Harthausen, Germany

HTU Härtetechnik GmbH, Mühlhofen, Germany

Monday Morning Briefing. Where are they now? Rich Gagnon. Rich has been in the industry for as long as we can remember with companies like furnace builder Pifco (now part of AFC-Holcroft) and Premier Furnace in Michigan. Rich retired earlier this year but like many long time heat treaters he is missing the industry and is looking to get back into it. How about Scott Fiend? The Fiend family owned Modern Heat Treat in Buffalo for many years until the company abruptly closed a couple of years back. Unlike most heat treaters Scott (after almost 25 years in the industry) completely left the industry and is now involved in sales for PetroLicance in the Carolinas which makes him rather unusual as most long time heat treaters rarely leave the industry.

Over at Bodycote, Dominique Yates is now the finance director designate, and will take over the position January 2.  "Yates, who was CFO at office rental company Regus Plc until last year, will join Bodycote's board at the beginning of November. Yates will take over from David Landless, who said in February that he would retire after working at Bodycote for seventeen years". Joy Global in Franklin, PA had an auction last week, an auction which included a few heat treat related items including a large gas fired car bottom furnace and a pretty good condition Surface temper furnace with working dimensions of 30” X 48” X 30”. No real surprise that the temper sold fairly quickly for $7,000 USD (about right for a temper at an auction) to a commercial heat treater in Oklahoma while the carbottom which also was in pretty good shape sold to a local used equipment dealer.

Expanite A/S of Denmark offers a super, duper heat treating process for heat treating of SS materials. In these photos we see the CEO of the company Mr. Thomas Abel Sandholdt at the plant in the Copenhagen area.

Winston Heat Treating. On October 28th 2016, commercial heat treater Winston Heat Treating will be hosting an open house in Dayton, Ohio to celebrate the company's 50'th anniversary. Winston is one of the larger heat treaters in the area and a very progressive company. Thermo-Fusion Inc., recently acquired Edwards Heat Treating another commercial heat treater in California. According to the CEO of Thermo-Fusion, Dave Buttner the transaction has gone smoothly. "Dear Friends,"Thank you for putting your trust in our heat treating and brazing services. It’s been a busy month for you and for us, with the integration of all the Edwards Heat Treating customers. Our staff is excited to be working closely with both our current and new customers." In Michigan we see that one of the largest privately owned commercial heat treats in North America, Woodworth Inc., is continuing to grow. The company has several plants in the US and one in Mexico and the relatively new one in Homer, Michigan is in the process of adding to the building and adding more heat treating capacity. Damn this company keeps growing! Next week we will be reporting from Germany where the annual heat treat exhibition, in this case "HK 16" will be taking place. This is the largest annual heat treat exhibition in Germany and one which rivals any North American HT conference both in attendance and scope. While we will be reporting on the show we will also be profiling a few industry suppliers, commercial and captive heat treaters in Germany. October 17, 2016.

Nitiding Symposium 4. "Nitriding Symposium 4 will feature diverse presentations from academic and industry experts from around the world. Below is a list of confirmed presentations. For more detailed information, please go online or download a copy here.

- Practical Gas Nitriding of Aerospace Gears
- Elements of Uniformity and Reproducibility of Controlled Gas Nitriding
- Activation of Surfaces Prior to Gaseous Nitriding of a 3wt.% Cr Carbon Iron-based Alloy
- Environmentally-Friendly Depassivation and Nitriding of Stainless Steels
- Prediction of the Hardness Profile of Tempered & Gas Nitrided Low Alloyed Steel
- How to Determine Pre-nitriding Properties Based on Hardenability and Tempering Conditions – a Comparison of the Most Popular Approaches
- Electrochemical Behaviour in SBF of 316l Stainless Steel Thermochemically Treated By Ion Nitriding
- North American Introduction to Active Screen Plasma Nitriding (ASPN)
- Differences In Plasma Nitriding Technology, New Developments from Ion Heat
- Solution-Oriented Approach to Nitriding / Nitrocarburizing Controls
- Versatility and Technological Possibilities of Controlled Ferritic-Nitrocarburizing
- Simulation of Nitriding / Nitrocarburizing Process Controls
- Mathematical Modeling & Simulation of the Compound Layer Growth Kinetics in Cylindrical Surfaces during Plasma Nitriding of Pure Iron
- Parts Cleaning Before & After Nitriding as a Value Added Process Step

The symposium will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, USA on November 17-18, 2016. As places are limited, please make sure to register for participation on time. Secure your seat now." October 17, 2016.

Donovan Heat Treating Company, Inc./Philadelphia, PA. We have been informed that commercial heat treater Donovan Heat Treating in Philadelphia, PA filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 10/12/2016, Bankruptcy Petition # 16-17234-jkf. Donovan is a family owned and well respected heat treater and it is upsetting to hear that a company that has been around since 1943 finds themselves in this situation. Donovan has a number of very large carbottom furnaces and specialized in processing heavy components. October 14, 2016.

Ipsen. "Last week at Furnaces North America (FNA) 2016, Ipsen provided an in-depth look at their latest technologies and advancements. They also featured a live demo of their PdMetrics® software platform for predictive maintenance, which securely connects to a network of integrated sensors on the furnace to provide real-time diagnostics that improve the system’s health and integrity. Through the live demo, FNA attendees could see how the platform provided immediate notifications about any anomalies being experienced, as well as other key features. In addition, FNA attendees were able to enter Ipsen’s drawing for an iPad by signing up for the Ipsen Innovation Tour: FNA 2016 mobile app. The winner of the iPad drawing was Chris DiFranco from Titeflex. Featuring customer experiences with Ipsen equipment, the app provided insight into the many solutions Ipsen’s heat-treating systems can provide. To experience the interactive content and Ipsen innovations throughout time, download the app at Ipsen expert, Jim Grann, also presented PdMetrics® Case Studies: Implementing Predictive Maintenance in the Thermal Processing Industry. To learn more about this topic, visit" October 14, 2016.

Lindberg/MPH. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an atmosphere box furnace to a leading supplier of the medical device industry for heat treating parts. The Treet-All™ Light Industrial Box Furnace was supplied with a programmable temperature controller and is ideal for heat treating small batches of parts. Its compact design saves on valuable floor space while offering premium performance and efficiency with fast heat-up rates and low outer shell temperatures. This Treet-All™ atmosphere box furnace with retort offers a broad temperature range of 1400°F to 2050°F with a work area temperature uniformity of ±25°. The work chamber dimensions of the box furnace are 12” W x 18”D x 12” H. The retort minimizes the amount of oxygen within the chamber by purging with nitrogen. To ensure quick heating and low heat storage, the box furnace utilizes a vacuum formed ceramic fiber insulation. October 14, 2016.

Transmission Gears/Vacuum Carburizing. What propelled vacuum carburizing to the big leagues in the heat treating world? 30, 40 years ago vacuum carburizing was considered a pretty new and rather revolutionary heat treating technology, fast forward to today and it is a well recognized mainstream technology and the article below indirectly tells us why. While VC is utilized in a number of different industries and utilized successfully the summary below sums up where virtually all the initial growth occurred, automotive transmission gears. While not all gears are processed in VC systems (as opposed to pushers or batch IQ furnaces) even if half are done this way you are talking one heck of a lot of gears. The success of VC in transmission gears has set the stage for VC growth in other industries. October 13, 2016.

“More than 90 million transmission sets were produced for the global automotive industry in 2015, an increase of 1.1% on the previous year, states a recently published report from RnR Market Research. Of this total more than 24 million transmission sets were produced in China in 2015, up 3.3% on 2014, and whilst this report largely focuses on transmission trends in that country it also reflects on developments in transmission types at global enterprises such as Schaeffler, Aisin, ZF Friedrichshafen and the impact of new EV and hybrid vehicles. The report emphasises the continuing inroads made by various automatic transmissions especially in China where the proportion of automatic passenger cars sold in 2015 reached 56%. Dual clutch transmissions (DCT) and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) are said to be showing the fastest growth, reaching above 20% and 30% respectively; standard automatic transmissions are showing a slow rate of growth whilst the market for automated manual transmissions (AMT) has been declining slightly. The report states that the world’s first low-torque dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) from Dongfeng Getrag Transmission Co., Ltd. went into mass production in April this year, and in July Chongqing Tsingshan Industrial Co Ltd also started the mass production of DCTs. In August 2016, Honda of Japan submitted to the Japan Patent Office an application for a patent covering an “11-speed, three-clutch automatic transmission”. According to the Honda patent, increasing the number of gears and clutches can achieve higher gear-shifting response efficiency and smoother trip-over stop, and can also effectively reduce torque. In 2016, SAIC GM announced plans to invest RMB2.5 billion in the construction of a plant to build 450,000 units/year of CVT transmissions. This will add to the capacity already provided by established CVT producer Nanjing Punch Powertrain Co., Ltd. Nanjing Punch Powertrain is also said to be launching DCTs offering high fuel economy”.

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. "Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) announced today that it has received a Federal Firearms License (FFL) issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at their facility in Monroe, Michigan. AHT now has licenses at all four of the company’s locations in Iowa, Alabama and most recently, Michigan. All licenses are available to view or download on the Quality section of their website: under the “About” section. “While we are no stranger to processing firearms, the addition of this license will allow us to better serve those customers whose parts require an FFL,” stated Gary Sharp, President and CEO. “Our firearm customers have recently experienced better lubricity and corrosion resistance with one of our trademarked processes, UltraOx®, so we wanted to be better equipped to handle all of their parts for aesthetics and consistency. We are excited to now be able to expand that offering to our Michigan customers.”

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT) is a recognized leader in providing heat treat services and superior metallurgical solutions to companies across the globe. Their UltraGlow® family of processes includes Plasma Ion Nitriding, Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC), Gas Nitriding, UltraOx®, Through Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, Induction Hardening, and many more. Established in 1981, AHT is committed to exceeding customer expectations with “UltraGlowing” results. Treating your parts like their first born, the ‘AHT family’ feel—from the person who answers the phone to ‘Dr. Glow’, and inviting you to come visit their facility—any time—is what makes them truly unique. Advanced Heat Treat’s commitment to research and development, high quality standards and state-of-the-art equipment and technology have allowed them to grow into the successful company they are today. To learn more about AHT’s capabilities, contact Mr. Mikel Woods (Sr. VP) at 319-232-5221 or, or visit AHT online at About FFL; Visit the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at" October 13, 2016.

High Desert Heat Treating. Now we wonder how often this happens? Individuals seeing smoke coming from a heat treat facility and reporting a fire which turns out to be-just smoke. We can think of at least 3 or 4 cases over the years and here is another one. October 12, 2016.

"OGDEN, Utah, Oct. 10, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Late Sunday night, the Ogden Fire Department responded to a call about smoke coming from a building in Business Depot Ogden. Fire crews arrived at High Desert Heat Treating, 709 W. First St. in the BDO, at about 11:15 p.m. Battalion Chief Hal Van Meeteren said they searched the building for the source of the smoke, but found no fire. No one else was on the premises. Firefighters opened the exterior doors and set up fans to clear all the smoke. They then re-secured the building. Van Meeteren said the department had obtained phone numbers for the owners of the business, and he felt confident that they had been notified."

FNA Show/Nashville, TN. That's it that's all, another heat treat show concluded and history and we leave you with these two final photos. October 12, 2016.

H.C. Starck. Left to right; John Noteman, Grzegorz Matula, Patricia Salaciak

McLaughlin Services. Left to right; Jeff McLaughlin, Trisha McLaughlin, Victor Grazian

John Oakes/Heat Treat Rep., Interview. Today we have an interview with a personal friend of ours Mr. John Oakes who is a manufacturers rep for the heat treat industry in the US North East. October 11, 2016.

1)      John you came into this industry through a rather different way than most of us-would you care to tell us about it?

"Sure Gord, I had known about the business for many years, through the guys at SSI, brother Jim Oakes and Steve Thompson whom I’ve known since we were kids. They had introduced me to the famous Ed Boll years ago, who at the time, was their representative here in the northeast. We had spoken a couple times over the years and as Ed approached the age of retiring we had put together an agreement to buy his business. Having been self-employed for years and working in industrial sales, it was a good fit for me."

2)      It can be tricky selling a rep business, could you give us a very general idea about the arrangement you agreed upon with the former owner Ed Boll? I am certainly not asking for financial details more about how long the two of you worked together and over what period of time your arrangement is good for.

"I worked with Ed for about 2 years prior to him retiring. During that time, I was learning the business, but more importantly building the relationships with our customers and principals. Every territory and business is different, there is no one size fits all in selling or buying a rep firm. It has to be fair for both parties and affordable over the span agreed upon."

3)      What companies do you represent and in what areas?

"As you mentioned Gord, I cover the northeast from Maine to Maryland, eastern PA. The state of NY I have split, some principals I have the whole state, others just eastern NY.
Companies I rep are: Super Systems, Wirco, AFC-Holcroft, Solar Manufacturing, Custom Electric, Lumsden Belting, Inex, South-Tek Systems, CeraMaterials, Procedyne, HTSU, Hyper Alloys and most recently King Testers."

"Ajax TOCCO Supplies Bright Annealing Induction Furnace. Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic recently shipped a bright annealing induction furnace to a major stainless steel tube manufacturer in the Northeast United States. This bright annealing system progressively heats the stainless steel tube to high temperatures in an atmosphere of inert gases, and then anneals the tube in a cooling chamber to reduce the hardness of the steel in order to achieve ductility for further processing. Special features include the ability to produce a high quality product with a ready-­to-­ship surface finish. The equipment supplied consists of a Hydrogen atmosphere heating and cooling system, utilizing an Ajax TOCCO 75 kW Pacer T IGBT induction power supply. The system is capable of processing tubing from .25” -­ .625” outside diameter. Ajax TOCCO is a leader in providing induction heating and processing solutions for bar and tube applications, including bright annealing. Their experience in providing this type of system was a key factor in the decision to choose Ajax TOCCO Magnethemic as the supplier. Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic®, a subsidiary of Park-­Ohio Holdings Corporation®, designs and manufactures world-­ class induction heating and melting equipment for various industries and applications throughout the world. In addition, the company provides a range of services including laboratory process development, preventive maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil repair facilities and installation services." October 11, 2016.

FNA Photos. We still have a few photos from the recent Heat Treat show in Nashville, TN, and this is one of few we will present-in this case we have the Eurotherm team. October 11, 2016.

Left to right: Cameron Large (Global OEM Business Development Leader) Stephen Kosik (Power Products Business Development Manager) Steve Schroeder (Business Development Manager PAC/PLC) Peter Sherwin (Global Heat Treatment Business Development Leader) Steve Miller (North American Sales & Marketing Manager)

Featured are left-right: Randy Rowland, Pat Torok, Karl Henke, John Pease, Paul Oleszkiewicz, KC Wilbur, Willy Wilbur, Frank Pietracupa, Randy Rowland Jr, and Danny Woodring

Doug Rutter Obituary. Doug was a good man, a good heat treater and a good friend. October 7, 2016.

“Doug was called into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2016 at age 57. Predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Florence. Survived by his bride Kathy (Merkovsky) Rutter; his children Nikki (Brian) Gray, Angel (Mathew) Kincaid and Jayme (Travis) Farmer; stepchildren Susan (Jeff) Jung, Michelle (Erik) Saroney, Billy (Sarah) Merkovsky, John (Michelle) Merkovsky, Tricia Premo, James Kern and Jennifer (Corey) Manahan; sisters Mary Green and Kathy (Dennis) Nolan; and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Doug was employed by Gleason Works until his death. He served as an elder at Calvary Chapel ministering to many. A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on Friday, October, 7, 2016 at 4pm at Calvary Chapel of Webster, 770 Basket Rd., Webster, NY. I lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Chapel of Webster to benefit missions”.

Lindberg/MPH. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of a Stationary Electric Resistance Melting and Holding Crucible Furnace to a leader in the automobile industry. The crucible furnace will be used for melting aluminum alloys in a laboratory setting for research and development. This furnace has a melt rate of 50 lbs. per hour and holding capacity of 150 lbs. It utilizes low voltage heating elements that provide long service life. The furnace is highly insulated providing uniform temperature control, a low exterior shell temperature which results in lower operating costs. “This furnace is designed for not only easy maintenance and convenient operation, but also, dependability and durability which results in many repeat customers such as this one.” –Andrew Paul, Sales Engineer October 7, 2016.

Remix S.A Rotary Hearth Furnace Order. "REMIX S.A. recently commissioned a gas fired rotary hearth furnace for a leading forging manufacture located in Central Europe. The furnace will be used for preheating aircraft titanium alloys before die forging, is rated for a capacity 4500 kg/h and has a working temperature of 1300°C. High-efficiency recuperative burners were applied in the heating system and the system will comply with the guidelines of aircraft standard ASM 2750E".

About REMIX S.A: Founded in 1990, REMIX is a Polish Company with 26 years’ experience in heat treatment equipment manufacturing. In October 2012, Remix became the exclusive partner of AFC-HOLCROFT in the European market. In 2016 Remix became an exclusive representative of German NOXMAT, a manufacturer of high capacity, energy saving industrial gas burners, for the Russian, Belarus, Ukrainian and domestic market." October 6, 2016.

FNA Show. We are reaching the end of our coverage of the current FNA show in Nashville but we have to show you these photos and we will have a couple of more to share over the next few days. October 6, 2016.

Dan Herring and Jeanne Herring
Matt and Carol Reed, Dry Coolers
Peter Schobesberger, Bill Disler, AFC-Holcroft
Norm Tucker and part of the Heat Treatment Australia team with Clif Coleman of Mid South Metallurgical
Trisha McLaughlin with Jeff and George Smith of SBS
Tom "Sweet Home Alabama" Morrison, President of MTI

FNA. We continue with our coverage of the ongoing Furnaces North America show in Nashville, TN. October 5, 2016.

Andrew Bassett and part of the Aerospace Testing & Pyrometry team with Jordan Montgomery
Gord Montgomery with Dan McCurdy, President AGI Group, Bodycote, Thomas Gibbons President ADE Group, Bodycote
Pete Callert, Heat-Tek Inc., Mark Sosnowski, Specialty Steel Treating
Marcio Boragini, Atmosphere Engineering, Brazil
Drew Hutchinson, Advanced Heat Treat Corp., Gord Montgomery, Gary Sharpe, President Advanced Heat Treat Corp.
Vincent Rohde, Gord Montgomery, Natasha & Jorn Rohde
Cleveland Electric Laboratories; Gord Montgomery, Bill Nash, Dean Kinter, Scott Puhalsky, Jordan Montgomery
PhoenixTM; Martin Steward, Stephen Biggs

"SINTERITE INSTALLS 60,000LB POWDER BLENDERAT ADVANTAGE METAL POWDERS, INC. Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, is pleased to announce the installation of a 60,000lb Double Cone Powder Blender at Advantage Metal Powders, Inc., a local powder blending facility located in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. This blender consists of an opposed/double cone design with a maximum metal powder mix operating capacity of 60,000 lbs and total volume of 450 ft3. The cones themselves are made of carbon steel, fabricated on-site at the Sinterite facility. The unit operates on a 200HP motor with a gear to gear drive train and features a cycle timer, adjustable speed control and variable speed reducer. It is accompanied by a steel access platform, which was also fabricated at the Sinterite facility. For Sinterite, this project highlights the company’s custom in-house design and fabrication capabilities. For Advantage Metals Powders, Inc., installation of this blender increases the company’s lot blending capacity from 45,000lbs to 60,000lbs, allowing for a consistent blend in larger lot sizes. In addition to its line of custom continuous belt and batch industrial furnaces, Sinterite is a leading manufacturer of fabricated alloy and mild steel products, providing a wide range of fabrication capabilities from powder processing to parts handling to custom projects. All of which can be tailored to meet each customer’s unique needs and applications. The Sinterite manufacturing facility is located in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Advantage Metal Powders, Inc., supplies virgin powder metal mixes and quality remilled blends, at a competitive price, with on time delivery. Independently owned and operated, AMP has over 25 years in material processing and blending. They deliver multiple blend types for the automotive and non-automotive markets. AMP is capable of providing powder blends from 25 to 60,000 lb. lots." October 5, 2016.

FNA. As we speak the Furnaces North America show is in full swing in Nashville, TN and it all kicked off with the “Industry Icebreaker Reception” sponsored by furnace builder “AFC-Holcroft” . We have no attendance figures yet for the show but attendees last night agreed unanimously that it appears to be very well attended. We have a few photos from last nights event. October 4, 2016.

Jorn Rohde, Jordan Montgomery
Peter Schobesberger, Bill St. Thomas, AFC-Holcroft
Gord Montgomery, Ryan Fusell, Southwest Metal Treating, Cyril Bregnard, Econox
Denny Wright, Wirco, John Hubbard
Andres Bernal Duque, Ray Monahan, Jimena Bernal, Ion Heat

Mid South Metallurgical/Murfreesboro, TN. Everybody loves to see the “little guy” triumph which is one of the reasons that we are rather partial to Mid South Metalurgical in Tenesee. Roughly 10 years ago this was a very modest rather run down heat treat and the new owner Clif Coleman was a fellow with a great deal of ambition and common sense but little experience with the heat treat industry. Fast forward to 2016 and what you now see is a medium sized company with a remarkable growth rate, a cleaner well organized operation and bright future. Over the past few years Clif has added a batch IQ capacity, a black oxide line and a very large 10 bar vacuum amongst others. However the example that Clif has stepped into the big leagues is with his latest purchase. This has not yet been announced in any news outlet so “The Monty” will be the first to say that within a few weeks Mid South will be starting installation of a brand new AFC-Holcroft gas fired UBQ with working dimensions of 36” X 48” X 36” and associated equipment. Everybody that knows the industry will realize that this is an investment worth in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and not one to be taken lightly but based upon Clif’s track record we are sure it will prove to be a good decision. October 4, 2016.

Thermal Modification Technologies/Tualatin, Oregon. Commercial heat treater Thermal Modifications out in Oregon is justifiably proud of a carbottom furnace which they very recently put into production. As a matter of fact the GM, Mr. Andy Tobin sent us these thoughts. Andy will be at the FNA show in Nashville this week so if you run into him I am sure he will be glad to tell you all about it. McLaughlin Services and Super Systems have delivered an incredible piece of equipment. The working zone is 45’ x 10’ x 10’. In other words, if it fits on the truck, it’ll fit in our furnace. We have uniformity (+/- 25 ºF) from 300 to 2000 ºF. It takes an entire 1000’ roll of thermocouple wire to do the TUS! This furnace replaces it’s 70-year-old predecessor, allowing us to continue serving our current customers’ large capacity needs. We also look forward to the new customers this furnace will allow us to partner with. See you in Nashville!” October 4, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. The big news for this week is the Furnaces North America Show (FNA) taking place in Nashville, TN October 4-5. Attendance figures we have seen show over 1,000 visitors and exhibitors pre registered although we can’t comment on whether this is good, bad or indifferent. Our guess would be that attendance will be good but not incredible only because the industry is a little slower these days. Steve Prout of Solar Atmospheres in Greenville, SC now has a place on the advisory board of SC Aerospace an organization in SC dedicated to encouraging aerospace companies to invest in the region. "Prout serves as president of Solar Atmospheres and has a background in commercial heat treating and brazing and has worked in a variety of positions for a number of companies prior to joining Solar Atmospheres in the fall of 2013. Prout established Solar’s newest vacuum heat-treating facility in Greenville. It operates the largest vacuum furnace in the Southeastern United States and gained its National Aerospace and Defense Accreditation Program accreditation within 90 days of opening". Don Giessel who has been in the industry for quite some time is now Regional Program Manager at Bodycote Thermal Processing in New Berlin WI. Don has previously worked with Bodycote although most recently he was with commercial heat treater FPM.

We know things are bad in the oil and gas industry in Texas and to back this up a heat treater in Houston, Texas sent us this rather grim statistic. “More than 13,000 Houstonians have lost their energy jobs in the months leading up to July 2016, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. That’s about one in every 245 people who were in the Houston labor force a year prior, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data." Houston Biz Journal Online”. We noticed something very interesting last week in Mexico, the number of Nitrogen Generating Systems in use for vacuum furnaces. Nitrogen Generating systems have been around for quite some time but almost exclusively for producing nitrogen for atmosphere furnaces mainly because of the purity required for a vacuum is typically 99.9995% which many systems were not capable of in years gone by. Our impression  was that there were no systems in operation for vacuum quenching however we stand corrected. They are certainly not everywhere but we saw 3 systems in use at heat treaters which is exactly 2 more than we were aware of. Staying in Mexico STT Nitrex Queretaro sent us this item along with a couple of pictures. “In the past year since gaining certification to ISO/TS 16949, a worldwide quality standard for companies operating in the automotive industry, STT Nitrex Queretaro has seen the benefits it has delivered first hand. It is the only ISO/TS 16949 heat treating company in Mexico certified to Thermochemical Heat Treatment Process for Surface Hardening. Carlos Llerena, General Manager, credits the certification program for elevating his business and boosting sales by 100%. During this period, the Queretaro plant has also earned AIAG CQI-9:2007 Special Process: Heat Treat System certification, as well as approvals from automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, including several global automotive spring manufacturers, and the coveted Quality Standard approvals from major American and European powertrain companies”.

Furnace builder NUTEC BICKLEY in Mexico sent us a couple of press releases about new orders which are well worth a mentioning. "Nutec Bickley was awarded a Batch furnace from a manufacturer in Mexico of components for steel mills, ladles, pressure vessels and heat exchanges. The furnace is a box style double door for flexible heating processes. It is designed to operate at temperatures from forging to stress relief heat treatment". And we have this one also; "Nutec Bickley was awarded a bell type furnace for the annealing process for construction steel wire from a well known toolmaker company in Mexico. The furnace is capable of processing a total of 9 tons of wire per cycle, with a total of 4 high-velocity burners. The furnace will be ready to start production at the end of 2016". In the UK commercial heat treater Alloy Heat Treatment now has in operation a monster aluminum oven. "The UK’s first and only specialist in the heat treatment of aluminium alloys, Dudley-based Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) have recently invested £500,000 into manufacturing aerospace Oven 30. Oven 30 allows AHT to solution treat larger products and is the largest oven the company have ever owned. Its dimensions are 2.15m by 2.15m on the base and 2.5m high, which is the usable volume that they have to process parts. AHT managing director, Adrian Church said: “We’ve built and installed the biggest piece of heat treatment equipment we have ever had, in order to do work for a customer who are making parts for the new Bombardier C Series plane. “We didn’t have the capability to quench into polymer, so we expanded it when we learned about the C series. The turnover will increase with the new machine, although our industry is one where we invest speculatively. The production capacity on that line can double for much less investment than that.” 

Hauck Heat Treatment has installed some brand new Ipsen Sealed quench furnaces at their facility in Venlo Netherlands. "We are very proud to announce that our plant in Venlo has installed a brand new TQ17 Extended production line. This production line includes two TQ17 Extended hardening furnaces, two TQ17 Extended annealing furnaces, an EMO Hybrid cleaning installation and a grid blasting installation. With this investment, the sealed quench heat treatment capacity in Venlo is expanded significantly".

And to round things out we have this press release from ALD Vacuum Systems. The photo below this news item shows one of the units which we saw in Mexico last year. "ALD Vacuum Systems is pleased to introduce the NitroTherm® line of vacuum nitriding furnace systems.  NitroTherm will be featured at the coming Furnaces North America Conference in Nashville Tennessee, on October 4th and 5th. NitroTherm includes two distinct possibilities to accomplish the nitriding process; 

Vacuum Purged Gas Nitriding (VPGN) is a hot wall design yet capable of very short cooling times through its‘ efficient heat exchanger.  Gas flows are controlled through  MFCs with further capabilities for Kn, Kc & Ko control.  The VPGN unit is also equipped to provide Nitro-Carburizing, Oxinitriding as well as pre and postoxidation. Adherence to AMS 2750, 2759/6/10/12 are all within the capabilities.

The patented Active Screen Plasma Nitriding (ASPN) is a cold wall furnace design capable of running mixed, highly dense loads with excellent temperature uniformity.  It is highly efficient in conjunction with a double base and fast cooling.  The „Active Screen“ provides the advantages of a cold wall furnace and yet enables processing like a hot wall unit.   Processes include plasma nitriding, plasma nitro-carburizing, plasma etching and plasma oxidation.  Adherence to AMS 2759-8 is also within the capabilities. 

ALD, globally known for vacuum Carburizing systems with SyncroTherm and ModulTherm, now expands the surface treatment possibilities we provide". October 3, 2016.

Nathan Wright Founder C3 Data/Interview. We are pleased to be able to offer you today this interview with Mr. Nathan Wright founder of C3 Data. October 3, 2016.

1)      First off Nate you were really born into the heat treating industry. Can you please tell us your background and that of your family as it relates to the industry?

My family has a multi-generational history of advancing innovation for the heat treat industry beginning with my grandfather, Joe Wright.  He started working in the heat treat industry in late 1940’s and eventually founded his own company, WIRCO Inc. His commitment to quality passed to his sons who revolutionized rod framed basket production. WIRCO Inc. became one of the first alloy fabricators to be ISO certified and is now the largest North American supplier of heat resistant fabrications and castings. I took a slightly different path in the industry by establishing one of the first ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories, Tru-Cal Inc. and then expanded with the first accredited laboratory in Mexico, Global Thermal Solutions, Inc. Now, I have launched a new software company, C3 Data, to drive innovation for the industry through providing new technology to heat treaters and pyrometry laboratories, saving time, and ensuring furnace compliance. 

2)      I am a little puzzled, is the name of your company Tru-Cal or C3 Data? 

The new software company is C3 Data. My hands-on experience in owning accredited laboratories and understanding the pain points of the furnace compliance process for both heat treaters and pyrometry laboratories is the driver behind launching C3 Data. Many individual laboratories don’t have the scale or expertise to develop software, and advancing innovation in calibrations is generally not core for a heat treater. C3 Data brings those resources to each heat treater and pyrometry lab, greatly improving the accuracy and efficiency of performing the calibrations and other pyrometry services, capturing the data, and complying with heat treat specific quality specifications.  Calibrate, capture, comply with technology in the palm of your hand, that is what C3 Data is about. continued...

UPC Press Release. "This year’s edition of Furnaces North America (FNA 2016) will be particularly exciting for United Process Controls (UPC),, as it will be showcasing three next generation products for the heat processing industry: a multi-gas sensor (MGSTM), a flow-meter (AccuFlo Flo-TronicTM) and a flow controller (AccuFlo Valve-TronicTM). The MGSTM multi-gas sensor for use in nitriding and nitrocarburizing is a thermal conductivity instrument capable of detecting and measuring up to two different gases (e.g. hydrogen and ammonia) in common background gas (nitrogen).

The AccuFlo Flo-TronicTM, designed for use in highly demanding industrial applications that require accurate flow measurement, can be easily integrated with controllers, PLCs or data acquisition systems.

The AccuFlo Valve-TronicTM, designed for use in highly demanding industrial applications that require accurate flow control and measurement, can function as a stand-alone controller for basic applications or become an integral part of a process control system for automatic flow control.

Temperature / Pressure compensation for real-time flow correction is standard with both AccuFlo Flo-TronicTM and AccuFlo Valve-TronicTM. This ensures the most accurate flow measurement possible.


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