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AFC-Holcroft. AFC-Holcroft celebrates their 100 year anniversary. We have this short video for you to watch. September 30, 2016.

SECOWARWICK. "SECOWARWICK is preparing to deploy the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality technology in its operations worldwide. The SECOWARWICK application will be one of the first in the world, and the first in the heavy industry. This is a new era of SECO/WARWICK equipment application – the interaction era. Probably nobody could envision that cyber goggles, which naturally apply to gaming, can be used in the metallurgy industry so soon after the introduction of the technology. The implementation of virtual technology to our production, maintenance and service processes has become reality. says Katarzyna Sawka, SECO/WARWICK Group Marketing Director. The official presentation of SECO/LENS technology will take place in Cologne, 26-28 October 2016, on SECO/WARWICK booth E-060, hall 4.1. We are warmly invited to take a detailed look at our advanced technologies and discuss about it.  Holographic goggles by Microsoft were originally conceived as a top secret project. It’s not a surprise since the AR (Augmented Reality) technologies have been enjoying increasing interest in commercial applications and is among one of the most prominent new technologies global players have been continuously researching and developing. Holographic solutions naturally targeted the gaming market as early adapters. This technology, however, has gained interest among heavy industry representatives, including SECO/WARWICK, a leader in heat treatment solutions." September 30, 2016.

Custom Electric

Bodycote Press Release. "For over 15 years, Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treating services provider, has been a dedicated member of the International Titanium Association (ITA), supporting the advancement of research, design, metallurgy and engineering in the titanium metal industry.  This year, at TITANIUM 2016, the annual international titanium supply chain conference, held in September, Ron Adams, Sales Director for Bodycote Aerospace, Defence & Energy Heat Treatment in North America, was amongst the featured speakers in a special session on 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The presentation was titled “The Benefit of HIP and Heat Treating on Titanium Additive Manufactured Components”.  Bodycote supports education and idea exchange in heat treatment, surface technology and hot isostatic pressing services among others. Other past contributions to the titanium metal industry include hosting ITA’s Continuing Education Workshops series." September 30, 2016.

Bluewater

DOWA Thermotech Mexico. One of the biggest of the big when it comes to commercial heat treating and furnace building is DOWA of Japan. We have written extensively about the company and their abilities over the years so we won’t dwell on it today, rather we will tell you about their newest project which is coming along nicely. In April of 201 DOWA Thermotech Mexico S.A de C.V. was established in San Luis Potosi, Mexico with a working capital of $5 million USD and a mandate to serve the heat treating needs of auto parts makers in Mexico with a focus on Japanese companies. Construction of the plant started in September of 2015, with plant completion in August of this year and equipment being installed September of 2016. All of this with an eye on a production start up date of April 2017-which seems to be right on schedule. Currently the plant has 2 vacuum annealing furnaces installed, 1 soft nitriding unit, 2 gas nitriding systems and one TD process line. Future plans include a total of 4 vacuum annealing furnaces, 6 nitriding systems, 1 TD line 3 carburizing furnaces, 4 vacuums and 2 tempers all of which will make for a very substantial heat treater. This by the way marks the second foray into the North American commercial heat treating market in North America for Dowa, the first being their plant in Bowling Green, OH. September 29, 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; jordan@themonty.com. September 29, 2016.

A few examples include:

Solar Atmospheres. "Solar Atmospheres Southeast has successfully completed its first round of surveillance audits for maintaining its AS9100 and Nadcap accreditations.  Solar also expanded its scope of Nadcap approval to include Low Pressure Vacuum Carburizing to meet growing aerospace carburizing needs in the Southeast US. Steve Prout, President of Solar Atmospheres Southeast states: “We are proud to be taking this next step in our start up plan to be able to offer Low Pressure Vacuum Carburizing services alongside the rest of our Nadcap approved scope of thermal processing capabilities.  We are excited that once again we are able to offer the Southeast US another regional option for aerospace processing that did not exist previously.” With thermal processing in furnaces ranging from those suited for small lots and development cycles to a 6-1/2 foot diameter by 24 foot long vacuum chamber capable of processing up to 50,000 lbs at 2400°F, Solar Atmospheres is backed by AS9100 and Nadcap quality systems to provide our customers the confidence that their product is being processed appropriately. For additional information on our processing options and our capabilities, contact Mike Harper at mikeh@solaratm.com, and visit us at www.solaratm.com, or call 1-855-WE-HEAT-IT." September 29, 2016.

Dr. Joe Wenning/WS Thermal Process Technology Inc. We are very pleased to offer you this interview with Dr. "Joe Wuenning" of burner supplier WS Inc. WS Thermal Technology Inc (or WS for short) is a subsidiary of WS GmbH of Germany. "Joe" is a very open fellow and gives us some very honest and open answers to our questions. So read on about burner technology and whether we can expect major changes in the future. September 28, 2016.

1) Dr. Wuenning first off I would like to ask you about your background-how did you arrive at where you are now?

"Please call me “Joe” - in the U.S. people know me by this name. After school, I wanted to become a marine engineer and so I went to the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, and signed up for a degree in mechanical engineering. After the Vordiplom (comparable to Bachelor) the plan was to sign up for the Diploma (comparable to Master) as marine engineer. Since my father started a new company, WS,  at the same time (1982) and the situation in the marine industry was not too great, I changed course towards thermal engineering in Aachen. Another coincidence was that my father invented FLOX® combustion when I finished my diploma. So I could start a doctorate (comparable to PhD) in combination with a research project to investigate this new combustion process. After finishing the doctorate, I decided to spend some time in the United States and founded WS Inc (1997), first as a one man show and slowly growing to what we are now."

2) I know a little about WS Thermal but would like to know more and I am sure our readers would also. What can you tell us about the size of the company, where you are located and what products you offer?

"WS Thermal Process Technology Inc., or short WS Inc. is a subsidiary of WS GmbH in Germany. Our products are mainly gas burners with integrated heat exchangers to preheat the combustion and thereby vastly increasing the efficiency. A major challenge is to keep NOx-emissions low in combination with high combustion air temperatures. That is possible using the FLOX®-technology. The basic burners are built in Germany. In the US we complete them with US compliant controls. In Germany, about 100 people work for WS, in the US we are 10 people."

3) Geographically where do you sell your products? Is the US your largest market or as a European based company do you do most of your business in Germany?

"Europe is the largest market, but the US is the most important non-European market." Continue Reading

Technotrat/Queretaro, Mexico. Last week we had a number of photos of Technotrat, a commercial heat treater with two locations in Mexico, one in Monterrey and a second in Queretaro. We are pleased to show you these photos of the Queretaro location which in some ways mirrors the Monterrey facility. For instance both have a salt bath nitriding arm which goes under the name TS TECNO which can be seen below. Queretaro again has batch IQ furnaces however it also has vacuum heat treating capacity as can be seen below. To add to this note we can say that the company is making major investments in their plants and will soon be receiving a brand new SECO/WARWICK 12 bar vacuum furnace to compliment their existing unit. Incidentally the distinguished looking fellow with the suit and tie in these pictures is the owner of the company, Sr. Fidel Garza Martinez. September 28, 2016.

Corner Stone

SOLO Swiss/Changhe Aircraft Industries, China. "SOLO Swiss has recently installed a new automatic heat treatment line with 80 kg capacity at Changhe Aircraft Industries Group, located in the Jiangxi Province of China. This new Profitherm 80 heat treatment line, intended to the treatment of helicopter turbine parts allows multiple processes. She is equipped with 2 hardening furnaces, 3 tempering furnaces (high and low temperature), 2 quench tanks (water and oil), 2 washing machines (oil), 1 loading fork and 4 loading/unloading tables.   This equipment is powered by the AXRON Swiss process control system with SIEMENS technology. With over 70 years’ experience, SOLO Swiss manufactures atmosphere furnaces for metal heat treatment since 1945 which are sold worldwide. www.solo.swiss. New SOLO Swiss Heat Treatment Line at Changhe Aircraft Industries Group in China" September 27, 2016.

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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. September 27, 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.

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CRIO Mexico. These photos show CRIO one of the largest commercial heat treating companies in Mexico. CRIO has two locations in Mexico this one in the Queretarro area and a second in the Monterrey area which we profiled less than a year ago. This is a "booming" operation with a brand new addition, numerous batch IQ furnaces, a mesh belt line and large carbottom capacity. Current plans include the addtion of-well all we are allowed to say is that the company has spent a lot of money on new equipment which will be installed shortly. September 27, 2016.

CRIO/The Command Centre; Jim Oakes, Carlos Torres, Damian Bratcher

Julio Torres, Production Manager, Esteban Aguilar, Plant Manager, Nancy Davila, Quality

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. September 27, 2016.

A few examples include:

Lindberg/MPH. "Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of four (4) heavy duty tube furnaces to a leading manufacturer of thermocouples for use in a laboratory to heat treat parts inside tubes. The tube furnaces are easy to operate, utilize an energy efficient design, and provide rapid heat-up rates along with fast cooling and response time. They offer superior radial and linear temperature uniformity and require little or no maintenance. The four (4) heavy duty tube furnaces have a maximum temperature rating of 1500°C and work chamber of 3” in diameter and 34” in length with removable side panels. Double-end silicon carbide heating elements are mounted above and below the furnace chamber for uniform heating. The chambers are constructed of high-temperature graded insulation. The insulating vestibules at the ends of the heated chambers keep the heat loss to a minimum ensuring even greater temperature uniformity. These tube furnaces provide easy element installation, electrical hook-up, and adjustment. “These compact tube furnaces offer customers a number of benefits. With a design that is easy to operate while at the same time provides energy efficiency and premium performance, they are the ideal solution for many customers.” –Jason Dobberstein, Inside Sales Manager Unique features of these heavy duty tube furnaces include:

 Vacuum formed ceramic fiber modules with low heat storage for fast heat up rates
 Cross chamber element positioning
 Removable side panels
 Long life, fast response type “R” thermocouples
" September 27, 2016.

Crio

C3 Data. Last week we had this photo of the founders of C3 Data which was taken at the ASM show in Mexico last week. Unfortunately the website address attached to the photo was incorrect. Therefore we present the correct address (below) and are pleased to say that the company will shortly become our newest advertiser and that within the next few weeks we will offer you an interview with the founders. September 27, 2016.

Nate and Matt (VP and Founder of C3 Data) Wright had this to say about their new product; "Breakthrough product debuts innovative mobile technology at ASM-Queretaro heat treat show. Furnace compliance made simple .Calibrate : Capture : Comply www.C3data.com".

ATP

Monday Morning Briefing. We start the week off on a very upsetting note. Doug Rutter who was involved with the heat treating department at Gleason Industries in Rochester NY for as long as we can remember passed away Saturday September 24 after a long battle with cancer. Doug was a good friend, a good man and a very knowledgeable heat treater. We will miss him and the industry will certainly miss him. Tom Lord who was a Sales Engineer for furnace builder SECO/WARWICK in Meadville, PA very recently made a change and is now Sales Manager for Modern Industries in Erie, PA. Modern has a machining division and a commercial heat treating division-as a matter of fact they are probably the largest commercial heat treater in their area. The folks at Ipsen are pretty busy these days. “Customers continue to rely on Ipsen equipment for high performance and quality results. Ipsen recently shipped ten heat-treating systems to customers in India, Vietnam and several U.S. states. This equipment will be used to process parts for the Aerospace, Commercial Heat Treating, Defense, Metal Injection Molding and Tooling industries. Among the shipments were a 6-bar Global Vertical (GV) vacuum furnace and a vacuum aluminum brazing (VAB) furnace with a 35-inch diffusion pump. Also shipped were four TITAN® H2 furnaces – two of which were shipped with Ipsen’s PdMetrics® software platform for predictive maintenance. This exclusive platform helps optimize equipment performance and production efficiency. Ipsen also shipped horizontal MetalMaster® and TurboTreater® heat-treating systems, TITAN DS (debinding and sintering) vacuum furnaces and a custom furnace upgrade that will be used in the Aerospace industry. This upgrade will help enhance furnace performance and ensure continued, high-quality results".

Furnace builder Nutec Bickley is another furnace builder who is staying busy in what is generally a slower market. "Nutec Bickley received an order for a box furnace from a forging company located in the Chicago, Illinois area. The equipment will be used for heating, steel billets before forging. The unit has an inside dimensions of approximately 7 ftW x 10 ftH and a maximum capacity of 5,000 lbs of mainly 12 in billets. The operating temperature range is 1500-2200F. The unit includes Allen Bradley PLC based instrumentation, pulse firing combustion control, pressure control and an assisted vertical opening door. The insulation is made of a Ceramic Fiber Macromodules, IFB and hard refractory combination". Speaking of furnace builders and new orders ALD Dynatech in India shared this photo of a vacuum furnace they are commissioning at General Electric in India.

Lets stick with furnace builders and mention this item from Codere in Switzerland. "We want to inform readers on a recent investment in the Mexican market. This photo was taken at the Heat Treat Mexico 2016 conference organised by the ASM Heat Treatment Society in Queretaro. In the photo is Mr. Henrique Vogel (Middle) from Termitec Puebla who recently acquired a Codere modular batch System 250 42/100. This installation is currently in the assembly phase in Puebla. Also in this photo is our local partner José Antonio Ramirez (Right) & David Howard (Left) from Codere's Sales department. For more information on our product range can be found in www.codere.ch"

In Mexico (the Monterrey area to be exact) a foundry specializing in heat treating components such as base trays started production just last week. "Fundicion Inoxidable" is a brand new operation which is hoping to capitalize on the growing Mexican heat treating market. These photos show you what the company looks like and the results of their first production runs. September 26, 2016.

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ASM Heat Treat Show/Queretaro, Mexico. The first ever ASM show in Mexico is now concluded and as we reported yesterday it was a success. We leave you with these photos of the show and coming up next week a few interesting stories about the heat treating market in Mexico, one of the fastest growing in the world. September 23, 2016.

  Steve Mickey, David Tuttle, Helen Tuttle WS Thermal Process Technology

Damian Bratcher, Jim Oakes SSI Mexico

UPC; Eduardo Cerezo, Aldo Fiones, Aldair Palacics, Ivan de la Cruz, Brenda Jasso, Roberto Jasso, Pat Torok

Nitrex; Josue Elias, Miguel Angel Falcon, Jack Kalucki, Senior Perez

DOWA Thermotech Mexico. DOWA Thermotech presented details about their new heat treating plant in Mexico (more on this later). Sebastian Lopez, Shinichi Takemoto, Hideki Hayashida, Hiroyuki Nagasawa

Victor Calderon, Caterpillar, Monterrey Mexico, Gord Montgomery

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ASM show Mexico/Jim Oakes. One of the goals of ASM International is to provide technical content to industry professionals in the industries related to metals and that is exactly what the ASM/HTS (Heat Treating Society) event accomplished.  We had a great program covering Advanced Thermal Processing Technologies by industry and academic professionals along with an educational day to kick of the 4 day event.  It was a great honor for me on behalf of AMS/HTS to provide the newest ASM Chapter, ASM Mexico, their charter certificate.  Great work by the organizing committee and ASM event staff.   Jim Oakes Super Systems Inc., ASM International Heat Treating Society (HTS) Vice President. September 23, 2016.

Bodycote. "Following the fire on Saturday, September 3 at Bodycote’s Huntington Park, California facility, the plant is now back in operation with select processes. As always, the safety of employees is a top priority for the company and so the recommissioning of the facility is being handled in a way that ensures there is a safe working environment now and in the future. Following the fire, Bodycote personnel responded quickly to ensure continuity of service for customers, utilizing the Bodycote network to provide back-up capability and support. It is in times of adversity such as this that the breadth and depth of the coordinated Bodycote network really differentiates the business, providing security for customers’ operations even if the primary location is compromised. The facility is currently expected to be back in full operation for all processes in early October. In the meantime, all customers will continue to receive service from Huntington Park together with other Bodycote locations." September 23, 2016.

Heat Treat Mexico 2016. September 20-23 Mexico is seeing the first ever ASM show which is underway in Queretaro, Mexico. The tremendous growth in the captive and commercial heat treating market in Mexico is what prompted this event however many had their doubts as to whether this would be a success or not given that this is the first such event in the country. According to event organizers there are a total of 43 companies exhibiting and 272 attendees which exceeded the expectations of pretty well everybody in attendance including perhaps event organizers. As a matter of fact we are already hearing that based upon this success there is a good chance that this will most likely become a bi-annual event (but you didn’t hear that from us). Exhibitor Bill Gornicki of ALD had this to say;

“In my opinion this is an excellent first start for this event and I forsee it growing in the future”. Visitor Victor Calderon of Caterpillar has these comments; “In my opinion this is a great opportunity to network with industry suppliers, fellow heat treaters and others in our close knit heat treating family. This is a great way to help and support each other, at the end of the day we all see the same problems and working together we come up with solutions”. So there you have it-we have no hesitation in declaring this a success. September 22, 2016.

Jorge Gonzales, MATTSA, Aruturo Arechavaleta, Manuel Montes, NUTEC BICKLEY, Carlos Torres, MATTSA CRIO

Gord Montgomery, Bulent Civici, Sistem Makina (Turkey), Cihan Balaban, Sarvion (Turkey)

Bill Gornicki, ALD

Gord Montgomery, Mario Mendez, Director of Operations, ETSA Group

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Derek Dennis, President Solar Atmospheres of California, Rick Jones, Solar Manufacturing.

Solar Atmospheres. "Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, a premier heat treating service, launched into operation its newest and largest vacuum furnace.  In its inaugural cycle, the 48-foot furnace successfully vacuum heat treated nickel alloy components while preserving the crucial elements of brightness and cleanliness. The state of the art vacuum furnace has the ability to apply tight pyrometric controls to ± 10° F.  The innovative, U.S. patented load car design prevented distortion of the more than 40-foot long tubes. Due to the furnace’s increased efficiency, the total cycle time for this thermal process will be reduced by two days compared to traditional furnace designs. Solar Atmospheres of Western PA is absolutely confident their brand new 48-foot vacuum furnace will consistently surpass customers’ expectations. For additional information about Solar Atmospheres, visit us at www.solaratm.com, or call 1-855-WE-HEAT-IT.September 22, 2016.

TS TECNO/Pesqueria, Mexico. This week ASM is having their first ever heat treat show in Mexico and we  at "The Monty" are taking the opportunity to visit the show and at the same time see some of the companies in the Mexican heat treating market. First up is TS/TECNO in Pesqueria, Mexico (near Monterrey). The company is a joint venture between a local company and HEF of France and offers one process only-salt bath nitriding (FNC). The joint venture started in 2009 with one line and earlier this year started production out of a brand new salt line. The work in all auto related and is booming to say the least with 50 employees and operating three shifts a day/6 days a week. As you can see this is an impeccably clean plant in a brand new building. September 21, 2016.

From the left; Mario Chavez, Miguela Brino, Jorge Viveros, Gord Montomgery

Technotrat II. Technotrat is a commercial heat treater in Mexico with several locations and is actually the sister company to TS TECNO who is mentioned above. This facility is also located in Pesqueria and as you can see is brand new, as a matter of fact so new that equipment is being installed as we speak. What is currently in operation is a very large stress relieving oven which is pictured. In the very near future a number of batch IQ furnaces are being installed most of which the company already has on site. Mexico is one of the fastest growing heat treating markets in the world and Technotrat and their sister companies are poised to take advantage of all of this new business. September 21, 2016.

From Left To Right; Juan Vega, Javier Gonzales, Eusebio Elizondo, Jorge
Viveros, Mario Chavez.

Vacuum Furnace Auction. Recently we worked with a major auction house to sell a large good condition (but unusual) vacuum furnace (PV-T Inc VBR-91Hx28Wx193D-9Z Cold Wall Vacuum Furnace ). Nice looking furnace but with very few potential buyers. Fast forward to today where we see the furnace did not sell and has an asking price of $35,000 which is basically scrap value. Sometimes the asking price doesn't matter if there is no demand. September 20, 2016.

Monday Morning Briefing. To start off our "Monday Morning Briefing we have this news item about Steve Cropper, a well known fellow in the industry having worked with companies such as Can-Eng Furnaces and H & S Heat Treating. "Park Thermal is pleased and excited to announce that Steve Cropper has joined the Park Team as Vice President of Sales.  Steve initially started his career with Park and added to his experience in the Commercial Heat Treating Field as well as working in Industrial Heat Treating Furnace sales.  Park Thermal International is the leading North American supplier of Heat Treating Technology with a proven track record of designing, manufacturing and installing Industrial Heat Treating Furnaces, Ovens and Thermal Processing Equipment new and reconditioned including Heat Treat Salts, Quenching Oils, Stainless Steel Foil, Endothermic Generator Catalyst etc. since 1938. Please stop in to meet with Steve at the Furnaces North America 2016 Show in Nashville, Tennessee from October 4 – 5, 2016 at Booth 433". Last week we visited Solar Atmospheres of Western PA., to look at what is quite possibly the world's largest vacuum furnace. We posted some photos and details about the installation last week-here are three more pictures again taken last week.

Gord Montgomery, Roger Jones
Titanium Forgings Ready For Processing
Thomas Wingens, Bob Hill, President Solar Atmospheres of Western PA

From North America we move to the UK for this press release about one of the largest commercial heat treaters in the country- Wallwork Group. "Surface engineering specialists, the Wallwork Group, return to Advanced Engineering in the Aero Engineering section Stand P51 Hall 3. The range of Wallwork heat treatments and hard coatings enables the company to offer clients choices to meet their technical and commercial objectives. This is backed by extensive R&D facilities to allow alternative processes to be fully evaluated and completely new techniques developed to address more unusual problems. Once developed, the company has extensive capacity to scale-up volume, whether the item is a small light weight pressing or a casting of several tonnes. With three sites in Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge, all staffed by skilled engineers with many years’ technical experience, the company provides a nationwide service for heat treatment, hard coatings and vacuum brazing with the assurance of independent accreditation". The photo below shows a brand new SECO/WARWICK vacuum furnace which will very shortly be in production. www.wallworkht.com

Since we are talking about the UK lets mention one other news item which we found interesting. Meltham Thermal Engineers (MTE) in Meltham, UK is expanding and part of this expansion includes a brand new Ipsen "T-4" batch IQ line which is being installed by Vacuum & Atmosphere Services. Apparently this is the first new batch IQ line in the UK since 2006 which is rather shocking. The new Ipsen T-4 furnace, is totally water free and with the new HYBRIDCARB generator built in to reduce footprint. The new HYBRIDCARB replaces the old gas generators, resulting in operational savings of up to 98%. The furnaces will be equipped with the latest version of Carbo-prof. We understand this is the first of two new Batch IQ lines for the company.

Bodycote/Haltom City, Texas. Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treating services provider, announces its plan to open a new Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas location in Haltom City. The existing Fort Worth business, on Montgomery Street, will be relocated due to redevelopment of the area. A new heat treatment facility is being constructed in Haltom City and a ground breaking ceremony took place at the new location on August 26, 2016, attended by The Honorable Mayor David Averitt and other Haltom City Council members. Bodycote is in a strong position to continue supporting its supply chain partners in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, with ample capacity and a diverse set of capabilities to meet their specific needs. The new facility will hold international quality standards including Nadcap, AS9100 and ISO9001, as well as OEM approvals. Bodycote has long served the aerospace, oil & gas and general industrial supply chains in the Dallas / Fort Worth marketplace. The Fort Worth facility will continue to operate from its Montgomery Street location until further notice. In addition, Bodycote is expanding service offerings at its Arlington, Texas facility. The company looks forward to continuing its investment in this market to ensure that customers experience local service with superior quality and turnaround time.

Bodycote recently acquired commercial heat treater Nitrex in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and we mentioned at the time that Mr. Mario Ciampini of Bodycote spearheaded this acquisition. We caught up with Mario last week and convinced his to do an interview for us which will be upcoming. In the meantime we have this photo from last week of Mario and Dale Montgomery of "The Monty".

Where are they Now? Brian Japuntich who was Heat Treatment Manager at United Gear and Assembly out in Wisconsin, USA has made a change and is now a Casting/Process Engineer at a company by the name of St. Croix Castings again in Wisconsin. Kind of odd that we have two news items from Wisconsin this week but here is the second. Brillion Iron Works in Calumet County, Wisconsin was recently bought by Metaldyne Performance Group who promptly announced they were closing the company and moving production to other areas. Foundries typically are more melting that heat treating, however the company had some in house heat treating and out sourced a great deal to local commercial heat treaters including Bluewater Thermal so this closing is going to hurt a few heat treaters.

Carbolite Gero Limited. Carbolite Gero Limited has successfully commissioned a laboratory high temperature furnace (LHTG 200-300/30-1G) to the University of Virginia. This graphite system has the capacity to heat to 3000°C (5432°F). Some other features include: high vacuum capacity, modified atmosphere and PLC control. The University of Virginia is the first University in North America to receive a Carbolite Gero 3000°C batch furnace. The furnace capabilities have been added to the Universities’ already impressive Material Science & Engineering department. The LHTG 200-300 was manufactured for Dr. Haydn Wadley and Christopher Kassner. The LHTG 200-300 will assist in their research into phase transformations and manufacturing methods for hierarchical silicon carbide structures. September 19, 2016.

IHEA. "IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course is scheduled to begin on Oct. 17, 2016.   This course is ideal for students who wish to take the course at home or work in a flexible web-based distance-learning format. It’s an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace.  The course offers an indispensable tool to industrial process heating operators and users of all types of industrial heating equipment.  In the instructor-led, interactive online course, students learn safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment, how to reduce energy consumption and ways to improve your bottom-line. This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating.  Students will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating, and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating.  For complete course description, visit www.ihea.org and click the Events tab to find the class.  Students will also earn PDH’s for passing the course. 

This course is led by industry expert, Max Hoetzl, retired Vice President of Surface Combustion.  Max brings more than 40 years’ experience in the combustion industry to IHEA's online course. This is a 6-week online course beginning on Oct. 17th.  Registration fee includes course instruction, live interaction with the trainer, class forums to interact with other students, plus an electronic copy of IHEA's Fundamentals of Process Heating Course Handbook.  Registration is open now through Oct. 14th, 2016 at www.ihea.org.  Click the Fundamentals of Industrial Heating Online Course button on the right side of the homepage.  Cost for IHEA members is $700 and non-members is $875."  September 19, 2016.

World's Largest Vacuum Furnace? We had the privilege Thursday, September 15th of seeing what is certainly the world's largest commercially available vacuum furnace and possibly the largest vacuum furnace in the world. The "Beast" as it has been described has an effective working length of 48' (yes feet or for our European readers roughly 16 meters) with a work capacity of 150,000 pounds and a maximum operating temperature of 2500F. The furnace was built by Solar Manufacturing of Souderton, PA and is installed and in operation at the Solar Atmospheres of Western, PA location in Hermitage, PA. A number of years back we marveled at their creation of a double ended 24' vacuum furnace, we marveled again at a unit twice the size. Please look closely at these photos as you will see in the one picture (with Jordan Montgomery in front) a load of titanium plate and sheet ready to be loaded-the value of this product we can't begin to guess at but it most be in the hundred of thousands of dollars if not the millions. The cost of this installation? $8 million USD for just the furnace and when you throw in the addition to the building and support costs you are looking at well over $10 million USD for what you are witnessing. We love all of these pictures (with more to come on Monday by the way) but our favorite is the picture of Bill Jones CEO of the Solar Group of Companies standing in the furnace as this more than any other photo we took yesterday gives you a true indication of the size of the system. September 16, 2016.

Bill Jones CEO of Solar Group of Companies, Gord Montgomery

Derek Dennis President of Solar Atmospheres California, Gord Montgomery

Jordan Montgomery

SSi Seminar/Portland, Oregon. The SSI traveling road show continues with a stop this week in Portland, Oregon arranged by our good friends Bob and Ben Grammer of Grammer Vacuum Technologies in Idaho. We have these comments and these photos of the event and the post session event (golfing) to show you. September 16, 2016.

"Jim Oakes, Bob Fincken, and Steven Christopher covered topics relating to heat treating control such as specifications (AMS 2750E, CQI-9), PID tuning, and control troubleshooting. The seminar was well-attended and judging by the large number of good comments afterward it was very much appreciated."

Ben Grammer, Bob Grammer, Jerry Shriner Met-Tek, Clackamas, Oregon

Alphacasting/Pyradia. Precision investment casting company Alphacasting in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada area is busy installing a new drop bottom oven which can be seen in the photo below. The unit was provided by Pyradia, a fast growing oven and furnace builder again in the Montreal area. Like most companies Alphacasting had considered a used system however there are never many good used drop bottoms on the market and at the end of the day the company decided to go with the reliability and guarantee of a brand new system. By the way there is a European connection here in that Pyradia is the North American licensee for Swiss furnace builder Codere and has built several systems. One that comes to mind which happened not that long ago was a Codere System 250 built by Pyradia for Koyo Bearings in Walhalla, SC. If you think about this it certainly promotes the case for globalization in that this was a successful installation; a Canadian company using Swiss technology provides a product for a US division of a Japanese company. September 15, 2016.

Expanite Surface Hardening of SS Press Release. "Expanite’s surface hardening for stainless steel is a GAME-CHANGER in the industry. Not only can parts be treated with extremely short lead times – in principle day-to-day, previously unseen within surface hardening of stainless steel – the outcome also sets new standards for wear and corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is the material of choice where corrosion and/or migration properties are of importance – thus well suited for the food & beverage processing industry. In many cases, however, the relatively soft surface of stainless steels is prone to excessive wear and/or galling. This is a major concern, especially in pumps where abrasive and corrosive media is handled.  Expanite has in recent months achieved a major breakthrough within the pump industry with German, North American and Japanese customers –by hardening both screw and positive displacement pump parts for the food & beverage industry. With Expanite, it’s possible to increase the surface hardness of stainless steels by a factor of 10, while maintaining or even improving corrosion resistance. This method is considered unique since it’s suitable for austenitic-, ferritic-, martensitic and duplex stainless steels. The Expanite process also significantly improves resistance against issues such as galling, cavitation erosion and abrasive wear. The Expanite treatment is a major benefit for many industries due to decrease downtime and thereby achieved cost savings." September 15, 2016.

ROHDE Schutzgasöfen GmbH/Hanau, Germany. Earlier this year we ranked German Furnace builder ROHDE as the tenth largest furnace builder in Europe. As it turns out growth has been rapid over the past couple of years so much so that the company will be moving into a brand new and much larger facility which is currently under construction as we can see in these photos. The new plant is located in Hanau which is centrally located in Germany being fairly close to Frankfurt. September 15, 2016.

Say it Ain’t So Dan! The Heat Treat Doctor. One of the best known individuals in the worldwide heat treating industry is Mr. Dan Herring, better known as “The Heat Treat Doctor”. A metallurgical engineer by background Dan has 45 years in the industry and numerous publications to his credit including Atmosphere Heat Treatment and Vacuum Heat Treatment. In addition to his publications and consulting practice we can vouch for the fact that Dan is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker having heard him speak a number of times over the years. As a matter of fact we would not hesitate one second to say that Dan is far and away the most successful consultant in the heat treating industry ever. While this is not the end of the line for Dan he has stated that he is stepping back quite a bit from his consulting business in favor of pursing his long time hobby-mathematics. Starting September 26th Dan will be heading to the University of Chicago for the fall semester where he will be pursing graduate work in mathematics. We very sincerely hope that we will continue to see Dan in the industry even if it is on a less regular basis. September 14, 2016.

PhoenixTM. "PhoenixTM have received an order for a ‘hot box’ system from a major aluminum extrusion supplier for homogenizing the cast aluminum logs from which the extrusions are produced. After casting logs are processed in a walking beam furnace, and to ensure all parts of the log adhere to the specified heat treatment recipe, thermocouples are set into test logs at varying depths to measure the temperature profile. Due to the rotation of the log in the furnace, long trailing thermocouples cannot be used, but the PhoenixTM system which attaches to, and rotates with the log, enables multiple thermocouple positions to be monitored throughout the process. Designed to be smaller than the overall log diameter so as not to impede its progress through the furnace, the ‘Hot Box’ system incorporates a rotating evaporative system to protect the data logger, which significantly enhances its thermal performance. For more information: sales@phoenixtm.com / www.phoenixtm.com" September 14, 2016.

The test log with ‘hot box’ system attached, being prepared for the furnace

SECO/WARWICK. "SECO/WARWICK is a proud sponsor of  ASM Heat Treating Society's "Heat Treat Mexico: Advanced Thermal Processing Technology Conference and Expo," scheduled for September 20-23, 2016 at the Fiesta Americana in Queretaro, Mexico. The conference has been organized to benefit maintenance supervisors, metallurgists and production engineering staff by introducing new technology for thermal processing. SECO/WARWICK, a leader of complete heat processing solutions will be sharing their expertise in advanced technologies designed for accelerated vacuum carburizing, PreNitLPC® technology, a new process that increases productivity by reducing cycle time.  SECO/WARWICK is a technology leader is a wide range of technologies including gas-fired fuel heating in nitriding, vacuum tempering and annealing processes. The Heat Treat Mexico Technology Conference program includes addition information on how these new methods can be integrated safely and economically into the production environment in Mexico. 

“We are seeing great progress in the adaptation of disruptive technologies in Mexico, and are pleased to participate in this event which brings together the best new ideas in technologies with the ASM International education platform,” remarked Jonathan Markley, SECO/WARWICK Managing Director. SECO/WARWICK will have featured speakers in attendance on the day 3 discussion, "Applications for Heat Treatment": Friday, September 23 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. “Pre-Nit Technology for Accelerated Vacuum Carburizing” in the Vacuum Carburizing track. 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. “Gas-fired Fuel Heating in Nitriding, Vacuum Tempering and Annealing” in the Bonus Nitriding track. SECO/WARWICK has been a sustaining member of ASM International and a Heat Treat Society member since 1984.  Learn more about the ASM Heat Treat Society and this year’s event at http://www.asminternational.org/web/hts/home." September 14, 2016.

H & M Metal Processing/Glendale, AZ. Commercial heat treater H & M based in Akron, Ohio specializes in what they call Black Nitriding a process which is perhaps better known as Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (or FNC). In certain applications such as gun barrels it is a process which is hard to beat and which has made H & M a successful and growing venture. So much so that the company is in the process of setting up a brand new location in Glendale, Arizona at the request of one of their larger customers which is why we mention them today. We wish the company the best of luck in their new venture. The paragraph below describes the company and what they do. September 13, 2016.

"H&M Metal Processing has been serving the needs of its heat treating customers since 1946. Located in Akron, Ohio, H&M has the capabilities to fill orders of any shape and size, accommodating loads from as light as an ounce to 2,500 lbs. Utilizing the process known as Black Nitriding, or Ferritic Nitrocarburizing, H&M can improve the operational capabilities of your components and help solve the problems of wear, lubricity and corrosion resistance. From performance racing to aerospace, firearm components to locomotive parts, H&M’s stringent quality testing process before, during and after treatment ensures the integrity of the product according to the requirements and specifications of its customers."

Are Electrical Heating Elements Tested? A visit to electrical heating element supplier Custom Electric in Wixom, Michigan last week (a company which we recently became involved with) provided us with enough knowledge of heating elements to be thoroughly dangerous. Amongst the interesting tidbits of information we received was one concerning whether heating elements are tested before being shipped and if not how do you know if the darn things actually work? Well the answer is it would be totally unfeasible and an economic killer to test every single design of heat element at temperature before shipping,however there is a very simple, reliable and fast method of testing-resistance testing of the element to ensure it is within spec. You can see exactly what we mean in the photos below, one showing final construction of an element, the other showing it being tested. So in the useless but still interesting trivia category you can answer correctly that heating elements are not tested at temperature but are tested by electrical resistance to ensure performance before being shipped. September 13, 2016.

SECO/WARWICK Brazil. Last week we had an announcement for COMBUSTOL in Brazil about how they were taking over the Brazilian operations of furnace builder SECO/WARWICK. Today we have a press release from SECO offering further details. September 13, 2016.

“We would like to inform you, that the SECO/WARWICK Group has sold its entire shares in SECO/WARWICK do Brasil Ltda. COMBUSTOL Equipamentos Indústria e Comércio Ltda. with its headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil is their acquirer. COMBUSTOL is one of the leading Brazilian technological companies, specializing in building complex thermal processing lines. Due to their strong market position, understanding of the local market and a good reputation, COMBUSTOL has been chosen as the business partner that will serve SECO/WARWICK customers in South America. SECO/WARWICK is finalizing the contract with COMBUSTOL covering technological, production and service support. Following this agreement COMBUSTOL will become a representative of SECO/WARWICK for South America. One of the key factors for the changes, is the economic situation in Brazil, which enforces this kind of consolidation activities. We are confident that combining the strengths of traditional and new technologies of the SECO/WARWICK Group with a strong, local presence of the enlarged COMBUSTOL Group in the Brazilian market, will be an excellent offer for all our existing and future customers."

Monday Morning Briefing. The big news to start off the week is that commercial heat treater Bodycote made an acquisition this past Friday with the announcement posted on our website Saturday morning. The acquisition was Nitrex Metal Technologies based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and it deserves a couple of comments. First this is Nitrex Metal Technologies as opposed to Nitrex Metal which was sold last year. While the technology is the same these are two completely separate companies. Nitrex Metal Technologies was owned by IMT Group which also owns H & S Heat Treating in Port Robinson, Ontario, Canada although nothing is changing at H & S. Nitrex Metal Technologies is a very impressive company, profitable, growing (sales are in the $10 million range) with little local competition and well run. We are impressed that Bodycote has made this acquisition and feel it is a very important acquisition for the company. As a foot note we understand that fellow Canadian Mr. Mario Ciampini of Bodycote took the lead on this project and did a very good job.

From Bodycote we move to captive heat treater Atlas Copco in Grand Prairie, Texas. Earlier this year it was announced that this facility would be closing with production moving to another location in Pennsylvania. The plant is indeed closing and while it is still in production everything in the large batch IQ department has been sold. When we mentioned this closing we speculated that this would be an investment in more furnaces for the location in PA however as it turns out the company is electing to outsource the heat treating. Speaking of captive heat treaters closing we told you that there are a lot of changes going on at Caterpillar with several locations slated to be closed. Two that will be closing by the end of the year which have in house heat treating departments are Thomasville, GA with an ALD Pusher furnace, etc. and the Morganton, NC plant which has a Holcroft Pusher and Batch Equipment.

Last week we visited furnace builder AFC-Holcroft in Wixom, Michigan. While new furnace orders are down this year the company has a pretty full shop as you can see in the photos below. To go with the pictures Tracy Dougherty, Sales Manager of AFC-Holcroft sent us this description. “There are two systems in process on our floor.  The first is a Roller Hearth Homogenizing Furnace for processing aluminum billets.  The complete system includes a multi-position loading table, a multi-position furnace, cooling station and multi-position unload table.  The second is also a roller hearth T6 Solution Heat Treat Line, which will be used for processing aluminum forgings for the automotive industry.  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.  Both systems include AFC-Holcroft’s Remote Diagnostic Service™.  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”.

We have this press release from furnace builder SECO/WARWICK. The complete press release can be found at https://www.secowarwick.com/ Seco Warwick Champions 2016 are Polish companies, in close cooperation with customers from many countries, who offer their solutions in every corner of the world and have achieved global success. These are also the companies whose specific technologies are not known to a wider audience. "We are happy with this nomination, because it recognizes the company's activities in terms of international business expansion. SECO/WARWICK has been successfully implementing its mission through a long-term presence in the key global metallurgical markets and cooperation with the world’s leaders of modern industry," says Global Marketing Director of SECO/WARWICK Group, Katarzyna Sawka”.

Therm-Tech Fall Heat Treat Expo. Commercial heat treater Therm-Tech out in Wisconsin is having their annual heat treat expo and would like you to attend. “Therm-Tech is holding their Fall 2016 Heat Treat Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next month on October 6th (Thursday). We will be having some BIG names presenting, including Alro Steel, Hitachi Metals, Bohler-Uddeholm & more! More info here: http://www.thermtech.net/2016-fall-heat-treating-expo Those who would like to attend should email sales@thermtech.net as soon as possible as there are limited spots available”. September 12, 2016.

BODYCOTE ACQUIRES NITREX METAL TECHNOLOGIES. SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 — Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, announced today that it has acquired Nitrex Metal Technologies. Nitrex Metal Technologies specializes in precision gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing in both batch and continuous forms. Continuous gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing are unique in the industry and are particularly suited to high-volume automotive work. The addition of Nitrex Metal Technologies to the Bodycote Group broadens the range of thermal processing services that Bodycote offers, which already range from conventional atmosphere heat treatments like batch IQ, vacuum, and induction to more exotic specialty technologies like LPC, BoroCote®, and Corr-I-Dur®.  Dan McCurdy, President of Bodycote Automotive and General Industrial Heat Treating in North America and Asia, commented that “Nitrex Metal Technologies is a great addition to the Bodycote Group. Along with the rest of Bodycote’s existing service offerings, this acquisition really cements our position as the go-to expert source for all things nitriding”.

About Bodycote; With more than 170 accredited facilities in 21 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com .
September 10, 2016.

Brazil, COMBUSTOL Equipment, SECO/Warwick. On a personal level we at "The Monty", really, really like Brazil, however as the world knows the Brazilian economy is not doing well these days which means captive and commercial heat treating in the country is not setting the world on fire. Having said that this makes for an interesting development in the heat treating industry in Brazil. September 9, 2016.

"With great pleasure we announce that  COMBUSTOL Equipment Division has incorporated SECO/WARWICK of Brazil thus taking control of its operations effective September 1/2016. Thus COMBUSTOL Equipment Division is now operating as the exclusive representative of European based SECO/WARWICK S.A., in Brazil and throughout South America providing technical assistance, spare parts and components as well as sales and manufacturing of equipment with the latest technology currently available while further expanding the current range of products. COMBUSTOL will formalize the relationship through a technological and industrial cooperation agreement. Mr. Aparecido Donizetti and Mr. Aparicio Freitas will be leading this merge and business unit".

Solar Atmospheres/Vacuum Pump Services Corp. "Within the Solar Atmospheres group of companies, we have over one hundred mechanical vacuum roughing pumps and mechanical holding pumps.  Of our fleet of furnaces, some are aging, still in operation even at 30-plus years old.  Mechanical pump life is on the order of five to ten years, depending on usage.  So it became necessary to establish our own vacuum pump service center, which we have named Vacuum Pump Services Corp.  Currently, there are three employees:  Bob Sandora, Vice President of Operations, a longtime Solar Atmospheres employee, with over 40 years of mechanical vacuum pump experience, and Steve MacInnes, Manager of Operations, with 15 years of mechanical vacuum pump experience, and another recent pump technician. According to William R. Jones, CEO of the Solar Atmospheres family of companies, “We know vacuum pumps:  when to have the pumps serviced, and how to service them correctly.  This is the base reason for establishing our own organization.  We have also serviced pumps for other organizations, even including our competitors.  So we are eager to share our knowledge and expertise, and to offer our services broadly across industry.” For additional information about Vacuum Pump Services Corp., visit www.vacpumpservices.com." September 9, 2016.

Ipsen/Furnaces North America. "Building upon a legacy of innovation, Ipsen will provide an in-depth look at their latest technologies and advancements during Furnaces North America (FNA) 2016. From cutting-edge predictive maintenance capabilities to advanced vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating systems, Ipsen will highlight real-life customer experiences and innovations throughout time.

Join Ipsen at booth #201/203 for an interactive tour experience and a live demo of the PdMetrics® software platform for predictive maintenance. The PdMetrics platform provides the power of going beyond maintenance and gaining more control. It securely connects to a network of integrated sensors on the furnace to provide real-time diagnostics that improve the health and integrity of heat treatment equipment. As a result, users can make faster, more informed decisions when it matters most. Attendees can also receive a $10 Starbucks or Subway gift card* for downloading the Ipsen Innovation Tour: FNA 2016 mobile app by midnight on October 3, 2016. This app will allow attendees to take part in an immersive and interactive tour experience at Ipsen’s booth, as well as enter for a chance to win an iPad and other prizes. During FNA 2016, Ipsen expert, Jim Grann, will also present PdMetrics® Case Studies: Implementing Predictive Maintenance in the Thermal Processing Industry. Download the app today and learn more about how Ipsen is continuing their legacy of innovation at www.IpsenUSA.com/GetApp." September 9, 2016.

Bill St. Thomas/Interview. Today we have an interview with a fellow who knows as much about the North American heat treating market as anybody out there-Mr. Bill St. Thomas of AFC-Holcroft. We appreciate his comments and particularly enjoy his thoughts about the most successful furnace designs of all time and the least successful furnace design. September 8, 2016.

1)      Bill I am always curious-how did you get started in the heat treating industry?

Gord,  I guess it was in by blood.  My grandfather and father were both tool and die makers. My father worked at Ford for 37 years.  One of my uncles owns a cutting tool shop now based in CA and is still working today.  Another was a refractory contractor and I spent my summers and holidays during college relining furnaces in most of the foundries, forge and commercial shops in the Midwest.   After I graduated I was offered an engineering job with Ford, but chose to join Lindberg Furnace in 1976 as a regional salesman.            

2)      What furnace/oven builders have you worked with over the last 40 years?

I have worked for several and always as a direct employee and based in the Detroit area. I started with Lindberg Furnace and enjoyed selling just about every type of thermal processing equipment available, which included: atmosphere, vacuum, and Induction.   I also spent many years selling large scale Alum HT systems for Despatch, MOCO Thermal and CEC.  I sold vacuum furnace systems for Ipsen, ECM, and Seco Warwick. Currently with Aichelin and back in the Atmosphere market, I am looking forward to working with the AFC/ Holcroft team.  

3)      Your experience selling furnaces and ovens now spans over 40 years-what has changed as far as selling and marketing the equipment or is it pretty much the same as it’s always been?

I would say it has changed quite a lot in both.  Years ago marketing was primarily done by mailing or delivering brochures directly to customers or advertising in magazines and exhibiting at trade shows. Now days you can send a photo, brochure, drawing, or video to thousands of potential customers via the internet.  For selling it has become more of a team effort than in the past.  Years ago a field salesman would be in front of a customer far more that today. For one territories are much larger and customers don’t have the time to meet without an active project.  Projects today are much more involved that just selling a furnace.  Most customers now what to purchase a “system” which typically includes the equipment upstream and downstream from the basic furnace.  Sample testing, process validation, material handling, automation, data retrieval, facility layout and turnkey installation are now  key parts of getting orders and requires a team of people not just one person.  However honesty, trust and individual relationships still remain as the key factors in getting orders and that will never change. Continue Reading.

SSI. "Controls Company SSI held a technical seminar in Shanghai China last week.  The focus was on industry specifications and technology used in heat treating applications.  There was a wide group of attendees from commercial heat treaters to global manufacturing companies with in-house heat treating.  This model of these technical seminars is not new to SSI, they have been doing these for years focusing on non-commercial education of how the industry addresses requirements and great troubleshooting tips for atmosphere and controls.  A little closer to home, they are hosting the 4th North American seminar of 2016 in Portland Oregon next week". September 8, 2016.

Jim Oakes (SSI US) and Howard Wang (SSI China) presenting in attached photo during seminar on Wednesday of last week.

Bodycote Huntington Park, California, Fire Incident. "BODYCOTE HUNTINGTON PARK FIRE INCIDENT. MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — On Saturday, September 3, a fire occurred at the Bodycote Huntington Park, California facility. Bodycote is working closely with the local fire department which is investigating the incident. As a result of the fire, electrical power to the site is currently interrupted, with a small section of the plant inoperable. Fortunately, all employees are safe and there is no environmental impact.  The majority of heat treating equipment at the plant is undamaged, and the facility is expected to be up and running in a relatively short time. Bodycote is working directly with its customers to ensure continuity of service for their orders.  All employees at the plant are receiving the full support from Bodycote management during this period"

To this press release from Bodycote we will add that this is a very impressive facility as you can see from the photos below which were taken when we visited the plant just a few short years ago. The local news reports about the fire can be seen here http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Fire-Burns-Commercial-Building-in-Huntington-Park-392264371.html September 7, 2016.

Hephaestus Award/ John Hubbard. "The Hephaestus Award will be bestowed during Nitriding Symposium 4 (http://www.nitriding.info) to Mr. John Hubbard, P.E. for his contribution to the development of heat treating worldwide. Mr. Hubbard devoted his entire career to the thermal processing industry and was a driving force behind the remarkable growth story of Bodycote, the world’s leading provider of thermal processing services. Under his leadership, Bodycote expanded rapidly from a UK-focused heat treater to the preeminent global company. He made over 200 acquisitions before retiring to return to the United States in 2009. Mr. Hubbard didn’t stay away for too long. Earlier this year, he came out of retirement to return to the heat treating business, working with Calvert Street, a private US investment firm, both as an investor and a board member. The Hephaestus Award recognizes contributions made by academic and industrial researchers and industry leaders to the field of heat treating that have had an impact on surface engineering, materials science, and industrial processes or production techniques". September 7, 2016.

Tuesday Morning Briefing. Due to the North American Labor Day holiday our Monday Morning Briefing has just become our Tuesday Morning Briefing. In the UK VAS (Vacuum & Atmosphere Services) has this press release. We have added a photo to go with the news item as this is a furnace we are very familiar with and well aware of where it is going.

"VAS are pleased to announce the sale of a re-conditioned TAV vacuum furnace to a Mexican based company. The TAV furnace will be fully refurbished, including new control system, designed and installed by VAS. The hot zone will be upgraded to include improved gas guidance system and molybdenum element support hangers. VAS Engineers will travel to Mexico to install and commission during September". September 6, 2016.

Captive heat treater Aerojet Rocketdyne down in Florida has this to say about changes in their heat treating department. "Aerojet Rocketdyne has updated its West Palm Beach, FL, facility with the turnkey installation of a SECO/WARWICK custom engineered box furnace for brazing and heat-treating rocket parts and assemblies. The various rocket engines sealed within Aerojet Rocketdyne's retort can weigh up to 5,000 pounds per load, including the retort. This unit replaces an older furnace, improving the overall operation with new technology that makes the furnace easier to control with economical operation and with improved temperature uniformity. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a diversified company delivering solutions for its customers in the aerospace and defense and real estate markets. The company is an aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets".

Atlas Copco Acquires Leybold GmbH. "Effective as of September 1, 2016, Atlas Copco AB (Stockholm, Sweden) owns the former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH, renamed Leybold GmbH. Founded in 1873, Atlas Copco is a global player with more than 43,000 employees in over 180 countries. Leybold becomes part of the Vacuum Solutions Division, belonging to the Compressor Technique Business Area, with approximately 6,500 employees represented in over 35 countries".  The news item below which we ran back in July concerns a number of large, used Surface Batch IQ Furnaces we ran across in Singapore of all places. To cut a long story short a couple of used equipment dealers in North America partnered up and the furnaces are now on their way to North America. Dumping this many large batch IQ's in an already slow furnace market is not going to make any of the new furnace builders very happy. "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".

From Furnace and Oven builder Thermcraft in NC, USA we have two press releases. "Thermcraft is pleased to introduce Mr. Bill Thomson as our new General Manager.  Bill will be responsible for day to day operations that foster an environment for positive growth and development within the Thermcraft organization.  Bill brings a manufacturing and management experience from a variety of industries including 20 years  of thermal processing, manufacturing and management in the furnace and oven industry. Bill is a welcome addition to Thermcraft. Bill can be reached at bthomson@thermcraftinc.com. Please join us in welcoming Bill to the Thermcraft team, where customer service is our #1 priority!"

"Thermcraft is pleased to introduce Mr. Scott Miller as our new North American Sales Manager.  Scott will have responsibility for developing Thermcraft's market presence as well as assisting in the marketing strategy for both the US and Canadian markets.  With nearly 8 years of thermal processing and sales experience in the furnace and oven industry, Scott can help to find the thermal processing solution that best fits your needs. Scott can be reached at smiller@thermcraftinc.com. Please join us in welcoming Scott to the Thermcraft team, where customer service is our #1 priority!"

ThermoFusion Acquires Edwards Heat Treating. This press release comes from family owned commercial heat treater ThermoFusion located out in Hayward, California.

"Lee Edwards, the 3rd generation owner of Edwards Heat Treating, has decided to retire and merge his heat treating company into ThermoFusion. We've known Lee, his dad and uncle, and their dad, for well over 40 years, and we're happy to help him move into the next phase of his life! Edwards Heat Treating will cease to exist on August 31. We're reaching out to all the Edwards' customers to welcome them to their new home. If we haven't contacted you yet, please feel free to give us a call.  For comparisons, Edwards Heat Treating had about 7 employees, ThermoFusion has about 30. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We perform vacuum and hydrogen heat treating as well as all the methods Edwards used. And we offer a complete line of brazing and metal joining services". September 2, 2016.

Goodwin Heat Treat/Edmonton, Alberta. We have spoken quite a bit about the hard times for heat treaters involved in the oil and gas industries down in the Texas and Louisiana areas however we have said little about another area devastated by the downturn in oil prices, Alberta, Canada. Home of the "oil sands" Alberta rises and falls as the price of oil fluctuates. Unfortunately the downturn is taking its toll on heat treaters with result that long established commercial heat treater Goodwin recently went bankrupt with all the equipment being sold off just a couple of weeks ago. September 2, 2016.

GKN Sinter Metals/Salem, Indiana. This plant makes the news today as it has a reasonably large in house heat treating department (mainly sintering) and our understanding is that it will be expanded as part of this investment. September 2, 2016.

“GKN Sinter Metals has announced plans to expand its operations in Salem, Indiana, USA. The company will invest over $6.9 million to update equipment and renovate its facility, creating up to 24 new jobs by 2020. GKN Sinter Metals stated that the new equipment will allow increased production of eight-speed and ten-speed automotive transmission components. The first round of the new enhanced equipment was installed this year, with the second phase scheduled to begin in 2017. In addition, the company plans to make both interior and exterior enhancements to its existing building, which includes a new innovation room to showcase current advanced manufacturing technologies. “In order to continue increasing our sales, it’s important for us to expand our product offering as customer demands change,” stated Jai Perumal, plant manager at GKN Sinter Metals. “In order to exceed our customers’ expectations, we want to continue investing in equipment and technology that results in quality products. As a leader in both the manufacturing and automotive industry, Indiana continues to be a great place for GKN to grow its footprint.” GKN Sinter Metals’ facility in Salem mainly produces automotive engine and transmission parts for customers who include Ford, General Motors, Allison Transmissions, Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Chrysler”.

WS GmbH (Gas Burners). We have never claimed to be experts on gas burners and quite frankly admit that we know just enough to be dangerous. Having said that we have been running across the name WS in association with gas burners more and more often these days-as a matter of fact if memory serves us correctly we have seen WS burners on recent Can Eng Furnace installs. Be that as it may the company has sent us these interesting comments. September 1, 2016.

"WS GmbH located in Renningen, Southern Germany is a well-known manufacturer of energy efficient and low emission gas burners. Since 1997 the company is present in the US with its own subsidiary, WS Inc. located in Lorain, OH. WS burners are used in all kinds of furnaces, from small box furnaces, vacuum furnaces, and roller hearth furnaces, all the way up to large horizontal and vertical annealing/galvanizing lines. One of the newest innovations, the REKUMAT® CS, is a burner with a ceramic and an additional gap-flow recuperator to further increase its efficiency. WS now announced that the new burner is quickly picking up significant market shares. Shortly after its release, WS already sold several hundred pieces, mainly to be used in new furnaces for the automotive industry located around the world. A typical example of these furnaces would use between 26 and 50 burners in single ended alloy or ceramic radiant tubes and operates at temperatures around 1,750 F. The SiSiC ceramic components can withstand temperatures up to 2,300 F and thus are a very competitive and well proven alternative for applications that were previously limited to electric heating. "

SECO/WARWICK 25 Bar Vacuum Furnace. This photo shows the 25 Bar High Pressure Gas Quench vacuum furnace which is just about ready to ship to Heat Treatment Australia-their Brisbane facility. Apparently it is only the third of its kind ever to be built. Cool! September 1, 2016.



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