AFC-Holcroft celebrates 100 years as the U.S. market leader in the production of industrial furnace equipment for ferrous and nonferrous metals.
For an industry that is key to the performance of many everyday products, creating more higher education programs in heat treating and metallurgy is essential.
Using the advantages of open die forging combined with the near-net shape capability of closed die forging, the forging process can be tailored to optimize time and cost savings.
A new concept has been developed for a single-piece flow case hardening system that adjusts to the size and shape of a particular gear in order to minimize distortion and ensure ideal repeatability of results.
Supplying heat-treated forgings with Charpy impact specifications requires special attention to sulfur content in each heat of steel, even if the levels are within material specification limits.
The finite element method can provide insights needed by engineers to calibrate thermal processes, whether it’s carburizing or nitriding, and maximize the benefits of the heat treatment.
The selected examples show how thermal process modeling is being used in commercial applications for analyzing and improving heat treatment processes.
In the carburizing process, the carbon diffusion determines the carbon concentration gradient and hardness profile in the case of the workpiece.
For proper seal and functionality, doors are the furnace’s most critical component.