Thursday, October 17, 2019


September 2018

Additive manufacturing and gas technology applications

As the demand for additive manufacturing (AM) products has steadily increased, so have the many enabling technologies including laser powder bed fusion, laser metal deposition (LMD), wire arc additive manufacturing, thermal spraying, and electron beam melting (EBM). All of these rely — directly or indirectly — on industrial gases such as nitrogen, argon, and helium. […]
Akin Malas, Grzegorz Moroz

Plasma/ion nitriding for enhancing component properties

Thermochemical surface treatments, such as plasma/ion nitriding, are effective ways of enhancing the mechanical properties of ferrous and titanium alloy parts [1, 2]. Through the thermochemical treatment, compound zone and/or diffusion layers are formed that reduce wear, friction, bending, and rolling contact fatigue (RCF). Additionally, with the sufficiently thick compound zone, corrosion resistance properties can […]
Dr. Edward Rolinski, Mikel Woods, Rich Johnson

Using vanadium alloys

Vanadium is a commonly used alloying element in high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels because it improves strength and wear resistance through the precipitation of vanadium carbonitrides. The use of vanadium in powder metallurgy (PM) steels has so far been limited. A previous study demonstrated that by using a vanadium alloyed PM steel, the total […]
Roland T. Warzel III, Bo Hu, Amber Neilan, Madison Milligan

July 2018

Induction hardening of cast irons

The success in induction hardening of cast irons and repeatability of obtained results are greatly affected by a potential variation of matrix carbon content.

Valery Rudnev

Getting the thermal treat results you want

How aggressive quenching and other drivers lead to high performance

Scott Wade, E. Buddy Damm, Matt Widders, Paul Petrovic, Krich Sawamiphakdi

Gas carburization techniques

A comparison of conventional and accelerated methods for surface hardening

Aaron Flesher

May 2018

Customized, modern process control system saves time, money

When a manufacturer of fasteners and fastening system components needed a more reliable process control system, it turned to Conrad Kacsik for an upgrade that would work with its older hardware.

Patrick Dunn

Heat treatment of PM parts by hot isostatic pressing

Several advantages can be seen by using pre-stressed wire-wound hot isostatic presses for consolidating of metal powder.

Anders Eklund, Magnus Ahlfors

Filler metal control in sinter brazing

The control of the filler metal at the braze joint of a sinter brazed product has significant impact on the quality and yield of complex shapes.

Kyle Bear, Glenn Rishel, Brian Smith, Stephen Feldbauer

March 2018

Noise in instrumentation circuits

How to control and understand “noise,” as well as installation considerations.

Vlad Fedorchak

Benefits of graphite and C/C fixturing

More heat-treating engineers are making the switch to graphite fixturing using carbon composite materials.

Erica Hillebrand, James J. McAllister II

Temperature and accuracy

Three basic steps that can help in selecting the right thermocouple wire.

Vlad Fedorchak

January 2018

Reliable Vacuum Supply for Plasma Nitriding

Plasma nitriding is becoming more and more important for heat treatment.

Uli Merkle

Cryogenic process and application to ferrous alloy

Cryogenics or sub-zero treatment is the third parameter required to achieve maximum hardness in ferrous alloys.

Jack Titus

Selecting Industrial Vacuum Pumps

An analytical guide to the down-select process.

Christopher Estkowski