January 2018


Company Profile: Vacuum Pump Services Corporation

Vacuum Pump Services offers quality vacuum pump repair, rebuilds, and reconditioning with customer satisfaction its main goal.

Kenneth Carter

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

Reliable Vacuum Supply for Plasma Nitriding

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

Uli Merkle


Quality Counts: Understanding Gas Composition

Evaluating furnace atmospheres for proper gas composition is the key to desired performance results

Jim Oakes

Metal Urgency: Distortion during heating

Minimizing distortion involves more than just optimizing cooling

Lee Rothleutner

Hot Seat: Carbon: Essential element or too much...

52100: Simple, yet it embraces carbon’s two-way benefit to steel

Jack Titus

Maintenance Matters: Handling temperature...

Four essential maintenance steps for preserving temperature uniformity in your atmosphere furnace

Ipsen USA

Q&A: Rick Diekman

Owner and President of Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.


GKN confirms plans for sale of Powder Metallurgy business

GKN plc has confirmed that it will look to divest GKN Powder Metallurgy, comprising GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes, within the next 12-18 months as part of its new business strategy to transform the company, including the sale of non-core segments. The new strategy announcement comes in...

March 8, 2018

New apps for E1500 portable emissions analyzer

The E1500 hand-held combustion emissions analyzer by E Instruments International is a new, rugged unit with the ability to measure CO & O2 from high efficiency and condensing boilers, burners, engines, turbines, kilns, furnaces, incinerators and other industrial combustion...

March 8, 2018

Mazak to showcase Hybrid Multi-Tasking at RAPID + TCT

Mazak will present the company’s HYBRID approach to additive manufacturing at this year’s RAPID + TCT Conference and Expo April 23–26 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. At the event, in booth 2004, Mazak engineers will demonstrate how the Mazak...

March 8, 2018

IHEA Events

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association recently announced several events. They include: Powder Coating and Curing Seminar, February 20 and 21: Alabama Power in Calera, Alabama. This seminar is presented by the Chemical Coaters Association and the IHEA IRED Division. IHEA Annual Meeting,...

February 12, 2018

Upcoming IHEA events

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association recently announced several events. They include: Powder Coating and Curing Seminar, February 20 and 21: Alabama Power in Calera, Alabama. This seminar is presented by the Chemical Coaters Association and the IHEA IRED Division. IHEA Annual Meeting,...

January 29, 2018

Industry welcomes concept of new trade fair with CastForge

A meeting of interested parties in Stuttgart provided valuable ideas as Messe Stuttgart presented the concept of CastForge, the new trade fair for castings and forgings as well as their machining, to interested companies within the framework of several rounds of talks. There was good feedback from...

January 19, 2018

Conrad Kacsik delivers cost-effective control panel retrofit

The thought of replacing costly systems on industrial furnaces can be daunting. Capital expenses can easily reach into the millions, and aging equipment is often made obsolete by process changes or lack of manufacturer support. Allied Machine & Engineering (AMEC) of Dover, Ohio, a manufacturer...

January 19, 2018

Ipsen announces 2018 schedule for heat-treatment training

Ipsen will host another series of Ipsen U classes throughout 2018. Designed to teach heat-treatment fundamentals while also sharing best practices and new methods, Ipsen U is a three-day course where attendees can gain hands-on experience. Courses are available April 3-5, June 5-7, August 7-9, and...

January 19, 2018

Lindberg/MPH Ships hot stamping furnace to automotive supplier

Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an electrically heated three-chamber batch furnace to an automotive supplier. This multiple chamber furnace system will be used to preheat steel blanks to be used for hot stamping structural automotive components. The usage of multiple independent chambers...

January 19, 2018

500° F special cabinet oven from Grieve

No. 994 is a 500°F (260°C) special cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for heating the end of long parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven are a tapered 10” at front and 20” at rear wide x 20” deep x 21” high. 9KW are installed...

January 19, 2018

Gruenberg Oven reports steady growth in 2017

2017 was a strong year for Gruenberg Oven, a division of TPS, in the pharmaceutical, medical, and lab animal science industries. Gruenberg has seen a steady increase in sales to the pharmaceutical industry of pharmaceutical sterilizers and granulation dryers used for drug manufacturing....

January 19, 2018

U.S. launch for specialty cordierite ceramics

IPS Ceramics USA has announced that one of the brand-new lines being launched at Ceramics Expo 2018 (May 1-3, 2018, Cleveland, Ohio) will feature two types of cordierite ceramic. Cordierite ceramics are well known for their exceptional resistance to thermal shock. They are often used for...

January 19, 2018

Lindberg/MPH ships 1,200° C tube furnace

Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of a 1,200° C single zone tube furnace to a manufacturer of electronic components. The 1,200° C tube furnace offers exceptional radial and linear temperature uniformity, process repeatability, rapid heat-up and response, and requires minimal maintenance....

January 19, 2018

Ipsen granted U.S. patent for advanced loader design

Ipsen was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,719,149 B2 for the development of a new load transport mechanism that can move a load within a multi-station heat-treating system. Chief Engineer Craig Moller, Director of Engineering and Supply Chain Kevin Woerner, and Dr. W. Hendrik Grobler — the...

January 19, 2018

Nutec Bickley acquires Olson Industries

Nutec Bickley (Monterrey, Mexico), the international leader in the design and manufacture of innovative and efficient industrial furnaces, ovens, ceramic kilns, and combustion systems, recently announced the key asset acquisition of Olson Industries (Burgettstown, PA, USA). This major move will...

January 19, 2018

Intercoat®Chemguard is a new type of corrosion protection

Permanent corrosion protection is more effective and less expensive than standard heavy-zinc galvanize. A leading coil coater and manufacturer of proprietary coating chemistries has recently introduced InterCoat®ChemGuard, a new type of corrosion protection for galvanized steel. InterCoat...

January 19, 2018

Ceramaterials adds Industrial Furnace Specialties

Ceramaterials recently announced the signing of its newest representative, Industrial Furnace Specialties (IFS) providing coverage for Texas and the bordering states of Louisiana and Oklahoma. IFS is a family-owned business out of Justin, Texas, started 13 years ago by owner and founder Randy...

January 19, 2018

UPC Pro app designed as heat-treater’s reference guide

UPC Pro is a go-to app for calculations relating to alloy factor, carbon/oxygen, endo generator, nitriding, nitrogen-methanol, resistance thermometers, shim test, thermocouple conversion, and Waukee Flo-meter. The app is intended to serve as a reference in the course of a heat-treater’s daily...

January 19, 2018