Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Q&A with Adam Jacobson

What’s a typical day like for you at JN Machinery? We’re a small company, so, it really depends on what’s going on as far as...

Combatting undesirable NMTP formations

Whether formed during a conventional quench and tempering process, carburizing, or induction hardening, non-martensitic transformation products (NMTP) are widely considered undesirable microstructural features. However,...

A technical guide to quenching

From a quality perspective, verification of the conformance of quench requirements can be accomplished by examining a furnace chart that shows the quench trend....

Thermal triplets: PM, sintering, and case hardening

From my experience, powder metals (PM), sintering, and case hardening are three processes that could be said to be joined at the hip. More...

The importance of contract review

Within any aspect of our business structure, understanding the specific requirements needed to produce product that conforms to customer requirements is important. These requirements...

Enhanced properties of metal matrix nanocomposites

Application of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced metal matrix nanocomposite (MMNC) has been increasing rapidly since the discovery of CNT in the 1990s. These novel...

Q&A with Steve Mueller

What does Praxair do for the heat-treat industry? Praxair produces and sells industrial gases, such as nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, and helium. Our main focus for...

How to keep decarburization in check

The performance of heat-treated steel components is largely dependent on the condition of their surface. Wear and fatigue resistance are examples of design criteria...

Method means comparing checklists vs. procedure

Whether commercial heat-treating or captive, procedures are essential to the production of conforming product and its repeatability. Procedures can be challenging to write at...

Q&A with Eric Ford

What does Graphite Metallizing Corporation do for the heat-treat industry? Graphite Metallizing Corporation makes a product called Graphalloy. It’s basically a graphite/metal alloy, that we...

How did we get where we are today?

Having worked in the heat-treating industry for 58 years, I agreed in January 2011 to write a monthly column about all things heat-treating for...

Heat-treatment of modified 9CrMo steel

The modified 9CrMo steels, such as Grade 91, Grade 92, and HT9, are materials of choice for fossil-fuel-fired power plants and Next Generation Nuclear...

Process quality control in heat treatment

In thermal processing, process quality control is imperative to produce and control conforming product and overall conformance. In this article we will be examining...

Q&A with Matthias Pascher

What is your role at Buehler? I am the product manager for our hardness testing equipment within Buehler. Buehler is a global supplier of apparatus for...

Process control is vital to heat-treating

The definition of process control can only be defined by the experience of the per-son to whom the query is presented. Everyone involved in...

Quality management is vital in heat-treating

Quality management in the thermal-processing industry is essential to not only conformance, but also as a check-and-balance to both systems and operations. Quality at...

The big gamble: Electric vehicles or bust

There’s a big gamble going on in Detroit, and I don’t mean at Greektown Casino; it’s at the big three automakers. All have, in...

Q&A with Roseanne Brunello

What do you and Mountain Rep do for the heat-treat industry? Mountain Rep is a manufacturing rep firm that has been in business for 35...

Retained austenite significant for strength, toughness

The role of retained austenite (RA) and the magnitude of its influence on the performance of steel components are continually debated. Depending on the...

Carburizing today: The secrets to predicting success

Predicting the outcome for today’s various carburizing processes requires different procedures and processes. Carburizing today is performed by two primary processes, at or above atmospheric...
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