Determining the agitation needed in a quench tank

In this column, I will review the basic requirements of agitation, and illustrate a method of determining the right amount of agitation. Recently, a customer...

More World Congress details available

The ASM Heat Treating Society (HTS) and the International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) proudly present the highly anticipated 29th IFHTSE...

Registration open for IHEA’s Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT

Registration is open for the Industrial Heating Equipment Association’s (IHEA) Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT October 28-30 at the Conrad Indianapolis. Attendance for this distinctive...

The art of leading the heat-treat team

Leadership is about guiding the team toward the best opportunities and taking action toward getting the required task done. But success can come down...

The journey toward decarbonization

Decarbonization. Sustainability. Carbon neutral. These are definitely the latest buzz words flying around the industrial heating industry, and everywhere else for that matter. The...

ECHT 2024 to focus on processes, tech for sustainable future

The ECHT 2024 Conference and the 50th Annual A3TS Congress will be together in Toulouse, France, June 5-7, 2024. The focus will be on...

Metal plasticity in manufacturing

Understanding the plastic behavior of steel plays a crucial role in manufacturing. From raw billet to parts in service, some form of plastic deformation...

Polymer quenchants and corrosion of aluminum

When slow quenching 2024 aluminum, this alloy is susceptible to intergranular corrosion. Two common quenchants, water and AMS 3025 PAG type quenchants, are compared. Introduction Heat...

Q&A with James P. Adams

PowderMet2024, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 16-19, will be a hub of technology transfer for professionals from every part of the powder metallurgy and metal...

IHEA’s Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT scheduled for October

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) recently announced the Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT on October 28-30 at the Conrad Indianapolis. “Forging a Sustainable Path for...

Thermal expansion of mineral oil quenchants

In this column, I will discuss the thermal expansion of oil. This information is primarily important for initial fills of a quench tank. Introduction Oil, when...

Feeling the heat to reduce your carbon footprint

Whether it is the government, management, or simply general public pressure, it seems like everyone in our industry is being asked to reduce their...

Podgornik to be awarded IFHTSE Fellowship at Lecce conference

Prof. Bojan Podgornik, head of the Materials and Technology department at the Institute of Metals and Technology and Professor at the University of Ljubljana,...

Feeling the heat to reduce your carbon footprint

Whether it is the government, management, or simply general public pressure, it seems like everyone in our industry is being asked to reduce their...

Q&A with John Ludeman

Advanced Heat Treat Corp recently renewed its Nadcap accreditation in heat treating. Why was this important? It is important to Advanced Heat Treat to have...

Achieving consistent quality is a slow, steady process

In a world that asks for more, what we sometimes need is less. I’m currently back in school, working on a Ph.D. in Industrial...

Member spotlight: Chiz Bros. provides exceptional customer service and engineering expertise

Chiz Bros. Refractory & Insulation Specialists is excited to become a member of IHEA this year. Founded in 1968, the company began as a contractor in...

The effect of catalysts on quench oil oxidation

In the last column, I discussed the effect of temperature on the oxidation of a quench oil. As was alluded to in my last...

Q&A with Dante Molle

What does Aerospace Compliance Software (ACS) do for the heat-treat industry? The goal of ACS is to streamline the process of completing and managing your...

Tadashi Furuhara to be given IFHTSE medal at World Congress

IFHTSE Medal will be awarded to Prof. Tadashi Furuhara of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. The citation reads: “For his life-time achievement in the physical...

IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating course starts April 8

The Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course has been a successful source of high-level learning for those in the industrial heat-processing industry...

Effect of temperature on oxidation of oil quenchants

In this column, I will discuss the effect of temperature on the oxidation behavior of martempering oil used for distortion control. Introduction Martempering oils are used...

Q&A with Joe Coleman

What Is CMMC 2.0? CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. CMMC 2.0 is a contractual requirement for any non-federal organization or system that is...

IFHTSE Fellow Prof. Tatsuo Inoue dies at 83

It is with regret that we announce the passing of IFHTSE Fellow Prof. Tatsuo Inoue. He was 83. He was a professor at Kyoto...

Hydrogen basics for industrial burners

Modern concerns for sustainable manufacturing are driving significant interest and investment in hydrogen as an industrial fuel. Because burning hydrogen produces no carbon emissions,...

Gas turbine coating’s life cycle

Gas turbines on land, air, and at sea experience some extreme environments, such as high airflow, pressure, and temperature. Engines intake air from outside...

The mechanism of creep and its stages

In this column, I will discuss the mechanism of creep and its three stages. Applications of metals at elevated temperatures involve several problems. It is...

Stocky, Fechte-Heinen elected to IFHTSE Executive Council

Christophe Stocky recently was elected to be a member of the IFHTSE Executive Council in Yokohama at the recent IFHTSE Congress. He is a...

Q&A with Trevor Jones

Solar Manufacturing recently received a patent (#11,815,403) for an improved vacuum furnace control thermocouple design. What makes this improved design important? Solar Manufacturing and Solar...

Intergranular corrosion of austenitic stainless steels

In this column, I will discuss the intergranular corrosion of austenitic stainless steels (3XX) and discuss the thermal processing causes. Introduction Austenitic stainless steels, such as...

Q&A with Mike Grande

Wisconsin Oven recently shipped a horizontal spray quench furnace to C/A Design in Dover, New Hampshire. What makes quenching important to this company? Any time...

Algas-SDI supplies combustion equipment to heat treaters around the world

Algas-SDI is a manufacturer of liquid fuel vaporizers, natural gas backup and decompression equipment, and combustion equipment. The company deploys its products worldwide through...

Lesley Frame elected vice president of IFHTSE 2024-2026

Lesley Frame, assistant professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, recently was elected IFHTSE vice president for the 2024-2026 term in Yokahama and...

Overcoming the knowledge ‘blind spot’

No one knows everything. Nor will anyone ever obtain all the knowledge in the world. Sometimes what happens, though, is we learn something and...

Q&A with Eric Kemperman

How can Etchform say it is the market leader in titanium etching? Our process is one that we developed ourselves from the ground up....

HeatTreat 2023 is heating up!

HeatTreat 2023 is October 17-19 in Detroit, Michigan. It is co-located with IMAT 2023 and the Motion+Power Technology Expo and is expected to cover...

Cooling rate after tempering

In this column, I will discuss the effect of cooling rate after tempering. Introduction During heat treatment of steel, the process is generally austenitize, quench, and...

Q&A with Susan Heinauer

Thermal Processing welcomes its newest sales representative to its staff, Susan Heinauer. She has more than 20 years of experience in sales and promises...

Heat treatment process modeling development for age-hardenable alloys 

Age-hardenable alloys, such as some aluminum alloys, maraging steel, and nickel-based alloys, get their strength not from quenching but from the precipitation that occurs...

IHEA grows its sustainability and decarbonization initiatives

With the popularity and success of this summer’s Sustainability & Decarbonization webinar series, the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) announces an expansion of the...