Monday, November 28, 2022

4th International Conference on HTSE of Tools and Dies successfully held online

This first online global IFHTSE conference was hosted by member China Heat Treatment Industry Association (CHTA) and co-organized by Harbin Institute of Technology and...

QA with Raymond Daniel Noble

What are your duties with Noble Industrial Furnace? What is your typical day? My duties include, but are not limited to, oversight of design and...

IHEA announces 2022-23 board of directors and officers

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) recently announced its 2022-23 board of directors and executive officers. Serving as president is Jeff Valuck of Surface...

Q&A with Tom Morrison

When did you make the decision to take FNA virtual? Our Executive Committee has been meeting weekly since April when COVID-19 really started to take...

Estimating required flow through quench tanks

In this month’s column, I will discuss a method of estimating the required flow for a quench tank. Agitation has a significant effect on...

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...

Understanding the basics of spray quenching

Spray quenching involves the removal of heat by the impingement of a liquid quenchant on a hot metal surface. Examples include: Fog quenching. Quenching...

The ‘why’ in heat treating is important to operators

Quality is in the details, but what details need the most attention? A good contract review, starting with the purchase order, then the drawing,...

IHEA member Alabama Power (Southern Company) provides support during pandemic

The team at Alabama Power’s Technology Applications Center (TAC) recently turned their focus from keeping the lights on to helping save lives. Through a...

Heat Treating, Furnaces, and Unintended Consequences

A few decades ago, my involvement with depleted uranium (DU) began in the metallurgical R&D department, developing program logic to heat treat DU in...

Q&A with Andrew Bassett

You recently launched your Aerospace Compliance Software. How does it work? Aerospace Compliance Software is a brainchild of ours. The software eliminates human errors of...

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 Kendall DeVane

Thermal Processing welcomes its newest sales representative to its staff, Kendall DeVane. He has 20 years of experience in sales and promises to bring...

Understanding the Jominy end quench test

The Jominy end quench test (ASTM A255 ) is an extremely simple and useful test that is applicable to many materials besides steel...

Performing a Temperature Uniformity Survey

Performing a temperature uniformity survey (TUS) can be somewhat of a daunting process. After all, a TUS carries the weight of not only being...

IHEA announces its 2021 annual meeting

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is ready to deliver a safe and healthy environment for its 2021 Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 26-28,...

Great programming, great networking at the 2020 Annual Meeting

Get ready to sail! IHEA’s 2020’s Annual Meeting promises to deliver important and timely presentations and as always, entertaining networking opportunities on board Royal...

Q&A with Chris Stevens

What’s a typical day like for you at Dalton Electric? It starts and ends with our customers. Our value proposition to our Dalton users is...

Q&A with Jim Litzinger

Your company, Orton, offers TempTabs, some pretty ingenious technology for monitoring temperature throughout a furnace. How did the idea come about? Our founder, Edward Orton...

Carburizing Optimization & ECD Precise Control

As discussed in the September/October 2016 Metal Urgency column , carburizing is a nonsteady-state diffusion process and thus can be expressed by Fick’s second...

Tom Hart

What is Pit LPC, and what went into its development? Pit LPC, or low-pressure carburizing, is an alternate method of low-pressure carburizing, and it’s conducted...

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,...

Technology is key to improving process efficiency

Efficiency. What is it, exactly? The term “efficiency” refers to the peak level of performance that uses the least amount of input to achieve the...

Stainless Steels

Kitchen sinks, refrigerator or oven doors, and tableware are what many people think of when they are asked what’s made from stainless steel (SS)....

Using water as a quenchant

In this short column, we will discuss quenching with water. As a quenching medium, plain water approaches the maximum cooling rate attainable in a...

Anatomy of a Heat-Treating System

Ninety-eight 600-pound trays are in continuous process, 13 are in the pre-process queue, nine preheating, 14 in the boost carb, eight in the diffusion...

Q&A with Jeff Opitz

Tell us about GraphiteInsulation.com? GraphiteInsulation.com is a vehicle for us to narrow our focus to graphite insulating products, mostly used for vacuum heat treatment...

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...

Q&A with Greg Jennings

What’s a typical day like for you at Wisconsin Oven? My typical day is quite a bit of fun. I’ve got three kids, and it’s...

Heat treating is not for the faint of heart

Why heat-treating furnaces look the way they do, Part 2

IHEA offers hands-on training with Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Products Finishing magazine and Southern Company have teamed up to provide a...

Hardening depth measurement

Surface hardening heat treatments are popular in the manufacture of steel products as a means of significantly improving strength and fatigue resistance and mitigating...

Aluminum heat-treating has unique challenges

From a metallurgical and quality perspective, aluminum heat-treating presents unique challenges when compared to carbon-based steels. This article will examine the aspects of aluminum...

Q&A with Brian Kelly

What do you do at Honeywell? I’m part of Honeywell Thermal Solutions. We’re a group of companies that Honeywell has acquired over the last couple...

Safety considerations when quenching with oil or salt

In this column, we will consider safety aspects of quenching with oil or molten salt. Heat treating is a manufacturing process where the goal is...

Heat treatment of aluminum Part VII – Hardness and conductivity

In the previous article, we discussed the artificial aging of aluminum. Once we have heat treated the parts, we need to verify the properties....

IHEA celebrates 90 years during its 2019 Annual Meeting

Association annual meetings are once-a-year events that allow members to come together, exchange ideas, learn from expert speakers, work on committee initiatives, and network...

‘Say what you do, do what you say’

In the special process world of the aerospace industry, companies with requirements of aerospace manufacturing must rely on the accreditation of AS9100 and the...

Evaluating a material’s response during austenitization

Carbon content in steel has a direct correlation to the hardness and overall strength of a component after heat treatment. Carbon can take many...

Hardness scale conversion

The use of hardness testing as a quality control method to check the outcome of a thermal treatment process is a common application of...
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