Thursday, February 2, 2023

Purchasing a furnace: Quality concerns to consider

For any heat-treater, whether captive or commercial, purchasing a furnace is the largest investment that can be made. It is important to establish a...

You can’t overlook the process

Cycle verification identifies thermal nonconformance, ensures deviation from requirements is reported

Induction Hardening Choices for Gears

Of the various types of applied energy processing, induction hardening is the most common. Induction heating is a process that uses an alternating electrical...

Different Scales Are Used For Rockwell Hardness Testing

Production Bench Rockwell Hardness Testing of Small Work Pieces As induction hardened workpieces get smaller in size, attention to the proper abrasive cutting of the...

Carburizing

While some heat treatments are used to soften the material or improve its machinability, most are processed to obtain strengthened or hardened properties. The...

Infrared technology is hot!

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association’s Infrared Equipment Division (IRED) recently completed revisions to its popular Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications. This fundamental...

IHEA offers hands-on training in Atlanta

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

Willingness to change course leads to satisfying career

Editor’s note: Beginning with the March issue of Thermal Processing, we added Tony Tenaglier, a heat treat process engineer at Hitchiner Manufacturing, as a...

An overview of refractory ceramic fibers

This article will review refractory ceramic fibers (RCFs), which are amorphous, inorganic, man-made aluminosilicate fibers. RCFs belong to a class of materials termed man-made...

AMS2750E as it applies to Nadcap

Thorough knowledge of AMS2750E will speed implementation of new standard as it applies to NADCAP requirements

Q&A with Rick Diekman

Owner and President of Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.

Sampling of quench oil for proactive maintenance

In this column, I will discuss the sampling of quench oil for quarterly checks as required by many internal and external auditing agencies (CQI-9,...

Gear inspection methods from heat-treat simulation

Gear design is a complex process, involving dozens of parameters, tolerances, and relationships to mating components. Generally, professional standards guide the gear designer to...

Settle requirement conflicts before accepting a contract

Resolving conflict among purchase order requirements, drawings, and regulatory requirements can be quite the task when accepting contracts for heat treatment. Unfortunately, it happens...

93 years of helping heat treaters worldwide

It’s hard to believe that an industry organization has been around for 93 years, but that’s how long the Industrial Heating Equipment Association has...

Zoltán Koloszváry appointed honorary president of IFHTSE

For the first time in 30 years, IFHTSE has appointed an honorary president. Honorary presidents have rendered outstanding and continuous service to the Federation...

Heat treatment of aluminum – Part II

In my article last month, I discussed the alloying elements used in aluminum alloys. In this article, I will be discussing the solution heat...

An argument in support of Nadcap

I think it is safe to assume that the majority of Thermal Processing readers have, in some capacity and at some point in their...

The benefits of the Nadcap merit process

According to PRI/Nadcap Operating Procedure NOP-1111, suppliers are able to receive something called “Merit.” If your suppliers meet certain criteria, they are able to...

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,...

Keeping your burners tuned

The backbone of any atmosphere furnace is the heating system. The heating system plays an essential role in keeping the furnace operating at peak...

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...

Non-Martensitic Transformation Products (NMTP)

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,...

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...

IFHTSE website gets an update

The website of IFHTSE (www.ifhtse.org) recently has been upgraded to include the program and proceedings of many of the member conferences and IFHTSE congresses....

The 2021 PRI Top 10 NRCs in heat treating

As the pandemic adjusted our lives and systems, we have still had to maintain Nadcap accreditation in heat treat and other commodities. While the...

Predicting hardness by the Grossman H-Value

In the last article, we described a method of calculating the Grossman H-Value . In the article before last, we described a method of...

Spotlight on IHEA member Bloom Engineering

Bloom Engineering began at a shop in Pittsburgh’s North Side in 1934 and eventually moved to its current site in 1962. The company is...

Q&A with Dr. Mark Cross

The automotive industry is continually pushing new boundaries. Advancements in engineering technology show no signs of slowing down with increasing developments in manufacturing processes....

Q&A with David Strand

President and CEO, Wisconsin Oven Corporation and Thermal Product Solutions

Q&A with Stephen Harris

Tell us about the new Bodycote Elgin, Illinois, facility. When did it become fully operational? We are very pleased to announce that our brand-new Elgin...

Major conferences planned for 2023

5th International Conference on Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering of Tools and Dies (HTSE-TD) Hangzhou, China | April 24-27, 2023 This conference in Hangzhou, China, will...

Revisiting the 1:1 Rule for oil quenchants

The rule of thumb “one gallon of oil to one pound of parts and fixtures” has been in the literature for a long time....

Q&A with Joe Ugalde

Business Marketing Analyst with TE Wire & Cable, LLC

Q&A with Daniel Reardon

What is Abbott Furnace's mission? Our mission is to be the market leader in the design, production, and service of continuous process industrial furnaces. And...

Q&A with John Niggle

What’s a typical week like for you at Pelican Wire? Pelican is a custom wire manufacturer, and for that reason, it is a little difficult...

Quality staff: Understanding the technical side

Last month, we examined the history and heat-treatment of aluminum and how it applies to the quality functions of the industry. This month, we...

Q&A with David Wolff

What’s a typical day like for you at Nel Hydrogen? I’m in field sales and work with customers to make sure their process needs that...

Furnace atmospheres and temperature

Getting the Right Protective and Carburizing Atmosphere The makeup of a furnace’s atmosphere in the heat treating process varies based upon the application. For carburizing,...

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...