Q&A with Bob Wells

What are some factors one should consider in cryogenic processing of gears? First off, what is the size I need? Secondly, how do I want...

Furnace Maintenance

When a heat treat manager or anyone responsible for purchasing heat treating equipment makes a buy decision, they must first consider the process required,...

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,...

Testing of Induction Hardened Work Pieces

Hardness testing is a simple and universally accepted practice for checking induction hardened parts and is performed in literally thousands of manufacturing facilities. There...

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 and Steel

In carburizing, gears must be heated to reach the appropriate temperature for the steel grade without causing excessive grain growth and distortion in a...

Furnace Atmospheres

The makeup of a furnace’s atmosphere in the heat treating process varies depending upon the application. Sensor technology allows for the in-situ monitoring of...

Site Safety

We live and work around fire all day. It’s pretty much taken for granted. We cook with it, and use it to heat our...

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...

Q&A with Tom Ott

Most people don’t associate hardness testing with heat treatment, but it’s very relevant. You say there are a number of products that are really...

Lighter Weight and Increased Fatigue Strength with Adi

Have you ever hit a rock or other hard projectile while cutting your lawn? Have you noticed that the blade is dented, not broken...

Process Control and Scada

Heat treaters are always looking for methods to improve productivity without compromising quality. One method that many heat treaters have put in place is...

Site Safety

In the last issue of Thermal Processing, I wrote a pretty broad and general article about the do's and dont’s of safety, using some...

Compelling reasons normalizing produces high quality gears

In this day and age, adding steps to the gear manufacturing process is not highly desirable unless the benefits far outweigh the costs incurred....

Q&A with Keith Boeckenhauer

What is your background? I have an engineering degree from the University of Missouri and I’ve been with Seco/Warwick since 1984, working in sales, engineering,...

Future of heat treating of gears is similar to garage sale mentality

When and how does a heat treater determine whether to purchase new equipment or rebuild an old furnace? Several years ago I participated in a...

Process automation and controls for carburizing

Process control can be defined as the ability to meet certain parameters over time using inputs from the process and controlling outputs for desired...

Site Safety

In 35 years, I’ve witnessed many industrial accidents. Even at the start of my career, I was evaluating the combination of events that lead...