Friday, September 30, 2022

Keeping thorough test records key to resolving issues

Record retention is an important part of quality. Quality is tasked with keeping records of periodic tests performed on all equipment used for heat...

The process of problem solving

The corrective action. That dreaded tally on one’s personal record at work that is available for all of upper management to see a mistake...

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,...

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...

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...

Industrial automation and labor in heat treating

There is a changing landscape on two fronts in the thermal processing market. Without a doubt, there are technological opportunities that companies can take...

Set company goals that engage employees daily

It’s a new year. A chance to start fresh. A chance to set the entire year’s goals for yourself, the department you work for,...

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...

It’s time to recognize ‘fitness’ at work

Almost every child who grows up playing sports dreams of being a professional one day and playing on the big stage (instead of going...

The paradox of work and happiness

There are obviously a lot of factors that go into making a company successful. Probably the biggest factor is the people who work there....

Quality and production are a team, not adversaries

Let me be honest about the elephant in the room that often exists in heat treating. In some cases, but certainly not all, quality...

Quality of leadership matters – at all employee levels

Leadership isn’t always about the top management directing the way for the company. Leadership can be found at all levels of the company in...

Good habits, a solid system can help avoid mistakes 

The contract is the first piece of paper you receive with incoming parts prior to processing. This is the purchase order (PO) that details...

Heat treating from the operator’s perspective

Often, a customer visit involves a walk through the facility. Comments are made about how clean it is or how well organized a process...

When different processes co-exist

I’m a quality director at Byington Steel Treating, Inc. (BST). We are a commercial heat-treat shop with accreditation to perform NADCAP/AMS (aerospace) processes. Similar...

‘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...

AMS2750F contains key pyrometric changes

By now, most heat treaters should have had some time to read the new revision of AMS2750. The changes are extensive and, since it...

AMS2750 pyrometry revisions tweak a crucial process

AMS2750 pyrometry is a daunting heat-treat special process requirement in the aerospace industry. It’s a literal definition implying measurement of temperature, but it also...

A brief history of the non-ferrous alloy aluminum

Non-ferrous alloys have caught my interest throughout my career, particularly aluminum. From its resistance to corrosion to its sensitivity at elevated temperatures, it is...

Gap analysis can guide procedure changes

Well-designed procedures are crucial to any business operation, whether it’s a simple task of following a procedure to construct a cardboard box, or something...

The art of heat treat: The framework

I was once taught that heat treat is an art as much as it is a science in achieving the results required for the...

Understanding the technology is key to proper use

I teach pyrometry courses throughout the year and, when I do, I include a thermocouple tutorial video from YouTube. In this video the function...

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...

The life of a heat treat process engineer

Editor’s note: Beginning with the March 2020 issue of Thermal Processing, there will be multiple contributors to the Quality Counts column. Conrad Kacsik’s Jason...

Quality review: Heat-treat related certifications

As heat treaters, we must admit that, at the end of the day, what we feel we are paying for is a certification that...

Determining heat-treat operator training

With the fast pace of change in the heat-treat industry, it is understandable that more automation is in demand. This automation inevitably improves repeatability...

ASTM E18 and Nadcap: Rockwell hardness testing

Rockwell hardness testing is a common way to ensure the material response to heat treat is conforming and is required by applicable industry and...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Compliance via internal procedures

Verification of compliance is two-fold; witnessing operations being performed in accordance with internal procedures. As long as procedures are followed, the challenge in conformance...

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...

AMS2750E, Nadcap requirements

When I consult, I will periodically perform a gap analysis on a supplier’s heat-treat process to either obtain Nadcap approval or as a check-and-balance...

You can’t overlook the process

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

Atmosphere furnace control

Proper temperature is crucial to part quality, but don’t overlook its effect on atmosphere control

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