AFC-Holcroft supplies Specialty Steel Treating


Commercial heat-treater Specialty Steel Treating in Fraser, Michigan, has invested in a new AFC-Holcroft UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace and a UBT (Universal Batch Temper) annealing furnace as companion equipment, as part of a larger multi-year equipment standardization program intended to replace older equipment provided by another supplier. The UBQ and UBT are near duplicates to equipment recently provided by AFC-Holcroft as part of the same multi-year program.

Specialty Steel Treating has had a long relationship with AFC-Holcroft, and uses several types of AFC-Holcroft furnaces in its production facilities in Michigan and Connecticut, including multi-row pusher furnaces designed for high capacity output, as well as some large capacity UBQ batch equipment and accessories.

Tracy Dougherty, vice president of sales at AFC-Holcroft, said, “We’re excited to be a part of the continued growth and expansion of Specialty Steel Treating. The customization of these furnaces combined with state-of-the-art controls and IoT features (Remote Diagnostics™), enable both AFC-Holcroft and Specialty Steel Treating the ability to offer superior quality, performance, and continuous improvement to customers.”

Delivery of the UBT is expected in the second quarter of 2019 to the Specialty Steel Treating site on Malyn Road in Fraser, with the UBQ to follow in the third quarter to the Commerce Road plant, also located in Fraser.

Founded in 1956, Specialty Steel Treating has been performing precision heat-treating for more than 60 years. SST is the only approved commercial heat-treat company in the country to heat-treat certain flight critical and flight safety configurations for prime aerospace and helicopter companies.

Founded in 1916, AFC-Holcroft, is one of the U.S. market leaders in the production of industrial furnace equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The company manufactures turn-key heat-treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries.

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