Automotive supplier orders furnace from Seco/Warwick

Batch processing (FNC, nitriding, carburizing) offers end users processing of a large number of parts with a variety of furnace size options. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

Seco/Vacuum, a Seco/Warwick Group company, signed an order for a high-volume nitrocarburizing line serving a major car maker via a tier one supplier. The horizontal retort furnace is known for its precision nitriding capability and productivity. The furnaces will allow the customer to produce, in North America, a significant number of parts used by automotive suppliers, and will be integral to a larger investment in the firm’s component manufacturing operations. In addition to ferritic nitrocarburizing, the furnaces can also provide clean, stress relief processing.

Lower operating costs, attractive return-on-investment (ROI), precise control of case depth, and high-volume processing are trademarks of Seco/Warwick Group furnaces and automated handling systems.

“Ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) is a form of gas nitriding and Seco/Vacuum offers many standard sizes and options suitable for both small commercial heat-treaters as well as large automotive suppliers,” said Piotr Zawistowski, managing director of Seco/Vacuum Technologies.

FNC is gaining popularity due to the resulting wear and anti-corrosion properties offered, including coupling with post-process high-temperature oxidation.

In the production of atmosphere heat-treatment solutions, Seco/Warwick Group uses its extended experience and state-of-the-art technology to simplify installations, reduce investment costs, and reduce process utilities consumption.

These benefits were the reason why another American producer of various transportation components chose to buy a new precision gas nitriding furnace with ZeroFlow® from Seco/Warwick Group. The furnace allows the company to offer engineered steel surfaces that exceed, in many cases, its competitors’ product performance, giving it a heat-treating edge that is hard to replicate.