Kuczma heat treater picks Seco/Warwick vacuum furnace

The Vector furnace for the Kuczma project features the unique sideways cooling that makes it possible to optimally adjust the gas cooling system to the batch configuration. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

A top-tier Vector® vacuum furnace equipped with gas quenching from Seco/Warwick will be used by a commercial heat-treating plant. This time, the Kuczma commercial heat treatment chose this state-of-the-art single-chamber vacuum furnace.

Vector is the most popular vacuum technology for heat treatment selected by commercial plants worldwide. This vacuum furnace is a very efficient and versatile system used for heat treating many types of materials and metal alloys. Its functionality includes gas hardening and tempering, annealing, brazing, and degassing. This Vector model — a vacuum furnace equipped with 1.5 bar gas quenching pressure — will significantly increase the capacity of the Kuczma Hardening Plant and will enable it to process parts with dimensions up to 600 x 600 x 900 mm.

This will be the first Seco/Warwick furnace operated by the Kuczma Hardening Plant. Commercial heat treaters around the world select Seco/Warwick technologies for many reasons, most importantly for their versatility, reliability and precision. 

“The Vector technology is one of the two most sought-after solutions from Seco/Warwick for heat treatment by hardening plants worldwide. CaseMaster Evolution (CMe) is a multi-chamber vacuum furnace with oil or gas quench. Both solutions share their process versatility and operating flexibility that distinguish the Seco/Warwick solutions” said Maciej Korecki, vice president, vacuum business segment, Seco/Warwick.

“Kuczma Hardening Plant specializes mostly in vacuum quenching in gas, oil, and gas nitriding of injection mould components and dies. The company has many years of experience and aims to provide services of the highest quality with the shortest lead times possible,” said Jerzy Kuczma, Kuczma Hardening Plant owner, “These are denominators we share with our technology partner, whom I have known personally ever since Elterma. Standards have neither changed for Seco/Warwick nor for Kuczma Hardening Plant. We set the requirements high both for us and our selected technologies. Vector clearly meets them. On one hand, the Seco/Warwick furnace will enable us to process larger components and increase our output for smaller ones, on the other, it will enable directional cooling sideways or top/bottom.”

The key features of the furnace for Kuczma commercial hardening plant include large working space in the furnace chamber — 600 x 600 x 900 mm — that accommodates items of larger dimensions, increases output, and ensures versatility in processing a wide range of steels. A particular, tailor-made solution implemented in this furnace consists of the directional cooling, which enables quenching from sides as well as top and bottom.

The Vector furnace for this project features the unique sideways cooling that makes it possible to optimally adjust the gas cooling system to the batch configuration. Nowadays, customers from various industries expect increasing reliability, performance, and better results of heat treatment. Seco/Warwick Group’s Vector® vacuum furnace model responds to these expectations. 

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