Seco/Warwick, Brazilian commercial heat treater work together on furnace

The Vector® vacuum furnace is the first product supplied by Seco/Warwick to Tecnovacum. To implement the government subsidy program, 50 percent of the equipment was required to be produced in Brazil. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

Tecnovacum, a Brazilian commercial heat treater, bought a Vector® vacuum furnace — one of the group’s flagship products — from Seco/Warwick.

For the first time in the history of the Seco/Warwick Group, the order was executed in a 50/50 cooperation system — Tecnovacum’s financing plan with an Industry Development Bank stipulated that at least 50 percent of the equipment production take place in Brazil with Combustol Fornos Ind Com. Ltda, who was the partner for this project.

The Vector vacuum furnace is the first product supplied by Seco/Warwick to Tecnovacum. To implement the government subsidy program, the equipment must have 50 percent of the production in the territory of Brazil. The furnace was developed in close cooperation with Brazilian partner Combustol Fornos Ind Com Ltda.

“This is an exceptional situation, the first one, but certainly not the last. Under our supervision and in close cooperation, the Brazilian partner made the casing and the control cabinet in Brazil, and the company was also responsible for the equipment assembly and start-up. We have contributed our knowledge, experience, and the entire furnace internal fittings and components to the project. Owing to this cooperation, which is consistent with the government program, the clients from Brazil could benefit from more favorable financial conditions. We are glad that we have a partner who is not only able to carry out the assembly, start-up and service of our equipment on site, but also build the entire vacuum furnace in cooperation with us, ” said Maciej Korecki, vice-president of the vacuum segment of the Seco/Warwick Group. “The Vector is our flagship product which has been enjoying for many years a huge interest by commercial heat treaters worldwide. Vector is already operating in 70 countries, among them, in Brazil. Where lies the secret of success? In speed, good cooperation, and equipment versatility offering a wide range of customization options depending on specific needs.”

For six years now, Seco/Warwick has been working with the Combustol company on the South American market in terms of sales, supplies and start-ups of furnaces in Brazil.

The Vector vacuum furnace will solve the Tecnovacum problem with hardening larger elements, as the furnace uses a large working area. This will affect the economics of processes (energy savings and increased capacity of the graphite chamber) as well as process cleanliness and speed (at a good medium vacuum).

“We have been looking for a solution that not only helps to increase our metal processing performance, but also our efficiency and effectiveness. Vector was our first-choice furnace. We know it operates at many commercial heat treaters and is doing an excellent job. However, the key factor was the cooperation of Seco/Warwick with a Brazilian company. Thanks to this partnership, we received favorable funding for the Brazilian industry, with unique technology and knowledge. This cooperation translates into more jobs in Brazil, which is also very important from the point of view of our economy,” said Carlos Eduardo Zoldan, industrial manager at Tecnovacum.