SONA BLW Precision Forge Invests in AFC-Holcroft Batch Furnace Line


SONA BLW Precision Forge, located in Selma, North Carolina, USA, has purchased a new AFC-Holcroft UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace and support equipment for their existing heat treating facility.

SONA set out to find equipment that met their needs for flexible production and high quality, and had added features they required. AFC-Holcroft teams met with SONA personnel to discuss their specific requirements in depth.

Following site visits to view UBQ lines in operation in the region, SONA BLW Precision Forge selected AFC-Holcroft to provide their new heat treat equipment.

AFC-Holcroft customized a standard UBQ furnace, typically rated at 3,500 lb. load capacity, to the 4,000 lb. capacity the customer required. The new equipment consists of a UBQ integral quench batch furnace with an effective work zone of 36” wide x 48” long x 36” high with all the standard features, two UBTN Universal Batch Nitrogen Temper Furnaces, a UBW Universal Batch Spray-Dunk Washer, and a 2-module array of “E-Z Series” endothermic gas generators providing 9000 cubic foot/hour of endothermic gas.

Mike Neumann of AFC-Holcroft stated “This equipment showcases AFC-Holcroft’s ability to take a proven, standardized product and customize it to meet the individual needs of the customer while providing the fast delivery time possible.”

AFC-Holcroft has one of the most diverse product lines in the heat treat equipment industry. They are fully equipped to design, manufacture, ship, install, and service all types of custom and standard heat treat systems. AFC-Holcroft is a privately held company, headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA.  Our state-of-the-art facility is not only our engineering hub for global business, but also has a large manufacturing facility, custom built for  the construction of heat treatment equipment.

SONA BLW GROUP’s strategy is to continue to be one of the leading precision forge worldwide, to take an active part in our customers’ globalization strategies and to offer first class worldwide supply. We are pleased to have the opportunity to guide you through the world of precision forging on the following pages. 

We are prepared to respond to the increasingly global market environment.

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