Swiss firm chooses Nitrex nitrocarburizing system for facility

Swiss corporation Alu Menziken Extrusion AG chose a Nitrex nitrocarburizing system for its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in northwestern Romania. (Courtesy: Nitrex)

Swiss corporation Alu Menziken Extrusion AG chose a Nitrex nitrocarburizing system for its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on a greenfield site in northwestern Romania.

Alu Menziken Extrusion AG is a manufacturer of aluminum profiles and complex extrusion press products. Nitrex Metal delivered and installed a turnkey NX-815 nitrocarburizing system that incorporates the Nitreg®-C technology for treating aluminum extrusion dies. The pit furnace has overall chamber dimensions of 31.5” diameter by 59” high (800 x 1,500 mm) with capacity optimized to nitrocarburize a 3,300-pound (1,500 kg) load. The process technology adapts to the application requirements to deliver improved performance of extrusion dies. Tailoring the application’s surface properties has a positive influence on performance metrics like throughput per run and number of runs per die, which, as a consequence, mitigates the cost of tooling. Alu Menziken also chose the Nitreg®-C technology to reduce the possibility of potential failures such as premature washout and flaking that degrade the performance of dies.

“With a focus on the environment, Alu Menziken also sought to introduce eco-friendly technologies for all equipment at its greenfield facility. Not only is there a benefit of reduced process gas use with the Nitrex system, the integral high-efficiency neutralizer also helps comply with environmental regulations,” said Marcin Stoklosa, Nitrex European project manager.

The modern factory situated in Mediesu Aurit, in Satu Mare, covers an area of 13 hectares and features the latest equipment for producing extrusions. Inaugurated this past November, the plant produces a range of profile products for aerospace and automotive companies, such as Audi, BMW, Bentley, and Daimler, looking for lightweight aluminum solutions.

Nitrex Metal is a worldwide partner offering modern nitriding/nitrocarburizing technologies, solutions, equipment, and services. Its Nitreg® potential-controlled gas nitriding and Nitreg®-C potential-controlled gas nitrocarburizing (ferritic nitrocarburizing-FNC) technologies are applied in the precision parts, automotive, aluminum extrusion, defense, gears, tool & die, plastics, machinery, and other industries.

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