Turkish aluminum extrusion company Alugen Aluminium expanded its production capabilities with the addition of a new Nitrex NXK series nitriding system. Founded in 2012, Alugen is a young, dynamic company and the only business of its kind in Turkey to operate in a free trade zone. The distribution of its range of aluminum profiles is designed for Europe where they do business with construction market and other sectors.
“Utku Inan, Nitrex sales representative serving Turkey, led the discussion with Alugen about the strategic decision to bring nitriding operations in-house for more cost-effective handling of nitriding and increasingly better-quality control. Over the years, Alugen has expanded production to meet demand, and the addition of a Nitrex system will allow the company to independently control the entire manufacturing process onsite from end-to-end and ensure that extruded products are delivered to the customer faster and with consistent quality,” said Marcin Stoklosa, project manager at Nitrex Poland.
“Alugen provides mass production extrusion services as well as boutique production to its clients; therefore, Nitrex had to consider the performance benefits of a single system that can handle both custom and mass production requirements. The multipurpose NXK-612 batch-type furnace was a clear choice,” said Inan. With a compact footprint, a work area of 23.5” x 47 ¼” (600 x 1200 mm), and a load capacity of 1,700 lbs. (800 kg), the NXK system allows Alugen to mix special dies with regular production dies for a faster turnaround of product-specific production plans.
Die shop manager Özcan Sürücü said, “In partnering with Nitrex, we (Alugen) have become self-sufficient from an operational point of view, no longer relying on external contractors to fill this work gap. This allows for more effective planning and ensures that all projects, whether big or small, are done on time and on budget. Moreover, I cannot say enough about the technical support we receive from Nitrex and locally from Uktu Inan towards improving our heat treating and extrusion operations as well as our product quality. We are extremely satisfied with the performance and results of our Nitrex system.”
The Nitrex turnkey system was delivered with Nitreg® potential-controlled gas nitriding and Nitreg®-C potential-controlled gas nitrocarburizing technologies. Process recipes are optimized to improve the performance of aluminum extrusion dies and increase throughput. The service life of dies is also extended through periodic nitriding, which helps to control the high heat and impact pressure that dies undergo during extrusion cycles.
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