Youngstown Tool & Die upgrades heat treatment with Seco/Warwick furnaces

Youngstown Tool & Die, a manufacturer of aluminum extrusion dies, upgrades in-house heat treatment with two Vector® HPGQ vacuum furnaces from Seco/Warwick. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

Youngstown Tools & Die’s is changing its existing atmosphere heat-treatment capabilities to new high-pressure gas quench (HPGQ) vacuum furnaces from Seco/Vacuum.

Seco/Vacuum is a Seco/Warwick Group company. The upgrade is part of Youngstown Tool & Die’s big expansion plans. Youngstown specializes in manufacturing aluminum extrusion dies since 1961 and, because of demand, is moving into a larger facility in its Ohio community to accommodate increased production needs. This is the first purchase from Seco/Vacuum, and proximity and fast delivery were factors in the decision. Other tangible factors reflected Youngstown’s confidence in Seco/Warwick’s core values, including the company’s commitment to fulfill obligations by responding quickly to customer needs, by meeting deadlines, and by contributing reliability in every process.

One of the two Vector furnaces ordered in January was made available as part of SVT’s VIP program for fast delivery, while the other is scheduled to ship later in the year.

Dave Mrdjenovic, Youngstown Tool & Die’s general manager, said, “The short lead time certainly made a difference to us. Our expansion has been facilitated by a localized government development program to expand employment and business development in our area, so we are moving quickly to take advantage of the program. Upgrading our existing atmosphere furnaces to high-pressure gas quench vacuum furnaces will significantly improve our performance as we grow. Having worked with Vector vacuum furnaces at my prior company, I was already comfortable that it was the right technology for our needs.”

Heat treating dies for all types of applications — such as stamping, molding, and extrusion — is one of many tasks Vector is designed to do well. Because Vector’s high-pressure gas quench system cools dense masses evenly and quickly without distortion, die quality and consistency are improved versus atmosphere heat-treatment methods. Plus, final work is bright and clean, adding to a high-quality look and feel.

Piotr Zawistowski, president of Seco/Vacuum, said, “Vector® is an outsized performer of a wide range of processes and applications, making it one of the world’s best solutions for heat-treatment departments that must manage a variety of different tasks. And through our unique VIP program, we can often outperform on delivery too.”