What is Carburization in Heat Treatment?

Case hardening is a process of reinforcing the surface of some types of soft metal, making them more durable and tough. This process forms a thin layer of durable metal coating that allows the metal underneath to remain soft. One type of case hardening is carburization, which involves introducing steel items to carbon atoms.  The […]

How a Heat Treatment Modifies Metal Properties

A heat treatment does far more than just change the physical appearance of metals. It also can modify the properties of them to reach the intended goal. This type of treatment involves heating and cooling the metals at the right temperatures to alter their microstructure. How long the treatment requires depends upon the size of […]

The Hot-Temperature vs. Mid-Temperature Black Oxide Process: What Are the Differences?

Black oxide is a conversion coating that is suitable for ferrous metals along with copper-based alloys, copper, zinc, stainless steel, silver solder and powdered metals. It accomplishes this through a chemical reaction since it is made of caustic oxidisers and additives. Also, it gives items a lustrous, black appearance and provides some corrosion protection. On […]

Common Issues with Induction Hardening

The process of induction hardening is for the purpose of hardening the surface of components made from steel or other carbon-alloy metals. Components or parts include a wide assortment of axles, pins, rollers and shafts. As much as 15-mm hardness depths can be achieved. Parts are placed in a special furnace that utilizes a coil […]

Controlling Furnace Atmosphere in Heat Treatment

A second heat treatment effector exists in an industrial furnace, one that’s sometimes forgotten by the average layperson. Besides the heat source, the gas-fuelled or electrically energized thermal energy flowing evenly around a subject workpiece, there’s the atmosphere inside that sealed chamber to consider. Sometimes, the atmosphere is totally taken out of the heat treatment […]