What is Austempering?

Today’s journey through heat treatment technology looks at Austempering. As always, we’re industriously seeking the best, most cost-effective way to improve the mechanical and physical characteristics of a workpiece. More than this, we’re using specific engineering methods to ensure the workpiece absolutely exhibits the traits that have been set in stone by a client. So […]

Low Carbon Steel Case Hardening Process

It’s tough to case harden low carbon steels. Simply put, more carbon equals more hardness, a feature that even the casual observer can appreciate. One solution to this processing puzzle is to introduce more carbon. In essence, the low carbon surface is infused with a supplementary carbon source. Consequently, as the additional carbon is artificially […]

Tips for Finding Leaks in a Vacuum Heat Furnace

Vacuum heat furnaces perform expeditiously as atmosphere controlled heat treatment chambers. Drained of process-influencing oxygen and filled instead with an inert gas, the furnace stops scaling, stops parts discolouration, and generally improves the mechanical and physical characteristics of any processed workpiece. What happens if this sealed chamber develops a leak? The vacuum is tainted and […]

A Few Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Zone (Heat Treatment) Maintenance

Do’s and don’ts guides are an engineer’s best friend. They’re an objective instruction tool that helps system architects and fabricators to navigate processing minefields. In that regard, hot zone maintenance procedures employ a highly organised sequential approach. That systematic methodology begins with a pre-processing phase, a maintenance checklist that governs the heat treatment operation before […]

Heat Furnace and the Importance of Temperature Uniformity

Does a factory full of furnaces look like some industrial hell? In point of fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Science-lab accuracy and high-tolerance engineering exactitude rule every processing stage. In those heated furnaces, temperature uniformity is a beyond critical quality, one that comprehensively eliminates heat treatment inconsistencies. Let’s really draw a line […]

Effects of Flame Hardening on Steel and Iron

As stated in our earlier articles, flame hardening technology selectively heats and hardens parts of a metal workpiece. Imagine the teeth of a spur gear being subjected to the flame, or perhaps it’s the leading edge of a chisel that experiences the focused flame. Looked at from the perspective of the subject steel or iron […]

Annealing Equipment: Significance in Metal Fabrication

Metal fabricators employ numerous tooling stations, which is as it should be because complex geometrical profiles are processed within these expert workshops. Some tools bend, others drill, then, waiting in the wings, there are bandsaw cutters and shop presses waiting. In essence, the workpieces are exposed to enormous stresses. These cold work stresses steal away […]