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Choosing the best heat treatment equipment for your process

January 19, 2015

Most of the applications or processes that call for superior toughness, high strength and the ability to overcome abrasion bank on a heat treated plate to give them all these requirements. Therefore during a heat treatment process, the chemical or physical properties of a metal are changed under very high temperatures. Using heat treating equipment, under the exposure of these extreme temperatures, the metal becomes either softer or harder depending on the anticipated outcome. The industrial process does not affect or make changes on the shape of the metal as it only increases the strength and durability of the metal components.

Some of the heat treatment equipment is needed for processes that involve case hardening, quenching, and tempering, annealing and softening effects as well as stress relieving and normalizing. In stress relieving, the thermal treatment process is used to alleviate or reduce strains on the metal component due to flame cutting and machining while normalizing is used to improve the component surface hardness and machine finishes. In combination with stress relieving process, the tempering process is used to meet precise requirements for hardening. Finally, annealing is essential in reducing hardness or strength, when eradicating residual stress in order to restore ductility along with refining the grain size. For example, parts used in high-performance automobile and aerospace undergo such heat treatment processes to increase the strength for use in high demanding and stressful applications.

When carrying out heat treatment for various metal components, seek out a metal professional such as Eastman Manufacturing Inc. to increase efficiency and productivity of your firm as well as ensuring safety for your workers. Most of the heat treatment equipment comes with different heat levels, as some of the manufacturers offer quality custom designed heat treating equipment tailored specifically for your application or process requirements. Most have incredible features that facilitate peak performance while offering slow fuel consumption. Some of the equipment create an oxygen free thermal process for your metal components as they drastically reduce oxidation, hence scaling decarburization and work.