AFC-Holcroft has received an order for a complete Mesh Belt Austemper Line from a major supplier of automotive components.
The order is for a complete gas-fired austemper facility, consisting of a computerized loading system to feed the parts into the furnace belt; a gas-fired mesh-belt austenitizing furnace with three zones of control to heat the parts to the process temperature; an integral, gas-fired salt quenching tank to quench the hot parts in molten salt; and a spray-dunk washer to clean the products after they exit the system. AFC-Holcroft’s BeltMasterÔ Control System will monitor and control the flow of product, as well as maintain load tracking, history and recipe storage and management for the line. The mesh belt facility has been designed to meet the requirements of CQI‑9.
The equipment is expected to be delivered to the customer’s plant in Ontario, Canada in the first quarter of 2015.
Mike Neumann of AFC-Holcroft stated, “Our company has been building and operating continuous austempering equipment for nearly 30 years. Our extensive experience and reputation in austempering was a key consideration in our customer’s decision to purchase AFC-Holcroft equipment.”
AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries.
AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability.