SONA BLW Precision Forge, located in Selma, North Carolina, USA, has purchased a new AFC-Holcroft UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace and support equipment for their existing heat treating facility.
SONA set out to find equipment that met their needs for flexible production and high quality, and had added features they required. AFC-Holcroft teams met with SONA personnel to discuss their specific requirements in depth. Following site visits to view UBQ lines in operation in the region, SONA BLW Precision Forge selected AFC-Holcroft to provide their new heat treat equipment.
AFC-Holcroft customized a standard UBQ furnace, typically rated at 3,500 lb. load capacity, to the 4,000 lb. capacity the customer required. The new equipment consists of a UBQ integral quench batch furnace with an effective work zone of 36” wide x 48” long x 36” high with all the standard features, two UBTN Universal Batch Nitrogen Temper Furnaces, a UBW Universal Batch Spray-Dunk Washer,and a 2-module array of “E-Z Series” endothermic gas generators providing 9000 cubic foot/hour of endothermic gas.
Mike Neumann of AFC-Holcroft stated “This equipment showcases AFC-Holcroft’s ability to take a proven, standardized product and customize it to meet the individual needs of the customer while providing the fast delivery time possible”.
About SONA BLW Precision Forge:
SONA BLW PRECISION FORGE, INC. designs and manufactures transmission and axle components for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
With six plants in Germany, the U.S. and India, SONA BLW Precision Forge, Inc. is now the world’s only precision forge with presence in three continents. The global company has approximately 1,980 employees producing precision forged gear and axle components, as well as heavy-duty truck components for leading car, heavy-vehicle and axle manufacturers. www.sonablw.com .
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.