Joy Global in Franklin, Pennsylvania has added a new AFC-Holcroft automated batch integral quench system.
The order consists of four 36-48-36 UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnaces with atmosphere top cool chambers, eight UBT temper furnaces, a UBW washer, an automatic bar car, multi-position load and unload tables with scissors lifts and cooling capabilities, stationary tables, tray rollover table, and ProcessMaster Controls system. The system will be fully automated, with each load managed/tracked as it is automatically processed thru the UBQ line, with complete load data reporting for all process data from entry until discharge. The ProcessMaster Controls system is fully integrated with Joy Global’s existing plant wide production system.
The customer will be using the equipment for normalizing, quenching and tempering, carburizing and hardening. The modularity of the UBQ system allows for flexibility in processing and production volumes.
The equipment was installed and commissioned in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
Tracy Dougherty of AFC-Holcroft says of Joy Global, “The team at Joy Global were very thorough and took the time and effort to research the benefits of AFC-Holcroft’s automated batch line. This new installation at their Franklin, PA plant gives them one of the most impressive batch lines in North America. This investment will provide Joy Global with the capacity for growth well into the future while producing the quality products their customers have come to expect.
Jason Biondi from Joy Global said, “We look forward to receiving the benefits with the new AFC-Holcroft automated batch line. We are excited about the possibilities the new installation has to offer.”
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 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability.