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Contour Hardening acquires gas nitride induction system to heat treat complex parts

January 08, 2019
Source: ASM International

Contour Hardening, Indianapolis, announces the purchase of a gas nitride unit that will help Contour expand its offerings in the automotive sector and expand more deeply into the aerospace market. Contour will install the first unit at its global headquarters in Indianapolis, in late spring 2019.


Since its founding in 1986, Contour has both manufactured induction heat treat systems and offered commercial induction processing services for industry partners around the globe. The new gas nitride unit allows Contour to expand services focusing on distortion-critical, complex parts for clients. With the addition of nitriding, it allows increased offerings to solve complex parts demanding dimensional control through engineered processes.


“Our customers rely on our controlled heat-treatment processes, 100% hardness verification, and dimensional inspections,” says Neil Merrell, Director-Heat Treat.. “Our goal is to drive out part variation and provide a repeatable dimensionally accurate part.”   


“For several years we have planned to have a more significant presence in the aerospace, agricultural, heavy truck and light automotive industries,” says Ben Crawford, Contour CEO and President. “The purchase of this gas nitride unit will allow us to do just that, and complement our induction and dimensional services. We are committed to offering innovative thermal heat treat solutions to our clients globally, and this investment is proof of our commitment.”


Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Aerospace and Defense

Materials Processing and Treatment | Heat Treating

Materials Processing and Treatment | Surface Engineering

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