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AFC-Holcroft provides roller hearth annealing furnace to automotive systems producer

April 12, 2017
Source: ASM International

AFC-Holcroft, Wixom, Mich., announces that a leading global supplier of automotive systems and components has purchased a new roller hearth annealing furnace to be installed at a plant in the Southeast region of the United States. The same plant has been running production operating two Holcroft roller hearth annealers since the late 1990's.The new roller hearth furnace will be similar to the existing installation in design, but updated with modern control systems and features.

The roller hearth design offers more flexibility than other types of thermal processing technology such as induction.  A roller hearth furnace can produce a larger volume of parts, change recipes easily, provide long cycle times, and offer the flexibility of batch-style processing in a continuous type design.

"The customer's team recognized and acknowledged the strength and flexibility of the original roller hearth design for its application," said Ron Graham, Sales Engineer at AFC-Holcroft.  "Engineers provided vital feedback to us on areas of potential improvement, which allowed us to provide the optimal solution by combining the known functionality of the existing design with identified areas of improvement based on decades of in-plant experience."



Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Automobiles and Ground Transportation

Materials Processing and Treatment | Heat Treating

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