HTS Future of Heat Treating

Future of Heat Treating

What does the future hold for heat treaters in the year 2020? What technologies are the most necessary to keep heat treaters competitive and profitable? What do heat treaters need most from equipment manufacturers, suppliers, governments, and customers?

For a closer look at the answers, view the 1999 Research & Development Plan For Heat Treating (pdf), published by HTS. This report shows the depth of the commitment by HTS in meeting the changing needs of heat treaters. You can also view an updated-for-2001 version of the R&D Plan (pdf).

Because of our continuing effort on behalf of the heat treating community, HTS is recognized as a heat treat industry leader by U.S. departments and agencies, U.S. national laboratories and leading R&D organizations throughout the world.

The 1999 R&D Plan is the latest output of a process that began in February 1996, when 20 leaders of the heat treat community attended a workshop sponsored by HTS and the Metal Treating Institute, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The goal of the workshop was to create a representation of an ideal future for heat treating 25 years in the future -- and the problems that would have to be solved to assure that vision. This representation became known as "Heat Treating Vision 2020."

The 1999 R&D Plan prioritizes the most immediate, short-term research challenges needed to achieve Vision 2020. The performance targets are ambitious!

HTS continues to lead the way by holding ongoing meetings of the HTS R&D Committee, by holding a workshop on Vision 2020 at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences annual conference (May 1998), and by having excellent discussions and receiving encouragement from the U.S. Department of Energy and from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In the near term, HTS continues to encourage industry, academia and governments to work together on specific research where each is a stakeholder in the progress. HTS is a founding member of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence. CHTE specifically focuses on conducting research that contributes to the advancement of our industry, both in terms of expanding practical knowledge and in the development of human resources.

Through this ongoing work, HTS continues to proactively develop and prioritize the most significant challenges facing our members on the shop floor, and in design offices, R&D labs and schools.