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Single-chamber box furnace heat treats mold tooling for die maker

June 27, 2016
Source: ASM International

Lucifer Furnaces Inc., Warrington, Pa., announces that Century Die Co. LLC, Fremont, Ohio, has purchased a Lucifer Red Devil single-chamber box furnace for heat treating mold tooling. Model RD7-H21 has a working chamber size of 9x12x21 inches, lined with lightweight firebrick and mineral wool backup insulation. Easy-to-replace heating elements for uniform radiation are situated along both side walls, and heat the furnace to 2200°F.

The furnace features a horizontal swing door and safety microswitch, as well as a ceramic hearth plate to support the workload and protect the floor brick insulation.  Century Die engineers chose to accessorize the furnace with a base stand to bring the hearth height to 30 inches.  The upgraded Honeywell UDC 2500 controller allows programming up to 12 segments. An additional soak timer with alarm contact alerts the operator when heat treating is complete.

Century Die plans on serving higher customer demands and increasingly shorter lead times by keeping the overnight, and sometimes same day, heat-treat requirements in-house. Many customers are running a 24/7 operation and cannot allow excessive downtime.  

Mark Carter from Century Die says he has been very happy with performance of an older dual-chamber Lucifer Furnace space-saver unit, which led the company to select Lucifer Furnaces for its new equipment. In addition to being a leading supplier of blow, compression, and thermoform mold tooling for plastic packaging and components, Century Die is also a major repair and refurbishment facility for this type of tooling.


Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Tools and Dies

Materials Processing and Treatment | Heat Treating

Metals and Alloys | Tool Steels

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