Heat treatment furnaces are key to varying the properties of steel over a wide or localised range. Traditionally the process has been carried out in energy hungry, fuel fired furnaces which do not provide the ability to control the regions being hardened. Typically, batch processes have required long heating times and some degree of skilled labour, with certain treatments, such as carburising, often needing special expensive alloy steels.
By contrast, induction heating treatment is accomplished by inducting electric currents within metal parts and can reduce many process times to minutes, or even seconds, thus providing significant energy savings.
Induction heating treatment also has the ability to concentrate heat in localised regions, which results in a hardened surface of controllable depth, backed by a less brittle core, and combining the features of surface wear resistance with general strength and little to no distortion.
Inductotherm is a world leader in electric induction heating technology, dedicated to the forging and forming industries in a practical and cost effective manner.
Inductotherm’s inductoheat division is an induction heating specialist. They have comprehensive research, design, manufacturing, testing and servicing facilities worldwide, and manufacture a complete range of induction heat treatment power supplies. These can be matched with production handling devices to produce fully integrated, standard or custom-built systems for maximum flexibility and output.
Inductotherm's induction heating systems incorporate advanced technical features where reliability and cost efficiency are of the highest importance.