Advancements in heat treatment are an integral part of the industrial ceramics arena. Beyond that, it has a direct effect on a number of other industries, notably smaller-scale industries and electronics industries that deal with high-performance components with many minute details. Those who work with glass components such as neon tubing also have a lot to gain regarding shaping an coloring with the advent of these new processes. A recent jump forward comes from Seco Warwick, as is discussed in a recent article from IOM3:
“A new vacuum oven, created by Seco Warwick for use by Wallwork Heat Treatment, has increased the capacity of furnaces to treat large components. Products up to 1.5 metres long and 1.5 tonnes in weight can be treated in this new furnace, making it suitable for treating the bulky components needed in aerospace, nuclear and marine applications. The oven’s capacity also allows for the processing of smaller components in bulk batches.”
With more components being able to be cured in larger batches with greater efficiency, the industries that rely on thermal processing will enjoy more flexibility with designs and more time to play with during the prototyping and production stages of a project. We’re excited about these new developments in thermal processing. Are you? Let us know by sounding off in the comments section below!