Over the past year, SECO/WARWICK has had a very strong year in sales of vacuum technology. It is becoming increasingly clear that these modern solutions are replacing atmospheric furnaces due to the production efficiency, production economics and ecology associated with vacuum processing.
of The SECO/WARWICK Group strengthens its position as a leader in vacuum technology. The market is increasingly choosing vacuum furnaces: single chamber – vector®, and two-chamber and three-chamber furnaces of the CaseMaster Evolution family. These are primarily of interest to the aviation, energy, tools, automotive industry, and commercial heat treatment.
Vector remains the leader in vacuum technology
Among the wide range of products of the SECO/WARWICK Group, Vector® Most versatile ever vacuum furnacee The most popular product in the company’s portfolio. Vectors are universal, One-chamber vacuum furnaceUsed for annealing, brazing, quenching, tempering, and low pressure carburizing. It provides precise temperature control of heating and cooling, enabling economical and efficient furnace operation as well as high quality. The Vector Furnace meets all international standards and the requirements of many heat treatment processes. In 2022, producers in dozens of countries have tapped into the wide range of possibilities offered by Vector technology. The market is also increasingly choosing Vector furnaces. High pressure gas quenching (HPGQ).
This solution was used by a European tire manufacturer Michelinpurchased Vector® small vacuum furnace. Essential for the gas hardening process of tools in the premium tire manufacturing segment. Alberts Surface Technologies,Top SECO/WARWICK CUSTOMERS, decided to work with the group again. For 2022, this commercial heat treater has placed her second order with SECO/WARWICK. Aaalberts Group already has 10 of his SECO/WARWICK solutions. This year’s contract includes the delivery of two of his vacuum furnaces to his Aalberts Surface Technologies TEY, the Group’s Spanish subsidiary, and the Group’s Polish company with its innovative AFT technology line based on Aalberts Surface Technologies TEY. It was associated with the expansion of hardening plants. Two-chamber atmosphere furnaceIt is worth noting that Aalberts ordered the largest solution from the SECO/WARWICK portfolio, a horizontal retort furnace for high tempering with vacuum purge.
In the United States, the heat treatment of the seventh and final module of the world’s largest superconducting electromagnet has been successfully completed.Ah Dedicated vacuum furnace attached used to carry out the project. general atomic Part of the International ITER Program and responsible for the project.
CaseMaster Evolution – 2-chamber and 3-chamber innovation
For SECO/WARWICK, 2022 is also a year of dynamic growth for CaseMaster Evolution two-chamber and three-chamber furnace solutions. HärtewerkChemnitz GmbH, one of Germany’s largest heat treatment suppliers, has purchased a Super IQ model, a double-chamber vacuum furnace that combines modern low-pressure carburizing with conventional oil quenching. This furnace eliminates the need to use a traditional carburizing atmosphere and eliminates the associated hazards caused by the presence of open flames and carbon monoxide. Instead, Super IQ allows for cleaner processing and carburizing at higher temperatures for faster cycles and improved efficiency. The parts are also much cleaner and brighter. The Super IQ is a well-thought-out alternative to the traditional IQ gas-fired atmosphere furnace. Technological advances allow this system to operate at higher temperatures for vacuum carburization and clean quenching without decarburization effects.
“Customers choose this technology because it is environmentally friendly, productive and cost-effective. 3E technology (Economy, Efficiency, Ecology) is definitely the future. Driving the CaseMaster Evolution product group The Super IQ solves the problem of quenching plants as the system can be switched on and off without additional time and energy consumption. It is economical as there is no need for maintenance at specific temperature parameters.It stops just like in a conventional atmosphere furnace. Vacuum treatment also improves the quality of the final product and the safety of the process Work is carried out in a non-combustible environment. To tell Maciej Koretzki, vice president vacuum segment at SECO/WARWICK.
Vacuum solutions for the American market
The American market is a significant recipient of these technologies in the vacuum solutions segment.
“In the five years of SECO/VACUUM’s existence, 55 vacuum furnaces have been sold. Innovative UniCase Master Furnace It has also found success in the aviation industry. Vacuum heat treatment equipment for vacuum carburizing and nitrogen quenching of mechanical transmission parts such as gears, shafts, rings, and bushings using a single flow method. Said Peter ZawistovskySECO/VACUUM Managing Director.
Asia – the dark horse of vacuum technology
2022 is a year of great awakening for the Indian market and the potential cannot be underestimated. Ecocat India, Asia’s leading catalyst manufacturer, with a mission to purify the air by providing innovative catalysts to the automotive sector, has placed a high pressure order. vacuum furnace by gas quenching. Another of his Vector vacuum furnaces has been delivered to Atlas Autos Ltd. (Atlas Group Company), Pakistan’s largest motorcycle parts manufacturer. This furnace is designed for hardening and tempering processes and its design enables gas quenching of molds and mold components used in automotive production. SECO/WARWICK supplied his Vector vacuum furnace to Indian fastener manufacturer Sundram Fasteners Limited. This furnace becomes part of the high quality aircraft screw manufacturing process. Due to the growing interest in vacuum solutions, SECO/WARWICK started production of these furnaces in Asia last year, delivered directly from the region for the Andritz Group.
“In the future, we would like to expand our production in India based on cooperation with local partners. We are analyzing the development of assembly in India and the business expansion of Chinese companies through local production of vacuum furnaces. Achieving this goal does not require large investment expenditures.This strategy is implemented by renting halls and finding subcontractors. Summary of SECO/WARWICK Group CEO Slawomir Vozniak.
S (Eco) Future
SECO/WARWICK strongly supports “green technology”. A good example of this environmental commitment is: Gas nitriding technology, ZeroFlow® enables significant cost savings by reducing the consumption of expensive ammonia several times compared to conventional nitriding processes. Then the use of vacuum carburizing in the pit furnace – Pit LPC For large parts, process times are reduced and energy and gas consumption are reduced. This directly reduces production costs and improves the quality of results compared to conventional techniques. This solution is most often chosen in heavy industry, bearing industry and wind farms. His SuperIQ, mentioned above, is a solution using low-pressure carburizing technology that significantly reduces process gas consumption and minimizes CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.
Environmental considerations are understood by the Group to be: sustainable production andEcological innovations built into every project and furnace design.this This is part of SECO/WARWICK’s long-term strategy in which vacuum technology plays a major role.