15 Quick Heat Treat News Items to Keep You Current

15 Quick Heat Treat News Items to Keep You Current

Heat Treat Today offers News Chatter, a feature highlighting representative moves, transactions, and kudos from around the industry.

Personnel and Company Chatter

  • David P. Hess and Marianne Kah have been appointed to the Board of Directors for Allegheny Technologies Incorporated. Hess brings 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Kah is a global energy and raw materials markets expert with tremendous experience in board-level strategic planning and risk analysis.
  • Neil Merrell was recently promoted to Vice President at Contour after more than twenty years of experience with the company.
  • Bill Gornicki has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both Diablo Furnaces and Machine Tool Builders (MTB) based in Machesney Park, Illinois.
  • Skip Schaefer is now the consulting Product Design Specialist at Industrial Heating Systems, a manufacturer of quality immersion heating systems based in Boise, Idaho. Skip, also known as Mr. Heater to many, has nearly 50 years in the industry. He helped lead his father’s company Proheco from 1971-2003, another ten more years under the name Proheatco and over ten more with Titan Industrial Heating.
  • The leading Tier One metal additive manufacturer for the Aerospace & Defense industry, Sintavia LLC, has officially opened the doors to its new 55,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility, located in Hollywood, Florida.

Equipment Chatter

  • A U.S. manufacturer recently commissioned a specialized aluminum solution heat treating furnace, which will be AMS2750 compliant and Nadcap capable and will be used to heat treat products for use in automotive, aerospace and medical applications. SECO/WARWICK Group’s subsidiary based in Meadville, Pennsylvania, has designed and built the furnace to load, heat treat, quench, and discharge with minimal operator assistance.
  • A leading western Pennsylvania heat treatment provider recently installed a brand new, 14-foot long car bottom air furnace. The furnace was surveyed in accordance with AMS2750 Rev E and is uniform within ±10°F (Class 2) and will be capable of handling workloads up to 30,000 pounds. A maximum operating temperature of 1400°F allows this furnace to accommodate the tempering of large tool steel components, as well as the age hardening processes of nickel-based alloys and precipitation hardenable stainless steels at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA.
  • An aerospace manufacturer has purchased an Electrically Heated Soluble Mandrel Curing Oven from Wisconsin Oven Corp. The oven is capable of heating 8,000 pounds of steel and 20,000 pounds of soluble material from 80° to 350°F at an average rate of 0.1° F per minute.
  • In addition, Wisconsin Oven Corporation announced the shipment of two Electrically Heated Four Zone Two Drawer Ovens to a manufacturer in the oil and gas industry. The batch ovens will be used for pre-heating drill pipe motor tubes and cores. The ovens have sufficient capability to heat 15,000 pounds of steel from 21°C to 120°C in approximately 90 minutes in a pre-heated oven.
  • An international mint recently purchased a horizontal vacuum furnace with a maximum temperature of 2462°F (1350°C) from Furnacare Inc., a TAV Group Company.
  • Three Gruenberg Cleanroom Truck-In Ovens have been shipped to the medical industry from Thermal Process Solutions.

Kudos Chatter

  • Nucor Corporation has been recognized as a General Motors Supplier of the Year for Non-Fabricated Steel at the automotive company’s 27th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held last month in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) recently awarded its 2019 scholarships to worthy students who are studying various subjects that can lead to a career in powder coating. he 2019 PCI Scholarship Program awarded $25,000 in total, which includes donations of $5,000 from each of our corporate donors: Axalta Coating Systems, Gema USA and Nordson Corporation. PCI/Axalta Scholarship: Samuel Little, Purdue University; PCI/Gema Scholarship: Genevieve Andreae, University of Wisconsin – Platteville; PCI/Nordson Ken Kreeger Scholarship: Daikon Iverson, University of Wisconsin – Stout; PCI General Scholarships: Mark Rupert, University of Cincinnati, and Ashley Sullivan, University of Cincinnati.
  • Physical Digital is the first company in the world to be awarded Nadcap accreditation for measurement and inspection using 3D Structured Light (3DSL). Physical Digital has provided 3DSL measurement services to the aerospace industry for many years, completing repeatability studies, batch measurement, inspection and analysis on industrial components from single turbine blades to complete jet turbine engines and full aircraft.
  • Commercial Metals’ Barbara Smith has been named Steelmaker of the Year AISTECH 2019. Smith was honored during the AISTech president’s Award Breakfast, recognizing her for her leadership and strategic evolution of Commercial Metals Company.


Heat Treat Today is pleased to join in the announcements of growth and achievement throughout the industry by highlighting them here on our News Chatter page. Please send any information you feel may be of interest to manufacturers with in-house heat treat departments especially in the aerospace, automotive, medical, and energy sectors to Laura Miller at laura@nullheattreattoday.com