ABOUT Heat Treating
Technology: Heat Treating Services encompass a variety of procedures for heating and cooling materials without melting to induce certain properties or characteristics in them. Among the desirable outcomes of heat treating are hardening, improved dimensional stability,improved formability,improved machinability, softening,strengthening, and stress relieving. Plastic deformation may be included in the sequence of heating and cooling steps, thus defining a thermomechanical treatment.Services often have a metallurgist on staffSmall lots can be treated with other parts to save costsFirms which specialize in heat treating often have a wide range of options available to optimize the process for a particular part and material
All metals and alloys in common use are heat-treated at some stage during processing. Iron alloys respond to heat treatment in a unique way because of the multitude of phase changes which can be induced through the various processes.
Heat treatments are often categorized by the treatment method:
Aging precipitation hardening
Stress relief anneals
Advantages: Heat treating services can alleviate the need to maintain facilities and personnel in house.
Limitations of Heat Treating ServicesTransportation costs can add upIntermediate heat treatments during manufacturing can add more time if done off site
Applications: Heat treating services can be used for small lot single time applications or can be regularly scheduled as routine production runs.The properties of any steel parts can be improved through heat treating