LOW PRESSURE CARBURIZING AT NITREX INDIANA OPERATIONS
NITREX INC. began operation of a low pressure carburizing (LPC) furnace at its plant in Franklin, Indiana. The brand new installation comes from vacuum and LPC furnace specialist ECM of France. It features ECM’s Infracarb® technology – a process that guarantees the reduction of the cycle time, the absence of oxidation and a precise and repeatable control of the carburizing parameters. The furnace has a nameplate capacity of 1,650 pounds (750 kg) and a work chamber of 24” x 26” x 39” (610 mm x 660 mm x 1000 mm). The LPC system is fully automated and is currently configured with 2 heat treat / carburizing cells and a load transfer system that is completely under vacuum. Additionally, this particular set-up at Nitrex – Indiana Operations has the unique capability of quenching in both high pressure gas (20 bar) and in oil to address most specifications. Because of its modular design, additional process chambers can be simply integrated to this system to meet high volume demand.