NITREX CHICAGO EXPANDS NITRIDING CAPACITY
NITREX – CHICAGO completed phase one of a 12,000 square foot (1115 m2) expansion of its facility in Aurora, Illinois, a town on the outskirts of Chicago. The plant now includes three supersized gas nitriding systems from Nitrex Metal Inc. The expansion has increased the plant’s nitriding capacities to accommodate parts up to 177” (4.5 meters) long and loads of up to 25,000 pounds (11,300 kg). All furnaces are capable of running the NITREG® family of processes and can meet industry specifications for nitriding to AMS 2759/10 and ferritic nitrocarburizing to AMS 2759/12, plus ONC® for in-process post-nitriding and -nitrocarburizing oxidation.
Tom Copper, General Manager of Nitrex – Chicago said that the primary motivation for the capital upgrades at his plant was that “Nitriding large diameter parts and gears has been limited to furnaces in captive heat treat shops. The same is true for long parts, tubes or shafts. Our new Nitrex nitriders provide a solution to this underserved market segment”. Along with the furnaces, phase one of the expansion involved the addition of a new two-story office building and an upgraded metallurgical laboratory.
In the second phase of expansion, the Illinois facility will add another large nitrider from Nitrex Metal Inc., with a working envelope of 137” diameter by 98” height (3.5 m Ø x 2.5 m H), and a load capacity of 55,000 pounds (25,000 kg). This furnace will offer the same Nitreg® process capabilities and will be equipped to meet aerospace standards. The furnace is expected to commence production by January 2017.