SECO/WARWICK will deliver two furnaces to Budapest. One of them will be the largest vacuum furnace in Hungary which will open new business chances. It is first-order from European Flansch-Tech, specializing in aluminum forging, steel forging and steel trade.
Unique technologies in unique size
VECTOR® ordered by Flansch-Tech is a customized vacuum furnace with horizontal charge loading. max. 15 bar nitrogen cooling gas pressure with production size 900x900x1200 mm (WxHxL). A furnace for heat treatment of tool steels – mostly dedicated to hardening and tempering.
Vector meets the cooling speed requirements defined, among others, in the NADCA standard (North American Die Casting Association). The furnace is equipped with a directional quenching option which allows to change the direction of the flow of the cooling gas – nitrogen. The flow direction can be 360 degrees, from the sides or only up and down. Vector’s gas blower is controlled by 400kW frequency drive. It allows for programmable cooling rate controlled against furnace or load temperature, ISO quench capability, no blower motor start-up overcurrent and saves electric energy by increasing cooling systems power factor.
Heat Treat market experts confirm that probably it will be the largest vacuum furnace for hardening and tempering in Hungary.
SECO/WARWICK specializes in customized solutions. This is another vivid example. The company cooperates closely with Technical Universities all over the world, executing a number of venture academic also experimental projects, employing a number of engineers, experts in specific heat treat fields, patenting solutions on continues basis. SECO/WARWICK, therefore, has great potentials for high customizations and realizes it on demand.
Second ordered furnace is SECO/WARWICK’s Tempering Furnace with horizontal loading of the charge, with vacuum rinsing before the start of the heating process (vacuum purging), working area 600x600x900mm (WxHxL), dedicated mainly to tempering processes. This vacuum technology uses a unique system ideal for tempering.
Along with the furnaces, all sub-components required for the proper operation of the furnaces will be delivered, i.e. closed loop water cooling system, forklift loaders and gas buffer tank.
“This investment allows us controlling our own heat treat processes with regard to time and quality. Until now, we have relied on outsourced heat treat services. The technology will be used for internal production as well as external service for other partners. Thanks to these two technologies from SECO/WARWICK we will gain autonomy and self-sufficiency in heat treat processes dedicated to Tool&Die”, says Zsolt Varga Technical Director of Flansch-Tech.
“This is probably the largest vacuum furnace with high pressure gas quenching in Hungary which provides us with competitive advantage on this market. It will allow processing much larger parts than in standard size furnaces typically of 600x600x900mm present in local commercial heat treatment facilities. We decided for such extreme product from SECO/WARWICK due to the company’s extended experience in vast numbers of customized solutions”, added Mr Faragó MD of Flansch-Tech.
Both technologies ordered by Flash-Tech are exemplary solutions for the whole Tool&Die Industry. They bring time and cost efficiency along with quality to the process. Their flexibility and scalability make them a popular choice among large Tool&Die global companies, commercial heat treaters as well as specialized departments in smaller companies.
Vacuum technology is perfect for tool&dies industry
Tool&Dies industry all over the world expands their technology portfolio with vacuum since it offers a number of quality and economic benefits.
“SECO/WARWICK’s portfolio of vacuum furnaces takes over traditional tempering and hardening methods in the whole spectrum of products, applications and industries. Our Hungarian Client specializes among others in automotive, food, construction, mining, energy and electrical industries. In all of these vacuum furnaces offer huge cost saving and end product quality benefits”, says Maciej Korecki, VP, Vacuum Business Segment at SECO/WARWICK.
“Special large size chamber brings additional advantages to our Client. It allows not only processing in-house larger heat treat products but also offering services to other companies. SECO/WARWICK specializes in custom made or adjusted products to specific needs. This order will bring not only new technology but also unquestionable competitive edge for our Client”, concludes M. Korecki.
Tool&Dies industry has been switching to vacuum technologies for almost 10 years now. SECO/WARWICK vacuum products have great input in this process. Vacuum solutions are highly regarded for its high quality (clean and bright parts), reliability, environment-friendly parameters, no-load oxidation, reduction of quench distortion, full automation with computer control visualization systems, compact design and impressive furnace universality to be used to changing products, markets, customers requirement over the years.