But it’s not cold in our heat treatment department! Heat treating is a significant part of the forging process. Anderson Shumaker keeps heat treatment in-house, which saves our clients time and money. Our electronically controlled furnaces ensure both temperature and accuracy, giving us control on both variables and documentation.
Heat treating uses heating or chilling to achieve desired material changes. In other words, it brings a material to an extreme temperate to manipulate it. Common heat treating techniques include: annealing, case hardening, carburizing, normalizing, precipitation, quenching, strengthening, and tempering. Depending on the material’s end use, it may require part or all of these techniques.
Heat treating optimizes our products’ mechanical and physical properties. While many people think heating only hardens metal, these treatments are also used to soften metal. This allows operations such as deep drawing, cold forging, and machining. When a product needs increased strength and wear resistance, Anderson Shumaker employs hardening and tempering treatments. Heat treating can also develop hard surfaces with ductile base materials.
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