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Top 10 tips to improve efficiency in heat treatment processes

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Top 10 tips for Heat Treat process efficiency​Heat treatment processes involve high energy usage and compliance to strict industrial regulations. Poor control of the process can lead to large amounts of wasted energy and quality issues that result in non-compliant waste product and costly fines. This article covers our top 10 tips on how to get better efficiency in heat treatment processes while meeting industry standards, using modern technology designed with furnace applications in mind.

Precise temperature control is critical for the heat treatment of automotive and aerospace parts that need to comply to standards such as Nadcap/AMS2750 and CQI-9.

Poor control leads to components that have been overheated, under-heated or not soaked at the correct temperature for the specified length of time. Many difficulties can arise during heating, cooling, ramps and dwells including control of overshoot, rate of temperature change and stability.

Add to this the necessity to prove the process was carried out to specification by securely recording and archiving the data, and you will find you really need to select the right equipment for the job.

These problems are easily solved using modern precision PID control and secure tamper resistant data recording techniques with smart reporting tools.

Our top 10 tips show the benefits of precision control and secure data recording not only to help comply to standards but also to gain extra benefits in term of efficiency that also reduce costs.

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