Following a record year for new equipment orders in 2021, Ipsen USA, Cherry Valley, Illinois, USA, has reported a that its Vacuum Technology Excellence Center confirmed twenty-two new vacuum furnace orders and record part bookings during the first quarter of 2022.
“We continue to see improved business levels in all target markets, driven by the need for additional production capacity along with customer requests for more unique thermal process capabilities,” stated Patrick McKenna, president and CEO, Ipsen USA.
Vacuum furnace orders were said to have spanned several industries including automotive, Additive Manufacturing, aerospace, commercial heat treating and tool & die. Ipsen also reported a wide variety in ordered furnace models, from large vertical bottom loading units for aerospace to small vacuum debind and sinter furnaces for Additive Manufacturing. Other orders included those for Ipsen’s AvaC® low-pressure carburising capability, as well as high-pressure gas quenching used in conjunction with vacuum compression brazing.
Ipsen also stated that it was on track for a record year in aftermarket services; in Q1, Ipsen performed over 250 field service visits related to installation and start-up, furnace relocation, hot zone replacement, preventive maintenance, calibrations and leak checks.
“Our aftermarket business is strong and only getting stronger,” stated John Dykstra, Chief Service Officer, Ipsen’. “We continue to add resources to the team and complete strategic initiatives designed to improve response times and reduce downtime for our customers.”
In addition to the growing demand for new equipment and aftermarket support, Ipsen hired twelve new employees.