Seco/Warwick, Swiebodzin, Poland, has developed a custom precision vacuum furnace system designed to meet the expectations and standards of an unnamed customer in the Japanese precision tool steels component market. This specialised system is said to reduce energy consumption through power optimisation and cycle time reduction, and is customised to work within the tight physical space limitations of the Japanese facility.
Maciej Korecki, VP, Vacuum Heat Treatment Furnaces at Seco/Warwick, stated, “Even though this is the first vacuum heat treatment furnace that we’ve introduced into the Japanese market, Seco/Warwick Group has been active in Japan for many years, delivering solutions from different product segments, for example, vacuum melting furnaces. Being present on this market enabled Seco/Warwick to better understand local needs.”
“In terms of heat treatment processes, we already had the furnace that the client needed,” he continued. “However, because the traditional solution was too big and did not fit the customer’s tight physical space limitations, our engineers customised the furnace and created one that fits the limited manufacturing space perfectly. Transforming a horizontal furnace door into the special system of vertical opening and lifting was the secret sauce, keeping outstanding thermal process performance, especially with regard to quenching control.”
Seco/Warwick’s precision vacuum technology’s loading systems will be integrated into the customer’s existing line, proving additional capacity within the same space and meeting customers’ requirements for equipment footprint as well as production.