INTERNATIONAL THERMAL SYSTEMS SHIPS HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OVEN TO AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER
Milwaukee, WI, June, 2018, INTERNATIONAL THERMAL SYSTEMS was approached by a leading automotive suspension manufacturer to develop a system that would reduce Hydrogen Embrittlement from parts after plating. To win the bid we had to provide a solution with a consistently precise material handling system and tight part temperature uniformity. With floor space being a premium a small footprint was imperative. The result was an electric heated close loop system whereas the product is loaded and unloaded at the same spot.
The main features of this system included:
- Fully automated square loop indexing conveyor system.
- A two position preheat section.
- Three position soak zone.
- Vertical lift doors to prevent heat loss.
- Single pass thru ambient air cooling section.
Remove the Hydrogen infused during the cleaning and plating process.
Exposure to hydrogen causes various metals, most importantly steel, to become brittle and crack. This can cause a decrease in the metal’s tensile strength. Typically for high strength metal parts, the Hydrogen Embrittlement Relief Oven removes the Hydrogen infused during the cleaning and plating process.
The Hydrogen Embrittlement Relief Oven is available in either a Batch Oven or Continuous Conveyor configuration. In the continuous process, batched parts travel through the heating chamber in individual bucket carriers so that different type parts remain separated. Pneumatic vibration is incorporated at the off load station to ensure all parts are discharged from the bucket.