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Surface® Combustion Celebrates Allcase® Furnace and 70 Years of Successful Heat Treating

Surface® Combustion, Inc., a pioneer in the heat treatment industry since 1915, is celebrating the Allcase® Batch Integral Quench Furnace and its 70 years of successful heat treating.  For 70 years, the Allcase batch integral quench furnace has been a trusted heat treating solution, meeting customer specified thermal processing and production requirements. Over 50% of heat treaters use the Allcase: 

  • Over 3,000 installed
  • Over 496,040 tons of steel processed annually 
  • Processes include: annealing, austenitizing, carbon restoration, carbonitriding, carburizing, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), neutral hardening, normalizing, spheroidizing, stress relieving 
“We pioneered the Allcase in 1951 and since then, it has been a trusted source for heat treating processes around the world" said Ben Bernard, VP of Marketing at Surface Combustion. "We are excited to celebrate its success and look...

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Surface® Combustion Awarded Contract for Horizontal Ion Nitriding System for Watervliet Arsenal

Surface® Combustion, Inc. has recently shipped a new Ion Nitriding Thermal Processing Furnace System for Watervliet Arsenal. Watervliet was familiar with Surface Combustion's multitude of furnace offerings and awarded a contract to Surface so they could again bring their processing capability in-house. Adding control to the supply chain for product was one of the many reasons Watervliet added a Ion Nitriding Thermal Processing Furnace System to their plant. Surface® Combustion has always placed a high value on customer relationships and believes that an equipment purchase is the beginning of something much more than a finite transaction. In fact, they have been working with the Watervliet Arsenal location for over 40 years. “It is always great to see customers coming back to Surface because they appreciate our incredible product lines as well as our engineering capabilities and long standing relationships," said Ben Bernard, VP of Marketing at Surface. The Surface® Combustion Ion Nitriding System,...

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Surface Combustion to attend Heat Treat International!

Please see us at booth #1307 This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Allcase® furnace. Register here to attend this exciting event! Heat Treat is the premier conference and expo for heat treating professionals, attracting global innovators, researchers, influencers and decision makers from around the world. This year's conference and expo will feature: 2 1/2 days of face-to-face networking opportunities with approximately 200 heat treat exhibitors/companies. All of the top companies and big names in the heat treating industry will be represented! Latest research and industry insights offered during more than 100 technical presentations Continued co-location with Motion + Power Technology Expo 2021 with access to additional exhibitors, in the co-located exhibit hall Student/emerging professionals initiatives, including free college student registration, Fluxtrol Student Research Competition and the new ASM Heat Treating Society Strong Bar Student Competition. ...

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On Demand Virtual Trainings

Surface® Combustion is pleased to offer On-Demand Virtual Trainings. When you have a question or a matter that needs attention, our engineers and technicians are available to address any of your specific equipment and knowledge requirements. We offer our on-demand virtual trainings to ensure your equipment is productive and efficient, and your downtime is limited. Even when times are uncertain, you can be assured that the Surface team is ready to help you with any of your thermal processing needs. To participate in a virtual training event, please contact Customer Service at (800) 537-8980....

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Surface Gas Heated Vacuum Technology Leads the Industry

Gas Heated Vacuum Furnace

Gas Heated Vacuum Furnace Designs Lower Operating Costs for Vacuum Heat Treatment The advantages of vacuum heat treating are numerous and well documented. These advantages have traditionally been opposed by a few negatives such as furnace cost, overall operating cost, and in most cases, the cost of electricity as a utility. Typically, these negatives have been countered by the heat treater’s desire to provide vacuum processing to their customers or the requirement of certain materials to be vacuum processed. Over the history of this type of equipment, electric heating has been the primary heating source offered by manufacturers. This scenario has resulted in a well-established vacuum furnace installed base that uses electricity as the heating source. A Longer History Than You May Think Surface® Combustion initially investigated the use of natural gas heating in vacuum equipment as early as 1946 when a U.S. Patent was received for a fuel-fired vacuum furnace for the...

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Furnaces North America 2020

Surface® Combustion, Inc. of Maumee, Ohio is proud to be an ongoing Diamond Sponsor of MTI and a Title Sponsor for the Furnaces North America (FNA) 2020 Virtual Show. The virtual event will be taking place Wednesday, September 30 - Friday, October 2, 2020. FNA 2020 is a melting pot of the best minds in heat treating with owners, executives, presidents, and CEOs from every facet in the heat treating operation in virtual attendance.   “MTI events offer a great environment to connect with our customers, and FNA is no exception. This year will look slightly different but still, we are looking forward to connecting virtually with our commercial heat treaters,” says Stephanie Harcar, Marketing Coordinator. “Surface is excited to have a virtual booth where we can exhibit our furnace line including the new quick quench VersaQuench™ for non-ferrous heat treatment.” Surface will be hosting a "Combustion...

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Heat Treat Mexico 2020

Heat Treat Mexico 2020

Surface® Combustion is proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of Heat Treat Mexico 2020 presented by the ASM Heat Treating Society. This event which is being held in Queretaro March 3-5, 2020 is a perfect opportunity for networking and training specific to the thermal processing industry in Mexico. This year's conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Origin of CQI-9 Standard Applied to Automotive Manufacturing
  • Origin of NADCAP for the Aerospace Industry
  • Carburizing Furnace - Keeping the Process Going
  • Vacuum Furnace / Autoclave
  • Induction Heating Systems
  • At the end of the courses, attendees will obtain a DC-3 official job skills accreditation, valid for the STPS
Ben Bernard, VP of Global Sales, sits on the exposition committee and is presenting Wednesday, March 4th on carburizing furnaces. “Surface has a long history of providing equipment and customer service to both captive and commercial heat treat customers in Mexico. We are excited to return to...

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Fastener Fair USA

Fastener Fair USA

Surface® Combustion is exhibiting at Fastener Fair USA 2020 in Charlotte, NC being held May 19th-20th. “Surface is a long-time supplier to the fastener industry providing equipment for pre-processing of rod and wire as well as post-processing including but not limited to through hardening, carburizing, and carbonitriding. We offer both continuous and batch solutions to meet your individual processing needs,” says Stephanie Harcar, Marketing Coordinator. Please visit us in Booth #829 to learn more about how Surface can help you achieve the ideal thermal processing solution for your fastener needs....

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Surface Depths™ Reimagined

Surface® Combustion has always placed a high value on customer relationships. We believe that an equipment purchase is the beginning of something much more than a finite transaction. Our first-class customer service, rebuild/retrofit, and aftermarket parts departments are a testament to this way of thinking. A few years back, Surface released a mobile application to calculate case depth. It was used by our engineers and customers alike to complete quick, accurate calculations from the shop floor. It quickly became evident that there was an opportunity to provide our customers with even more complementary calculators to aid in easier recipe adjustments. We are proud to introduce you to the new Surface Depths™ and hope that you find it as helpful as we do. Current calculators include:Case Depth Calculator – This calculator provides a quick, back-of-the-envelope style estimate of case depth (or time to...

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Cambridge Heat Treating Expands Adding Four Surface® Combustion Allcase® Furnaces

Maumee, Ohio:  Surface Combustion supplied two (2) new Allcase® Batch Integral Quench Furnaces to Cambridge Heat Treating of Cambridge, Ontario. Cambridge also purchased two (2) used Allcase furnaces in Ontario.  All four (4) Allcase furnaces are installed in the same line, along with a previously purchased 30”x30”x48” Allcase with top cool which are all serviced by Surface’s charge car, Uni-DRAW® Batch Tempering Furnaces, washers, and RX® Endothermic Atmosphere Gas Generator. Surface commissioned the new furnaces and continues to support the used equipment at its new home.  The Allcase’s rugged design, ease of installation, and Surface’s aftermarket parts and service made this project a success.  The 36”x48”x36” batch heat treat line greatly expands Cambridge’s capacity for carbonitriding, carburizing, neutral hardening, and added ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) and normalizing capacity with the atmosphere top cool chambers on the two (2) new Allcases. Says owner Peter Robbins, “We could not be happier with our Surface purchases....

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Surface® Combustion Is Building a Smarter Charge Car

Surface® Combustion charge cars are proven, rugged material handling machines for batch heat treat lines. The cars transfer loads from washers to Allcase® furnaces to Uni-DRAW® temper furnaces. Our standard charge cars include single or double ended, Extended Reach™, System #1™, push/push, automation ready, and fully automated designs. The AP™ Torque system is now available on Surface Combustion Charge Cars and can transform an ordinary means of transport for workloads into a Predictive Maintenance Machine for an entire heat treat line. At minimum, the AP Torque system will eliminate the headaches of maintaining a mechanical clutch. Under the fullest utilization, the system can be used to track worn alloy in furnaces and alert users when replacement of alloy is required, before larger problems occur. The AP Torque System utilizes a Variable Frequency Drive to control the handler motor. The drive monitors and records the power required loading and unloading equipment. The VFD...

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RX® Endothermic Atmosphere Gas Generators for Heat Treating

Surface® Combustion RX® Endothermic Atmosphere Gas Generators provide onsite generation of endothermic gas for controlled atmosphere furnaces performing metallurgical heat treatments such as carburizing, carbonitriding, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), hardening, and annealing.  Industries using RX gas include Automotive, Energy, Mining, Agricultural, and Commercial Heat Treating.

Surface Combustion pioneered the development of RX gas to be used as the atmosphere for modern gas carburizing.  RX gas is produced by converting the incoming supply of natural gas[1] and air by catalyst and heat to a composition of 40% N2, 40% H2, and 20% CO.  The RX gas generator’s reliable production of consistent atmosphere chemistry with low oxidation, decarburization and soot potential revolutionized the heat-treating industry by enabling boost/diffuse carburizing, as well as atmosphere carbon control.

Our standard modular RX generator designs range from one (1) to five (5) tubes.  Surface offers short and tall tube...

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Surface® Combustion Allcase® BIQ Line Expansion at East Carolina Metal Treating

Surface® Combustion, Inc. of Maumee, Ohio received a repeat order for an Allcase® Batch Integral Quench Furnace at the East Carolina Metal Treating facility in Raleigh, NC.  Identical to the previously commissioned Allcase furnace, the new Allcase is configured to process 36” wide by 48” long by 36” high workloads that weigh up to 4,000 lbs.  In addition to the two (2) Allcase furnaces, Surface supplied two (2) air cool stations, a scissors lift table and two (2) stationary load tables that integrate with an existing IQ line. According to Jamie Ramm, President of ECMT, the investment reflects the company’s long tradition of continually improving their ability to provide excellent service to their customers. On the initial order, Surface incorporated a purchaser specified controls system to match the existing UPC controls. The new Allcase works seamlessly with ECMT’s existing charge car, tempers, and washer. Says Ramm,...

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Seeking Nominations for ASM HTS/Surface Combustion Emerging Leader Award

The ASM HTS/Surface Combustion Emerging Leader Award recognizes an outstanding early-to-midcareer heat treating professional whose accomplishments exhibit exceptional achievements in the heat treating industry. The award was created in recognition of Surface Combustion's 100-year anniversary in 2015. The winning young professional will best exemplify the ethics, education, ingenuity, and future leadership of our industry. Deadline for the nomination is February 1, 2019. Past winners include Olga Rowan of Caterpillar in 2015 and Lee Rothleutner of Timken in 2017. For nomination rules and forms, visit the Heat Treating Society website at hts.asminternational.org and click on Membership & Networking and Society Awards. For additional information, or to submit a nomination, contact Mary Anne Jerson at 440.338.5151 or email [email protected]

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