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Surface Combustion Updates Hours of Operation as Ohio Reopens

Surface Combustion Sign

Effective immediately, Surface Combustion's Maumee office is operating on staggered shifts per Dr. Amy Acton’s May 29, 2020 Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing. Our main phone line, 419.891.7150, is open 7:00am to 5:45pm EST, Monday through Friday. Additionally, you may contact us at [email protected], and your message will be routed to the appropriate personnel. Our Waterville manufacturing facility is open from 7:am to 3:30pm EST, Monday through Friday. In order to remain in compliance with social distancing guidelines, Surface is not admitting unscheduled visitors to our facilities at this time. Should you need to visit either our headquarters in Maumee or our manufacturing facility in Waterville, please speak with your main Surface point of contact to schedule. As an essential business, Surface has operated continuously during Dr. Acton’s Stay at Home and Safe at Home Orders. We continue to serve our customers with new equipment purchases,...

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Surface Combustion Remains Open as an Essential Business

COVID-19 Safety

March 24, 2020 On March 22, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that Dr. Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), issued a Stay at Home Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio beginning 11:59pm, March 23 and continuing until 11:59pm, April 6, 2020. All Essential Businesses and Operations were encouraged to stay open. Under Sections 12(q) and 12(v) of the Health Director’s Order, as well as Order sections relating to Critical Infrastructure, Surface Combustion is considered an Essential Business as a provider for critical industrial products and services to numerous essential business operations including medical component manufacturing, food manufacturing, power generation, agriculture, transportation, metals manufacturing companies, and defense and government agencies. Our customers rely on Surface to supply their equipment and to keep their existing equipment operating in order to provide the goods needed to respond to the COVID-19 virus spread and provide essential goods for...

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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...

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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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Surface® Combustion Attending 2018 International Fastener Expo

Surface Combustion is pleased to announce their participation in the 2018 International Fastener Expo. This event is the largest B2B of Industrial Fasteners and Tooling & Machinery in North America. Surface Combustion is anticipating the opportunity to gather with other professionals in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 30- November 1. The International Fastener Expo provides the opportunity for attendees to experience an all-day conference program presented by endorsing fastener associations. The conference includes keynote speakers, panelists, and an education program that will cover a variety of topics from leaders in the Fastener & Mill Supply industry. Multiple special events are arranged for networking opportunities. Surface Combustion will exhibit on the show floor at booth #1146. Stop by to tour the augmented reality RX® Endothermic Gas Generator. Surface Combustion looks forward to meeting customers, networking new relationships, and discovering new products. For over 100 years, Surface Combustion has earned a trusted reputation providing rugged,...

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Surface® Exhibiting at Heat Treat Mexico 2018

Surface® is proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of the upcoming Heat Treat Mexico 2018 presented by the ASM Heat Treating Society. This event which is being held in Queretaro, Mexico September 25-28, 2018 will allow for networking and training specific to thermal processing in Mexico.  On Thursday, September 28th at 3:30 p.m., Ben Bernard, VP of Global Sales, is presenting on “Endothermic Atmosphere Monitoring and Control for Carburizing.” A bilingual speaker, Ben will be giving his presentation in Spanish and will be able to address questions in both Spanish and English. Having native Spanish speakers within sales, engineering, and aftermarket services at Surface is just another way that we bring value to our customer relationships.   “Surface is once again excited to support this bi-annual event. The inaugural conference in 2016 was well planned and well attended, and we are anticipating another great event by the ASM Heat Treating Society. Whether it’s on the expo floor, at one of the many social gatherings, or during technical sessions we...

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