October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

Heat Treaters Night
5:30-6:30 Social
6:30-7:00 Dinner
7:30- Speaker: Joseph T. McCormick– Surface Combustion, Inc.

Location:Brady’s Landing

Social Hour Drink Sponsors:

Thanks to our October Drink Sponsors:


Texas Heat Treating, Inc.

Please contact William Howie for details.

Control of Furnace Atmosphere during Heat Treatment

“Control of furnace atmospheres is critical to successful heat treating with more precise metallurgical specifications”. P. Johnson wrote this sentence in 1991 for Furnace Atmospheres for Heat Treating, Heat Treating, Volume 4, ASM Handbook, ASM International. This statement is even more relevant today than it was in 1991.

However, no general specification has been developed for control of furnace atmospheres, unlike the SAE AMS 2750E specification (covering pyrometric requirements for thermal processing equipment used for heat treatment) which is being required in ever increasing applications for control of furnace temperature.

This presentation will review current best practices in the industry for control of furnace atmospheres along with a review of the development of quality systems and their application to the thermal processing industry.

Surface Combustion provides thermal systems and equipment to enhance the physical properties and surface characteristics of materials. The company was founded in 1915 on a patented heating concept called Surface Combustion and have continued to redefine performance limits and introduce a wide variety of advancements in thermal processing equipment. Innovation is a tradition at Surface Combustion. More than 645 patents and 75 registered trademarks support our technical accomplishments.

Mr. McCormick has over 27 years of experience in the industrial thermal equipment and industrial thermal processing industries. He joined Surface in 1984 following his graduation from University of Cincinnati with a BS in Nuclear Engineering. In the years prior to 1997, Mr. McCormick served in a wide variety of positions from equipment start-up and field operations, rebuild retrofit estimator, contract engineering, product management and regional sales manager. In 1997, Mr. McCormick joined General Motors Powertrain Division Toledo Transmission, and was responsible for a large captive heat treat operation and the aluminum die casting equipment. In 2008, Mr. McCormick rejoined Surface as the North American Sales Manager.