Ft. Worth Adds 7th IQ Carburize and Harden Furnace

FTW IQ line Feb 2015
Continuing in it’s expansion to meet growing demand, Texas Heat Treating – Ft Worth has installed and commissioned a 7th Surface Combustion “Super 36” Integral Quench Furnace. The furnace, rated for 6,000 pound loads, is mated with an additional (8th) Tempering furnace, parts washer, endothermic gas generation, and a second material charge car that services the entire line of “IQ” heat treating equipment. The equipment is used primarily for Carburizing and atmosphere controlled Hardening.

Texas Heat Treating President Buster Crossley states: “This new furnace capacity obviously helps in providing customers with the necessary throughput to service their markets. We also see improvements in quality and energy efficiency, and this also benefits our customers.”

In addition to the Integral Quench Furnace line, the Ft. Worth plant houses a Pit Furnace Department, Nitride Department and two Vacuum Furnaces. Straightening and Cleaning Departments complement these heat treating processes. A Metallurgical and Mechanical testing laboratory provides timely inspection services.

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Round Rock Laboratory Achieves ISO 17025 Accreditation

Texas Heat Treating’s Round Rock Laboratory has achieved accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This achievement furthers the company’s capability in meeting the most stringent requirements of the oil & gas and automotive industries. The scope of the accreditation is “Mechanical” and includes: Hardness Testing (Rockwell, Brinell and micro), Tensile Testing and Charpy Impact Testing.

Fort Worth Expansion

Texas Heat Treating has made a number of equipment additions to its Fort Worth heat treating operation. Since the facility began production in 2012, the following equipment has been added.

  • Two (2) 36” x 72” Integral Quench furnaces – for Carburizing and Hardening steel. This department now has six (6) primary hardening furnaces, mating temper furnaces for each, parts washers and automated charge-cars.
  • One (1) Vacuum Furnace – for Hardening or Annealing finished parts, investment castings, tool steels, and high temperature alloys. A second vacuum furnace will be on-line within the next 60 days.
  • Vertical Heat Treating Department – for Hardening large, distortion-prone steel bars and machined shafts. The department is supported by 20 ton overhead crane capacity as well as 200 ton straightening capacity.
  • One (1) Nitriding furnace – for Nitride surface hardening. This unit includes a variety of fixtures, and can support loads up to 22,000 pounds.
  • Testing Laboratory. Metallurgical and mechanical testing is performed on-site to support customer’s quality and service requirements.

An additional 35,000 square feet has been acquired to expand the offices, laboratory, and shipping-receiving functions.

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Ft. Worth Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Registration

Texas Heat Treating’s new Fort Worth operation has successfully implemented the company’s Quality Management System.  Both Fort Worth and Round Rock facilities are now registered to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.  

Automated Straightening Process

Automated straightening equipment has been installed and commissioned by Texas Heat Treating.  This equipment is used to automatically test automotive drive shafts that the company has Carburized and Hardened.  After testing the shafts for “run-out” the equipment presses the shafts and continues testing until the shafts meet stringent straightness tolerances.  Flaw-detection sensors are included in the system and provide for 100 percent in-process testing.

New Heat Treating Facility in Fort Worth Texas

Texas Heat Treating has opened a heat treating facility in Fort Worth Texas. This expansion will enable the company to meet the needs of its growing customer base in Dallas, Fort Worth, and also in Oklahoma. A wide range of heat treatments are offered, all in atmosphere controlled furnaces. Texas Heat Treating offers pick-up and delivery service throughout the southwestern United States.

Metallurgical Lab Upgrade

As a result of its expanding heat treating capacity, Texas Heat Treating has upgraded and relocated its Metallurgical Laboratory. The lab is now located in a dedicated building, next to current heat treatment Building C. Testing capabilities include: tensile, charpy impact, case depth, metallography, and microhardness.

Buster Crossley elected MTI President

Buster Crossley has been elected Board President of the Metal Treating Institute (MTI). MTI is the world’s largest network of commercial heat treaters.