Heat Treatment is the controlled heating and cooling of solid materials to alter their physical and mechanical properties without changing the product shape. Heat treatment is sometimes done inadvertently due to manufacturing processes that either heat or cool the material such as welding or forming.
Heat Treatment is often associated with increasing the strength of a material, but it can also be used to alter certain manufacturability objectives such as improve machining, improve formability, restore ductility after a cold working operation, cure previously coated active layers or simply for drying Thus it is a very enabling manufacturing process that can not only help other manufacturing process, but can also improve product performance by increasing strength or other desirable characteristics.
MBRAUN's specific expertise lies in designing heat treatment solutions which run under controlled conditions either at exceptional temperature uniformity or at extreme temperatures of over 2,000°C. Depending on the application the most suitable heating method can be chosen from an array of equipment types. The predominant designs are vacuum furnaces, convection ovens, ambient hotplates and vacuum hotplates. All systems are available as stand-alone units or embedded solutions being part of fully-automated manufacturing lines. For research and development cost-effective standardized designs are offered whereas specifically for industrial applications tailored oven and hotplate designs find frequent use at MBRAUN's ever growing global customer base.
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