Bodycote, the world’s largest provider of specialist thermal-processing services, announced the opening of a new facility in Syracuse, N.Y. The 60,000-square-foot facility is operational and offers a wide range of heat-treatment processes, including vacuum heat treating, atmospheric carburizing, low-pressure carburizing, carbonitriding, ferritic nitrocarburizing, nitriding and aluminum heat treating. The site is working toward securing all major OEM approvals as well as Nadcap accreditation, which it is on the way to achieving. This is the second new facility Bodycote has opened in North America in as many months. The company announced the opening of the Elgin, Ill., facility in December 2020.
France’s ECM Group launched ECM Lab Solutions, a division dedicated to helping laboratories develop innovative products and processes by offering advanced furnace technologies under one ECM Group brand. ECM Lab Solutions gathers all products from the ECM Group that are designed for research and development in four main fields: metallurgy and heat treatment, crystal growth, semiconductor and renewable energies.
Laboratory furnaces from ECM Lab Solutions are suited to work on samples up to small-scale production. They are based on technology from ECM Technologies, ECM Greentech, Semco and Cyberstar.
Graphite Metallizing Corp., manufacturers of self-lubricating Graphalloy bushing materials for industrial applications, announced a record turnaround for a customer with an emergency. A pump repair center contacted the Graphalloy Sales Engineering Team near the end of the business day on a Friday. One of its clients needed a spiral-grooved, Graphalloy nickel-grade pump bushing as soon as possible for outage work. A Graphalloy engineer then went to manufacturing with the bushing dimensions and material specifications. Manufacturing was able to create the bushing, inspection was able to verify the dimensions and shipping was able to ship the part within one hour. The customer received the bushing Saturday morning.
The customer called back later and asked for two more bushings, and the engineer was again able to coordinate with manufacturing, inspection and shipping to get these parts to the customer by Monday morning.
Graphalloy, a graphite-metal alloy, is formed from molten metal, graphite and carbon. It is a uniform, solid, self-lubricating bushing and bearing material that offers superior performance in a range of industrial applications. Graphalloy is suited for high-temperature applications where grease, oil and plastics fail.
Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of complete thermal systems, signed a definitive agreement to sell to Tinicum L.P., a private-equity firm. The deal is expected to close as quickly as reasonably possible pending receipt of customary regulatory approvals. Watlow’s products include a range of industrial heaters, thermocouples, RTDs, power controllers and data loggers. The company’s headquarters will remain in St. Louis, Mo.
Over the last 15 years, Watlow has transformed itself into a diversified industrial technology company providing thermal solutions to companies in industries such as semiconductor manufacturing, sustainable power generation, environmental technologies and medical equipment manufacturing. In order to more rapidly achieve its goals, Watlow chose Tinicum as a partner that will continue its legacy while helping to fund significant investments, enable its acquisition strategy and accelerate its broader long-term strategy.
3D Systems announced a planned expansion of its Rock Hill, S.C., facility. The company will add 100,000 square feet to the existing campus in an effort to consolidate its materials manufacturing, quality and logistics operations with new and expanded materials-development laboratories to improve operational efficiencies, accelerate solution development and reduce time to market. In addition, 3D Systems will expand its customer collaboration and training facilities, as well as its advanced-manufacturing capabilities for both metal and polymer components. These capabilities are critical to accelerating the move from proof-of-concept for new customer applications to full-scale workflow definition and initial industrial production.
Expanding the company’s South Carolina headquarters will facilitate executive leadership, R&D, application development, manufacturing, finance, marketing and information technology to operate from this location. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in early 2022. According to 3D Systems, the investment will bring new jobs to the area over the next five years.
Thermcraft started doing business in January 1971 from a small warehouse space in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. From that small startup operation, Thermcraft has progressively grown into an international manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment. The company offers industrial and laboratory furnaces, ovens, high-temperature heating elements, insulation and replacement parts. Thermcraft now resides in a 70,000-square-foot manufacturing and office space located just a few miles from its original location in Winston-Salem, where it all began 50 years ago.
The company’s number-one priority has always been customer service, which has served it well for five decades. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Thermcraft looks forward to serving the thermal-processing industry for another 50 years.