Heat treating may sound like a “finishing touch” or an afterthought, but it is actually an integral part of the manufacturing process. In fact, without proper heat treating, your product, parts, and process will not perform at their highest level of safety and quality. Here are some heat treating basics: the whats, hows, and—most importantly for your business—the whys.
Despite its name, heat treating is the controlled process of heating and cooling solid metals in order to help them better withstand wear and tear. After heat brings a metal or alloy to a specific temperature, the material is allowed to cool down and harden to produce a desired change in the treated part’s metallurgical structure.
Heat treating can change the structure of metal in a variety of ways, whether making it softer and more uniform for better machinability; changing its hardness for strength, ductility, and wear resistance; or creating a desired stress state (usually compressive or neutral). Methods may include any of the following:
The ability to control a metal’s properties during the manufacturing process directly impacts your product’s or part’s machinability and performance. Heat treating metals upfront helps prevent corrosion so you don’t have to replace expensive metal parts as frequently, if at all. When your machines run more efficiently, you’re able to focus on your process with confidence that you’ve set up your system for safety and success.
Do you have any questions about heat treating your part? Contact us at Akron Steel Treating and let us help you through the process.« Back to Blog