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A Leader in Automotive Treatment

CEC is the world leader in Automotive furnace heat treatment innovation. To begin 2015 CEC will have installed T6 or T4 solution heat treatment capacity for approximately 57,000,000 cylinder heads and engine blocks per year. Along with that CEC T6 and T4 systems process 12,000,000 to 15,000,000 aluminum wheels per year. In the last two years CEC has installed or is installing four more large automotive casting systems.

CEC has more than 100 issued patents for casting processing. The focus of CEC’s innovation has been to lower customer costs for casting and forging heat treatment and to minimize in-foundry and released pollution. These foundry heat treatment systems also minimize customer floor space usage and minimize manufacturing steps or transfers.

Knowledge & Expertise

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CEC’s knowledge and expertise has come about through testing of more than 6350 blocks, heads, wheels, forgings and squeeze castings. The tests have allowed CEC to understand minimum heat treatment times to achieve 85% to 100% of potential physical properties in common alloys used in the world automotive industry for engine and undercarriage castings and forgings.

CEC will also operate your system for you and allow you to pay for the system on a cost per casting or forging basis. CEC has operated systems under contract in USA, Germany and Mexico for our customers. In one case we agreed to an operating cost on a per casting basis at the beginning of the contract. Once CEC was on site we implemented energy and pollution savings machinery improvements over the first two years of operation. After six years of operation CEC had reduced the cost to process each casting by 50%.

Patents Experience

CEC has more than 100 issued patents for casting processing.

CEC has tremendous knowledge as the world leader in air quenching, water quenching and spray quenching. Our testing has been refined over the years to show the expected physical property differences and determinants.

CEC is the originator of trayless, basketless T6 and T4 heat treatment systems for cored castings; this technology has been adapted to non-cored casting and forgings. No furnace company in the world has more experience is this area than CEC.

Types of Automotive Applications

Types of Automotive Applications


CEC has many types of Automotive application furnaces including:

  • Chain type furnaces for T6 and T4
  • Horizontal heat treatment furnaces for extrusions or wrought products
  • IQ furnaces
  • Mesh Belt furnaces for small parts
  • Hardening and tempering continuous furnaces
  • Drop Bottom furnaces
  • In-Out furnaces
  • Conventional T6, T4 and T5 furnaces for Solution Heat Treatment
  • Roller Hearth furnaces of all types
  • Car Bottom, Bogie Hearth or Mobile furnaces
  • Monorail heat treatment systems for Austenitizing and Tempering

CEC staff and engineers have hundreds of years of casting, forging and heat treatment processing experience to apply to your applications; please call and see how we can improve your manufacturing. Our experience with Mercedes, BMW, Norsk Hydro, Alcoa, Ford, GM, Nemak, Teksid and other fine companies and our in-house testing may be just what you need to make your automotive parts more economically and at a higher quality.