Chain furnaces is more of a catch all description for one of several methods of casting or forging conveyance through a heat treatment furnace. CEC invented and then popularized the heat treatment of components in a furnace without the use of trays or baskets to hold the casting forging or similar components.
Similarly, power and free monorails can be used for conveyance and allow heat processing temperatures up to 19500 °F for austenitizing of micro alloy steel parts. CEC has built systems that process aerospace and automotive castings and forgings for most major producers in the world.
The Chain furnace concept allows the product to go directly into the furnace without using a basket, rack, or tray. The wasted heat for heating up the tray or basket is eliminated. The processed part can come directly from the casting dies or the forging press without cool-down. CEC can show you how you forge shop or foundry can be automated to the current state of the art for heat treatment with our broad array of Chain furnace configurations.
These furnaces are typically used for:
- Solution heat treatment (T7, T6, T4)
- Aging / Precipitation Hardening
- Forging pre-heat
Call today and see why such great companies like: Nemak, Superior and AAP rely on CEC for their compact and close proximity heat treatment cells that employ a Chain type furnace.
If you are in the market for rackless, basketless or trayless casting or forging processing and you are not buying from CEC you are buying a less efficient and inferior furnace.