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Houghton Partners with FRISA Forjados to Improve Heat Treatment Operations

July 5, 2005
Supplier consortium improves existing heat treat line; supplies new line.

Houghton QUENCHCARE has been selected by FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. to provide heat treating technology and expertise to increase the overall efficiency and profitability of FRISA's heat treatment operation. FRISA, a Monterrey, Mexico-based manufacturer of forged rings, selected Houghton QUENCHCARE to optimize its existing heat treatment line, and to design, procure and install a new, state-of-the-art heat treatment line that provides optimum product quality and production efficiency. Houghton helped FRISA optimize the existing heat treatment operations by modifying the company's quench tanks, implementing process improvements, and introducing new racking designs. The new heat treatment line was designed, engineered, and installed by the QUENCHCARE team, a collaboration among heat treating experts from Houghton and its technology partners Technoalloy and HiTech Engineering. The new line includes the following turnkey equipment: a HiTech Engineering maintenance-free furnace with material handling capabilities, Tecnoalloy heat resistant metal alloy loading fixtures, and a custom-designed quench tank. FRISA's products are quenched in a polymer quenchant that minimizes distortion.

Founded in 1971 and based in Monterrey, Mexico, FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. produces seamless rolled rings, gears, and bearings made of carbon, stainless, and alloy steel. These rings are used in a wide variety of industrial applications including oil drilling, mining, cement production, power generation, and transportation.

QUENCHCARE is Houghton's heat treating support program designed to ensure a safe plant, improve efficiency, eliminate unnecessary manufacturing steps, reduce part deformities, and cut costs. HiTech Engineering (Torino, Italy), is a global manufacturer of advanced, custom industrial furnaces for heat treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metal. Tecnoalloy, s.r.l. (Fornovo, Italy), is a global manufacturer of premium heat resistant metal alloy racks, loading fixtures, furnace components and other heat treating equipment.

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