Madison Heights, MI - Inductoheat, Inc., an Inductotherm Group company and the world's leading induction heating equipment manufacturer, recently shiped a single module, 500kW / 3kHz InductoForge® induction forging system and various material handling equipment to a worldwide supplier of hardware and hand tools. This machine is designed for heating a wide range of billet diameters and lengths to 2250°F and +/- 50°F.
This forging line begins with a 6,500 lbs capacity automatic bin tipper dumping carbon steel billets into a rotary feeder with automatic refill. The rotary feeder continuously feeds billets end to end using a start/stop motion sensor, and supplies a pinch wheel infeed system that precisely delivers billets through the induction coils on heavy-duty skid rails.
The 500kW / 3kHz power module supplies two, in-line forging coils and accurately heats the billets to 2250°F at a nominal rate of 300 pieces per hour. Process control is enhanced by IHAZ TM temperature modeling software, enabling advanced tempearture control of the billet heating process. IHAZTM software allows for a customized billet temperature profile (Induction Heat Affected Zone) to best suit the customer's ideal billet heating specifications. It can also generate the optimum-running parameters and set points for Standby and Rapid Start, which are stored as a recipe in the billet heater's AB Compact Logix PLC and AB PanelView 700+.
After billets are heated to the ideal temperature profile, they exit the induction coil on a fastextractor conveyor, while the infrared temperature pyrometer activates the over and under accept/reject system.
For more information about the InductoForge® system or additional thermal processing solutions visit www.inductoheat.com.
Inductoheat is the world's largest manufacturer of induction heating equipment, offering general purpose through fully customized heat treating and annealing machines, pipe end heaters, crankshaft and camshaft heating machines and copper tube annealing plants.
InductoForge and IHAZ are trademarks owned by Inductoheat, Inc.
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