SSi Europe and our technical partners visited SSi headquarters in Cincinatti, Ohio in December for an intensive 4 day training course. As attendees all already had a good understanding of heat treatment and SSi products, the aim of the training was to get into the detail of new products and systems as well as to spend time with the excellent new nitriding test furnace. It is also a great chance to talk to SSi design, production, and R&D engineers about the main challenges that European heat treaters face. That feedback loop is partly why SSi is one of the few truly global suppliers to the heat treatment industry with a significant presence in every region.
The training’s main topics were:
- Nitriding and nitrocarburising metallurgy.
- DataCenter (new SSi SCADA system).
- Vacuum furnace control technology.
- Endothermic gas generator turndown system commissioning.
There is no subsitute for practice: we designed programmes, phsycially loaded, ran, unloaded and analysed nitriding and nitrocarburising processes supervised by SSi’s nitriding expert Chuck Thomas.
We also spent time on the new AutoGen endothermic gas generator turndown system using SSi’s new e-Valve control valve.