Medical device manufacturer’s first vacuum furnace from G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, to bring heat treating in-house to reduce lead time and improve process control. The application is for heat-treating of steel dies used in the company’s plastic and metal injection molding operations.

G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, delivered a horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace with 6 Bar quench capability to a medical device company in the USA for vacuum heat treating of dies as well as critical medical parts. This investment represents the company’s first vacuum furnace, which aligns with their new production strategy to bring heat treating capabilities in-house to achieve shorter lead times and improved process controls.

“After due diligence by the customer, G-M Enterprises’ vacuum furnace came through as a clear winner among other competitors in the market for its advanced equipment design, superior efficiency, and a high return on investment. Also, our aftermarket services and support provided are second to none. We are proud of continually maintaining G-M Enterprises’ long-standing relationship with the medical industry, providing solutions that aid in improving the affordability and accessibility of high-quality healthcare,” said Michel Frison, VP Global Sales, Nitrex and G-M Enterprises.

G-M Enterprises completed the installation at the company’s newly expanded greenfield facility. The turnkey solution features a horizontal front loading vacuum furnace G-M model HVF 101-(I)XB with 6-Bar internal quench capabilities and a work area of 18” Wide x 18” High x 24” Long (457 x 457 x 610 mm), with an all-metal furnace construction. The system is part of the company’s metal injection molding operations and is intended for heat-treating of steel dies used in the manufacturing of medical components.

A leading metal injection molding company bolstered its manufacturing capacity further with the addition of two large-size horizontal vacuum furnaces for sintering and debinding MIM products and components.

G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, will supply an additional horizontal vacuum system to a US military base that is increasing its in-house manufacturing capabilities to meet the growing demand for aerospace components.

The US Government recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, for the supply of a turnkey vacuum system that will support the expanding heat treat operations of a military base located in the USA. This aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility performs rework of engines and related components.

The new horizontal furnace will complement existing G-M Enterprises vacuum systems in operation since 1989. G-M Enterprises will supply all key components including a horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace with a work zone of 48” wide x 48” high x 72” deep (1220 x 1220 x 1800 mm), a 4,000 lb. (1800 kg) weight capacity, and a 2 bar-quench system in addition to an all-metal hot zone construction, advanced computer control system, and hydrogen partial pressure capabilities. Operating at a temperature range of 1000°F to 2400°F (535°C – 1300°C), the furnace will heat treat aircraft engine components. Production of the new vacuum furnace is scheduled to start in July 2021.

G-M Enterprises has worked closely with many military bases across the USA and supplied furnaces for rework operations at various facilities. “Our success with the government’s military bases is about delivering cost-effective, result-oriented heat-treating solutions that support in-house capabilities, improve on the material properties of mission-critical aerospace applications, and can save on manufacturing costs,” said Michel Frison, Vice President of Nitrex & G-M Enterprises.