The Copper Crusher Team prevents a potential disaster that could have stopped the manufacturing of .22 rimfire ammunition. The Copper Crusher Team – comprised of Phoenix Heat Treating, Sporting Arms and Manufacturers’ Institute, (SAAMI), Olin-Winchester, and Cox Manufacturing, combined resources to re-create the .22-rimfire Copper Crushers. Part-1 of the story (below), explains the dire need for the .22-rimfire Copper Crushers. Read how the Team saved the Crushers.
Heat Treat Radio: Peter Hushek on Reducing TUS Failures
An Interview with Peter Hushek about Virtual Visual Surveys a new 3D software that will help minimize temperature uniformity survey failures. Listen to Peter’s description of how this innovative new tool can help aerospace heat treaters know what’s going on inside the furnace during a TUS. Listen Now.
Rimfire Copper Firing-Pin Testing (Part 1)
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute Inc., also known as SAAMI, is an association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. SAAMI is the American National Standards Institute-accredited standards developer for the commercial small arms and ammunition industry. SAAMI was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with: creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality; and coordinating technical data to promote safe and responsible firearms use. Read more.
Uniformity Surveys Reimagined
As the focus on quality processing has evolved, new innovations have come to the aid of thermal processors. There has been the advancement of oxygen probes, PLC and microprocessor controls, digital charts and even database management. However, one area that has not seen improvement in technology is the temperature uniformity survey (TUS). This periodic test determines the ability of the furnace to be able to process work for CQI-9, Nadcap and other quality-system requirements. Read more.
Phoenix Heat Treating Knows Aluminum
Industrial Heating – Aluminum – The Other White Metal
Aluminum is a completely different animal than steel. When steel is quenched, it becomes hard and brittle, whereas aluminum becomes soft and ductile. To know aluminum, you first must be able to decode the way different aluminum conditions are defined. There is no basic qualification, such as “harden, quench and temper” to a specified HRC. Instead, there are landing zones as opposed to re-temper zones that steel processing kindly provides. Read the entire story of aluminum processing in liquid nitrogen.
American Fastener Journal – Heat Treating is Your Last Line of Defense
In this feature article, American Fastener Journal asks: Are you certain that the quality of your heat treating is meeting your specifications from lot to lot? How do you know, if your heat treater isn’t providing you with digital print-outs that were recorded in real time to guarantee temperature ramp rates, atmosphere control and soak times? No longer can you assume that a thorough process of part design, production management, quality control and testing will guard against part failure, when processing is the lynchpin of final quality. A heat treat assurance program that includes a focus on digitally controlled cycles can produce repeatability with real-time monitoring of heat treating cycles. Read more on how heat treat cycles can be customized in modeling software to meet the material chemistry of your parts. Read more.