Heat Treating Service

A heat treating service modifies the properties of metals and metal alloys by performing thermal treatments. Typically, manufactures rely on a heat treating service to alter the strength or hardness of a material. On a micro level, heat treating manipulates the properties of a metal's microstructure by controlling the rate of cooling after it is heated. When metals are cooled quickly, the microstructure becomes denser, resulting in a material of increased hardness and strength.

Heat treating service processes include:

  • anealing
  • stress relieving
  • austempering
  • stabilizing
  • case hardening
  • spheroidizing
  • conventional hardening
  • solution treating
  • homogenizing
  • shot peening
  • hot isostatic pressing (HIP)
  • martempering
  • precipitation hardening
  • normalizing

Some heat treating service providers also perform processes secondary to the heat treating service such as machining, coating, grinding, finishing, laboratory testing, inspection, packaging, and shipping for a complete service solution. Manufacturers of all different types of products depend on heat treating services, but especially manufacturers in the aerospace, automobile, and medical industries.

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