The story below is courtesy of Gord Montgomery and was published in his newsletter ‘The Monty’ at www.theMonty.com. Thanks for stoping by Gord, it was good to finally meet you and thanks for featuring Applied Process.
“Monster” Batch IQ Furnace. This past Friday we posted a photo of a “monster” batch IQ furnace capable of handling 20,000 pound loads and promised more details. This furnace is the world’s largest integral quench batch austempering furnace with an operating window of 84”W x 96”L x 54”T, a gross capacity of 20,000 pounds and a quench tank which holds 400,000 pounds of salt. It was built and installed in 2011by furnace builder “AFC-Holcroft” of Wixom, Michigan and the end customer was commercial heat treater “Applied Process” for use in their AP Westshore facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA where it remains in service. Applied Process is a commercial heat treater in the USA with 3 locations, Oshkosh, Livonia, Michigan and Fort Smith, Arkansas (more details of the brand new Fort Smith plant later this week). We firmly believe that there is no other company in North America and possibly the world that does more salt quenching in particular the ADI process than Applied Process. In total the company has roughly 120 employees which includes 6 metallurgists and a total of 16 large IQ furnaces in the 3 locations. The Oshkosh location alone has the “monster” furnace and 6 other IQ’s each capable of a 6,000 pound load which amounts to a total of 1.1 million pounds of molten salt at any given time. These photos below give you a better idea of the plant and include a photo of our host, Steve Metz, VP of Sales for the company and a fellow who truly loves his job. Also included is the AP logo “the hostile duck” which we have always felt is the best logo in the entire worldwide heat treating industry. October 29, 2018
Applied Process hosted its first Manufacturing Day events at our Livonia and Oshkosh facilities on Friday, October 12th to link future generations to careers in manufacturing. In Livonia we hosted students from William D. Ford Career-Technical Center, and in Oshkosh we welcomed students from Oshkosh Area School District. Over 40 students attended in total, and it was a success! The event started with a presentation about the company and a discussion of the types of parts we heat-treat followed by a plant tour where they enjoyed seeing our process in action. Students joined us for lunch and a Q&A session where they could ask various employees of Applied Process questions about their career path and manufacturing in general. The event ended with a raffle and students were given some AP “swag” to take with them. We have received positive feedback that our event was enlightening for students and a great way for us to help make a positive impact on careers in manufacturing, so we plan to run events in all three of our facilities next year!