PlasmaANNEALER for fine stainless steel and nickel alloy wires has been awarded “Top Products of 2014” by the editors of Wire and Cable Technology magazine. Annealing of stainless steel and nickel alloy wires has so far been done almost exclusively in the traditional tube/strand furnaces. Energy coupling in the traditional furnace is not effective enough to allow high-temperature annealing to be done at drawing or rolling speeds. Stainless steel wires have been up to now always annealed in a multi-line setup. Continue reading
Plasmait - Plasma Industrial Technologies
Plasmait is a supplier of plasma based heat and surface treatment solutions to the metals industry. We lead the field of continuous high-temperature plasma heat treatment applications. We develop, deploy and improve heat and surface treatment production lines in a wide range of industries. We build specific heat and surface treatment machinery or develop new production processes from conception to deployment.
Plasma proves itself in a range of continuous applications from mainstream stainless steel annealing to precision alloy wire cleaning and heat treating.
The past two years have been exciting and productive time for the Plasmait team. The company sold a range of plasma machines in the ferrous and non-ferrous markets. Plasma is proving its performance in increasingly wide range of materials, from mainstream copper alloy and aluminium wire to specialist medical tubes and ropes, jewellery strands, aerospace materials, electronics and semiconductor wire and strip.
Conductors used for taping lines have traditionally been annealed in bell furnaces. Batch annealing can result in uneven recrystallization and surface quality issues like sticking of flat products. Batch annealing is followed by wet and/or mechanical surface cleaning before the conductor is fed into the taping line.
To address shortcomings of the batch annealing process Plasmait GmbH introduced a new PlasmaANNEALER that was designed to anneal and clean round or rectangular conductors in-line with a conventional taping line.