Plasmait has introduced a new PlasmaANNEALER for continuous heat treatment, degreasing and oxide removal of stainless steel and nickel alloy wires up to 5.5mm and tubes up to 12.7mm in diameter. This new machine introduced early 2012 can be designed for annealing, stress relieving or material hardening applications.
Energy efficient, high-speed plasma heating concept allows for accurate targeting of mechanical properties of the processed material. The plasma heating is complemented with an appropriate length dwell zone for annealing of materials with extended recrystallization time. Small and homogenously distributed grain combined with exceptional surface condition of plasma annealed materials improve material susceptibility to cold working and lower drawing die wear rate.
The process speed of the annealer depends on the material cross-section and plasma power. In some cases it is possible to install the plasma annealer in-line with a drawing machine or rolling mill.
PlasmaANNEALER is equipped with vacuum system to ensure controlled inert atmosphere. A closed-loop gas cooling system ensures exceptionally low usage of purging gas.
The manufacturers who adopted plasma annealing have recognized the value from low cost of ownership in comparison to traditional tube or muffle furnaces. The benefits of plasma treatment include more that 60% lower energy use, up to 5 times lower purging gas consumption, in addition to the savings from dry, chemical-free degreasing and surface cleaning. Increased annealing speeds by the factor of 5 – 10 result in lower capex in takeups and payoffs and associated cost of maintenance.
PlasmaANNEALER suits applications with demanding surface or annealing requirements in the medical, precision mechanical, welding, marine, aerospace and energy sectors. With well over 50 deployments of plasma treatment lines worldwide Plasmait established itself as a trusted supplier to the wire and tube industry.
About Plasmait GmbH: Plasmait is a supplier of heat and surface treatment solutions for wire, cable, tube, strip and ribbon industry. Plasmait’s solutions are based on a patented plasma treatment process that offers advances in production efficiency, surface quality, process control and ecology. Plasmait provides heat and surface treatment solutions as individual machines or as turn-key production line deployments.
Igor Rogelj, Plasmait GmbH, UK/International: +44 7810 810 656, Austria: +43 318 252 7450, firstname.lastname@example.org