ASM Heat Treating Society Holds Conference on Gears


Extending quenchant life and improving heat treating quality will be the focus of a two-day conference on Quenching and Control of Distortion in Heat Treated Gears. Sponsored by the ASM Heat Treating Society, the event will be held Sept. 24-25 at the Radisson Hotel at Milwaukee Airport.

The program was organized by Scott MacKenzie, Houghton International; Dave Guisbert, QA Metallurgical Services LLC; Cynthia Barnicki, Milwaukee School of Engineering; and Dennis Beauchesne, ECM USA, Inc. “Our program starts with the basics of selection, care, and maintenance—the dos and donts,” MacKenzie says. “From there we’ll also cover new methods for effective recovery, control, specialized techniques, and safety and longevity concerns.”

Topics include Chemistry of Quenching, Care and Maintenance of Quenchants (Oil and Polymer), Quality Assurance and Monitoring of Quenching Systems, Application of Quench Presses to Control Gear Distortion, Use of FEA to Predict Distortion and Microstructure, and Metallurgical Factors Affecting Distortion of Heat Treated Gears. A panel discussion—Use and Control of Polymer Quenchants—Selection, Maintenance and Control—will provide additional opportunities to discuss problems and solutions with heat treating and quenching experts. A one-day course, Heat Treating for the Non-Heat Treater, will be held immediately prior to the conference on Sept. 23 to provide added coverage of heat treating basics.

ASM Heat Treating Society reflects the composition of the worldwide heat treating community and includes captive and commercial heat treaters, equipment manufacturers, researchers, governments and technicians.

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