Aluminum Aging Ovens

Nutec Bickley aluminum furnaces and ovens are custom designed and built to meet MIL-SPEC as well as conforming to tough industry standards such as AIAG’s CQI-9 for heat treat assessment and relevant AMS standards covering heat treatment equipment.

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The correct combination of air distribution and velocity are the key to Nutec Bickley ovens. Whether the heating method is gas fired directly and indirectly or electrically our equipment is designed to meet any needs.

Our aluminum aging ovens are manufactured with the following attributes:

  • Designed air flow systems to meet your specific needs (unidirectional / bidirectional flows)
  • Processing times and temperatures are controlled and timed automatically using PLCs and Operator Interfaces
  • The design allows for product to be loaded into the work zone by automatic conveyors. Loading can be manual or automatic
  • Data acquisition with multiple point temperature readings are made available using multipoint paper or paperless recorders

All aluminum furnaces and ovens are certified for temperature uniformity requirements prior to shipment and as a service by Nutec Bickley Service Technicians after your oven is in operation.

Nutec Bickley Aging Ovens

Basketless Heat Treat OVENS

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Nutec Bickley’s Basketless Heat Treatment Systems are designed for the heat treatment of aluminum castings and forgings.

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Roller hearth OVENS

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Roller hearth ovens and ovens are designed for batch process applications, and for indexing–continuous production.

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Chain Conveyor ovens

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Chain conveyor ovens and furnaces can be provided for temperature ranges from 93ºC (200ºF) to 650ºC (1,200ºF) to perform in the following industries

Pusher ovens

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We design pusher ovens for continuous–indexing production with indexing pusher mechanisms located outside of the furnace.

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Car Bottom ovens

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We manufacture heavy duty car bottom ovens in custom designs and dimensions. They have the ability to handle large/heavy loads.

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Box ovens

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We provide box ovens for temperatures ranging from 300ºF to 2,450ºF (150°C to 1,340°C) to perform a wide variety of process applications.

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Mesh Belt ovens

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We review the individual product and process application, to determine the ideal choice of conveyor and the best air flow pattern system.

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Great temperature uniformity, performance and quality are some of the characteristics that make us the best designers and manufacturers of furnaces and ovens available in the market.

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Aluminum Aging Ovens Support Equipment and Services

Nutec Bickley offers complete turnkey systems. Other products and equipment offered with our systems include:

  • Ambient Air Cooling systems
  • Chilled Air Cooling Systems
  • Installation
  • Startup Service
  • Preventative Maintenance Service
  • Spare parts

Industries and applications of Aluminum Aging Ovens

Aluminum Aging is commonly used in the automotive, aerospace, transportation industries and building/home applications to manufacture durable components for long-term use. Nutec Bickley designs and manufactures aluminum aging ovens in accordance with the customers' specific requirements. We consider all of the factors that come into play including rapid heating, temperature uniformity, safety-critical components, high precision and repeatability, and floor space.

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Aluminum Aging Process

Aluminum Aging – sometimes referred to as age hardening or precipitation hardening – is produced by phase transformations creating uniform dispersion of coherent precipitates in a softer matrix. Aging aluminum between 100°C–260°C (212°F–500°F) is called artificial aging because the alloy is heated to produce precipitation.

Using a lower aging temperature has the effect of making the properties more uniform. When heat treated alloys are aged at room temperature it is called natural aging. The rate and amount of natural aging or hardening varies from one alloy to another. Properties of the alloys are dependent on the aging temperature and aging time. Typically, the hardness and strength of the alloy increases initially with time and particle size until it reaches the peak where maximum strength is obtained. Any further aging will reduce the strength and hardness; also referred to as over-aging.

Heat treatable alloy temper designations

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UNSTABLE TEMPER APPLICATION WITH SUBSEQUENT PERIOD OF NATURAL AGE

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COOLED AND NATURALLY AGED

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COOLED, COLD WORKED AND NATURALLY AGED

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED, COLD WORKED AND NATURALLY AGED

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED AND NATURALLY AGED

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COOLED AND ARTIFICIALLY AGED

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED AND ARTIFICIALLY AGED

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED AND STABLILIZED TO DESIRED PROPERTIES

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED, COLD WORKED AND ARTIFICIALLY AGED

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SOLUTION HEAT TREATED, ARTIFICIALLY AGED THEN COLD WORKED

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COOLED, COLD WORKED AND ARTIFICIALLY AGED

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