Greater Stainless Capability with Ambrell

In April 2017, Fastco Industries took delivery an EkoHeat induction heating system supplied by Ambrell Induction Heating Solution, a Scottsville, New York company. Due to a high product concentration of stainless products, particularly the super-alloy A286 (ASTM 660), Fastco was looking for a product that would help the company provide better quality and increased capability, while reducing forming tonnage and increasing tool life. The Ekoheat induction heating system allows Fastco to heat wire to 600-800 degrees F in just a few seconds. In so doing, the required tonnage need to cold head a typical A286 flange stud is reduced by approximately 14%. The end result is a better product, with corners filled out and sharper edges. In addition, tool inserts wear much more slowly while scrap has been reduced considerably. A final advantage of the EkoHeat system is the ease with which setup personnel can complete changeovers. The heating system is flameless and extremely energy efficient. With the installation of this unit, Fastco will be able to more capably fill its customer’s requirements today and into the future.