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Arcent Representing Heatmasters in Singapore

May 10, 2022

Heatmasters Representatives across the globe provide flexible, high-quality heat treatment solutions and heat treatment equipment with local technical support and reliable service, ensuring Heatmasters end-users’ heat treatment challenges are solved comfortably, anywhere.

Arcent has provided professional solutions to their customers’ metal welding and cutting requirements in Singapore and the SEA region since 2011. Now, as part of their vision to be a one-stop solutions provider, Arcent will additionally provide their customers with high-quality heat treatment equipment from Heatmasters.

“Since 2011, we have been the trusted and reliable supplier of high-quality cutting and welding equipment for industry-leaders in Singapore and the surrounding countries. Our cooperation with Heatmasters will provide our customers with access to reliable, modern and cost-effective heat treatment solutions.”
-Jimmy Lim, General Manager, Arcent (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Arcent in Singapore Expo during the 2017 Manufacturing Technology Asia Show
Arcent in Singapore Expo during the 2017 Manufacturing Technology Asia Show

Arcent currently has many active projects with companies like Keppel FELS Group, Sembcorp Marine Group, Singapore Technologies Marine, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Pratt Whitney Group, Rolls Royce Singapore, Hiap Seng Engineering, PEC Limited, HSL Constructor & Wong Fong Engineering Works (1988).

Heatmasters will provide Arcent and their customers with support and high-quality heat treatment equipment. Since many of Arcent’s customers are utilizing manual and semi-automatic welding and cutting solutions, we will also share knowledge with Arcent regarding the integration of heat treatment equipment into their end-users’ manual and semi-automatic welding and cutting processes.

Visit www.arcentwelding.com to find out more.

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Meet the Heat Treatment Wizard of Silesia

April 21, 2022

Our team in Poland has expanded! We had some time to ask our newest wizard, Mariusz, some questions. Find out more about his responsibilities at Heatmasters below.

Who are you and what are your responsibilities at Heatmasters?

Hello everyone, my name is Mariusz Majchrowicz, all my personal, professional and business life is connected with the Silesia region of Poland. I was born here, and have continued to live and work here to this day.
Now, I’m a strategic client manager for Heatmasters, responsible for our heat treatment customers in Poland, especially within the Silesia region as well as external heat treatment projects.

When did you start working at Heatmasters?

I started cooperation with the team in Poland during the beginning of 2022 and finally fully joined the team in March.

Can you tell us about your educational background and prior experience?

I have a technical education in the machine construction and machining industry. For the last 12 years, I have been working as a project manager, involved with and managing projects happening in the mining, cement, coal and oil industries.

How would you describe your work at Heatmasters? What are the best and most challenging parts?

As a member of the big and highly experienced group of professionals, I’m constantly trying to improve my knowledge related to all the heat treatment processes and realizations. The most challenging part of this job is the right customer approaching level and ensuring that every accounts unique needs and expectations are exceeded. From a technical point of view, each project and valuation request needs to be treated individually.

What do you think of Heatmasters as a company and employer?

So far, it has been great to work with the other “wizards”. The company has a wide, horizontal structure, so collaboration is easy and everything is managed well.

What are you looking forward to during 2022?

Of course, I would like to reach all the private and work targets which I have set for this year. I am also looking forward to working with customers on many technically interesting projects and improving my knowledge of heat treatment processes, etc.

What do you do during your free time?

I’m playing Golf 🙂

Thanks, Mariusz!

Mariusz is already busy with multiple ongoing projects, so we didn’t pester him with additional questions.

If you have some questions for him about heat treatment in Silesia or just want to play some golf, get in touch below!

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On-Site Heat Treatment of Rotary Kiln at the Górażdże Cement Plant

March 2, 2022

During the final months of 2021, the Wizards of Metal started an interesting heat treatment project at the Górażdże Cement plant, the largest, most modern cement plant in Europe. The project involved the fast mobilization of a large team of Heatmasters heat treatment specialists, equipped with multiple heat treatment units suitable for continuous preheating of the clinker rotary kiln’s components.

Górażdże Cement Plant

The Górażdże Cement plant is located in Chorula, a village in south-western Poland. The plant is owned by Heidelberg Cement Group and began operations in 1977. During the plants’ history, there have been many development and modernization investments, which have strengthened its position at the forefront of the largest and most modern cement plants in Europe.

The plant has technological lines for firing Portland clinker, including two rotary kilns for burning clinker and four cement mills. Raw materials used for production include limestone and marl which are obtained from two nearby mines.


 

Scope of Project and Heat Treatment at the Cement Plant

Our team received news of urgent repairs requiring preheating. Within a few days, they were on-site, ready to start working. The clinker rotary kiln’s components were to be repaired/replaced, and the process included disassembly, welding with continuous preheating, followed by reassembly.

Clinkery Rotary Kiln Sections
 
Welding works were completed by one of our partners on-site. They were also responsible for the detachment of the rotary kiln components, welding works, and attaching the new components (requiring utmost accuracy).

The tube in the below images was rotated by 45 degrees for welding, twice per day. This meant that during the preheating process, cables from our heat treatment machines, and all the flexible ceramic heaters had to be reconnected several times.
 

 
Our operators utilized Heatmasters’ flexible heating elements, which were attached to the component with pins that were welded onto the surface.

 

Equipment for Preheating

Our operators were equipped with Heatmasters semi-automatic preheating units. These thyristor-controlled transformer-type units have been designed with usability in mind: their simple and lightweight structure allows effortless mobility and efficient pre-heating at any location.
Several HM403T heat treatment units and accessories such as thermocouple wire, insulation material, and Heatmasters’ flexible ceramic heating elements were required to get this job done.

Heatmasters Heat Treatment Unit Pre-heating Heat Treatment Machine HM403
 
These units are designed for on-site preheating works, and they feature our BTC Temperature Control System. It is a simple, bulletproof system that allows the user to set the holding temperatures and control heating and cooling ramps with just a few buttons.
The HM403T has a power output of 40kW and 3 heating channels. Heatmasters also offers 6-channel and higher power-output models.
 
For any heat treatment processes which require documentation, such as post-weld heat treatment, Heatmasters suggests and utilizes our fully automatic units. These feature a digital, computer-based temperature control system. This control system allows complete process control, digital documentation, and features such as on-site/remote

Half a century of experience in on-site works has allowed us to design equipment and solutions that are innovative and designed with industry requirements such as ease-of-use and a long product lifetime in mind!
 

Heat Treatment and Industrial Services

Heatmasters looks forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services.
In addition to on-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:
• Heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces
• Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
• Refractory dry-outs
• Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
• High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
• Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

Click here to read more about the Górażdże Cement plant.

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Heatmasters Strengthens Its Industrial and Heat Treatment Furnace Segment By Acquiring Temptec’s Furnace and Furnace Services Business

February 9, 2022

In the picture are Bo-Ole Lundqvist, CEO of Temptec (left), and Ilkka Mujunen, CEO of Heatmasters (right).

On 3.2.2022, Heatmasters has signed an agreement to acquire Temptec’s furnace- and maintenance business. With the acquisition, Heatmasters’ portfolio of furnaces and equipment will be further diversified, and we will significantly strengthen our position as a supplier and life-cycle services partner for the industrial and heat treatment furnace sector.

Temptec is a well-known supplier of high-quality electric and gas-fired industrial furnaces. Founded in 1995, the family-owned company has a long history in the furnace industry, and its’ customers are found in a wide range of industries, such as quarries, hot-dip galvanizing plants, forges, foundries, machinery, and manufacturing industry, chemical process industry, electrical engineering industry, and research and development laboratories.

Ilkka Mujunen, CEO of Heatmasters, comments:
“We are very pleased with this acquisition, which will reinforce Heatmasters’ process and product expertise in the furnace sector, whilst bringing new opportunities to cooperate with several industry-leading companies.”

The Temptec product range includes laboratory furnaces, chamber furnaces, pit furnaces, car bottom/bogie hearth furnaces, top-hat furnaces, continuous feed-through furnaces, drum furnaces, and hot-dip galvanizing equipment. All solutions are engineered to order.
In addition, we provide maintenance, measurement, and calibration services to the users of these furnaces.

“I look forward to meeting new customers so that we can continue to ensure the smooth operation of Temptec furnaces and galvanizing solutions.”
-Markku Pyykkö, Business Manager at Heatmasters

“From the beginning, Temptec has understood customer requirements for high-performance and reliable solutions, and the company aims to be a leader and pioneer in technical solutions. I am very pleased that Heatmasters’ professionals will continue to provide services for existing equipment base and also providing new industrial furnaces.”
-Bo-Ole Lundqvist, CEO at Temptec

 

Sintering furnace / Gas-fired chamber furnace. 
In the picture above, a Temptec sintering furnace / gas-heated chamber-furnace.
Dimensions: 1,4m x 0,6m x 1,1m.
Operating temperature: 1200 °C

Continuous feed-through furnace 
In the picture above, a Temptec fully-automatic convection furnace with continuous feed-through.
Dimensions: 0,9m x 0,4m x 2,2m.
Operating temperature: 500 °C

This is the second significant acquisition made by Heatmasters within the past six months. Heatmasters also acquired the service and maintenance business of Sarlin furnaces. Read more.

For more information, please contact:
Ilkka Mujunen
e-mail: ilkka.mujunen(@)heatmasters.net

Heatmasters is an international industrial services and equipment provider specializing in heat treatment, NDT -inspection, surface treatment, and other services for maintenance of process plants and the manufacturing industry.

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Developing Technology to Produce LOOK Containers Utilizing Nanostructured Ultra-Strength Steels

November 16, 2021

 

Nanobainitic Steel

Nanostructured bainitic steels are a relatively new construction material with a strength value up to 2.5 GPa, at the same time characterized by acceptable ductility for many applications. One of the main applications of nanobainitic steel materials is ultra-strength plates utilized in armor systems.

LOOK Containers – Utilizing Nanostructured Ultra-Strength Steels

Heatmasters, along with other partners, took part in a project funded by the POIR 04.01.04 programme, which aimed to develop the design and to manufacture an observation and protective container with a specified resistance to penetration by armor-piercing projectiles and with a lower mass of steel armoring in relation to currently produced solutions.

Light Observation-Protective Container (LOOK) is a rapidly deployable solution designed to create defensive systems around military bases, airfields, checkpoints, or outposts. The shielded container is used to secure and protect personnel during observation and defensive tasks in warfare and peacekeeping operation conditions.

LOOK - LIGHT OBSERVATION-PROTECTIVE CONTAINER

The aim of the project was achieved by using armor plates made of nanostructured bainitic steel (nanobainitic), which are characterized by high resistance to high-energy impacts concentrated in a small area. The technological tests carried out in the project mainly concerned the development of a new container and industrial technology of armour plate production and their application in the armor of this container. Based on the results of the investigation of the material, the optimum chemical composition for industrial-scale smelting and casting was determined. Industrial technology for the production of plates of nano-structured bainitic steel was developed, which includes the following processes: smelting and casting, preliminary heat treatment and ingot hot processing, as well as hot rolling, final heat treatment, and surface treatment. A test batch of the material in the form of 1500×2470 mm armored plates were fabricated under industrial conditions. The result of the project is a container armored with bainitic nanostructured steel plates with implementation documentation and a technology for producing armored plates from this steel under the technical and technological conditions of domestic steel manufacturers.

Heat Treatment of Nanobainitic Steel Plates

Heat treatment of nanostructured bainitic steels is a key production stage. The process consists of several immediately consecutive stages: heating, austenitising, controlled cooling, and isothermal annealing, as well as cooling to ambient temperature. Thanks to our vast experience in the field of heat treatment, Heatmasters was responsible for the heat treatment process of the plates used for the container.

Make sure to check the video of the heating process below!

Use the link below to access the full article, published in the Journal of Metallic Materials. The article contains results of research and analyses concerning the application of nanostructured bainitic steel in the form of plates for the manufacturing of armour components. The presented results of the examination of microstructure and properties include a wide range of laboratory experiments and industrial tests, which resulted in the achievement of the assumed functional properties.
Read Full Article

Heatmasters looks forward to telling you more about current and future development projects utilizing our decades of experience and knowledge in the heat treatment industry.

Questions for our experts?

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Heat Treatment Services During Paper Mill Repair Works in Germany

October 28, 2021

During the final week of September, our team in Poland received news of immediately required repair works at a paper mill located in the idyllic countryside of Germany. Thanks to our capability for fast mobilization, our heat treatment specialists and heat treatment equipment started their journey towards the paper mill from our Service Center in Poland within a few days.

Scope of Project and Heat Treatment

One of our international partners is responsible for the continuous maintenance of this paper mill, and we are proud to be their trusted heat treatment partner. Our team has a long history of working with them on projects across the globe such as this one.

At this paper mill, there were two cracks on a support ring. Repairs had to be completed quickly to avoid costly downtime.

The cracks had a length of approximately 600mm. The job consisted of grinding and welding preheated material. Our wizards were responsible for the entire preheating process, from installing equipment to supervision and disassembly. As always, all operations were completed according to the highest quality standards and on time.

Equipment for Preheating

Our operators were equipped with Heatmasters semi-automatic preheating units. These thyristor-controlled transformer-type units have been designed with usability in mind: their simple and lightweight structure allows effortless mobility and efficient pre-heating at any location.

Two HM406T heat treatment units and accessories such as thermocouple wire, insulation material, and Heatmasters’ durable ceramic heating elements were required to get this job done.

The HM406T has a power output of 40kW and 6 heating channels. These units are designed for preheating, and they feature our BTC Temperature Control System. It is a simple, bulletproof temperature control system that allows the user to set the holding temperatures and control heating and cooling ramps with just a few buttons.

For any heat treatment processes which require documentation, such as post-weld heat treatment, we suggest our fully automatic units that utilize a digital, computer-based temperature control system. This control system allows complete process control, digital documentation, and features such as on-site/remote monitoring and control.

Half a century of experience in on-site works has allowed us to design equipment and solutions that are innovative and designed with industry requirements such as ease-of-use and a long product lifetime in mind!

 

Heatmasters looks forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services.

In addition to on-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:

  • Heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces
  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

 

 

Countryside of Germany

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Introducing the Newest Wizard of Heatmasters Turku

October 20, 2021

Our team of heat treatment specialists at the Turku Service Center has expanded! We had some time to bombard the newest wizard – Mikko Kekkonen with a few questions. Mikko is well prepared for any challenges ahead and has already had some time to settle in among the wizards of metal. Who is Mikko, what does he do at Heatmasters or during his free time? Let’s ask him!

Who are you and what are your responsibilities at Heatmasters?

My name is Mikko Kekkonen. I am originally from Porvoo but have now lived in Turku for over 14 years. In addition to working as a heat treatment operator at Heatmasters, I also handle many administrative tasks.

When did you start working at Heatmasters?

I joined the team in the middle of August 2021.

Can you tell us about your educational background and prior experience?

I graduated from Porvoo Business School in 2003 and didn’t have much experience in heat treatment before joining Heatmasters. In 2006, I worked at the Neste oil refinery in Porvoo. After that, I started work at the Naantali refinery. At the refinery, I was working in a variety of maintenance-related roles for the past 14 years.

How would you describe your work at Heatmasters? What are the best and most challenging parts?

I have really enjoyed the work so far. It is not as physically demanding compared to working at the refinery, and the working environment is much safer. Learning all of the new things related to my administrative tasks will be the biggest challenge.

What do you think of Heatmasters as a company and employer?

The company seems well run and a good and fair employer.

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

Everything has started well and I hope that the work will continue with a similarly good vibe next year as well.

What do you do during your free time?

I of course spend a lot of time with my family and often play badminton or squash. Music and reading are also interests of mine.

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Heatmasters Acquired the Furnace Services and Maintenance Business of Sarlin Oy Ab

September 7, 2021

Heatmasters has acquired the furnace services and maintenance business of Sarlin Oy Ab

Sarlin has provided heat treatment furnaces to various industries since 1935.

The Heatmasters team will continue to provide flexible and cost-effective furnace maintenance and modernization services to all users of Sarlin heat treatment furnaces.

 

I am excited about this expansion to our furnace services division, and look forward to meeting new faces and ensuring all furnace users are able to continue smooth operations.
-Markku Pyykkö, Business Manager at Heatmasters

 

If you have any questions, or would like to contact our team, you can send us a message via our Contact Us page!


 

Furnace Maintenance and Modernization to Ensure Safe and Efficient Processes

Heat treatment and industrial furnaces are under constant and heavy use, operating at high temperatures which can often change rapidly. This means regular maintenance along with modernization upgrades are required to meet evolving production requirements and to ensure safe and energy-efficient heat treatment processes.

In addition to delivering custom-tailored furnaces across the world, Heatmasters provides maintenance and modernization services for all brands of heat treatment furnaces and equipment.

Our comprehensive maintenance services include:

  • Calibration of temperature control systems and temperature uniformity measurements
  • Furnace inspections and safety checks
  • Thermal imaging to check for leaks and disturbances in electrical cabinets
  • Ensuring critical spare parts are available on-site
  • And more!

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Heat Treatment Services and Hardness Testing at an Oil Refinery in Germany

September 1, 2021

Heatmasters Heat Treatment Wizards Provided Heat Treatment Services (Preheating and PWHT), Along With Hardness Testing of Welds at an Oil Refinery in Germany

The refinery is known as one of the most modern refineries in Europe, with a maximum processing capacity of 12 million tonnes of crude oil per year. The refinery has a comprehensive product range including gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, LPG, naphtha, aviation fuel, bitumen, and methanol.

Our operators were on-site for 8 weeks and successfully completed all works without any issues. Our team was equipped with several of our mobile heat treatment units, which were perfect for heat treatment operations inside a facility such as this oil refinery, where mobile, lightweight units with minimized maintenance requirements are needed. Heatmasters heat treatment units also feature our integrated digital temperature control system, which enables complete control of heat treatment parameters, digital documentation and certificates along with many other benefits.

Heatmasters promises rapid responses and high-quality, flexible services. Our experts have a strong track record of successful heat treatment and industrial services projects in various process facilities across the globe.

📷 Photo courtesy of Alexander Stöhr
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Electrical Heat Treatment Furnace Delivered to a Foundry in Europe

August 25, 2021

Modern Electrical Heat Treatment Furnace Enables Expansion of Foundry’s Production Capabilities

Heatmasters has finished commissioning an electrical heat treatment furnace for a foundry in Europe.
With a loading capacity of 9000 kg and an operating temperature of 1000 °C, the furnace was designed according to the customers’ needs to further expand their production capabilities.

The furnace includes our famous digital temperature control system and full automation of two wagons and pneumatic doors. It also implements advanced safety logic developed by Siemens, which allows us to ensure the safe operation of the furnace in all conditions.

This furnace has been designed to meet the current and future heating requirements of the customer. Thanks to tight cooperation and communication between the customer and our experts, we were able to provide a cost-efficient, high-quality solution. Our wizards of metal will be able to provide support in the form of maintenance and modernization services to ensure the smooth operation of the furnace for years to come.

If you would like more information regarding this furnace, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Click the buttons below to read more about our high-quality heat treatment furnaces or digital temperature control systems!

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Commissioning Of a Gas Fired Furnace in Saudi Arabia

June 30, 2021

Heatmasters Has Finished Commissioning of a Gas-Fired Furnace in Saudi Arabia

Featuring 2100 kW of heating power, and a movable wagon, this furnace was designed according to the customers’ needs to expand their production facilities’ in-house heat treatment capabilities.

The customer is an experienced pressure vessel, tank, and steel structure manufacturer for the oil and energy industry.

In addition to our famous digital temperature control system, we have also installed a new complete automation system that controls and monitors the burners, combustion fans, doors, cooling hatches, and wagon. This system ensures accurate, efficient, and repeatable heat treatment processes at the customers’ production facility.

This system allows the operator complete control of the furnace via the HM25 software.

It also implements advanced safety logic developed by Siemens, which allows us to ensure the safe operation of the gas-fired furnace in all conditions.

Click the button below to read more about our furnaces.

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Heat Treatment Furnace Manufacturing Process

March 10, 2021

Heatmasters heat treatment furnaces are designed together with the customer to ensure that we provide a heat treatment furnace that is a perfect fit for your operations and heating processes.

Recently, Heatmasters delivered another preheating furnace that was tailor-made and delivered to a large multinational corporation providing integrated solutions for the marine industry. The customer will be utilizing this furnace for pre-heating works in a variety of locations worldwide.

After initial discussions with the customer and in-depth heat treatment needs analysis performed by our heat treatment specialists, the furnace features required by the customer were clear. During the design phase, Heatmasters is able to provide insight and consultation regarding the optimal design of the furnace, thanks to our experts having over half a century of experience designing, manufacturing, running, and maintaining heat treatment furnaces across the globe.

Some of the most important requirements set by the customer were that the furnace should be easy to use and transport. Once all parties were happy with the design, manufacturing began at the Heatmasters’ Service Center in Hollola, Finland.

Some information and features of this pre-heating furnace:

  • Mobile design allowing the furnace to be transported as necessary
  • One furnace control zone with magnetic thermocouple
  • Operating temperature 0-150 °C
  • Overheat protection
  • Sealed door with gas-springs

Below, you will find a gallery of pictures from the different stages of the manufacturing process of this furnace, from design all the way to delivery.

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Heatmasters designs and manufactures high-quality custom-tailored heat treatment furnaces, from small pre-heating furnaces such as this one to larger gas and electric heat treatment furnaces and even temporary modular furnaces when required for large workpieces.

If you have a question about the furnace design or manufacturing process or require more information about our furnaces, our experts would be glad to help!

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Heat Treatment Services at the Montes del Plata Mill in Uruguay

February 18, 2021

During the final months of 2020, the Wizards of Metal left Finland and headed towards Uruguay during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Equipped with Heatmasters heat treatment units, our specialists would be working with Andritz personnel to replace bends and ties on several superheaters, during which on-site heat treatment work was required. These works happened during the plants’ annual outage maintenance project, officially called “PGP 2020 (Parada General de Planta)”.
 

Montes del Plata Mill

The Montes del Plata Mill is a eucalyptus wood pulp mill located in Southern Uruguay. It is run as a joint venture between Stora Enso and Arauco. The Montes del Plata Industrial Complex is environmentally friendly, incorporating the latest technological advancements which guarantee minimal environmental impact, meeting all environmental regulations established by the European Union (IPCC), and operating according to the industry’s best available techniques (IPPC-BAT).

Montes del Plata owns 190 000 hectares of land and leases 56 500 hectares of land and the company has incorporated standards of responsible forest management – FSC® and internationally recognized PEFCTM-, which certify 100% of its plantations. Montes del Plata is also the largest private power generator in Uruguay, the third-largest producer after the hydroelectric stations of Salto Grande and Palmar. The mill delivers its surplus energy of around 500 GWh per year to Uruguay’s national grid, which equates to around 5% of the country’s total energy needs and is a contributor to the country’s conversion of its energy matrix to renewables, minimizing fossil fuel use.

 

The Mill’s Pulp Production Process

Wood Chipping

Wood is transported to the industrial complex on trucks and barges, after which it is converted into smaller pieces called chips to reduce and standardize their size whilst facilitating the digestion process.

Cooking

The chips enter the digester. A mixture of water and chemicals called white liquor is added to the chips, causing cellulose fibers to separate from lignin, a high-energy wood component, at high pressure and temperature.

Bleaching

The pulp from the cooking process is filtered, washed, and then bleached. This changes the color of the pulp from brown to white.

Drying

White sheets pass through dryers until the water content is less than 10%. After this, they are cut, grouped into bales, and packaged.

Chemicals and wood components from this process are concentrated and burned, generating steam and electricity. Noncombustible components are reintegrated into the pulp production process. The plant’s energy and chemical inputs are recovered and reused, making the Kraft process economically and environmentally viable. Atmospheric emissions are 99% water vapor and meet the most demanding national and international environmental standards, just as liquid effluents do.

 

Scope of Project and Heat Treatment

The scope of the works was to replace 6 bends and 48 pairs of ties in the superheaters II, III, and IV of the recovery boiler (RB). The works (including transport of equipment) were completed during a period of 6 days in November 2020.

During the replacement of the bends and ties, annealing was required. Annealing is a heat treatment process that changes the properties of a material to increase its ductility and reduce its hardness, making it more workable.

In addition to the superheater bends and ties, the drainage incisions from the pipes were also heat treated.

Heat treatment certificates of each heating process were required, and our innovative equipment ensured that fast and accurate digital documentation was available.

On-site Heat Treatment at the Montes del Plata Mill in Uruguay - Heatmasters - Local zone heat treatment - “PGP 2020 (Parada General de Planta)”.

 

Heat Treatment Equipment

The wizards of metal were equipped with two HM406T_R26 heat treatment units which have a power output of 40kW and 6 heating channels. These fully automatic thyristor-controlled heat treatment units for the annealing of metal parts have been designed with usability in mind: their simple and lightweight structure allows effortless mobility and efficient heat treatment works at any location. Our wizards received positive feedback regarding the equipment’s compact design, which allowed the units to stay in place on the narrow hallways of the plant without causing any issues, and reducing time spent moving equipment during the works.

Heatmasters HM406T_R26 mobile heat treatment equipment at the Montes del Plata Mill in Uruguay
 
The units’ computerized state-of-the-art temperature control system provides digital, easy, and accurate setting, controlling, monitoring, and digital documentation of the heat treatment process, even remotely. This also means that an external temperature recorder is not required. These units are also almost maintenance-free, ensuring cost-efficient and trouble-free heating operations.

COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many restrictions and safety measures were in place during the project. Our heat treatment specialists were tested and entered quarantine prior to travel and arrival at the site. Protective equipment was always worn and contact between workers was limited using plastic screens, separated shifts, and restrictions to the amount of personnel within each area. Unfortunately, some of our wizards could not travel to Uruguay due to possible COVID-19 exposure. This caused some shifts in the scope of the works, but thanks to our personnel’s great work ethic and some help moving and packing equipment from our partners on-site, we were able to complete the works within the planned timeframe.

Heatmasters on-site heat treatment Uruguay, South America tratamiento térmico Montes del Plata Mill
 

We are extremely satisfied with the work completed by Heatmasters despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. A great effort was required to get the job done on schedule and Heatmasters heat treatment specialists were flexible and their commitment to work was exemplary. It was easy to work with the “wizards of metal” because they are professionals and know what they are doing. The equipment and tools were also suitable for the works at the Montes del Plata Mill.
-Jukka Repo, Service Engineer, Recovery Boilers at ANDRITZ OY

 

Heatmasters looks forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services.

In addition to on-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:

  • Heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces
  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

Click here to read more about Stora Enso or here to read more about Montes del Plata!

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Integration of Modern Temperature Control System to an Existing Heat Treatment Furnace

November 17, 2020

Heatmasters Temperature Control Systems

For more than three decades, Heatmasters has been at the forefront of temperature control systems for metal heat treatment applications. Industry veterans are already familiar with our legendary Rigel controller and HM20/HM25 temperature control program. This technology has proven to be excellent in both accuracy and ease of use, whilst also offering multiple innovative features for end-users.

AP-Tela

AP-Tela Oy, a Kokkola-based subsidiary of Plc Uutechnic Group Oyj (ex-Vaahto Group), is a provider of heavy custom engineering and contract manufacturing services. The company specializes in the manufacturing of long, welded, and machined axially symmetrical parts. Most of the company’s customers are engineering companies and equipment manufacturers in Finland, Scandinavia, and Russia. Some of their main products include:

  • Heavy, welded, thick-walled steel pipes, cylinders, and cones
  • Rolls for the paper, energy, and lifting equipment industries
  • Welded and machined steel structures

The annealing furnace at AP-Tela’s facilities has dimensions of 2,5 x 2,6 x 12 meters with 450kW heating power. The furnace is in good condition, however, the furnace temperature control system was aged and no longer intuitive or user-friendly. Only a few select employees at AP-Tela had sufficient training to use it properly. The old furnace temperature control system was no longer supported by the manufacturer and there were difficulties in sourcing critical spare parts.

This meant upgrading the furnace temperature control system was important to ensure no downtime and to avoid future maintenance issues.

The customer was already familiar with our Rigel controller and contacted us regarding their need for a modern temperature control system for an existing furnace. Our team of wizards was happy to help and the upgrade project advanced rapidly, with installations being completed 3 weeks after the initial inquiry had been received.

Rigel Controller Temperature Control System Web Heatmasters

 

Benefits for AP-Tela

We asked AP-Tela what the biggest benefits or most important features of the new furnace temperature control system were:

  • Remote control & monitoring of heat treatment processes
  • An easy-to-use control system, which can now be used by all employees
  • Ease-of-mind that Heatmasters will provide rapid remote-support and other services to ensure smooth operations
  • Third-party calibration services are no longer required as Heatmasters handles that too

heat treatment temperature control system integrated

“The project was completed on a really fast schedule and all the control system features that were important to us were easily implemented. The staff/wizards at Heatmasters are knowledgeable and the cooperation with them went well.”
-Joonas Varila, Foreman/IWS, AP-Tela Oy

Integration of the new temperature control system to the annealing furnace enables AP-Tela to further optimize their heat treatment and annealing processes with continued support from the wizards of metal at Heatmasters to ensure no equipment downtime. Our team looks forward to future cooperation and ensuring the heat treatment furnace and temperature control system continue to operate flawlessly by providing regular furnace maintenance services and upgrades according to the evolving needs of the customer.

In addition to our refurbishment, upgrade & maintenance services, we design custom-tailored heat treatment furnaces to meet your needs. Heatmasters also provides temporary, modular furnace solutions for heat treatment at your facility, anywhere in the world.

Visit AP-Tela’s website!

AP Tela Facilities

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Heat Treatment Works at the Kymijärvi III Bio-Heating Plant Located in the European Green Capital 2021

September 28, 2020

Heatmasters’ heat treatment operators were on site at the Kymijärvi III bio-heating plant prior to its commissioning during 2019. Now, they were back on site for on-site heat treatment works during a project involving the installation of additional piping. The Kymijärvi III bio-heating plant uses certified sustainable woody biomass as fuel, providing Finland’s most environmentally friendly district heating to the city of Lahti.

Lahti – European Green Capital 2021

Lahti has been chosen as the European Green Capital 2021, a title awarded by the European Commission for merits in pioneering environmental actions, innovations and solutions to environmental challenges, and setting an example for other cities. The city has shared a vision of a bold green city with multiple goals such as:

  • Become a carbon-neutral city by 2025, ten years before the rest of Finland
  • Cut down greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to the levels in 1990 by 2025
  • Become a zero-waste circular economy city by 2050
  • Protect the nature and valuable surface and groundwater areas
  • Encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, skiing, and public transport

Kymijärvi III Bio-heating Plant
The Kymijärvi III bio-heating plant supplied the first heat to Lahti’s district heating network on the 6th of August 2019. Aerial images from Lahti Energia.

Kymijärvi III Bio-Heating Plant

One larger step towards these goals was taken through the Kymijärvi III bio-heating project, started in 2014 by Lahti Energia, the local district heating company. The Kymijärvi III 190-megawatt bio-heating plant has now replaced the coal-fired Kymijärvi I plant which was started up in the 1970s, reducing Lahti Energia’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 600 000 tonnes per year.

The plants CFB (circulating fluidized bed) energy-efficient multi-fuel boiler enables the use of multiple solid fuels in addition to certified biomass, which secures the plant’s operations in the future which may bring changes in energy policy and markets. Currently, the plant has a district heating capacity of 190 megawatts, with equipment in place to also enable electricity generation in the future. The plant utilizes innovative technologies to ensure all process waste is recycled and no sulfates end up in water bodies.

Heatmasters Heat Treatment Services

Heatmasters has decades of experience in heat treatment works across many industries, including the heat treatment of CFB boiler components and on-site heat treatment works within energy industry facilities.

Our wizards of metal were working at the site for approximately 18 months prior to the plants commissioning, providing a wide range of heat treatment services. Now, our operators were on-site again to provide heat treatment services during additional piping work, which was executed to ensure smooth and reliable heat production in all operational conditions at the Kymijärvi III bio-heating plant.

Several of our operators equipped with 4 six-channel 40kVA heat treatment units completed pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) works at the plant, located right next door to the Heatmasters headquarters. The Heatmasters HM406T heat treatment unit and our experienced team of wizards ensured that heat treatment was well documented and met the highest quality standards.

Heatmasters Pre-Heating @ Kymijärvi II (2019)

The HM406T is a fully automatic heat treatment unit designed for preheating and annealing metal workpieces. The unit features our state-of-the-art temperature control system which means that setting, controlling, monitoring, and documentation of heat treatment parameters are carried out quickly and accurately. Heatmasters heat treatment units are also relatively portable, weighing only half of the weight of traditional units, and being small enough to move around by hand, even through doorways, etc. which is an important factor to consider for on-site heat treatment works such as during this project.

“The additional piping work was executed to ensure smooth and reliable heat production in all operational conditions. Cooperation with Heatmasters was easy due to the highly skilled site personnel.”
-Esa Tepponen, Project Manager, Lahti Energia

Heatmasters looks forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services.

In addition to on-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:

  • Heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces
  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

Click here to read more about Lahti – The European Green Capital 2021

SHI FW Energia FAKOP Sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Sumitomo SHI FW and Heatmasters Poland once again carried out a joint-defined solution annealing heat treatment process for high alloyed stainless steel coil assemblies.">
Continuous Improvement Process of Solution Annealing Heat Treatment

July 30, 2020

SHI FW Energia FAKOP Sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Sumitomo SHI FW and Heatmasters Poland once again carried out a joint-defined solution annealing heat treatment process for high alloyed stainless steel coil assemblies. Despite our long-lasting practices and procedures, the details of this process have again been improved thanks to evolving industry drivers and the existence of continuous improvement practices in both companies. In-depth knowledge, experience, team-work and focus on details have allowed us to take another step toward superior quality and longer product lifetime, resulting in decreased maintenance downtime for the end-users.

Heatmasters Poland has provided solution annealing for these parts multiple times during the past five years, working with SHI FW Energia FAKOP’s Quality Specialists to further optimize and perfect our unique annealing processes. By continuously reviewing every single detail during the entire solution annealing process, from transportation and storage to thermocouple placement, we are working together with SHI FW Energia FAKOP to continue delivering the highest-quality components to end-users across the globe.

This time, the parts were loaded into our U117 heat treatment furnace. This furnace has dimensions of 4,4 x 2,4 x 1,2 meters and uses a fork loading system. The hat of this furnace was recently refurbished with improved insulation material to increase energy efficiency.

The parts were heated to a temperature far above 1000°C and Heatmasters Rigel26 digital temperature control system ensured an accurate and well-documented heating process. After heating, quenching took place within the targeted time period to form the desired microstructure in the material. Usually, water cooling would be a great solution, but in this case, it would change the shape of the elements too much, resulting in additional fabrication effort and additional stress into assemblies. Fast air cooling was a suitable approach as it allowed us to avoid negative material structures but still hold the shape of the elements. A total of 68 elements were processed this time.

A total of 68 components were treated in our U117 heat treatment furnace.

„Rising industry expectations are met thanks to tight cooperation approach in pre-planning and execution phase. Continuous improvement focus and non-routine approach allow improving every time, every project.”

-Zdzisław Szwajca, Project Engineer / Technologist, SHI FW Energia FAKOP Sp. z o.o.

SHI FW Energia FAKOP  is specialized in manufacturing, retrofits, spare parts supply of all kinds of boilers and other pressure vessels, shop and in-situ protective coating application including design and assembly at the client’s site worldwide.

Heatmasters is an international industrial service and equipment provider specializing in heat treatment, NDT inspection, surface treatment, and other services for the maintenance of process plants and the manufacturing industry.

Heatmasters Poland has cooperated closely with SHI FW Energia FAKOP since the beginning of our operations in Poland around 25 years ago. Today, our strong cooperation continues as Heatmasters provides innovative heat treatment and industrial services with a policy of continuous improvement.

“Long-lasting partnership between our companies is built on trust. Despite 25 years of cooperation, this trust has never been shaken as both of us are teamed with highly skilled and responsible professionals.”

-Arkadiusz Osuch, CEO, SHI FW Energia FAKOP Sp. z o.o.

Heatmasters looks forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services.

In addition to heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces, Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solution including:

  • On-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT)
  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

For more information on SHI FW Energia Fakop, please visit: https://fakop.com/en

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Heatmasters Service Combo: Pre-Heating and PWHT Of Boiler Drums

July 23, 2020

Last month, we wrote about our cooperation with ENITEC Sp. z o.o. (Grupa ENERGOINSTAL S.A.), manufacturer of boiler components and pressure vessels for the energy industry at the highest quality levels. Heatmasters provided a service combo for Enitec, which included pre-heating and PWHT (post-weld heat treatment) of a boiler drum. These service combos are a part of our integrated service model which provides our customers with multiple benefits arising from complete solutions.

“Despite the challenges of this job, such as large dimensions and weight, the materials involved, the requirements of standards and regulations, thanks to the expert advice provided by Heatmasters and professionalism in pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment, the task was completed successfully.”

– Michał Krawiec, Project Engineer at Enitec Sp. z o.o

On-Site Pre-Heating

Heatmasters’ wizards of metal with decades of heat treatment experience were on-site at Enitec’s facilities in Poręba, southern Poland, providing accurate pre-heating during the supervised process, which in addition to heat treatment involved welding and dehydrogenation.

Pre-heating metals is an additional, but often crucial step in welding applications. Pre-heating metal before welding decreases the temperature difference between the welding arc and the material being worked on. It ensures the rate of cooling in a finished weld is slower, lowers the chance of cracking, and allows hydrogen to diffuse out. It also ensures that any moisture or contaminants on the surface of the part are removed, which could otherwise allow the introduction of hydrogen during the welding process.

There are many factors to consider when preheating in welding is required such as welding code or standard requirements, prior cracking issues, component section thickness, base metal chemistry, ambient temperature, and filler metal hydrogen content. Most often, welding codes or standards will specify the minimum preheat temperature based on the welding process and component material/thickness.

During the pre-heating works, our team used two Heatmasters HM406 pre-heating units. These units had a combined power output of 80 kW and 12 heating channels.

We also utilized our VHY-Stud Heater elements, designed for the pre-and post-weld heating of studs and outlet tubes. The form of the VHY-stud heater enables fixing the heater near the weld.

The pre-heating works went well, and we were glad to be working together with fellow professionals at Enitec’s facilities. The project, however, was far from over as boiler drums would also receive post-weld heat treatment after works at Enitec’s facilities were completed.

PWHT

The boiler drum, weighing 38 tons, was transported to our modern heat treatment facility in Będzin, Poland which is equipped with several fixed heat treatment furnaces. The journey was only around 30km which meant transporting the boiler drum was a feasible and cost-effective solution. In other cases, in which transport would not have been feasible, Heatmasters can provide a temporary furnace solution at the customers’ premises.

The boiler drum was loaded into a furnace with dimensions of 16 x 4 x 4 meters and a maximum temperature of 950°C. The heating process took around 40 hours per drum, during which the heating parameters were controlled and documented using the Heatmasters Rigel26 digital temperature control system. This system ensures that each heating process is performed accurately, according to the customers’ requirements and fabrication codes.

The electrical heat treatment furnace and boiler drum almost ready for heating.

The heating process takes around 40 hours per drum.

Boiler drums are loaded and unloaded using 2 cranes.

Once the heating process was completed, cooling to ambient temperatures took another 18 hours. After this, the boiler drum was transported back to Enitec along with digital heat treatment certificates and other required documentation.

Integrated Service Model

When our customers choose multiple services or complete service solutions, we can manage a selected part of the delivery process. This service model allows for an optimized process, saving time and effort, whilst our customers have fewer moving parts to take care of and fewer jobs to juggle. During this project, we provided the customer with pre-heating and PWHT according to the highest quality and code standards. Additional services such as transportation, NDT, and surface treatment services were also available for the customer.

”We appreciate Heatmasters’ experience in steel heat treatment and recommend them as a proven partner.”

-Krystian Kowal, Vice President at Enitec Sp. z o.o.

Heatmasters team enjoyed this cooperative project and we are already looking forward to future challenges utilizing our knowledge and long-term experience in high-quality heat treatment and industrial services. Our cooperation with Enitec continues with the processing of several additional boiler drums.

The boiler drum back at Enitec’s facilities, one of their key products.

In addition to heat treatment of workpieces in fixed furnaces, Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:

  • On-site pre-heating and post weld heat treatment (PWHT)
  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

Heatmasters provided on-site heat treatment services for TVO, at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant during 2020 Annual Outages.">
Maintenance Services at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant

June 16, 2020

The Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant is located on the Olkiluoto Island on the Eura River and it is owned by Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO). The nuclear power plant units Olkiluoto 1 and Olkiluoto 2 (OL1 and OL2) consist of two BWRs (boiling water reactors), each producing 890MW of electricity. OL1 was first connected to Finland’s national grid in September 1978 and OL2 followed in February 1980. Since then, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has systematically modernized the OL1 and OL2 plant units during annual outages and modernization projects to ensure safe and efficient operations, currently planned until 2038. Heatmasters was on-site again during this year’s annual outage, utilizing our heat treatment solutions during the repair of valves in OL1 and OL2.

Annual Outages 2020

This year, the annual outages at the OL1 & OL2 plant units were carried out with some adjustments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There were several measures taken to safeguard the health and safety of every individual involved in the annual outages. All larger maintenance works which were not critical in terms of safety or availability were postponed to a later date. However, there were still multiple significant works taking place including reactor refueling. With a total of 730 contractor employees, 4800 work phases were carried out. The total duration of the annual outages was approximately four weeks.

Heatmasters On-Site Heat Treatment

During the project, Heatmasters was working with Recion Oy, a leading industrial service provider carrying out projects throughout Europe and delivering prefabricated products globally with niche expertise in high-pressure piping solutions.

Heatmasters provides custom-tailored heat treatment solutions and industrial services anywhere in the world, with a focus on flexible and cost-efficient solutions that do not compromise on quality. Our operators are specialized in on-site works taking place across a multitude of industries with high-standards and quality requirements. For this project, in addition to their decades of heat treatment experience, our operators required additional background checks and multiple safety certificates related to working at the plant.

Our wizards were already familiar with the work being done as they had prior experience working at the plant units during previous years. The maintenance work went smoothly, even though the current COVID-19 situation added some things to take into consideration. Upon arriving at the site, our heat treatment specialists passed through a disinfection station and were given personal protective equipment such as masks. They also received detailed instructions in advance from TVO’s annual outage coronavirus group at the site.

During the first week, our team transported equipment to the site in OL2 and prepared everything for heat treatment. Transporting equipment to the site is always a complex process within facilities such as nuclear power plants due to strict safety measures and reporting. Our heat treatment operators utilized our HM406T transformer with several resistive heating mats during this project.

The HM406T2 is a semi-automatic preheating unit, suitable for on-site preheating of metal parts. These thyristor-controlled transformer units have been designed with usability in mind, their simple and lightweight structure allows effortless mobility and efficient pre-heating at any location. Along with our experienced operators, it was the perfect solution for this project which required moving around on-site.

Due to the location of the job, there were further restrictions regarding loose equipment & tools. This meant we could not attach heating mats to parts being treated with clips and bands as is usually done. Our heat treatment specialists on-site had a creative solution and used thermocouple wire to attach the heating elements to the valves which were being pre-heated.

“This year, annual outages were completed successfully despite exceptional circumstances.” – TVO

After the first week, pre-heating had gone well, and one valve was repaired in OL2 and our team moved to the other plant unit. At OL1, two valves would be pre-heated & repaired. Moving equipment from one plant unit to the other did not take as long since it was already at the plant area, which was taken into consideration during planning and we had two valves that required pre-heating at OL1.

Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant with Visualization of OL3 unit which is currently under construction.

Of course, all heat treatment processes were digitally documented, and the process was done in accordance with our extensive quality management system, ensuring the highest level of customer service and quality. The work phases were completed successfully and the annual outages of 2020 were completed as the Olkiluoto 1 plant unit (OL1) was once again connected to the national grid and electricity production on the 8th of June, 2020.

”Working with the Heatmasters team at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant during the annual outage maintenance works has been great, in a working environment which presents extremely challenging conditions and high-standards.”
-Miika Vähäkangas, Welding Coordination & QC/A, Recion Oy

In addition to on-site pre-heating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), Heatmasters provides custom-tailored solutions including:

  • Heat treatment of large workpieces in fixed or portable temporary furnaces
  • Refractory dry-outs
  • Wide range of industrial services (NDT, surface treatment, welding, etc.)
  • High-tech heat treatment equipment (furnaces, transformers, temperature control systems, etc.)
  • Modernizations for all manufacturer’s heat treatment equipment

Images: Hannu Huovila / TVO.

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Furnace Modernization: From Gas to Electric

April 23, 2020

Heatmasters provided Alu-Releco with a furnace modernization solution which allowed them to move from an old gas-burner furnace to a modern electric furnace. Like all of our solutions, it was custom-tailored to meet their needs whilst providing all the benefits of a modern furnace and temperature control system.

Alu-Releco has decades of know-how and experience with surface treatment & coating processes, specializing in professional surface treatment with Teflon- and fluoroplastic coatings. Alu-Releco coating solutions are used across all industries, which means their processes and equipment need to meet the expectations of their clients and rigorous quality standards. Their surface treatment facility in Riihimäki, Finland utilized a furnace with gas-burners to heat metal parts. Heating was done to ensure that there were no contaminants such as dirt and grease prior to the application of the surface coating. The size of the furnace is 5*2,5*2,5m with a maximum operating temperature of 500°C.

What Was the Issue?

Alu-Releco shared their concerns related to this furnace with our team of heat treatment specialists. The furnace was unreliable and had issues with temperature uniformity. The fact that the furnace was fueled by gas was also an issue as it requires additional permits. And this furnace was quite old, which meant it lacked the energy efficiency of modern furnaces and cladding was in poor condition. The temperature control system was also outdated.

Furnace insulation prior to modernization.

The old furnace was in poor condition prior to the modernization.

Furnace Modernization

After discussing and mapping the needs of Alu-Releco and careful analysis of the old gas-burner furnaces condition, Heatmasters decided that the best route of action was to modernize the furnace into a modern electric furnace with convection heating. This modernization was done locally, at the Alu-Releco surface treatment facility in Riihimäki, Finland.

The modernization process was completed by our heat treatment specialists at the customer’s facilities.

The modernization process was completed by our heat treatment specialists at the customer’s facilities.

During the furnace modernization process, all gas-burners and related equipment were removed as the new furnace would no longer be fueled by gas. The rest of the furnace was dismantled down to its frame and new insulation and cladding were installed to ensure optimal energy efficiency. Electric heating elements were installed along with convection blowers to ensure even heat distribution during the heating process. Naturally, all electrical systems and electric cabins were also installed to meet today’s standards.

Gas-burner furnace was converted into an electric heat treatment furnace utilizing convection heating.

The gas-burner furnace was converted into an electric furnace utilizing convection heating.

Alu-Releco is pleased with the new furnace and we enjoyed working with them during the process. We look forward to future cooperation and ensuring the furnace continues to operate flawlessly by providing regular furnace maintenance services and upgrades according to their future needs.

”We are pleased with the results and flexibility during the project. Our needs for the features and usage of the furnace were well understood by Heatmasters.”

-Petteri Narko, Managing Director at Alu-Releco Oy

The “new” furnace will provide Alu-Releco with:

  • Higher energy efficiency and associated cost savings
  • Accurate heating through the integration of a modern temperature control system
  • Reliable electric heating, as the gas fueled option was no longer suitable for the customer

Furnace Modernization: New cladding and insulation material installed to ensure optimal energy efficiency.

New furnace cladding and insulation material installed to ensure optimal energy efficiency.

In addition to our refurbishment, upgrade & maintenance services, we design custom-tailored heat treatment furnaces to meet your needs. Heatmasters also provides temporary, modular furnace solutions for heat treatment at your facility, anywhere in the world.

Visit Alu-Releco’s Website by clicking here!

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Heat Treatment in Poland – Celebrating 25 Years

February 25, 2020

The Beginning of Heat Treatment in Poland

Heatmasters in Poland – it all began back in 1995, when the metal workshop of A. Ahlström Oy (a Finnish pulp & paper manufacturer), asked Heatmasters’ (Lahden Lämpökäsittely Oy or Lahti Heat Treatment Ltd in English at that time) willingness to provide heat treatment services at the Ahlstrom Fakop Sp. z o.o.. workshop. This workshop was situated in southern Poland, in the town of Sosnowiec and it was mostly run by Finnish employees. This would be the beginning of heat treatment in Poland.

The management of Heatmasters analyzed the situation and made an offer for heat treatment services, which was then accepted in the form of a letter of intent. Cooperation with the former employees of the Fakop maintenance unit was started. The company was acquired by Heatmasters and Remo-Ster Sp. z o.o.. The company was renamed to Heatmasters Sp. z o.o..

Preparations began immediately and supplies and heat treatment equipment were delivered to Sosnowiec, Poland. At the same time, one bold, only Finnish-speaking heat-treatment specialist left Finland to oversee the construction of the furnaces, the commissioning of other equipment, and training. Another employee of Heatmasters took over the responsibility for activating the business operations within Poland soon after.

The company recruited two heat treatment trainees, one of whom is still employed by the company after 25 years. Operations began with practical training and construction of heat treatment furnaces in the premises leased from the Fakop factory.

In 1996, Fakop was acquired by the American company Foster Wheeler and the new partner was renamed Foster Wheeler Fakop. The building of customer relationships started from square one in May of 1996, as the last Finn left the Fakop factory.

First Steps

For almost the entire first year of operation, the company used an office space of approximately 18 m² inside a site container. The container later remained as a heat treatment facility when the offices moved to a two-room space near the furnaces. The responsibilities of Finnish Heatmasters as a trainer and participant in practical work ended in December 1996. The company’s operational activities were taken over by the local CEO. Operations continued with a focus on the furnace and local heat treatment services, with the main customer being Foster Wheeler Fakop.

Time for Change

In 2001, Foster Wheeler Fakop announced a change of premises. The facilities used by Heatmasters were demolished. However, the company was assigned a new space for operations outside the plant site right away. The same thing happened again a few years later. The transfer operations required constant flexibility from the company as the largest furnace which had to be moved was 3.5 x 20 m.

In the mid-2000s, the board of directors of Heatmasters was informed of a building being auctioned in the immediate vicinity of the factory. The building was offered at a minimal price and ownership was transferred to the company.

10-Year Anniversary

By 2005, the company had grown from two heat treatment specialists to 15 heat treatment specialists as heat treatment projects continued to come in. Finnish Heatmasters made a trip with Polish colleagues to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Heatmasters Poland. Celebrations happened in the Tatra Mountains with activities such as horseback riding.

Wizards in the Tatra Mountains during Heatmasters Poland 10-year anniversary celebrations.

Enjoying a ride down the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains with a chairlift during the 10-Year anniversary celebrations.

Expansion of Heat Treatment Operations in Poland

Business operations continued to be busy and in 2006, the company built the first gas furnace. The customer base expanded and in 2010 the company signed an agreement with Stama Sp. z o.o., to start furnace operations at their factory. A 1.4 MW furnace with a floor area of 20.0 x 5.8 m was built at Stama’s premises.

Heatmasters gas heat treatment furnace in Poland

The 1.4 MW furnace at Stama’s premises.

In 2010, as Foster Wheeler Fakop expanded its operations, space became an issue and the search for new facilities/premises began. The new facilities were found about 2 kilometers away, from the town of Będzin. The remodeling of the new premises was completed in 2012.

Previous Heatmasters heat treatment facility in Bedzin, Poland

The first facility in Będzin

Modern Facilities

In 2018, facilities were moved once again within Będzin. The new, modern facilities were within the same industrial area, but allowed us to better serve customers with not only heat treatment but also blasting and painting. Operations in Będzin continue, and the future looks bright!

Heatmasters Service Center - Bedzin, Poland

Heatmasters’ Będzin facilities.

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HM406T2 – A 40 kVA Fully Automatic, Six-Channel Heat Treatment Unit

January 17, 2020

The HM406T2 is a 40 kVA fully-automatic, six-channel heat treatment unit for preheating and annealing metal workpieces. We are ensuring our clients receive innovative equipment, designed with industry requirements such as ease-of-use and a long product lifetime in mind!

The setting, controlling, monitoring, and documentation of heat treatment parameters are carried out by Heatmasters’ computerized state-of-the-art control system.

All channels can be independently programmed. 12 heating elements can be connected, two per channel.

HM406T2 will carry out the programmed heat treatment process according to the given parameters. The process can be monitored from the controller, or managed using a laptop (even remotely with a GSM data line). This means heating can be started at any time, even remotely.

The controller registers the achieved heat treatment results in its memory, which enables easy preparation of heat treatment documents. A separate temperature recorder is not needed.

Thanks to its signal light system, the operating status of the heat treatment unit is always known and possible disturbances in the electrical network or heating resistors are noticed right away by the operator.

The stainless steel body gives the unit a sleek look and a long lifetime!

The unit uses thyristors in power output control, minimizing maintenance work and resulting equipment downtime.

It is also relatively portable, weighing only half of the weight of traditional heat treatment units, and being small enough to move around by hand, even through doorways, etc. Designed for on-site heating works, this unit is popular among our customers and our own wizards – working in facilities such as nuclear power plants or chemical plants, where equipment mobility is an important factor.

Our product range covers the market’s most advanced heat treatment units for pre-heating and PWHT of metal objects. This includes semi- and fully-automatic units available in 3 or 6 channel variants with heating power up to 50kVA.

We also offer portable inverter-based units.

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Niklas Anttila – The Latest Wizard of Metal…And Marketing!

December 11, 2019

We caught up with Niklas Anttila, who recently joined the team at Heatmasters Hollola. We got right into it, bombarding him with the usual questions!

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT HEATMASTERS?

Hey! I am Niklas Anttila, a fresh Digital Marketing Wizard excited to learn new spells related to marketing within the heat treatment industry!
I recently joined the Heatmasters’ team as a Sales & Marketing Specialist, focusing mostly on digital marketing.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR JOB AT HEATMASTERS?

I started at Heatmasters at the beginning of November – I jumped right in, feet first! Henrik has shown me the ropes and now I am busy with some super-secret marketing projects (you will hear more about these early next year!) and developing our daily marketing activities. I also assist Henrik with sales and his other tasks and will be responsible for his tasks once he joins the army at the beginning of 2020.

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATION AND WORK BACKGROUND?

I am a B.B.A graduate from JAMK University of Applied Sciences’ International Business programme. My studies focused on digital marketing and advertising. I also spent half a year abroad, at the University of Hertfordshire in England. My prior education happened all over the globe, from Hungary to Asia and Canada.

Before joining Heatmasters, I was in charge of digital marketing for a start-up in the medical device and aesthetic medicine industry. Responsibilities there were similar to the ones at Heatmasters.

I am always working on some projects too, stuff like helping restaurants do customer satisfaction and behavior research, SEO optimization, or planning marketing for launching niche-products like snow-plow electric scooters!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT IT, AND WHAT ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING ONES?

Hectic.

The best part of my work is being able to do a bit of everything. From working on social media, web design, and content creation to communicating with clients and even acting as IT support sometimes. The thing I enjoy the most is being able to develop the marketing activities at Heatmasters and seeing concrete results. The most challenging thing is probably keeping track of the various responsibilities, I use several tools to organize tasks on a daily basis!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEATMASTERS AS A COMPANY AND EMPLOYER?

I have been here for a bit over a month, and already I know that Heatmasters is truly a group of pioneers in the heat treatment industry – with a lot of potential for growth. I enjoy working with the whole team and have enjoyed my time here so far. I am looking forward to 2020!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR WORK IN 2020?

I have set several goals for Heatmasters’ marketing – I hope to achieve most of these in 2020. Things like getting our new website up, profitable PPC marketing and better SEO standards. Of course, I also look forward to personal development – fine-tuning and sharpening my marketing skills, and learning more about heat treatment processes!

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR FREE TIME?

Either I am inside or out in the wild.

I’m an avid gamer and spend a lot of time online, staring at memes, playing games like Halo – or learning the latest marketing tools!

I also enjoy spending time outside. Fishing (even during winter!), hiking, mountain biking, or some other crazy stuff is always planned!

And of course, everything is always more fun with friends!

Connect with Niklas on LinkedIn

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Pekka Arola Is the Newest Wizard of Metal

November 15, 2019

We had an interview with Pekka Arola, who recently started at Heatmasters in Turku. Arola’s versatile job description includes office work and physical tasks, since he will be working in heat treatment and also as an office assistant. Arola has previously worked in sales and in IT. Arola is ready for another challenge at Heatmasters, and the job is becoming familiar to him.

– After a long stint in the wood sector, the most challenging thing in the new work has been to learn the properties and working methods of a completely different material. But I am, by nature, inquisitive and I am interested in learning new things, so it has been a joy to learn.

Arola has been impressed by the Heatmasters as a company.

– Heatmasters seems like a nice fit for me, where I think I’m going to enjoy myself and make an impact. In addition, 45 years of history prove that Heatmasters is here to stay.

For the rest of the calendar year, Arola will continue to learn the ropes. There are however new goals for 2020.

– In the future, it would be great if I could take advantage of my education and my previous experience in sales. In addition, I am interested in various IT-development projects.

In his leisure time, Pekka Arola can be seen on a bicycle ride or at a disc golf course.

– And whenever I have time for it I love to take my Ducati for a round. In winter, I try to maintain my fitness by going to the gym, and when schedules and weather permits, skiing is also an integral part of my winter activities.

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Introducing the Wizards of Metal – Henrik Hopea

October 29, 2019

**Update: Henrik has left our team of wizards at the end of 2019 to complete his military conscription service. We wish him the best of luck!

 

We caught up with Henrik Hopea, who works at Heatmasters Hollola. Henrik lent us a few minutes of his time. Without further ado:

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT HEATMASTERS?

I’m Henrik Hopea, an 18-year-old from Lahti. I do sales with Heatmasters, specializing in international trade. In addition, I work as an IT assistant in the office and also assist with the marketing of the company.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR JOB AT HEATMASTERS?

I started at Heatmasters in February 2018. I was here first for internships, then for summer jobs, and then for a second internship. After the second internship, I was given a certain project, after which I started my actual work with the company.

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATION AND WORK BACKGROUND?

I studied business economics at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, and before that in Koulutuskeskus Salpaus.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT IT, AND WHAT ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING ONES?

The best part of my job is working with clients. The most challenging, yet rewarding task is managing complicated projects globally.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEATMASTERS AS A COMPANY AND EMPLOYER?

Heatmasters is a great company with a long history and solid roots in the industry. The company also has the potential for growth. As an employer, Heatmasters is a really good place to work. Everyone here is a true Wizard.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR WORK IN 2020?

At the beginning of the year, I will go to the army, so the first semester will go there. After that, I want to be involved in helping Heatmasters grow and innovate.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR FREE TIME?

In the summer I play football and in the winter I play floorball in the local small league. I also like to go ice skating. Exercise is an important part of life because it gives you a boost of well-being and keeps your mind up to speed.

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Expertise Leading to Innovations – Nanostructured Steels

October 18, 2019

Heatmasters Poland sp z o.o., as part of a consortium of companies, participates in the European project under the name: Development of the technology for producing a lightweight observation and defense container (LOOK) from ultra-high-strength nanostructured steels

Project No. POIR 4.1.4 -00-0047 / 16

Project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund

The main goal of the project is to develop the construction and implementation of an innovative light-armored observation and defense container designed to secure and protect soldiers or officers performing operational tasks during peace and during war or stabilization operations (e.g. control and defense points, bases, or other strategic facilities, airports, installation).

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The project envisages the construction of a container that meets Level 2 protection in accordance with NATO Stanag 4569A, with an extension to a higher penetration resistance by selected types of anti-tank shells. The goal of the project will be achieved by using sheets of nanostructured bainitic steel, which are characterized by high resistance to high-energy impact points. The use of sheets made of nanostructured steels will contribute to the improvement of at least two product performance parameters:

  • increasing the ballistic protection, thereby increasing the safety of the crew (users);
  • 30% weight reduction of the object’s armor.

The tasks of Heatmasters within the consortium include:

  • preparation of innovative infrastructure and test cycles of heat treatment.
  • final heat treatment of sheet metal to make prototype containers.

The leader of the project is the Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy in Gliwice.

 

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A Closer Look into Heating Elements – Did You Know?

October 10, 2019

There are different kinds of heaters and heating elements for different needs.

Insulated VET-preheaters are suitable for the preheating of flat or round workpieces and are easy to use. The thermal insulation is part of the element. Fixing onto the workpiece is simple and fast using steel banding or clamping magnets.

VET Flexible Pre-heating element

VET-Flexible preheating element

VHV-heating mats are suitable for preheating, post-weld, heat treatments process heating, etc. VHV-heating elements are used for flat or round workpieces

VHVP-heating mats are about half the size of VHV-type heating mats and they are designed especially for Heatmasters’ inverters and Heatmasters’ thyristor type power sources.

VHY-stud heater is used for pre- and post-weld heating of studs and outlet tubes. The form of VHY-stud heater enables attaching the heater near the weld.

VHK-heating mat spreads like fingers and is suitable for use on cone-shaped workpieces. It is used typically on the welds of studs and outlet tubes etc.

The VLV-channel heater is designed for pre- and post-weld heating with normal heat treatment devices. It is used for the internal heating of tubes and other cylindrical workpieces as well as for heating temporary furnaces.

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VLV-Channel heater

The VLH-Channel heater is designed for pre- and post-weld heating using normal heat treatment devices. VLH is used primarily for preheating and temporary heat treatment furnaces but is also suitable for many other applications.

The VPE-chamber heater is designed for preheating pipes and tubes from the inside using normal heat treatment devices. There are two standard sizes, others are designed and produced according to the order. The maximum produced length is 7,0 m.

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We Are Recruiting: Sales Specialist / Sales Representative in Poland

October 4, 2019

We are looking for a Sales Specialist / Sales Representative

To work in province Silesia and all of Poland

The work consists of:

  • Active sales of heat treatment services and heat treatment machines with their instrumentation;
  • Implementing sales plans
  • Customer visits according to planned and approved visit plans
  • Establishing and maintaining the best relationships with clients
  • Keeping commercial documentation in the area of offer preparation, order registration,
  • Analysis of requests for proposals, preparation of offers and conducting technical and commercial negotiations, supervision of the transaction
  • Conducting commercial and technical arrangements regarding the services and products sold;
  • Systematic reporting of the status of completed tasks to superiors
  • Representing the company in all other matters

Requirements:

  • Technical education, for example: – metallurgy, materials science, etc.
  • Experience in a similar position
  • Readiness for business trips in the country and occasionally abroad
  • Practical knowledge of MS Office
  • Communicability allowing for free technical and commercial conversations and making product presentations
  • Ability to work under time pressure
  • Focus on achieving goals
  • Perfect organization of own work
  • Knowledge of English is welcome
  • Category B driving license.

We offer:

  • Employment contract
  • An interesting job in a company with an established position on the Polish and European market
  • Opportunity for professional development in an international environment and raising professional qualifications in both commercial and technical areas
  • Stability of employment
  • Attractive employment conditions depend on the results achieved and on experience and skills
  • Nice work atmosphere.

For more information and to apply, contact Marcin Skurczyński, Managing Director of Heatmasters Poland.

Mobile +48 661 622 100
E-mail marcin.skurczynski@heatmasters.net

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Heatmasters Is Contributing to Lahti’s Carbon Emissions Cut Down

September 26, 2019

Kymijärvi III plant in Lahti is replacing Kymijärvi I plant from the 1970s. By replacing the old coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant with a 190-megawatt bioheat plant, the city of Lahti is reducing its carbon emissions by 600 000 tons annually. Adding to that, Lahti has been chosen as the EU Green City in 2021.

Heatmasters has been working on the site for the last 18 months. In the photo, the annealing of the last pipe weld from the beginning of September. The first test runs with the new boiler burners and fuel receiving stations took place already in June. Test runs and commissioning will last until the end of the year.

Update: Article regarding additional works at Kymijärvi III plant during 2021

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Heatmasters Temperature Control Technology

September 20, 2019

Temperature Control System Expertise

For more than two decades Heatmasters has been at the forefront regarding temperature control systems for metal’s heat treatment applications. Everyone in business is familiar with Heatmasters’ legendary Rigel26 controller and HM20/25 temperature control program. This technology has proven to be excellent in both accuracy and ease of use. Alongside Rigel/HM25, Heatmasters is working with various PLC (programmable logic) and industrial computer-based solutions for temperature control. We are able to rapidly provide a custom-tailored temperature control system that integrates into your existing production processes and meets all current and future requirements.

CUSTOMER CASE

In early 2019 we developed a completely new customized temperature control solution for customer’s automated production process.

The customer’s factory-level control system and control room were equipped with other manufacturer’s process control technology and this is why the customer wanted heat treatment transformers with a temperature control system that integrates as smoothly as possible into their production process.

After brainstorming and preliminary design process we came to the conclusion that the most cost-effective and easiest way is to embed a similar PLC which was controlling the main process into Heatmasters’ transformers. This allows the customer to operate with the control interface they are already familiar with and without bus converters or other add-ons.

The customized temperature control program inside the Heatmasters’ transformer has PID control for each channel through a thermocouple. We also gave the customer an opportunity to use their factory-level program for heat treatment control, whereby the transformer controller is given only power instruction and channel number, and which is then implemented by the transformer controller circuit.

The factory-level program will provide the transformer controller start and stop information, setpoint or before mentioned power instruction for each channel separately. PID control status, actual power value, and temperature information are amongst the data flowing back from the transformer to the main system.

The transformer controller was also provided with the so-called watchdog function, which detects the contact between the controllers in the transformers and the upper-level program. If there is no contact, the transformers and heating are set to stop.

And because safety comes first, we added a possibility to link the machine into the customer’s emergency stop circuit, meaning that whenever and wherever an emergency stop button is pushed it will also stop the transformers and heating.

Do you have heat treatment needs that require customized mechanical or automation solutions? Our experts are happy to assist you to find the best solution.

Contact person:

Markku Pyykkö
+358 40 533 8503
markku.pyykko@heatmasters.net

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Heat Treatment and Industrial Services

June 7, 2019

Heatmasters has been a service company since its beginning 45 years ago. With the new service model, we expand our scope of services beyond heat treatment to various kinds of other industrial services. Heatmasters service center in Turku, Finland, has piloted for a couple of years an integrated process model, where Heatmasters picks up the valve frames from a manufacturer, performs annealing to the frames at Heatmasters’ service center, then transports the goods for blasting and painting and finally delivers the frames to the manufacturer’s customer. Heatmasters is optimizing the whole process, which saves time and effort from the manufacturer. This is a good example of how the new service model benefits the welding and manufacturing shops.

We also apply the service model for the delivery process of maintenance and turnaround companies working at various process sites: power plants, oil refineries, chemical plants, pulp mills, etc. There is the newest project starting right now in Silesia, Poland, where Heatmasters provides NDT inspection & testing and as well as rented welders on top of the heat treatment services for a CHP (combined heat and power) plant maintenance. Heatmasters’ one-stop-shop makes it easy for the customer to plan and execute projects as there are fewer moving parts to juggle with.

Little by little our clientele is moving from single heat treatment jobs and projects to “combos” including a bundle of industrial services and finally to value partnership where Heatmasters is managing a selected part of the customer’s delivery process with value creation and continuous improvement responsibilities and targets.

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Safety is the Key / New ISO 45001 Certified

April 24, 2019

We at Heatmasters take safety and occupational health seriously: we believe that better and safer working conditions lead to happier employees and better performance. As stated before, we had zero occupational accidents in Finland during 2018 we are now proudly announcing that we are ISO 45001 certified!

We have updated our occupational health and safety management standards with the new ISO 45001:2018 certificate. The certification covers heat treatment services by mobile heat treatment units as well as fixed and temporary furnaces where necessary, in addition to design, manufacture, marketing, sales, and after-sales service of heat treatment equipment. The certificate has been granted to our sites at Hollola, Turku, and Varkaus.

The ISO 45001 international standard helps organizations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

The aim of the Heatmasters health and safety policy is to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we operate.

We strive to have open and fact-based communication with all staff, authorities, and other interested parties when discussing health and safety issues.
Applicable laws and regulations are to be regarded as the minimum requirements and our target will always be 0 workplace incidents each year.
We promote well-being and safety through workplace studies, medical examinations, as well as the implementation of an occupational well-being plan.
Everyone at Heatmasters is committed to following our health and safety policy ensuring continuous improvement in our operations and our ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management system.

The certificate was issued to Heatmasters in April and it’s valid until 2022. Our Polish unit will also update its OHSAS 18001 system to ISO 45001 at a later stage.

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New, Portable Induction Machine: HM35 INU

September 25, 2017

For many modern manufacturing processes, induction heating offers an attractive combination of consistency, speed, and control. Heatmasters has a long history with portable induction heating machines, including the HM30 series. This equipment range has proven to be powerful and easy to handle thanks to the small size and lightweight design of the heat treatment units. Now the HM30 series is replaced by an even more powerful HM35 series. This new heating unit was released at the Schweissen und Schneiden welding trade fair in Düsseldorf in September 2017.

HM35 INU is an inverter-based multi-purpose heating unit that can be used both for powerful induction and resistance heating in various kinds of jobs (preheating, post-weld heat treatment, shrink-fitting, etc.). The Heatmasters temperature control system makes it easy to use and there is also a manually controlled (stepless) version available.

Depending on the size of the workpiece one or two heating units are applied. Induction coils or resistors are attached on both sides of the weld seam and when using only one heating unit they are connected in series with a jumper cable. Induction coils are extremely easy to install and therefore can be used especially in tight working places with limited access.

Heatmasters is providing you with inductive and resistive heating units of various kinds as well as all necessary tools and accessories. Starting in 1974 we have over half a century of experience in heat treatment services and utilize all the gained know-how into our product development, designing solutions that are innovative and designed with industry requirements such as ease-of-use and a long product lifetime in mind! Along with heat treatment services we have sold several hundreds of heating units (including electric and gas furnaces) to installation companies, welding and repair shops, foundries, and heat treatment specialists to over 30 countries globally.

Questions? Want to request a quote?

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OHSAS 18001 Certified and Zero Injuries Achieved in 2016

April 19, 2017

Safety is a process, which needs to be managed continuously. Heatmasters got OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system certified in 2016 in Finland, Poland, and Sweden. That was a huge effort for everybody, and we are happy to see the immediate payback: we had zero injuries (causing more than one day of absence) during 2016 across our companies.

“Congrats to our Wizards! More and more our customers are promoting the importance of safety and we have been able to provide heat treatment services and products which meet these high standards. Personally, I think that on top of the mandatory workers’ personal hot work and safety cards all companies in the industrial arena should officially be certified for health and safety. We ask our people to work hard and often for long hours, however, everybody should expect to return home at the end of the working day or project in good health”, says Ilkka Mujunen, President and CEO of Heatmasters Group.

Heatmasters is developing its health and safety in 2017 by further improving its processes, competencies, and tools in manufacturing and field services. Naturally again targeting for zero injuries.

The aim of the Heatmasters health and safety policy is to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we operate.
Everyone at Heatmasters is committed to following our health and safety policy ensuring continuous improvement in our operations and our occupational health and safety management system.

Heat Treatment, Blasting, Painting and Transportation

November 11, 2016

Heatmasters takes the responsibility for the whole package including heat treatment, blasting, painting, other surface treatment, and transportation with its cooperation partners according to customer’s requirements. This gives the customer an opportunity to focus on its core competencies and make his life more hassle-free.

Utilizing a combination of existing resources in the delivery chain requires openness and true will to improve things. In other words, the best results are achieved by planning the processes together with all process owners. This was exactly what Sami Marjanen (Haapasaari Works Oy), Erik Eroma (Heatmasters Lämpökäsittely Finland Oy), Mikko Hannula (KSP-Kaarina Oy), and Jaakko Heikonen (Paimion Kuljetus Oy) have learned recently.

Heat treatment in Turku Service Center

”We are emphasizing quality, safety, and improvement in our operations. As a good example, we have deployed weekly “Elmeri+” reporting for continuous improvement. We review the operations with the personnel to keep an active dialogue and to be able to react immediately to improvement suggestions. We have extended our ISO 9001:2008, ISO 17663:2009, and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications to apply also the Turku Service Center in September 2016. This is an important milestone in reaching our targets and desired levels in daily operations. And this same high level of quality we are now able to offer in our value-added services thanks to carefully selected partners”, says Ilkka Mujunen, President and CEO of Heatmasters.

”We are transporting the frames for heat treatment to our Service Center in Turku. After heat treatment the frames will be taken to surface treatment (heat treatment blasting, painting, etc.) to Mikko Hannula’s team at KSP-Kaarina Oy”, says Erik Eroma, Head of Turku Service Center.

Visual inspection of the welds is an important step in the process. Defected areas are marked and delivered back to customers for corrective actions. Also, new measures that save the environment have been introduced by Mikko. For example, a water-soluble alternative has been found for primary paint.

From the city of Kaarina, the primary coated frames continue to the warehouse of the end customer by Paimion Kuljetus (Paimio Transportation). By adjusting together with Jaakko (Paimion Kuljetus) and Sami (Haapasaari Works) the needed timetables with the current transportation routes the team ended up into a cost-efficient, optimized solution. The learning curve was very steep thanks to adjusting the proven way of working.

“Regular discussions about transportation with Jaakko continuously improve the quality of the total package. Paimion Kuljetus provides safe and on-time transportation”, Eroma continues.

Heatmasters want to help its customers to focus on their core competencies and offers heat treatment, blasting, painting, and transportation as a single, optimized package. Available at Heatmasters Lahti and Turku Service Centers in Finland as well as in Będzin, Southern Poland.

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Official Opening of Heatmasters Turku Service Center

July 13, 2016

Heatmasters Turku

The waiting is over in Finland´s oldest city: The wizards of metal and their knights have arrived in Turku, the former capital of Finland. We have opened a service center in the industrial area of Itäharju, on Teollisuuskatu 38. We serve our customers both from our Heatmasters Turku facility and by sending our troops to make their magic on work sites.

The official opening of the Heatmasters Turku Service Center took place on June 16th. In addition to local customers from South-Western Finland and our local wizards, management from the Heatmasters headquarters in Hollola was also present.

Area Manager, South-Western Finland, Erik Eroma: “Instead of heat treatment in our stationary furnaces only, we can offer a total package including heat treatment, blasting, painting, and transportation as well. We are a one-stop-shop for our customers.”

Business managers, Heat treatment services, Jukka Sirviö: “There are many welding shops around this area and it has been our idea to establish a new unit here for some time. Now there are also a couple of major on-site projects in the neighborhood, so the timing is right. Our facility is large enough to offer also space for our customers for prefabrication purposes.”

Greetings from the Regional Manager:

“I am very proud to continue the great work of Heatmasters after the expansion here in Turku. By performing heat treatment with our furnaces and at work sites, our main target is to improve availability and service levels in the area as well as to decrease the throughput times of our customers’ production processes. Providing additional services on top of heat treatment, such as blasting, painting, pressure tests, and inspections, allows us to offer a total high-quality package by utilizing our own and our partners’ resources.”
-Erik Eroma, Regional Manager

Contact info:
Heatmasters Turku (South-Western Finland)
Erik Eroma, Regional Manager
Mobile +358 (0)40 551 1958
erik.eroma@heatmasters.net

Ensuring Safety in the Whole Value Chain

July 5, 2016

Heatmasters Quality, Safety, and Competence Development

Certification of quality and safety systems by all stakeholders is the only way to ensure the right level of performance throughout the entire value chain and on the project sites. Being the first European services and technology company specializing in heat treatment (annealing, normalizing, stress relieving), Heatmasters Quality Management System now also embraces occupational health and safety by obtaining the OHSAS 18001 certification.

Heat treatment services and technology company Heatmasters has a clear strategy that focuses on quality, safety, and competence development. Heatmasters Quality Management System has integrated the ISO9001 and EN ISO17663 (Guidelines for quality requirements for heat treatment in connection with welding and allied processes) certificates in our units since 2005 and 2009 respectively.

Now we have been rewarded with the occupational health and safety certificate OHSAS 18001. This certificate initially covers the Lahti and Varkaus units in Finland. Our Polish unit in Southern Poland has been certified some two months earlier.

Ilkka Mujunen, President and CEO of Heatmasters: “Continuously improving quality and safety is an important part of our strategy. The certificates and recent certifications mark a result of long term systematic and hard work by the whole organization. We have had the ISO 9001 certificate for more than ten years and now have been rewarded with the OHSAS 18001 certificate. The next step is to receive certifications covering all our operations globally.”

“The leading companies in our customer industries are promoting: safety is present in everything we do. This statement clearly shows an example to the whole value chain and all the players there. We at Heatmasters want to be on the same level and in line with our customers and end-customers when it comes to quality and safety. And certification of quality and safety systems is the only way to ensure that performance. It is not enough that you declare that you are working according to standards, the systems must be certified. This should be demanded by the end-customers”, Ilkka Mujunen continues.

Heatmasters is one of the leading metals’ heat treatment services and technology companies in the world. With offices and facilities across five locations in Finland, Poland and Estonia, Heatmasters is providing on-site heat treatment jobs European wide as well as stress relieving, annealing, and normalization in stationary furnaces. Heatmasters also delivers high technology furnaces, transformers, controllers, and accessories to over 30 countries globally through our global network of representatives.

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Major Contract to Provide Equipment for Heat Treatment in Africa

May 1, 2016

Heatmasters has closed a major contract with a West African customer. Delivery containing several heat treatment transformers and related accessories and tools was shipped in March 2016. This equipment will provide high-quality, modern equipment that will provide the tools for future projects related to heat treatment in Africa.

Heatmasters designs and manufactures state-of-the-art technology for the heat treatment of metals. The design of the heat treatment equipment is rooted in half a century of expertise using the technology in the field. Our extensive equipment range includes modern heat treatment furnaces, heat treatment units, temperature control systems, and all related accessories.

The heat treatment equipment delivered to West-Africa will be used in the post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) process after welding on large metal objects. We can’t disclose further information due to strict NDA.

Heatmasters specialists will also provide local training for heat treatment in Africa along with supervision and support services to ensure that the equipment will be in efficient use by June 2016.

The HM406T2 is a 40 kVA fully-automatic, six-channel heat treatment unit for preheating and annealing metal workpieces. We are ensuring our clients receive innovative equipment, designed with industry requirements such as ease-of-use and a long product lifetime in mind!

Heatmasters’ stress-relieving and normalization furnaces, transformers, and related accessories/tools are sold to over 30 countries around the globe. Our representatives across the globe provide flexible, high-quality solutions and heat treatment equipment with technical support and reliable service, ensuring your heat treatment challenges are solved comfortably.

Safety Above Everything Else

April 12, 2016

Heatmasters Poland was awarded OHSAS 18001 Occupational health and safety management system certification.

OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practices. It paves the way for the best possible working conditions in the organization and provides guidelines on how to identify hazards and put the correct controls in place to manage them. This helps to reduce workplace accidents, cutting out related costs and downtime, as well as prioritizing the welfare of the staff.

The aim of the Heatmasters health and safety policy is to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we operate. Applicable laws and regulations are to be regarded as the minimum requirements and our target will always be 0 workplace incidents each year.

Better, safer working conditions lead to better performance. And the health and safety management system not only motivates staff, but it also engages customers and suppliers looking for businesses that take occupational health and safety management seriously.

Marcin Skurczyński, Managing Director of Heatmasters Poland, says: “Achieving a structured health and safety management system is demonstrating Heatmasters’ commitment to the welfare of our staff and external parties. Safety above everything else.”

Well done, Poland! During the year 2016, other Heatmasters units’ health and safety systems will be certified according to OHSAS 18001 standard.

Keeping Promises – Heat Treatment Customer Satisfaction

January 26, 2015

Heatmasters Heat Treatment Customer Satisfaction – 2014

Heatmasters – the wizards of metal – made a temperature check about heat treatment customer satisfaction at the end of the year 2014 – and the results were stunning.

Almost one hundred North and Central European customers participated in the customer satisfaction survey lifting the response rate to 44%.

Replies were received from power plants, oil refineries, pulp & paper factories, piping installations companies, boiler & process equipment manufacturers, steel product suppliers, and machine shops.

The survey was focused on Heatmasters’ core service business segments: on-site heat treatment, furnace services at Heatmasters’ locations as well as after-sales services related to Heatmasters’ state-of-the-art furnaces and equipment.

Measurement was concentrated into seven key service indicators:

  • keeping promises
  • staying on schedule
  • flexibility in service
  • know-how of personnel
  • ease of communication
  • quality of customer service
  • quality of documentation

Stunning Results

Europe-wide the customers of Heatmasters gave on average 3,9 points out of a maximum of four related to “keeping promises”. President and CEO of Heatmasters, Ilkka Mujunen, says: ”This really shows the strong commitment of our personnel towards our customers’ tight requirements. I know that our wizards are doing a good job out there, however, this was a surprise. This means that 97 out of 100 customers rate our reliability and keeping promises to an excellent level. Unbelievable!”

Results related to other service indicators were also on a very high level. The average for all the heat treatment customer satisfaction ratings including all the different indicators in the survey was over 3,7 points on the scale from one to four, one being poor and four being excellent.

Hannu Sippus, Sales and Marketing Manager: ”Our team wants to thank all the participants. Heatmasters is continuing customer satisfaction measurement as part of our continuous development and quality management programme. As a next step, we will publish the summary of the feedback from our furnace, equipment, and spare parts customers.”

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40 Years of Global Heat Treatment Solutions

May 5, 2014

We have been active in the global heat treatment industry since 1974. Our company’s story has its roots in a bold idea conceived by true pioneers in heat treatment.

After spending a few years with Svenska Cooperheat AB in Sweden, Eero Jääskeläinen returned to Finland and founded Oy Lämpökäsittely Ab (‘Heat Treatment Ltd’), which later changed its name to ‘Lahden Lämpökäsittely Oy’. The operations, which started on a small scale, have grown steadily over the last four decades. In 2007, the foundation for growth became even stronger when investment company Panostaja Oyj purchased two Finnish companies specializing in heat treatment, Lahden Lämpökäsittely Oy and Heatmasters Oy. Since then, we have operated under the shared name ‘Heatmasters Group’, with an easily recognizable brand image.

Pioneers in heat treatment. The Wizards of Metal are fully qualified and experienced heat treatment professionals.
Our employees have always been our most important resource. The experts at Heatmasters are fully qualified and experienced heat treatment professionals.

 

Highly Esteemed Expertise – Global Heat Treatment

Today we are known as Europe’s leading providers of heat treatment solutions and the wizards of heat treatment. We offer a wide range of specialist solutions in the heat treatment of metals, from machines and equipment to heat treatment services carried out either on our premises or at the customer’s project site. Our extensive distributor network sells our machines and equipment also outside Europe – for example, to North America, the Middle East, Russia, and Africa. Our customers appreciate our globally unique, certified expertise, which is based on our many years and a broad range of experience in the industry. Therefore, it is not surprising that our service expertise has been in demand also outside Europe, from Asia to South America.

Even though the world and the welding industry have changed dramatically in the course of our company’s 40-year history, our focus has remained the same: on top-notch expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and customer-oriented services that meet each customer’s heat treatment needs. We help create savings for our customers by operating in a flexible manner and bringing our heat treatment resources close to where they are needed. We believe that our expertise and technology, which cater to our customers’ needs, will remain in demand far into the future.

Heatmasters heat treatment furnace image from archives. Heatmasters - the Wizards of Metal since 1974.

 

Innovations for a Clientele that is Renewing Itself

The future will see us develop our heat treatment technology and services to meet the changing needs of our customers and the industry. The key aspects of service innovations include supplementary services, such as document management and efficient remote access to services. In addition to growing, developing, and becoming more international, we consider it our duty to pass on our valued heat treatment expertise to the next generation – the future top professionals in heat treatment. The new wizards.

Global heat treatment solutions. Global heat treatment offshore industry - service projects.

 

Time to Celebrate!

This year is an important milestone for us, something we have every reason to be proud of. Put our expertise to the test – that’s the best way to celebrate the anniversary with us!

Ilkka Mujunen - CEO Heatmasters Group

With festive greetings,

Ilkka Mujunen
President & CEO
Heatmasters Group