Heat Treatment


October 2015

heat-treat-ssBrighton Tru-Edge draws from several in-house techniques to guarantee that quality heads are being delivered to our customers. Heat treating is one of these specialized techniques. At Brighton, we utilize thermocouples attached to the heads to ensure proper heating of the material. Our computer-controlled furnaces are programmed for the particular heat treatment cycle required for the head and is documented on a furnace heat chart.

Heat treatment is usually a required process based on ASME codes, or it can be an option that our customers request.

There are three main types of heat treatments available to customers at Brighton Tru-Edge. They include:

Normalizing

This technique is used on carbon steel and provides uniformity and composition throughout the alloy. Normalizing treatment is performed at 1650 deg F and is then air-cooled. Brighton has the capability to normalize up to a 276” diameter head.

Stress Relieving

This technique when required relieves the stress that has been introduced in carbon steel heads by the cold forming process. Stress relieving is performed at 1100 deg F minimum per ASME UCS-56. This heat treatment can be accomplished up to a 276” diameter head.

Solution Annealing & Water Quenching

This technique usually involves heating stainless steel and exotic alloys. The annealing process gives stainless steel the ultimate corrosion resistance. On 300 series stainless steel, Brighton solution anneals at 1950 deg F followed by water quenching the material.  The capability of solution annealing and water quenching can be performed at Brighton up to a 230” max diameter, 18,000# maximum weight.

 “All treatments are reviewed and signed-off by the shop foreman, ensuring the quality and accuracy of the product before delivery to the customer,” says Rich Wonder, Director of Sales at Brighton.

“Brighton uses heat treatments on several projects and works within a quality structured format to gaurantee the best product is delivered to our customers,” explained Wonder.

Computer Controlled Furnaces

To assure quality with its heat treating, Brighton uses computer controlled furnaces to control temperatures and formulate heat charts for customers. The use of computer technology ensures a more accurate temperature reading. At a customer’s request, Brighton produces a chart that documents heat treatments performed on their product.

“In order to obtain good heat charts, thermocouples are placed on the heads, Wonder explained. “Thermocouples relay the information to the controller to guarantee the temperature is correct and that the part has received the proper heat treatment”

Contact Us

Visit our website or contact your Brighton sales representative for additional information on our heat treatment services.

Market Update
**CURRENT MATERIAL SURCHARGES:
304/304L – 0.5731 $/lb.
316/316L – 0.7484 $/lb.
317/317L – 0.8709 $/lb.
309/309S – 0.7580 $/lb.
2205 – 0.7188 $/lb.
Alloy 276 – 3.0924 $/lb.
Inconel 625 – 3.7601 $/lb.
**SCRAP AVERAGE:
316 – 0.6199 $/lb.
Carbon Steel – 0.1100 $/lb.