Brighton Tru-Edge utilizes annealing when working with both ferrous and nonferrous metals.
For ferrous materials: annealing heats the material to a temperature above the critical temperature, holds it there for a specific time, and then cools it at a controlled rate to soften or change other properties of the metal. For nonferrous materials: annealing primarily removes part or all of the effects of cold working.
At Brighton Tru-Edge, we primarily use five types of annealing processes to make materials more workable and usable:
- Solution annealing for stainless steal slowly raises the temperature of steel to about 1950° F ± 50° F, holds it at this temperature and then water quenched.
- Normalizing raises temperatures over 1650° F ± 50° F. After the holding and cooling periods, the resulting material is soft and workable. This refines the grain structure of the material.
- Process annealing treats work-hardened parts comprised of low-carbon steels. Process annealing allows parts to be soft enough to undergo further cold working without breaking. The only change that occurs during the process is the size, shape and distribution of the grain structure.
- Stress relief annealing reduces residual stresses in large castings, welded parts and cold-formed parts which may have stresses because of thermal cycling or work hardening.
The Brighton Tru-Edge team works with a wide variety of metals such as carbon steels, stainless steels and specialty alloys, and you can review all our available metals here. Our onsite oversized annealing pool allows us to handle even large-scale projects with ease and convenience.
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