Searching for the most affordable way to heat treat metal? Just applying heat to metal probably isn’t the most economical way to heat treat the project. Some metals won’t heat or become soft until they reach over 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. How do you achieve that kind of heating action in a small space? Many industry leaders today use an induction heat treat to create the results they desire. Induction heaters allow you to generate the necessary heat within in a small space using high-tech equipment that manipulates the metals at the atomic level to get the results you want.
All metals are able to conduct electricity, but some metals are better at conducting electricity than others. There is a build-up of heat that happens due to resistance to an electrical charge. This resistance is the key to understanding how the induction heat treat of metals works. When magnetic flux is flowing through a metal and it encounters resistance, heat builds up. This build-up of heat occurs within the metal parts. When using an induction heater, the metal never makes contact with the part of the induction heater that generates heat. Instead, heat is generated within the metal through the use of electromagnetic energy. Cooling water keep the temperature outside the induction heater at a normal level. The metal heats up as a result of the resistance to electricity which eventually causes its properties to change during an induction heat treat.
Induction technologies have made it possible to create consistent results through a very controlled and predictable process that can lead to normalizing, hardening, tempering, and other heat treatment processes. Induction heating equipment is also used for forging applications. Whether you need to create super durable metal products or just simply need to soften metals in order to reshape them, an induction heat treat can get the job done quickly, easily, and with extremely consistent results that customers can really rely on.