Oven investment at Alloy Heat Treatment keeps work in the UK

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 by Tim Brown

Dudley based Alloy Heat Treatment has invested in a new state-of-the-art Oven 25 machine, which specialises in Heat Treating outsized parts for specialist firms.

Its ability to carry out such a high-quality and efficient specialist service has meant contracts staying in the UK as opposed to being off shored to Europe.

Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT), who specialise in heat treating components for the aerospace and automotive industry, is now the only UK-based firm which has the professional expertise and product to help clients heat up pieces that fit into the basket size of 2630mm X 2400mm X 2300mm. It also has the ability to free up solution capacity on Alloy Heat Treatment’s rapid quench line.

Ian Perks of Alloy Heat Treatment said: “AHT made a strategic decision to invest in a large top loading oven which would free up capacity on our fully automated, rapid quench, drop bottom line.Due to an enquiry from Jennings Foundry at the time of specifying the oven it was constructed to carryout high and low temperature treatments.We are in the process of getting the oven NADCAP approved which will allow us to take on larger components for the aircraft industry.”

WRES is a loyal customer to Alloy Heat Treatment who is drawn towards its first-class facility. The Dorset based firm specialises in quality welding and fabrication in aluminium, stainless and mild steel. They focus and serve a diverse range of high-profile sectors such as marine, food, defence, architecture and petro-chem. WRES Ltd were drawn towards AHT as they were the only firm within the UK they could find which offers the service of Heat Treating larger parts. The firm has also utilised the new Oven 25 for its large fabrication pieces which are being used for a camera equipment jig, the Isis Frame and the Tool Sled, to film beneath the sea.

WRES Ltd Managing Director Alan Hamer said: “Alloy Heat Treatment is the only firm within the UK which we discovered to have the Oven 25 machine for our specific use. They gave us a one-week turnaround time to get the parts over to them and heated in their high-temperature oven. If we didn’t have this option from Alloy Heat Treatment, we would have had to send it to Europe, which would be a longer turnaround time and not very practical for us. I think Alloy Heat Treatment’s new investment is a triumph for keeping manufacturing work within the UK, as opposed to exporting it out to Europe. In turn it has helped us satisfy our clients requirements.”

With the addition of Oven 25, Alloy Heat Treatment will now strive to maintain its high quality service to its loyal customer base, whilst increasing its productivity, prestige and first class position within the sector.

Alloy Heat Treatment AHT company is the largest sub contract heat treater in the UK for aluminium alloys. It serves the aerospace and automotive and advanced engineering sectors from its Peartree Lane site. It has been established for almost 40 years and achieved its reputation for being one of the best in the industry. The 24-hour operation specialises in everything from small fixings to components five metres long.