EBNER's innovative and future-safe developments in continuous hardening and tempering technology are recognized worldwide and set new standards in maximizing product quality and cost effectiveness while minimizing environmental impact.
Continuous in-line hardening and tempering of unalloyed and low-alloy carbon steel as well as martensitic Cr steel strip using hydrogen quench systems or molten metal quench technology with cooling gradients of up to 600 K/s is a process that has won worldwide acceptance.
Non-alloy and low alloy carbon steel strips are transformed using the following technologies:
Stainless Cr steel strip is transformed into martensite using a martempering process
The martensite structure is formed in 2 steps with rapid cooling and hardening in the quench system followed by transformation to martensite in an air cooler, a process that has considerable advantages over quenching in oil, particularly with regard to strip flatness and surface finish.
Isothermal transformation such as austempering and patenting - and thus the combination of all 4 processes in a single line - is possible by changing the configuration of the facility components.
The extremely high performance hydrogen quench system (HICON/H2Q® technology) is also able to process wide and thick carbon steel strips.
The facility can be implemented to comply with the standards required by the automotive industry in accordance with CQI-9 (AIAG).
A heat treatment system featuring conductive heating as well as an energy-saving strip quench (lead-free also available) have been developed for this special steel austempering application.