Annealing is used to induce softness, to alter ductility, toughness, electric, magnetic or mechanical properties; or to produce a definite microstructure. Steel is annealed by heating to a temperature above the upper critical temperature, holding it there until the temperature is uniform throughout the part, and then slow cooling the part through the transformation range. The heating and cooling rates depend on the composition, shape and size of the part. Full annealing removes the internal stresses that build up as a result of cold working and other fabrication processes. NATIONAL HEAT TREAT has 3 Atmosphere Batch furnaces that can perform this process.