Gas Nitriding is a surface hardening process, where nitrogen is added to the surface of steel parts using dissociated ammonia as the source. Gas nitriding develops a very hard case in a component at relatively low temperature, without the need for quenching. Nitriding is carried out at temperatures below the transformation temperature of alloy steels, so that with proper manufacturing techniques, there is little or no distortion as a result of the process. Parts to be nitrided are heat treated to the proper strength level, and final machined. The parts are then exposed to active nitrogen at a carefully controlled temperature, typically in the range of 925°F to 1025°F. This temperature is typically below the final tempering temperature of the steel so that nitriding does not affect the base metal mechanical properties. As a result, a very high strength product with extremely good wear resistance can be produced, with little or no dimensional change.

NATIONAL HEAT TREAT has 3 furnaces capable of performing this process. Three units with working zones of 30"Diameter X 55"Depth Nitride cycles developed to meet all industry standards and designed to meet our customer’s specific needs. Automated programmable controls for consistency and repeatability of results.

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