Thermcraft Inc., Winston Salem, N.C., has partnered with B.W.C. Technologies Ltd. to industrialize its patented LQF technology. The liquid quench fluidization (LQF) process, which has been engineered and developed by Thermcraft, is a patent-pending liquid quench technology used in the heat treatments of medium and high carbon wire products. LQF is a lead-free, environmentally friendly process replacing molten lead, salt or fluidization media. The LQF process is precisely adjustable for each steel-grade TT-curve and will result in a higher concentration of the desirable pearlitic structure.

Thermcraft has designed and built successful smaller-scale production units. Together with B.W.C.Technologies, full-scale production units will be built for the different product applications in the ferrous wire industry.