An automotive manufacturer in California has tapped Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd., Niagara Falls, Ontario, to design, manufacture and commission an automated system for the heat treatment of thin-walled, high-pressure die-cast aluminum automotive structural components.

The system includes a solution furnace with customized structural product fixtures, the oven maker’s precision air-quench (PAQ) system, an artificial-aging system and controls integrated into a Level II SCADA system. The PAQ system integrates a combination of recirculating air chambers, distribution nozzles, dampers and directional ductwork that uniformly delivers conditioned quench media, leading to repeatable and uniform property and dimensional results.