Wall Colmonoy announced a $2.5 million modernization plan at its Alloy Products plant in Los Lunas, N.M. The project includes upgrades to the plant infrastructure and environment, alloy furnace equipment, and research and development laboratory to increase capacity, improve processes and add new capabilities.

Analytical equipment, including a hardness tester and vacuum mixer, were added to the laboratory to be used to better characterize products, resolve customer concerns and develop new products. A digital microscope that captures high resolution images was installed to provide visualization capabilities for the depth of powders and 3-D renderings. Other equipment includes an ICP analyzer; carbon/sulfur analyzer; moisture analyzer; and an air-jet sieve to characterize fine powder particles.

Los Lunas is a 52,000-ft2 facility that manufactures Colmonoy nickel-based hardfacing and nickel-based brazing products, torches, and welder and spray systems.