Century Die Extends Heat Treating Capacity with New Single Chamber Furnace  


WARRINGTON, Pa.—Century Die Company, LLC, a blow mold specialist in Fremont Ohio, has added to its heat treating capability with the addition of a Lucifer Red Devil single chamber furnace from Lucifer Furnaces, Inc. The Model RD7-H21 has a working chamber size of 9 inches H x 12 inches L by 21 inches D and heats to 2200°F, according to a release from Lucifer Furnaces.

Energy efficient lightweight firebrick lines the chamber with mineral wool backup insulation; easy-to-replace heating elements for uniform radiation are situated along both side walls. The Red Devil box furnace series comes standard with a horizontal swing door and safety micro switch as well as a ceramic hearth plate to support the workload and protect the floor brick insulation.

Many of Century Die’s customers are running a 24/7 operation and cannot allow excessive downtime. So the company decided to hedge the higher customer demands and increasingly shorter lead-times by keeping the overnight—and, sometimes, same day—heat treat requirements in-house.

Century Die (centurydie.com) offers a variety of machining capabilities for the manufacture of molds and tooling used by the plastic blow molding industry. The company chose to accessorize its furnace with a base stand to bring the hearth height to 30 inches. The upgraded Honeywell UDC 2500 controller allows programming up to 12 segments. An additional soak timer with alarm contact alerts the operator when heat treating is complete.

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