THE ABBOTT FURNACE VULCAN DELUBE SYSTEM
Lubricant removal continues to be one of the most challenging steps in the production of powder metal components. As compaction technology continues to push green densities to higher levels, the removal of the lubricant from the compact becomes even more difficult.
The new Vulcan Delube System, developed by Abbott Furnace Company, addresses this need. Through precise atmosphere and temperature control, the powder metal compact is placed in the optimal environment for the extraction of the lubricants.
Existing technology is very sensitive to product size, belt loading, and lubricant content. Weight loss studies have demonstrated that The Vulcan Delube System is built with enough flexibility to allow the atmosphere and thermal profile to be adjusted to prevent the oxidation of light loads and small parts; as well as the ability to remove large amounts of lubricant from heavy loads and large products.
A Review of Lubricant Removal Systems and the Latest Technology
by Stephen L Feldbauer, Ph.D.
Abbott Furnace Company
St. Marys, PA
Whether a component is produced through binder-jet additive manufacturing, metal injection molding, or conventional press and sintering, lubricant removal continues to be one of the most common issues in sintering. As with all technologies, new forming techniques have resulted in the development of new lubricants. The result is the need for even more understanding and process development in lubricant removal. A review of the “old rules of thumb”, current solutions, and where the lubricant removal technology is headed will help to lay out a roadmap for dealing with this issue today and into the future.
OTHER ABBOTT INNOVATIONS
Nautilus lubricant removal system
The Abbott Furnace Nautilus System is an innovation designed for the production of Soft Magnetic Components. Years of research in the areas of lubricant removal and the formation of coherent oxide coatings in high-density components have been combined to provide an approach that enhances Soft Magnetic Component manufacturing. The Nautilus Lubricant System utilizes convective heating and independent atmosphere injection to provide optimal process environments.
The S.M.A.R.T. SYSTEM
The Abbott S.M.A.R.T. System, the self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology system, eases the stringent requirements that come along with heat treat standards like AIAG CQI9. Heat treat standards such as AIAG and CQI9 require data collection, and monthly or quarterly tests to validate equipment performance. The Abbott S.M.A.R.T. system (self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology system) is designed to save your team valuable time and money.