The steam treatment process is the controlled oxidation of metals to produce a thin layer of oxide on the surface of a component. This process can be used to provide a component with increased corrosion resistance, better wear resistance, increased surface hardness, an attractive surface finish, and, in the case of porous materials such as
An alternative method in the production of soft magnetic material is the Nautilus process – a dedicated, continuous process furnace that completes all the steps from lubricant removal through final steam treatment/curing. This process features convective heat, an appropriate delubrication temperature range of 350˚F to 1000˚F, and a separate chamber for atmospheric injection.
Soft magnetic composites drive electrification in many applications. Continuous process furnaces keep them cost-effective and efficient to manufacture.