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Utitec Utilizes Ipsen TITAN® Furnaces to Expand Heat Treatment Capabilities

Whether companies are expanding their processing capabilities, updating their equipment or increasing their ability to serve multiple industries, Ipsen works directly with them to provide the necessary tools for success.

As part of that commitment, Ipsen recently shipped a TITAN® vacuum furnace to Utitec’s facility in Watertown, Connecticut. There, it will become their facility’s second TITAN, thus allowing them to increase their heat-treating capacities and meet the high demand for heat-treated work.

Utitec is a manufacturer of deep drawn and stamped components for various industries – including Medical, Automotive and Electronics – and manufactures more than 25 million parts per month, the majority of which require heat treating both during and after the forming processes. In 2013, Utitec made the decision to purchase an Ipsen TITAN vacuum furnace and bring their heat-treating in-house. Utitec received their first TITAN furnace in December 2013 – just eight weeks after ordering the furnace. This purchase allowed Utitec to improve part quality, shorten delivery times and reduce costs for their customers.

According to Sam Oakes, Director of Engineering at Utitec, “The Ipsen TITAN H2 2-bar vacuum furnace was selected based upon the quality, price and quick delivery made possible by Ipsen. Utitec, as a company, had no prior production heat-treating experience, and only one person had production heat-treating experience at the time of the purchase. However, in spite of this limited experience, we were running production just two months after delivery and heat treated over five million pieces within the first three months of operation. We have found the furnace to be extremely reliable and user-friendly, even for non-technical furnace users.”

Both of Utitec’s TITAN furnaces feature 18” x 18” x 24” all-graphite hot zones – one with a 2,000-pound load capacity and the other a 1,000-pound load capacity. They utilize gas cooling to 2-bar absolute pressure and operate at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,400 °F. These furnaces are also equipped with 10-inch diffusion pumps and Ipsen’s VacuProf ® controls systems. Designed for ease of use, the TITAN is perfect for first-time heat treaters and experts alike. The TITAN furnace’s standardized, simple-to-master control system operates in 20-plus languages, meets global industry standards, switches easily between units of measure and stores up to 1,000 recipes. To learn more about Ipsen’s TITAN vacuum furnace, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN.

About Utitec

Headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut, Utitec is a privately owned world leader in the design and manufacturing of miniature, ultra-high precision tubular and flat stamped components. In business for more than 30 years and certified to ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008, Utitec supports customers through ongoing collaboration and is capable of providing critical product tolerances, meeting specific part specifications or manufacturing under the medical quality system requirements of ISO 12485. Visit www.Utitec.com to find out more.

About Ipsen                                                                    

Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems for a wide variety of thermal processing industries, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in Europe, America and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success.

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