What is induction annealing?
This process heats metals that have already undergone significant processing. Induction annealing reduces hardness, improves ductility and relieves internal stresses. Full-body annealing is a process where the complete workpiece is annealed. With seam annealing (more accurately known as seam normalizing), only the heat-affected zone produced by the welding process is treated.
What are the benefits?
Induction annealing and normalizing delivers fast, reliable and localized heat, precise temperature control, and easy in-line integration. Induction treats individual workpieces to exact specifications, with control systems continuously monitoring and recording the entire process.
Where is it used?
Induction annealing and normalizing is widely used in the tube and pipe industry. It also anneals wire, steel strips, knife blades and copper tubing. In fact, induction is ideal for virtually any annealing task.
What equipment is available?
Each SHAHAB Induction annealing system is built to satisfy specific requirements. At the heart of each system is an SHAHAB Induction generator that features automatic load matching and a constant power factor at all power levels. Most of our delivered systems also feature custom-built handling and control solutions.
What Is The Difference Between Annealing and Normalizing?
Normalizing is very similar to annealing as both involve heating a metal to or above its recrystallization temperature and allowing it to cool slowly in order to create a microstructure that is relatively ductile. The main difference between annealing and normalizing is that annealing allows the material to cool at a controlled rate in a furnace. Normalizing allows the material to cool by placing it in a room temperature environment and exposing it to the air in that environment.
This difference means normalizing has a faster cooler rate than annealing. The faster cooler rate can cause a material to have slightly less ductility and slightly higher hardness value than if the material had been annealed.
Normalizing is also generally less expensive than annealing because it does not require additional furnace time during the cool down process.