Today’s metal working and heat treating shops must quickly adjust to a rapidly changing business environment, maximizing
process flexibility and energy efficiency, yet still satisfy continuously increasing demands for higher-quality products.
This article addresses these and other challenges faced by modern industry when applying induction systems for heating
and heat treating. Several recently developed innovative processes and apparatus are reviewed and expectations for
future technological developments are provided. This article is based on a keynote lecture presented at XVIII International
UIE-Congress “Electrotechnologies for Material Processing” in Hannover, Germany, on June 6–9, 2017.