Aichelin has been partner to supply belt furnaces to Italy

In Europe, Northern Italy is still considered the Mecca of the fastener industry. When it comes to screws, nuts, pin bolts, and wheel studs, there simply is no way around “Made in Italy”. The main production centres are located in Milano, Torino, Brescia, and Reggio Emilia. Industrial furnace producer Aichelin has been a reliable partner in hardening the metal pieces, having supplied five renowned screw manufacturers with cast link belt furnaces in the last 18 months alone.

The Aichelin Group based in Mödling near Vienna is one of the world's leading specialists for industrial furnaces. In total, the heat treatment specialist from Austria has already sold more than 100 industrial plants with cast link belt furnaces to the fastening industry. "We appreciate the trust our longstanding customers and the growing number of new customers have placed in us. It encourages us on a day-to-day basis and shows that we are on the right track by being focused on quality and technology, and that we will be competitive in the global market in the future," says Aichelin Group CEO Peter Schobesberger.

"We have further strenghtened our global market presence with the aquisition of US-based AFC-Holcroft." The US market leader in industrial furnaces for ferrous and non-ferrous metals has also been supplying the fastener industry for many decades and impresses with products that are tailor-made for customers. Plants with salt quenching are considered one of their specialties. "With AFC-Holcroft as a member of our group, we have grown into a global company with strong local roots in key markets. Together, we have an excellent geographic presence, which will allow us to further strengthen our leading position," says Schobesberger.

Cast link belt furnaces from Aichelin are perfect for hardening, tempering, and in part also carbonitriding massive components in large production quantities. They are used primarily for the manufacture of high-quality screws, nuts, pins, rail clamps, and chain parts, with sizes from M6 to M36 and component lengths of maximum 400 mm.

While the proven wire mesh belt furnaces from Aichelin Group member Safed are used for smaller mass-produced parts with a lower throughput (from 2 to about 800 kg/h), Aichelin is focused on cast link belt furnaces with a performance in the order of 750–3,000 kg/h.

(Source: Aichelin Holding GmbH)

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