(United States Patent No. 5,798,002, Canadian Patent No. 2,283,213). These simple, inexpensive, safe and highly effective treatment technologies dramatically boost metal performance characteristics, such as hardness, stiffness, friction coefficient, resistance to erosion,corrosion, wear, fretting, just to name a few, which significantly enhance reliability and longevity of metal components and broadens application base for many metals.
LINTERPROCESS™enables rapid creation of wide range
of superior diffusion protective surface layers on various metal components by applying intense direct internal
heating (inductive, resistive, contact, etc.)
while encasing the component in processing chamber containing active media (AM). Resulting protective cases are durable diffusion protective surface layers with gradual enhancement of chemical composition, microstructure and properties of metal by dissociation of special AM with custom composition of alloying elements on the metal surface and application of precise treatment parameters, such as heating treatment duration,component position and movement in the working chamber, volume of supplied AM, etc.
LINHEAT™enables the application of any type of heat treatment in the same working chamber, before and after thermo-chemical processing of a metal component, such as application of LINTERPROCESS™ technology, or on its own. It is used to further enhance the final properties of the diffusion case and core of a metal component. It eliminates the need for additional processing equipment, relocation of the component for additional heat treatment, cleaning/protection of the component and other additional processing steps. LINHEAT™ processing in controlling and protective atmosphere can be applied to the metal component together with or independent of the thermo-chemical processing.