Local Manufacturing Company Purchases TITAN® Vacuum Furnace to be Used at Overseas Sister Company

Cherry Valley, IL – Zenith Cutter, a manufacturing company based in Loves Park, Illinois, recently purchased a TITAN® H6 vacuum furnace with 2 bar gas quenching that will be used at their Metkraft facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

This furnace features a graphite work zone measuring a 36” x 48” x 36” (915 mm x 1,220 mm x 915 mm) with a 3,000-pound (1,360 kg) load capacity. It is capable of operating at temperatures of 1,000 °F to 2,400 °F (538 °C to 1,315 °C) with ±10 °F (±6 °C) temperature uniformity. The furnace is also equipped with a closed-loop water system and Ipsen’s PdMetrics® predictive maintenance software. The company also took advantage of Ipsen's support offerings, which include Ipsen U training, a spare parts kit and installation supervision/start-up.

Zenith Cutter manufactures industrial knives, cutter blades and related accessories to markets including corrugated products, converting, plastics, recycling, tree care, roofing, textiles and wood products. They previously used atmosphere heat-treating for production but have transitioned to using vacuum equipment.

Ipsen's TITAN vacuum heat-treating are available in several sizes with horizontal or vertical configurations, nitrogen or argon quench and graphite or all-metal hot zone construction. To learn more about the TITAN system, visit www.IpsenUSA.com/TITAN.

About Zenith Cutter – Founded in 1923, Zenith Cutter began as a manufacturer and distributor of cutters for the woodworking industry. Over the next several decades, the company entered industries such as the plastic industry, the tire recycling industry, as well as the market of tree care. Zenith Cutter acquired a Vietnam manufacturing operations in 1997 and began developing shingle knives for the roofing industry. In 2005, they opened a new manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2011, Zenith Cutter was acquired by the Fisher Barton Group, a collection of independent global manufacturing subsidiaries based in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Vietnam and Ireland.

About Ipsen – Ipsen designs and manufactures industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating systems, supervisory controls systems and predictive maintenance software platforms for a wide variety of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Commercial Heat Treating, Energy and Medical. With production locations in America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, Ipsen is committed to providing 360° support for customers worldwide. Choosing Ipsen means choosing a partner in success.

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