In-process induction hardening. Our technical development staff is currently investigating the feasibility of producing new end effectors for in-process induction hardening.
Research into power requirements, frequency ranges and EOAT configuration proceed for single-shot and traverse applications. Although this system is still on the drawing board, its usefulness in increasing production of critical work-pieces by hardening turned parts on the machine spurs continued development. The return on investment by negating the need to ship rough parts for hardening and the ability to rough and finish cut in the same operation lend significant advantages to companies producing prototypes or require rapid turnaround. Hurdles to practical application will need to be addressed along with protection of intellectual property relating to any new processes or hardware.