Nitrex supplied Alugen Aluminium with a high-performance compact nitriding/nitrocarburizing system allowing the company to bring all manufacturing operations in-house for more optimal work planning and quality control.
Özcan Sürücü, Die Shop Manager at Alugen Aluminium, is clearly content with his new Nitrex nitriding system and said, “This allows for more effective planning and ensures that all projects, whether big or small, are done on time and on budget.”
Turkish aluminum extrusion company, Alugen Aluminium, recently expanded their production capabilities with the addition of a new Nitrex NXK series nitriding system. Founded in 2012, Alugen is a dynamic company and the only business of its kind in Turkey operating in a free trade zone, with customers in various European countries.
“Utku Inan, Nitrex sales representative serving Turkey, led the discussion with Alugen about the strategic decision to bring nitriding operations in-house based on improved quality consistency and cost-effectiveness of their gas nitriding processes. Over the years, Alugen has expanded its production to meet growing demand. The addition of a Nitrex system into the company’s manufacturing process has increased efficiency and time to market for their customers, supplying profiles reliably and with consistent quality,” said Marcin Stoklosa, Project Manager at Nitrex Poland.
“Alugen provides mass production extrusion services as well as boutique production to its clients; therefore, Nitrex had to consider the performance benefits of a single system that can handle both custom and mass production requirements. The multipurpose NXK-612 batch-type furnace was a clear choice,” noted Utku Inan. With a compact footprint, a work area of 23.5” x 47 ¼” (600 x 1200 mm), and a load capacity of 1700 lbs. (800 kg), the NXK system allows Alugen to mix special dies with regular production dies for a faster turnaround of product-specific production plans.
Die Shop Manager, Özcan Sürücü, added, “In partnering with Nitrex, we (Alugen) have become self-sufficient from an operational point of view, no longer relying on external contractors to fill this work gap. This allows for more effective planning and ensures that all projects, whether big or small, are done on time and on budget. Moreover, I cannot say enough about the technical support we receive from Nitrex and locally from Utku Inan towards improving our heat treating and extrusion operations as well as our product quality. We are extremely satisfied with the performance and results of our Nitrex turnkey system and the expertise provided by Nitrex beyond the sale of the equipment.”
The Nitrex turnkey system was delivered with the exclusive Nitreg® potential-controlled gas nitriding and Nitreg®-C potential-controlled gas nitrocarburizing technologies. Process recipes are optimized to improve the performance of aluminum extrusion dies and increase throughput. The service life of dies is also extended through periodic nitriding, which helps to control the high heat and impact pressure that dies undergo during extrusion cycles.
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