New furnace controls and data acquisition from United Process Controls have been ordered by U.S. Gear, a division of AxleTech International, a General Dynamics Company. The order includes a surface combustion pusher furnace outfitting with CQI-9 compliant furnace controls based on Protherm 600 controller, FurnaceDoctor infra-red multi-point gas analyzer and Waukee Flo-Tronic electronic flow meters. The Protherm 9800 software application will integrate the control systems of the pusher and other batch furnaces and streamline heat treating operations at the company's Chicago plant. The software performs data acquisition, recipe management, monitoring and analysis. This upgrade investment will bring an older piece of equipment into CQI-9 compliance, so there is greater accuracy in the heat treat cycles, as well as providing the company with comprehensive process documentation.