Furnaces North America 2022 (FNA 2022), presented by the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), in partnership with its media partner, Heat Treat Today, is the heat-treating industry’s marquee event every other year. FNA 2022 will attract attendees from across North America, including Fortune 500 companies. For three days attendees take part in networking, connections, and learning about the vast changes taking place on emerging technologies, industry trends, and advances in equipment.
FNA Show Producer Tom Morrison states, “The 2020s will provide unbelievable opportunity, but not without its challenges. Change is happening at such a rapid pace in today’s economy, both commercial and captive heat treat plants can’t afford to miss a show like FNA 2022. Demographic shifts, emerging technologies, a shortage of workers, plant automation, and consumer buying habits are driving what is manufactured…when…and how. At FNA, leaders in heat treating companies can connect with the content and executives that can deliver the solutions and ideas they need to thrive this decade.”
The answers to the most pressing challenges in your heat treat operation is located at FNA 2022, either in technical sessions with suppliers you meet, at a booth with another heat treater that you connect with, or at one of the social events.
Gear Technology spoke with Rick Clift, quality assurance manager for H&S Heat Treat in Ontario Canada and an MTI board member, and he emphasized the value of the FNA for connecting the gear industry with experts in the heat-treating industry and keeping up with technology. “I meet people who struggle and struggle to meet spec. The gear manufacturer getting some knowledge, exposure, and understanding from the heat-treat industry is critical. The FNA is a perfect opportunity. All the commercial heat-treaters in North America will be there and they have a wealth of experience.”
Stabilizing dimensional movement from the carburizing process is essential. Clift says, “Some of the emerging technologies in heat treat to look out for are in vacuum carburizing and controlled-gas carburizing. They have been used very effectively to control product and process quality to minimize movement.” Clift added, “The great thing about FNA for gear manufacturers is they will be able to speak with the people who build and use the furnaces that heat treat the gears they make.”
FNA 2022 has three elements to deliver solutions that maximize productivity, expertise, and profits:
ELEMENT #1: Learning that LASTS
FNA 2022’s technical conference, designed by a team of heat treaters and suppliers, has 35 key sessions that focus on a wide array of technical issues including:
Industry 4.0 and Automation
Productivity and Data
Standards and Pyrometry
Controls and Materials
Quenching and Cooling
ELEMENT #2: Business that CONNECTS
The most active part of any FNA experience is the trade show. With over 150 top suppliers in every facet of heat treating, this is where the daily needs of heat treaters are fulfilled. On the show floor, heat treaters and suppliers connect to learn about each other, what heat treaters are challenged with, and how suppliers can solve those issues. FNA’s Expo is a must for any owner, GM, plant manager, or manager in maintenance, quality, or production. FNA 2022 encourages companies to bring your key management team to help introduce them personally to the new trends and technologies shaping the future of heat treating.
ELEMENT #3: Networking is KING
At FNA, attendees experience a set of exciting social functions that allow heat treaters and suppliers alike to connect with one another to discuss the new ideas they learn during the conference and trade show. They also share their daily experiences in dealing with issues like energy, employee recruitment/retention, maintenance, audit compliance, plant safety, and equipment purchases. FNA social events also help suppliers to get away from the trade show booth and listen to the heat treater’s needs in a more informal environment. This provides suppliers an opportunity to serve the heat treater better and develop products for their specific needs.
Furnaces North America 2022 provides the networking, technical training, and business connection that heat treaters need to build a bright future within your operation. Mark your calendar now and take the opportunity to attend FNA 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 3–5, 2022.
For meeting details and registration, visit www.FurnacesNorthAmerica.com.