(April 17, 2012, Cherry Valley) – Dokka Fasteners recently purchased an Ipsen ATLAS integral quench furnace for its newest facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Ipsen ATLAS quench furnace will be at the heart of this new, automated manufacturing facility. ATLAS is a highly engineered and sophisticated machine that is easy to operate and maintain, all while being extremely cost effective. ATLAS delivers top quality uniformity through cutting-edge technology and design.
Dokka Fasteners will use the ATLAS to produce hot-formed steel fasteners for the highly demanding wind turbine industry. This specialized fastener technology focuses heavily on a custom-tailored heat treatment to produce steel components with the material characteristics necessary for this application. The fastener systems rely on the technology of high-tension bolt assemblies made of high performance steel alloys that are heat treated, giving them the ability to withstand not only considerable loads of normal turbine operation, but also remain unaffected by salt water, storms or frost during the expected 160,000 thousand hours of operation, over 20 years and 17 billion load cycles.
The new heat treatment facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., includes sealed quench furnaces for steel hardening, the necessary tempering furnaces, cleaning systems and handling equipment for component loads. The furnaces are set up for a fully automatic operation using Ipsen's AutoMag® 4.0 automation software. Visit www.IpsenUSA.com/atlas for more information on ATLAS atmosphere heat treating equipment.
Ipsen is the world's leading expert in heat treatment of steel. Ipsen has produced and installed more than 4,000 furnaces that precisely and reproducibly carry out all aspects of numerous different heat treatment processes. Ipsen has vast experience in the production and operation of these heat treating processes which have been developed and refined over decades.
About Dokka Fasteners
Dokka Fasteners, the Norwegian specialist for heavy-duty fasteners, is part of the German Würth Group, an industry leader with $10 billion total revenue in 2010 and more than 400 subsidiaries in 80 countries. The main Dokka plant, located at their headquarters in Norway, has been manufacturing specialized fastener systems for several decades and recently expanded to increase its capacity threefold.