(March 29, 2012, Cherry Valley) – A recent comment on The Monty linked the mesh belt furnace to Ipsen, “During a visit to a fastener manufacturer in Thailand this week we might have figured out which company came up with the original concept. Looking at a continuous mesh belt line almost 50-years-old, we were told that the builder of the line was a Japanese company by the name of SEAVAC and that this was the company that pioneered the idea… SEAVAC if you recall was purchased by Ipsen back in 2009.” In fact, Ipsen purchased the heat treating branch of SEAVAC USA L.L.C. in 2009, to better serve Japanese national and international customers. Since then Ipsen has integrated the mesh belt line into its overall product offering.
Ipsen continues to provide mesh belt furnace lines worldwide. The most recent purchase of a mesh belt furnace was to an existing customer, Topura America Fastener, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive and industrial fasteners. Topura currently has an Ipsen mesh belt furnace in their Tokai facility in Japan, and recently purchased another Ipsen mesh belt furnace line to install in their newest facility in Bowling Green, Ky. and the installation is underway.
Mesh belt furnace lines are used for hardening, annealing and tempering various types of parts, such as fasteners, castings, forgings, camshafts and springs. The parts are placed directly on the mesh belt line as they move through the furnace, the use of trays or fixtures are not required. The fastener heat treating industry has been using mesh belt furnace lines for years, which replaced cast link and shaker hearth furnaces.
About Topura America Fastener, Inc.
Topura America Fastener, Inc. was originally established as TWN Fastener, Inc. in 1987 through the efforts of Topura Co., Ltd., John Wagner Associates, Inc., and Nissho Iwai Corporation (Metal One Corporation) and was based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In May 2006, Topura Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese fastener manufacturer, became the sole shareholder. On January 1, 2007 the company began conducting business as Topura America Fastener, Inc. Today TAF continues to serve a wide range of clientele, including those in automotive manufacturing, appliance manufacturing, and construction.