Heat treatment specialist, Alloy Heat Treatment, is set to launch a pioneering new process to capitalise on opportunities emerging as part of Industry 4.0. The Dudley firm has developed an innovative mobile heat treatment service.

Alloy Heat Treatment would load the service on to the lorry and then drive to a customer’s designated location to enable them to offer rapid heat treatment processes to tight schedules.

Ultimately, it would offer clients in the aerospace, F1 and Moto GP sector the ability to access immediate heat treatment services to ensure a regulated replacement of parts.

3D printing

The firm is targeting the new service in the light of the growth of the additive layer manufacturing (3D printing) market, especially in the aerospace and motorsport sectors.

The 3D printing market has undergone rapid development in recent years and is set to have a huge impact on the future of the whole manufacturing industry.

Ian Perks, Sales Director at Alloy Heat Treatment, said: “The proposed service is currently being designed to be transported on the back of a fix-bed lorry. We aim to fill a gap in the additive layer manufacturing market, as we feel that this innovation will provide a great benefit to aerospace, F1 and Moto GP organisations.”

Perks concluded: “Our company is AS 9100 accredited, which gives us a preferred supplier status to many aerospace primes. It would be fantastic to support these industries to coincide with the growth of additive layer manufacturing. Companies desire easy access to high quality services including heat treatment and we really want to form an integral part in the growth of this market.”