Super Systems and JTEKT Corporation’s Koyo Bearings brand have completed a controls and software upgrade to deliver more efficiencies through technology enhancements in their heat treating operation at JTEKT’s Dahlonega manufacturing facility.
The scope of the investment includes all engineering, installation, controls and software for their gas-fired hardening furnace line. The new automation included a turnkey retrofit of new control cabinets as well as software necessary for furnace control and historical process data review. The controls and software provide JTEKT with the confidence to heat treat parts to meet the highest standards with complete traceability for its Koyo brand bearings. The instrumentation and software for the update included the hardening furnaces, quench, washer/rinse and temper equipment.
“We have been fortunate to work with JTEKT on a number of automation projects over the years and we are looking forward to participating in more innovative heat treating opportunities in the Dahlonega facility,” says Bob Fincken, Super Systems National Sales Manager. “The new control cabinets provide a more electrically safe environment with individual lock outs, isolated disconnects, controllers, AC Drives, programmable logic controllers (PLC), instrumentation, HMIs, motor starters, prints, and of course some of the best services in the industry, led by our VP of Engineering, Scott Johnstone” continues Mr. Fincken. “SSi’s ability to understand our needs and provide customized solutions has been a tremendous benefit to us”, says Michael Rebula, Heat Treat Supervisor at JTEKT.
Koyo is the JTEKT Corporation brand for bearings. JTEKT engineering and manufacturing capabilities range from super large bearings with outer diameters of seven meters to miniature bearings with inner diameters as small as one millimeter. Utilizing new materials and the latest in manufacturing technology, JTEKT Corporation stands at the forefront as a technological leader in the global bearing industry.