The Ultra Large Bearing (ULB) industry can increase the production performances by using induction heating on a full range of thermal processes. The paper presents the technological, economical, and process optimizations that can be achieved using induction heating technology in both hardening and tempering. Two different solutions are available for (seamless) race hardening: a high-power induction single shot process for small to medium size rings and induction seamless scan hardening for large sized bearings. The ultra-low frequency induction tempering process is described and compared with a traditional furnace. These technologies are presented and compared to show application ranges, specific features, metallurgical results, and efficiencies in processing and cost.

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