Automation can be many different things across many different industries so it’s hard to have one definition to cover it in its entirety. In heat treating, automation is approached in categories. The types of processes and equipment may only have certain capabilities when it comes to mechanically automating a process forcing heat treaters to look at non-traditional types of automation. Many heat treaters need flexible equipment when it comes to processes and load sizes because of economic pressures and competition, costs and capital are being scrutinized. Does it take significant capital to automate a process? In the world of heat treating it doesn’t have to.

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