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Furnace Upgrades, Water Recirculating Cooling System Installation With Small Business Advantage Grant

As part of its continuing maintenance improvement program, Metlab recently completed a rebuild and upgrade of its two large heat-treating furnaces. These furnaces designated P-1 and P-2 are believed to be the largest atmosphere-controlled pit furnaces in North America. With … Continue reading

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Airplane Bulkhead Component Heat Treating

Metlab comes across many unique and interesting heat treating projects each year. Some have a history lesson to accompany the project. Recently, a newly fabricated structural bulkhead for a Ryan ST-A historic aircraft (circa.1934), was treated in the Metlab facility. … Continue reading

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Heat Treating Parts For An Off-Road Race Car

Metlab is an active supporter of many university educational programs featuring race car construction. This year Metlab provided expertise and heat-treating services for Georgia Tech Off-Road, a student led team under the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Georgia Institute of … Continue reading

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Metlab Applies Black Oxide To A Suit of Armor

Metlab recently black oxide finished a suit of armor for an artisan. The armor was manufactured by M & M Metals of Jeffersonville, PA. The complete suit of armor consists of about 125 hand-formed metal plates, and will cover and … Continue reading

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Metlab’s Quality Assurance System

Metlab has a reputation for providing quality heat treating and surface finishing services. To ensure quality in every order processed, the company is focused on a complete quality management system. The quality system is run by Rachel Piccari, whose main … Continue reading

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Nitriding and Carburizing

Nitriding and carburizing are the two most common heat treatment practices for surface hardening functional components. The main difference is that in nitriding, nitrogen atoms are made to diffuse into the surface of the parts being processed, whereas in carburizing, … Continue reading

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Heat Treating Race Car Parts With Quick Turnaround For Race Event

Metlab has worked with a number of NASCAR and Indy Racing Car Teams and also companies that restore antique cars, sports and muscle cars and has a history of heat treating race car parts that must endure severe conditions. Big … Continue reading

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Former Owner Of Metlab, Passed Away

Conrad Hering Knerr the former owner of Metlab, passed away peacefully at his home in Whitpain Farms, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania at the age of 91. He attended Germantown High School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned a … Continue reading

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Age-hardening an Aluminum Underwater Buoy Frame

TrimMaster is a full-service contract manufacturer that has been in business in Reading, PA since 1938. Their roots starting in the manufacture of thread trimming equipment for the sewn product industry, and they have branched out to serve a variety … Continue reading

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Heat Treating For Machine Shops

Providing heat treating services to machine shops is a core business feature of Metlab Heat Treating. The company has been working with hundreds of shops, both large and small, for many years. Types of heat treating services that are typically … Continue reading

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