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Ion Nitriding: Automotive Clutch Hub Housing

Ion Nitriding Masking Capability Provides Perfect Solution for Automotive Clutch Hub Housing

posted On Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Blog

Ion Nitriding in Action - Automotive Clutch Hub

Problem
One of our customers came to us looking for a solution to improve wear resistance on automotive clutch hub housing. The caveat was that the application also needed the ease of weldment to another component.

Solution
AHT recommended UltraGlow Ion Nitriding for this. Prior to nitriding, the engineers designed part-specific masking for the areas where the part would later be welded. As a result of the masking and ion nitriding process, they received a finished surface part with the critical areas hardened while the welding areas remained soft. The part was immediately ready to go back into the operational flow for welding.

Low Carbon Steel

Why Ion Nitriding?

Ion nitriding, also known as plasma nitriding, is an excellent application to build into your parts’ longevity and operational flow. Not only can you build protective wear resistance, lubricity and fatigue strength, but you can also streamline operations to accommodate the process into what fits your needs.

Ion Nitriding Benefits:

  • Extends part/tool life
  • Reusable masking (versus coatings or other surface treatments)
  • Increases material flow in molds and dies
  • Improves corrosion resistance
  • No post-process machining
  • Zero to minimal growth/distortion
  • See more benefits here.

Have questions about masking or ion nitriding? Contact us at 319-232-5221 or fill out our contact form. 

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