Our Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) furnace is our primary melting process, and at 45,000 pounds capacity makes it among the largest in the world. In addition to servicing cast and wrought billet applications, we also produce premium-quality re-melt alloys for powder applications.
SMC's cold finishing facility includes conditioning equipment for billet and bar surface preparation (ground or peeled). Billet and bar surfaces are finished to meet all varieties of customer specifications and inspection criteria.
SMC conducts a variety of non-destructive tests on our product including penetrant inspection and contact and immersion sonic inspection to ensure compliance to all of our customer specifications. Our C-scan immersion sonic inspection system for billet is among the newest in the world.
Our VAR units are double station furnaces capable of melting ingots from 9-inch diameter by 1,000 pounds to 30-inch diameter by 20,000 pounds.
ESR units capability range from 17-inch diameter by 4,000 pounds to 30-inch diameter by 30,000 lbs.
SMC is considered a world leader in melting technology; this leadership translates into lot-to-lot uniformity and the highest quality in all of our products.
All of the secondary melting furnaces have modern control systems, many of which were developed by Special Metals.
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and advancement of product quality, Special Metals continues to develop and implement new control technologies across all of our secondary melting furnaces.
Chemical Analysis: Spectrographic, atomic absorption and semi-quantitative analysis methods.
Metallography: Fully-equipped metallographic preparation and sample evaluation laboratory.
Physical Properties: Differential thermal analysis for determination of solid state transformation temperatures.
Mechanical Testing: Ambient and high-temperature tensile testing, stress rupture testing, creep testing, hardness testing on as-finished, heat-treated and/or roll down samples.