In-House Heat Treatment; What's in it for you?

In-House Heat Treatment; What's in it for you?

Heat treatment is a vital stage in many industries and has a significant influence on the final product's level of quality and performance. If the process requires drying, heating, annealing, tempering, quenching, case hardening, or sintering, or additional types of material modification, different factory settings are most likely to utilize kilns, industrial ovens, or commercial furnaces to complete the operation.

Due to supplier shutdowns, labor fluctuations, and closures in recent years, many machinists and engineers have weighed the benefits of in-house heat treatment against outsourcing to an external provider. After researching all the pros and cons, we looked at the arguments made by some pretty persuasive metal workers in a chat at Practical Machinist. They had a to to say on the subject, mostly all Pro! Quality control, enhanced efficiency, cost savings, flexibility, and adaptability are the key advantages of bringing all in-house.

In the following article, we will go through these advantages in depth and show how businesses may use them to enhance their heat treatment operations.

sintering in a commercial kiln | Heat Treat Now

Quality Assurance
The ability to have better control over the process is one of the most significant advantages of in-house heat treatment. You may quickly change and fine-tune the process with an in-house system to match the particular demands of your product. This can result in greater quality and more consistent outcomes, as well as the capacity to respond to any difficulties that develop during the heat treatment process with greater speed. You can exercise total control over the whole process, from start to end, by keeping the heat treatment process in-house.

Cost Savings and Increased Efficiency
Another advantage of performing heat treatment in-house is the greater efficiency and cost savings it provides. When using an external vendor, you may have to wait for an open slot in their calendar to handle your supplies, which might cause delays in your production timetable. Heat treating materials in-house allows you to process them on your own timetable, which can lead to shorter turnaround times and better efficiency. It can also save money in the long term by eliminating the additional costs associated with outsourcing, such as shipping, handling, and other fees. Furthermore, in-house heat treatment can assist lower total production costs by removing the need for additional transportation expenditures and lowering the danger of material damage or loss during transit.

Adaptability and Flexibility
In-house heat treatment also gives businesses more flexibility and agility. When every job is a custom job, like with our friends at Minnesota Metal Tech CNC+Fab, Inc, you need to know you can tackle any heat treating need that comes you way, and not have to wait to batch out a group of things to send out. Companies that retain the heat treatment process in-house may adjust it as needed, which is critical in today's changing business climate. The capacity to preserve confidentiality and control over sensitive and proprietary information like prototyping, is another advantage of in-house heat treatment. Companies may protect the security and confidentiality of sensitive information about their goods by keeping the heat treatment process in-house. This is especially significant in areas where private knowledge is critical to the operation, such as aerospace or military.

project prototyping in a commercial kiln | Heat Treat Now
The Hybrid Approach
Many businesses contemplate a hybrid strategy, bringing in heat-treating equipment (kilns, ovens and furnaces)  for small and medium-sized tasks and then outsourcing larger or unusually shaped goods to an external provider. This can provide benefits such as access to specialized equipment and experience. Many of our customers have an internal shop for small work they heat-treat in house, while sending larger things out. Others do it all on site. Our partner, Hot Shot Ovens & Kilns has a great Guide to Heat Treating Stainless Steel Parts, that's worth checking out! External suppliers can give access to larger or more sophisticated kilns or furnaces, allowing them to process materials that would otherwise be impossible to treat with in-house equipment. This provides the ideal balance of control and flexibility over time, budget, and process that most businesses require.

The Benefits of In-House Heat Treatment and How We Can Assist
Finally, in-house heat treatment provides multiple benefits such as quality control, far better efficiency, long-term cost savings, flexibility, and adaptability. While in-house heat treatment takes an initial investment in equipment and infrastructure, as well as some continuing expenses for upkeep and operation, it will save money and increase efficiency in the long run. If you are considering in-house heat treatment, you should deal with a trustworthy provider that can assist you in selecting the appropriate equipment for your needs. At, our team of professionals can assist you in determining the best industrial ovens, kilns, or commercial furnaces to match your specific heat processing objectives, and we will stand by you with service and technical support throughout your equipment ownership. 

Contact us today to find out how we can help you improve your heat treatment process and obtain the best outcomes possible. 

As always, feel free to reach out to our experienced team with questions or comments. We're always here to help! Give our technical team a call at (210) 446-9979 or email us at