Jan. 6, 2016

HyCAL Begins Work on Hydrogen Anneal Line

HyCAL Corp., a division of Ferragon Corp., has begun work on a new continuous anneal line at its facility in Gibraltar, Mich. The line uses a blend of hydrogen, rather than water, for strip cooling to produce ultra-high-strength and advanced-high-strength steel grades.

The new HyCAL line, to begin production later this year, will provide 97 percent prime yield, a significant improvement compared to water-quenched lines. Steel from the HyCAL hydrogen line will be dead flat and will not require post-anneal processing to correct shape problems that are associated with water-quenched lines, the company claims.

“Our CA line will be the first of its kind in the world and the first to provide its process on a toll processing basis,” says Ed Gonzalez, president. “More importantly, our CA line will significantly increase our customers’ yield and quality. We believe this will make HyCAL the premier source for processing steel that is destined for products where light-weighting and cost savings are paramount.”

HyCAL was formerly known as Ferrolux-Gibraltar. The company was renamed to reflect the facility’s capabilities, which include providing hydrogen atmosphere continuous annealing, batch annealing and temper rolling.


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