Annealing is a heat treatment process that affects the physical properties of materials to increase their ductility, eliminate stress and reduce their hardness. Parts can be vacuum annealed or under controlled atmosphere.
ECM Lab Solutions vacuum annealing furnaces, are coming from ECM Technologies’ range of products.
Objective of altering the microstructure: remove stress, or change properties such as hardness, strength or ductility in the crystal structure of the material being annealed.
Annealing is often performed after a material has undergone a hardening or cold working process to prevent it from brittle failure or to make it more formable for subsequent operations.
The exact time and temperature depends on the material itself, on the amount of prior cold work, solute concentration, and type of the desired annealing treatment.