Kiln Furniture in the Automotive Industry

STEULER-KCH is a trusted partner of the automotive industry, supplying high quality kiln furniture for heat treatment plants.

We supply wear-resistant refractory solutions in the form of track bricks and chain guiding bricks specific to the different atmospheres encountered during the hardening process. Our years of experience in fabricating complex and challenging refractory shapes mean we are ideally equipped to meet the special requirements of the automotive industry. Our products are able to withstand high temperatures and heavy wear, thus extending the service life of our customers' plants. We manufacture tempering racks, charging racks and perforated bricks – custom designed and manufactured to consistently high standards and exactly in accordance with our customers' wishes and the requirements of the production process.

Automotive industry suppliers specialising in powder metallurgy (PM) and metal powder injection moulding (MIM) also rely on products from STEULER-KCH. The use of special sintering carriers allows the finishing costs associated with powder metallurgical or injection-moulded sintered components to be minimised. The smoother the sintering carrier (tray, perforated shelf or firing ring), the smoother the moulded part will be following heat treatment. STEULER-KCH kiln shelves are precision-manufactured using the dry pressing method and can be ground to a dimensional accuracy of up to 0.03 mm, according to customer requirements. This guarantees that work pieces are fabricated to close tolerances and minimises the amount of finishing work required. It also makes a sustainable contribution to the automation of production lines in the automotive industry.

The materials we use, especially those made out of cordierite and mullite, are characterised by excellent thermal shock resistance. Their properties mean that they can reliably withstand the extreme cooling gradients involved in the sintering process – even after long periods in service. As such, they fulfil one of the most important requirements for achieving short kiln cycle times in conveyor belt furnaces, walking beam furnaces and roller hearth furnaces.

You too can benefit from our many years of experience and technical expertise when it comes to developing your sintered components. We'll provide you with expert advice and assist you in developing solutions that minimise your production costs. Our in-house tool-making facility affords us the flexibility to supply you with the kiln furniture best suited to your needs.

As a plant operator, you also benefit from the close relationships we have with furnace and plant engineering companies. Experts in our research and development departments are familiar with the processes and specific operational requirements of your industry, and this allows them to provide you with innovative and flexible solutions that are precisely tailored to your needs.