Core Solutions
continuous heat treatment
Hardening & Tempering Heat Treatment

Bluewater Thermal Solutions' hardening process enlists a wide variety of heat treatment techniques designed to increase the hardness, strength, and fatigue life of metal parts and components.

Learn More about Hardening
carburizing heat treatment
Carburizing & Carbonitriding

Carburizing heat treatment is a case hardening process in which a metal part or component of low carbon content is heated in a carbon-rich gas atmosphere. The process of heating the metal component in a high carbon environment allows for diffusion of carbon atoms directly into the surface of the part that needs to be case hardened.

Learn More
Normalizing Heat Treating Services
Normalizing & Stress Relieving
The functions of normalizing may overlap with or easily be confused with those of annealing, hardening, and stress relieving; however, they are not interchangeable, and the final use of the product must be considered when determining which method to use. Normalization may increase or decrease the strength and hardness of metal in a given product form, depending on the thermal and mechanical history of the product.
Learn More
induction  heat treatment

Induction hardening is a form of heat treatment Bluewater utilizes to selectively harden a metal part or component via localized heating where only some surfaces of a metal part are heated while the remainder of the part stays cold during processing. The localized heating is accomplished using a solid state electric power supply that sends an electrical current through an inductor coil that is wrapped around the surfaces of the part to be heated.

Learn More
Brazing (furnace & atmospheric)
Bluewater Thermal Solutions' furnace brazing services include assembly and furnace brazing aluminum of engineered components, variety of different types of metals including nickel alloys, carbon, and alloy steels as well as stainless steel, aluminum, copper an even titanium. Our facilities specialize in high-volume automotive component brazing using continuous mesh belt furnaces. Atmospheres available include disassociated ammonia, exothermic, hydrogen, and vacuum. Copper, nickel, nicro, and silver brazing are utilized with either paste or wire pre-forms.
Learn More
Stainless Steel Annealing

Bluewater has the capability to perform bright annealing of stainless steel in continuous belt furnaces. Continuous furnaces allow for a constant stream of parts to pass through an annealing furnace and are the most economical way to process high volumes of components. It also has the advantage of having parts being placed in thin layers on a mesh belt instead of batch processing where large masses of bulk material are treated at once. The thin layered parts will heat and cool more uniformly, producing consistent results from part to part throughout the load. The thin layers of parts also are less prone to distortion than bulk loading techniques normally used in vacuum.

Learn More
Specialty Heat Treating
ferritic nitrocarburizing
Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC)
Ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) imparts high surface hardness, improved wear resistance and fatigue resistance to a wide variety of carbon steel, alloy steel and cast iron parts. Because the process is carried out at temperatures below 1100 F, retention of core properties and good dimensional control are achieved. In many applications, FNC treatment also improves corrosion resistance through the formation of a continuous compound layer on the workpiece surface which can allow for the elimination of subsequent protective plating operations or application of rust preventive.
Learn More
Bluewater Heat Treating Services
Age Hardening / Precipitation Hardening
Our age hardening process, also called precipitation hardening, is used to increase the tensile and yield strength of materials including most alloys of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, nickel and some stainless steel. Age hardening creates changes in physical and mechanical properties by producing fine particles of a precipitate phase, which impede the movement of dislocations, or defects in a crystal’s lattice.
Learn More
Nitriding and Malcomizing
Nitriding is a surface hardening process in which nitrogen atoms are diffused into the surface of ferrous materials at sub-critical temperatures and react with the base metal to form a hard, wear resistant, and fatigue resistant nitrided case below the surface. The combination of subcritical temperatures, minimal distortion, and protective atmospheres make nitriding a good choice for precision parts.
Learn More
continuous bright annealing furnace
Solution Annealing Heat Treatment
Solution annealing (also referred to as solution treating) is a common heat-treatment process for many different families of metals. Stainless steels, aluminum alloys, nickel-based superalloys, titanium alloys, and some copper-based alloys all may require solution annealing.
Learn More
How is Bluewater Thermal Solutions different?

“With Bluewater's BOR-1Cr Borided Tubing...essentially we are now getting 2-3x longer tubing life in an aggressive environment."

As the largest U.S. provider of boriding solutions, Bluewater offers high-volume boriding of small to medium-sized parts for a variety of industries including oil and gas, agriculture chemical, and even turf management. With a substantial presence in Houston, Texas, Bluewater's boronizing plant treats thousands of tubes, components, and borided accessories each month for customers around the world.

Customers are now switching to Bluewater Thermal Solution's boronizing treatment because of the drastic cost savings and improvement in service life over untreated components or components with an alternative treatment. While alternative treatments may be available at a lower price, boronizing treatments have been proven to give the best performance. The improvement in service life gained by boronizing treatments is an excellent value and provides the best return on investment. Calculate how much you could save today >

Bluewater's solution also gives you the extra benefit of corrosion resistance and higher yield strength because of our high standard of using a 1Cr steel tube instead of mild steel.

Call to Action
Do you need a custom solution?

Let us know how we can help.

Contact Us
Have a question?
Need a custom quote?

We’ll call you back.

Please provide your name, email, phone, and a brief comment on the problem you are trying to solve.

Send Message