Archived Hotline Editions.

September 2016: • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Gala Dinner and Awards: Come and join us! • Member news • Advertiser news • Goods receiving – the added burden • Understanding Heat Treatment • CHTA at Advanced Engineering 2016 show • Explaining heat treatment to the layperson • Advertiser profile • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference
June 2016: • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Gala Dinner and Awards: Have you applied for an award yet? • Member news • Tool-steel supplier support for heat treaters • Advertiser news • “Strong subcontracting growth continues” • Filling the MAS gap • Using vacuum furnaces to process 3D-printed parts • CHTA AGM • The case for outsourcing • Advertiser profile
March 2016: The latest edition of our newsletter includes: • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Gala Dinner and Awards: Does your company deserve an award? • How to win an award • CHTA AGM • News • My life in heat treatment • CHTA Member Directory 2016 • Solution-orientated approach to nitriding and nitrocarburising • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference: repeat scheduled! • Explaining heat treatment to the layperson
December 2015: • Promoting all CHTA members • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference: Report / What did you think? • HybridCarb® – method to reduce operating costs in gas carburising processes • Lack of steel availability leads to loss of orders • Stemming the rising tide of energy costs • What has Nadcap done for the heat treatment industry? • Good people are hard to find • Training
September 2015: • Register now… Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference (16 October 2015) • What has Nadcap done for the aerospace industry? • Understanding Heat Treatment course (13-15 October 2015) • News • Your guide to October’s Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference, the first English national event/exhibition encompassing heat treatment since 2003 • Register for Hotline • Changing times: flame hardening • Advertiser profile • Letters to the Editor (re Hotline 140)
June 2015: • Forty years of Hotline – a fond look back • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference (16 October 2015): don’t miss the first national heat treatment event in England for twelve years • Seen at CHTA’s AGM • Business Growth Service: What’s on offer to English SMEs from the government’s recent initiative? • News

March 2015:: • A date for your diary…CHTA AGM, 7 May 2015 • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conference (16 October 2015): First national heat treatment event in England for twelve years shaping up • CHTA’s new Chairman: a profile • Making it clear: How to best communicate your needs to the heat treater • Making it clear: a CHTA member comments • Book review

December 2014: • Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Industry Conferenceannounced • Easing the test-house bottleneck • CHTA Management Committee • Record turnout for Understanding Heat Treatment • CHTA Member Directory 2015 • Hot isostatic pressing

September 2014: • The case for outsourcing in today’s economy • Understanding Heat Treatment • R&D tax credit scheme • R&D tax relief for CHTA member • News • Spreading the word • Member profile • Advertiser profile

June 2014: • CHTA AGM 2014 • Climate Change Levy exemption for heat treatment • Calculation of heat-treating costs • Heat treater’s “bible” revised • News • CHTA Suppliers Day? • Benevolent Society seeking industry beneficiaries

March 2014: • CHTA non-disclosure agreement released • CHTA AGM guest speaker • Metallurgy certificate re-cast • Industrieverband Härtetechnik – Germany’s CHTA
• CHTA Benchmarking Club • News
• Low-temperature surface hardening of stainless steel • British Gear Association
• Integrity management
• Advertiser profile

December 2013:• Member news • Coming soon: CHTA standard NDA • REACH threat to refractory ceramic fibres • CHTA-sponsored NAMTEC event examines some latest heat treatment techniques • Another successful Understanding Heat Treatment • CHTA Member Directory 2014 • A practical approach to controlling gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburising • Hardening – where are the UK laser job shops? (Continued)

September 2013: • An introduction to laser hardening and its industrial applications
• Hardening – where are the UK laser job shops? • Laser hardening: comment
• Member news • Advertiser profile
• Partner events
June 2013: • CHTA-sponsored course: Certificate in Metallurgy (update)
• CHTA AGM 2013 (report) • Member news
• The Monty does the UK • New climate change agreements
• Advertiser news/profile
March 2013: • CHTA-sponsored course: Certificate in Metallurgy
• Member news • CHTA’s new Chairman: a profile • AGM marks 40 years of CHTA
• 40th Anniversary: CHTA • 40th Anniversary: Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre
• Climate change agreements: new scheme starts April 1st
December 2012:
• The burden of non-disclosure agreements: a word from CHTA’s Vice-Chairman
• Metallurgical Technicians Certificate: an update • Member profiles • Member news
• Member Directory 2013 • Selecting a heat treater at
• Climate change agreements (update)
September 2012: • Investment abounds! (Member news) • Outsourcing heat treatment – some experiences • A lifetime in heat treatment • Climate change agreements (update)
June 2012: • CHTA Vice-Chairman becomes SEA Chairman • CHTA AGM 2012 • Vacuum/low-pressure carburising: the contract heat treater’s view • Training • Member profile • Member news

March 2012: • CHTA Benchmarking Club to incorporate commodity prices • Climate Change Agreements – latest developments • Search for heat-treatment-specific management software concludes • CHTA AGM • CHTA Management Committee news • Future use of trichloroethylene?

December 2011: • A voice at Westminster • Proposed professional qualifications • Optimising combustion air/gas ratios • Furnace study to determine future EC action • Latest consultation on climate change agreements • New approaches to furnace atmospheres • SEA news • Member news • Member profile • Market movements

September 2011: • 19th IFHTSE Congress • The recruitment opportunity • Top ten heat treat advances? • Booming CHTA Benchmarking Club • Member news • Award for SEA • Member profile.

June 2011: • CHTA AGM 2011 • What does the future hold for UK energy supplies? • Training of metallurgical technicians • Outsourcing heat treatment is a no-brainer • Climate change agreements: performance history of the UK heat treatment sector • CHTA sponsors IFHTSE Congress.

March 2011: • New CHTA Chairman • Future energy supplies to be discussed at CHTA AGM • Climate Change Agreements – Milestone 5 and what next? • Avoiding the risk of critical component failure • New requirements for hardness measurement and reporting • What’s in a name?

December 2010: • CHTA Secretary wins Individual Achievement Award • Awards herald success of ADI Treatments • Quality: food for thought • Training: what’s you priority? • Changes to the CRC Scheme • Size of the surface engineering market? • Metal theft on the rise again

September 2010: • Do you have a half-hourly electricity meter? (requirements of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme) • New CCAs on hold • New CHTA Guidelines for Conditions of Business released • Surface protection of stainless steel whilst maintaining corrosion • CRC exemption for companies with CCAs • IFHTSE Congress returns to UK • EuP Directive: heat treatment furnaces
June 2010: • New CCA target negotiations: crucial information requested • Good turnout at CHTA AGM • Whither contract heat treatment? • Training in heat treatment (letters to the Editor) · Finding a heat treater • New CHTA guidelines for conditions of business • Energy and steel prices explored
March 2010: • CHTA’s May 13th AGM (Special discussion session on “Training in heat treatment” announced) • Training in Heat Treatment (Options, requirements and initiatives reviewed) • Understanding Heat Treatment (Another Wolfson course) • New Climate Change Agreements (Proposed changes and timing outlined)
December 2009: • Government ignores manufacturing at its peril • Project Discovery and future energy prices • Problems of communication? (Part 2) • CCAs: latest news • How to fill the training gap? • CHTA’s website upgrade
September 2009: • “Unfair” Energy Contracts – help needed. • Heat treater uses technology as blueprint to efficiency. • Why bother working to make a living? • Problems of communication?

June 2009: • Good turnout at CHTA AGM • Slash your electricity bill! • Climate Change Agreements • Health and Safety • Forty-five years in contract heat treatment • Obituary: Harry Child

March 2009: • Championing UK manufacturing • Working capital and credit management / risk reduction • CHTA’s new Chairman • David Frost to speak at CHTA AGM • CCAs – milestone reporting • Tom Bell Memorial Award

December 2008: • Countering the recession • Achieving CQI-9 – was it worth it? • Outsourcing heat treatment • CHTA’s website – what do you think? • CCAs – latest news • Obituary: Brenda Buckley • Training • SEA Award for CHTA member

September 2008: • 2500 years of metallurgical experience • Rising energy prices – the beginning or the end? • CCAs – latest developments • Experience with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership • Salt costs • Looking back on 31 years as MTI’s CEO.
June 2008: • Climate Change Agreements: an unrealistic target review • Process control: a new approach for gas carburising • Obituary: Professor Tom Bell • CHTA AGM: photographs • Steel prices: analysis of recent developments • SEA Awards: nominations.
March 2008: * “On your bike for CHTA’s AGM” * “Risk management and insurance” * “CCAs: changing energy suppliers” * “Transporting demands for heat treatment” * “What is REACH?”
December 2007: * “Nadcap – outside looking in”; * “Rising fear of energy crisis this winter?”; * “Capturing the captives”; * “Wolfson course marks 30-year anniversary with bumper turnout”; * “CCAs extended”.
September 2007: * “Metal theft: we are not alone!”; * “Climate Change Agreements: a progress report”; * “Moving forward on degreasing”; * “Improving energy efficiency through Energy Project Implementation”.
June 2007: * “John Cowie, CHTA’s founding Chairman” (obituary); * “David Wilkins retires”; * “Smoke-free heat treatment shops”.
March 2007: * “What cost in-house heat treatment?”; * “Why CQI-9?”; * “Investing in smart meters can bring significant compliance and cost benefits”; * “HSE operational circular published after CHTA input”; * “New CHTA Chairman”.
December 2006: * “Why use contract heat treatment?”; * “Outsourcing – hope for heat treatment”; * “CCA audits: some things that CHTA members should know!”; * “Latest CCA news from SEA”; * “A good year for CHTA”.
September 2006: * “Update on energy price trends”; * “SEA Energy Management Services: what’s on offer for CHTA members?”; * “Climate Change Agreements – End of Milestone Reporting”; * “How things change!” (the ever-changing face of UK contract heat treatment); * “Contract heat treatment in Australia”.
June 2006: * “New CHTA Buyers Guide to Contract Heat Treatment published” (downloadable pdf below); * “Solvent degreasing: how to be compliant”; * “New Noise-at-Work Regulations”; * “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships”; * “CHTA/SEA CCA Workshop for heat treaters”; * “CHTA Benchmarking Club”; * “Advertising in Hotline”.
May 2006: The new definitive guide to sourcing from 70 UK-wide subcontract heat treatment specialists. For a more-readily manipulated original hard copy, contact Diana Blair (tel: 0121 237 1123; fax: 0121 237 1124; e-mail:
March 2006: * “Contract heat treatment’s positive impact on the energy/cost/value equation”; * “CCA for heat treaters kicks in – at last!”; * “Sympathetic MP visit gives some hope of back-dated CCL rebates”; * Guidance on environmental legislation for heat treaters; * “The softening insurance market”.
December 2005: Features include: * “Running out of gas? – Running out of patience”; * CCA update; * “Combating energy price increases”; * Nadcap from two perspectives; * CHTA support for Wolfson course; * New CHTA Buyers Guide planned; * Promoting CHTA and its members; * CHTA Chairman’s end-of-year message.
September 2005: This issue includes the following items: * “CHTA launches membership drive”; * CCA update; * “Bringing benefits to the bottom line: one company’s experience of ISO/TS 16949:2002”; * Nadcap and aerospace heat treatment.
June 2005: Contents of this centenary issue include: * “The 100th Edition of Hotline”; * “CCAs for heat treaters: the go-ahead”; * Nadcap; * “100 editions of Hotline: a look back”.
April 2005: Features include: * “CCAs: the finishing line’s in sight”; * “Challenges met and changes accommodated”: the outgoing CHTA Chairman looks back; * “New Chairman targets proper recognition of heat treatment’s contribution”; * CHTA’s new Chairman: a profile; * “Software to assist the heat treater”; * More on CCL/CCA; * Defining the heat treatment sector; * Publicity matters; * Health and safety.
December 2004: Contents include: * “A healthy future? The CBI comments”; * New CHTA contact details; * “UK energy prices: the future?”; * North American gas prices: US heat treater testifies to Congress; * A further update on SEA efforts to render CHTA members eligible for CCL negotiated agreements; * Thanks to Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre.
September 2004: Features include: * A further update on SEA efforts to render CHTA members eligible for CCL negotiated agreements; * The thoughts of former CHTA Chairman Ian Brown, on his retirement; * A response on Nadcap from the Director of PRI/Nadcap operations; * Guidance on new statutory dispute resolution procedures; * NAMTEC comment on “A healthy future for contract heat treatment?” * “Sourcing quality heat treatment”.
June 2004: Highlights the challenges now facing the heat treater in “A healthy future for contract heat treatment?”. Also examines American heat treaters’ perspective on Nadcap after ten year’s experience.
March 2004: Focuses on the threat to competitiveness of increasing new-legislation administration. Also examines energy purchasing and updates further on efforts to extend CCL negotiated agreements to heat treating.
December 2003: Considers soaring energy prices and updates on renewed attempts to extend CCL negotiated agreements to heat treating. Other features cover a heat treater’s experience with Nadcap accreditation and the new regulations on the disposal of hazardous waste.
September 2003: Highlights renewed attempts to have CHTA members recognised as eligible for CCL negotiated agreements. Other features cover Nadcap, strategic partnerships, and DTI’s new business support strategy.
June 2003: Focuses on the revision of “CHTA Guidelines for Conditions of Business”. Other features cover guidance on additional legal issues, Action Energy’s proposals on energy benchmarking and MTI’s on-line “Heat Treat QuoteMaster”.
March 2003: Includes “Your industry needs your voice” – a message from new CHTA Chairman Terry Littlewood, an article on nitrogen-supply options for furnace atmospheres, and a reminder about the FAST database.
December 2002: Features a message from retiring CHTA Chairman David Wilkins, plans to revise CHTA’s “Business Conditions Guide”, and a progress report on CHTA’s website.
September 2002: This edition highlights business insurance issues and member views on the benefits of ISO 14001 accrediation.
June 2002: This issue examines the relevance of ISO 14001 to heat treaters, CCL dual-use exemption, and the future for the UK automotive sector and its suppliers.
March 2002: Includes a message from CHTA’s new Chairman and a look at integrated plant management systems for heat treatment operations.