Benjamin T Gasbarre, President-Industrial Furnace Systems Division
When most equipment manufacturers in the thermal processing industry offer a limited choice of equipment that makes customers forcibly design their processes around them, Gasbarre Products tells a different narrative. The story of Gasbarre dates back to 1973 when they started to evolve their product line of mechanical powder compaction and sizing presses, and ancillary equipment through a series of synergistic acquisitions. Fast forward to today, Gasbarre stands tall as a full-service supplier offering equipment and services for all applications related to powder compaction and thermal processing. “Because of our diverse product offering, we can objectively look at our customer’s manufacturing process and recommend the most suitable equipment and provide options,” says Ben Gasbarre, president, Gasbarre Products’ Industrial Furnace Systems Division.
The company takes a 360-degree view of customers to understand their processes and challenges better. To ensure that their customers get full utilization of equipment and keep their systems up and running, Gasbarre upholds a flexible design. “Even if a customer’s business changes with time, whether it be a volume change or process change, they will be able to quickly adapt our equipment to that change,” states Ben. Another key step that Ben highlights is their emphasis on design review. “Before we start cutting steel and manufacturing the equipment, we ensure the final design is going to meet the customer’s needs.”
Building customer centricity into its DNA, Gasbarre, a certified robotic integrator, has added automation to its product offering and upgraded control features for remote monitoring to counter the looming skills crunch in the labor market. Gasbarre has also strengthened its service and back end aftermarket support for customers and simplified the serviceability of equipment.
Even as their solutions are designed to be the workhorse of the industry, the Gasbarre team keeps pace with technology evolutions, adding efficient refractory designs for their furnaces and control upgrades to monitor operations. This helps in predictive maintenance and continuous operations as opposed to waiting for a crash to happen and scrambling to get a fix.
Because of our diverse product offering, we can objectively look at our customer’s manufacturing process and recommend the most suitable equipment and provides options
Underpinning the salient features of the product, is the versatile staff who have worn the customer’s shoes to understand the challenges in-depth to offer a befitting solution. Gasbarre’s extensive product portfolio is built on the bedrock of service excellence, with its team of engineers, managers, and field service technicians committed to resolving customer queries quickly and in the best way possible.
Gasbarre’s full line of batch and continuous thermal processing equipment meets the stringent quality requirements of the automotive and aerospace industries, among others. Their diverse product offering for the aerospace industry encompasses presses, furnaces, precision tooling, and contract manufacturing. On the thermal processing side, the company offers both continuous and batch furnaces, and both atmosphere and vacuum equipment. “We have small to very large style batch equipment for nearly any metallurgical process,” states Ben.
In an implementation highlight, a manufacturer of forgings for the aerospace industry had a heat-treating application that was carried out manually. They approached Gasbarre to design a semi-automated furnace system that incorporated quenching and cooling, improved their fixture life, and didn’t require a costly pit for the quench tank. Gasbarre delivered a custom solution that ticked all the boxes including meeting the strict metallurgical process requirements.
In the times to come, Gasbarre, with an emphasis on continuous quality improvements, aims to create more partnerships with vendors and customers to enhance its products. As the provider of choice with thousands of pieces of equipment in operation all around the globe. Ben says, “We make sure that we are in a position to support our customers when they have a need.”