Cook Induction and Super Systems: “Bonded” for Brazing and Heat Treatment

 

Located in Maywood, Los Angeles CA, Cook Induction was started in 1945 and is continuously exploring ways to improve their customer experience and capabilities. This has grown into today’s NADCAP approved facility offering both heat treating (including induction case hardening; localized hardening; localized annealing/stress relieving; heat treatment of BeCu; localized annealing of BeCu; and hydrogen annealing and tempering) and brazing & soldering services (including silver; copper; nickel & precious metals; induction, torch and furnace brazing; and atmosphere induction brazing).

In 2020, Troy Doolittle, Quality Manager, decided the next step in Cook’s evolution was partnering with Super Systems (SSi) to implement a fully electronic SCADA package. “Having the ability to track and recall furnace data from our desks has made life so much easier. The new system has improved our ability to stay on top of scheduling and production. “

As the time neither party expected this was the first of many projects between the two companies. Zach Morgan, SSi’s engineer who managed the latest project, recalled the latest: “Most recently Cook’s engineers mentioned problematic combustion burners on a couple of their furnaces. With prices & lead times for new burners both astronomical, we collaborated and came up with a burner redesign which improved reliability, added ability to isolate burners, and complied with the latest NFPA86 requirements. Historically this level of engineering has originated from our Cincinnati OH main office but this gave us the opportunity to bring that to our West Coast customers.”

This June Cook faces their biggest challenge yet, defending their trophy as Los Angeles ASM Chapter’s reigning Golf Outing champs. Cook and SSi are both longtime ASM members and active in the scholarship fundraising & development of our future engineers.