Retech Systems LLC – A Sound Turnaround

January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020

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Business View Magazine interviews Earl Good, President & Managing Director of Retech Systems LLC for our focus on Domestic Manufacturing in the United States.

Since 1963, Retech Systems LLC has been a global leader in the supply of metallurgical processing equipment and, today, is the world’s leading supplier of Electron Beam (EB) and Plasma (PAM) Cold Hearth furnaces for melting and refining titanium and titanium alloys. Retech’s advanced vacuum metallurgical systems also include Vacuum Arc Remelt (VAR), VAR Consumable (Skull) Casting, EB and PAM Consolidation furnaces, Plasma Welders, Vacuum Induction melting (VIM), Precision Investment Casting (DS/SC/EQ), Cold Wall Induction melting and casting, Vacuum Heat Treating, and Gas Atomization for metal powder production.

All Retech Systems furnaces are available in various sizes and configurations, from simple laboratory scale to large, custom-engineered systems. In addition, Retech provides customers access to a wide range of in-house resources, including technology, and material and process development. Identifying customer needs, as well as understanding the importance of producing relevant, viable, and cost-effective technologies, is the foundation upon which Retech is built.

Assembly Hall Exterior Świebodzin, Poland
Assembly Hall Exterior Świebodzin, Poland

According to Company President and Managing Director, Earl Good, “We supply a lot of furnaces that provide products to the aerospace and medical industries – anywhere there’s a need for nickel or titanium or alloy materials to be melted down and made into other products. Our customers all buy somewhat similar furnaces, but they each have things they request or modify that make them unique as far as the special ingredients they use. They vary in size and output, and it’s all designed to make a certain part or provide a certain function within their process.”

Retech Systems is the most fully-integrated furnace manufacturer in the world, providing customers access to a wide range of in-house resources, including technology, material, and process development. In an effort to achieve the individual requirements of each project, Retech’s specialists work with each customer to tailor relevant, reliable, and cost-effective solutions. Experience and service, coupled with a complete portfolio of research, development, engineering, and manufacturing, are key elements behind the firm’s success and that of their customers. Whereas some competitors provide standard-type furnaces and others provide lower cost equipment, the advantage Retech brings to the table is providing large, customized furnaces that are specific to each customer’s application – tailoring offerings to customers’ needs. There is, indeed, an art to the metal melting process. Many customers choose to install the equipment on their own and Retech provides onsite supervision; other customers want Retech to do the installation. Either way, the company has a full after-market service department for ongoing customer support.

In 2011, Retech became a part of the SECO/ WARWICK group of companies. SECO/WARWICK is a technological leader in innovative, heat treatment furnaces. Its expertise includes end-to-end solutions in several categories: vacuum heat treatment; atmosphere and aluminum thermal processing; controlled atmosphere brazing of aluminum heat exchangers; and vacuum metallurgy. The SECO/WARWICK Group has 10 companies located on three continents with customers in nearly 70 countries, and production facilities in Poland, the United States, India, and China. In addition, the Group includes a number of service and sales offices in such countries as Germany, Russia, and France. The company provides standard or customized, state-of-the-art heat processing equipment and technologies to leading companies in the following industries: automotive, aerospace, electronics, tooling, medical, recycling, energy (including nuclear, wind, oil, gas, and solar), and the production of steel, titanium, and aluminum.

150kg Vacuum Induction Melting Furnace (VIM150kg-ED)

Last year, Retech Systems announced that much of the manufacturing and assembly work previously done in the company’s home office in Ukiah, California will be transferred to SECO/WARWICK’s facilities in Świebodzin, Poland, thus allowing it to be better-positioned to support both large capital projects, while also satisfying the regular, daily customer service needs that its clients demand and deserve. Currently, Good reports that Retech is also working on a long-term lease for a new office space and R&D facilities in the Buffalo, New York area.

“This is pretty exciting, because it’s a place that the City of Buffalo and the State of New York are investing into,” says Good. “They’re taking old industrial sites and refurbishing them into brand new facilities. So, we’re in the process of finalizing a ten-year lease that can be extended, which will help to bring together the engineers and equipment in the R&D facility, so some of our new hires in Buffalo will be able to work on some of the equipment. We expect to start moving in there in the March/April/May time frame. It depends on when we can gain access.”

“We’ve decreased the size of our manufacturing facility in Ukiah,” Good continues. “But we’ll continue to maintain the office out in Ukiah; there are a lot of good people there with technical knowhow and it’s important that we maintain that. We have increased the cooperation with the SECO Group, our owners, over in Poland; they have very good facilities, as far as manufacturing and assembly. We have a very skilled workforce over in Poland that we can utilize, but we also have options to go to other locations, and the Buffalo facility will provide options to do some manufacturing and assembly here in the U.S., as well. What we’re looking at doing is driving more global business, where we analyze each project opportunity and try to structure our offerings to give us the best chance to win. We are also focused on increasing the size of our aftermarket business on a global basis.”

Going forward, Good maintains that Retech Systems has a “very promising proposal backlog that will help us through the next couple of years. There’s a lot to be optimistic about,” he adds. “We continue to look for opportunities to create new technologies that the market wants and needs. Business has gone pretty well and we will have over $60 million in new capital equipment and combined after-market orders, this year. That’s exciting for us as we continue to turn the company around. We feel very good about the progress we’ve made over the last year-and-a-half, and what the future looks like.”

Perryman is a leading global supplier of titanium to the aerospace, medical, consumer and other industries.

January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020

Since the company’s inception, Perryman’s mission has been to “…do it better, do it smarter, and make innovation a function of how you work with customers and as a manufacturer.” Jim Perryman, COO of Perryman stated, “We have worked with Retech previously and were pleased with the partnership and results. As we looked forward to our most recent expansion, we met with the Retech team numerous times and challenged them to innovate and develop a system that included the best technology. After careful review, we decided to select Retech for this important project. We are very satisfied with all aspects of the outcome. The systems were delivered on-time and started-up without issues. We were able to move from startup to production immediately after the installation was complete.”

Earl Good, President of Retech, affirmed that “Every customer’s individual project is extremely important to them and their business’ future. Therefore, it is important that we focus our efforts on meeting or exceeding our customer’s expectations. We appreciate that Perryman entrusted us to meet their needs” Additionally, they made it clear that “Each project provides an opportunity to demonstrate to our customers and the market as a whole, that Retech and SECO/ WARWICK have grown together and are confident that we continue to supply high-quality vacuum melting equipment.”

This project was unique in that Retech was able to capitalize on the global manufacturing capabilities provided to it as part of the SECO/WARWICK Group. The system production was managed by the U.S. team. Given the size and scale of these systems, the successful design, manufacture, installation and on time delivery of the equipment along with the production objectives was a significant achievement by all those involved.

More About Perryman – Founded in 1988, Perryman Company is headquartered in Houston, Pennsylvania, with office locations in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Xi’an. Perryman is an integrated titanium producer from melting of ingot to finished products. The company’s product portfolio includes ingot, bar, coil, fine wire, net shapes, and hot rolled products. The Forge and Fabrication group offers medical device contract manufacturing in a range of materials including plastics and titanium. A titanium global leader, Perryman supplies and services customers in the aerospace, medical, consumer, industrial, recreation and infrastructure markets worldwide.

More About Retech – Since 1963, Retech has been the world’s leading provider of vacuum melting systems for demanding industries in ever-changing markets. Our advanced technologies have been applied to melting, refining, casting and atomizing reactive and refractory metals, such as Titanium & its alloys, super alloys and rare earth metals. Each custom system produces products with the unique metallurgical and geometric properties that are required by the application.

In 2011 Retech became a part of the SECO/WARWICK group of companies which has expanded our global presence through added sales and service centers around the world.

Effectively, Retech is also the most fully integrated furnace manufacturer in the world, providing customer access to our wide range of in-house resources, including technology, material and process development.

Big Changes at Retech Systems LLC

November 21, 2018
November 21, 2018

Since 1963 Retech Systems has been manufacturing vacuum melting systems in Northern California…but that is all about to change. The next step in the story of Retech comes with a transition of much of the manufacturing and assembly previously done in Ukiah, CA to facilities in Świebodzin, Poland. All of the future work done at the SECO/Warwick facilities in Poland will be per the established Retech standards with the focus on maintaining all expectations associated with the Retech brand. The Ukiah office will be downsized and will retain our experienced engineers, leading technical directors, technologists, and service staff. Key leadership roles will continue to be filled and Retech’s unique R&D Center will continue to be built up. Ultimately, the company will then maintain a west coast office along with the recently opened east coast office in Buffalo, NY. Read more

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