# Neutral-Hardening

Commonly known as Quench and Temper, this heat treating process is used to produce parts and components with high hardness and high strength. This process consists of austenitizing, quenching and tempering to produce a tempered martensitic structure.

## Benefits

Neutral Hardening is a heat treatment where transformation to Martensite takes place within seconds. This Martensitic microstructure produces an optimal combination of high strength and toughness. Additionally, Neutral Hardening allows for the hardness of the metal to be adapted for distinct purposes. This process will produce Tempered Martensite that is harder and tougher than ordinary carbon steel.

The Neutral Hardening process is used for parts and components where greater abrasion resistance and higher yield strength are a necessity in a wide range of industries.