About

About

Excellence in thermal processing allows you to push the boundaries of what’s possible: whether it’s transforming space exploration, crafting better medical implants or developing more efficient cars and jet engines. Backed by more than 70 years of experience, our global team works in concert so that manufacturers and commercial heat treaters can innovate with confidence.

We equip manufacturers to perform precise, repeatable heat treatment that enhances safety, enables innovation and fuels business growth.

PdMetrics predictive maintenance technology for vacuum furnaces

We strive to build more precise, reliable furnaces and modern controls technology so that you can create a safer, more advanced world. This is proven through the 100+ patents held by Ipsen’s experts worldwide. 

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We support our cutting-edge vacuum and atmosphere furnaces with software that enables predictive maintenance and integrates with IoT platforms.

Ipsen Field Service Engineer at vacuum furnace controls

To ensure you obtain your desired results, we focus on process research and development in addition to providing advanced customer support, training and testing.

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With Industry 4.0 and IoT at the forefront of modern manufacturing, we partner with our customers to build the factories of the future.

Our History

Our History

Our company has been growing alongside our customers since the 1940s, and our future is as bright as ever. Browse these defining moments from our company’s history.

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1940s

Harold Ipsen designs and builds a pottery kiln for his wife Lorraine, and discovers he can apply his technology to heat treating. Word quickly spreads to manufacturers about Harold Ipsen’s innovation. He later established Ipsen as a heat treating furnace manufacturer in the United States.

1950s

Ipsen operates six regional sales offices across the country staffed with engineers and metallurgists. International expansion begins with the founding of Ipsen Industries (GmbH) in Kleve, Germany, focused on manufacturing atmosphere furnaces. Ipsen Ceramics begins operations in a new, 15,000 ft2 (4,572 m2) facility in Pecatonica, Illinois.

1960s

Ipsen begins manufacturing vacuum heat treating equipment for aircraft, rockets and defense applications, building the first horizontal vacuum furnace and the first top-loading vacuum furnace. The company also expands its European presence into England and France.

1970s

Ipsen’s Cherry Valley plant undergoes its fourth expansion, adding 20,000 ft2 (6,096 m2) of production and warehousing space. An automated atmosphere furnace line and the first ion nitriding furnace are introduced. European expansion continues with the founding of Ipsen Industries Nordiska AB Sweden.

1980s

Ipsen rolls out several new products including the TurboTreater vacuum furnace, Ivadizer and the ToolTreater furnace. During this decade, a partnership is formed with vacuum furnace manufacturer Abar and the company becomes known as Abar Ipsen. Ipsen Germany undergoes expansion, adding 1,200 m2 (3,937 ft2) of spare parts storage space, 3,000 m2 (9,842 ft2) for administration, and an additional 1,500 m2 (4,921 ft2) of production space.

1990s

In the early part of the decade, Ipsen Germany’s assembly halls are destroyed by a fire and a new production facility is completed and inaugurated within the same year. New facilities are established in China which offer sales and support with manufacturing operations in Shanghai. Ipsen obtains ISO 9001 certification and officially drops Abar from the company name.

2000s

Although purchased by Ipsen in the 90s, VFS (Vacuum Furnace Systems) Corporation in Souderton, Pennsylvania, adopts the Ipsen name in 2007. Today, the manufacturing facility is the world’s largest producer of vacuum furnace hot zones. Ipsen introduces Global VR, a TurboTreater unit with convection, the AvaC furnace and the TITAN furnace, a compact, global platform vacuum furnace. International operations expand to India and Japan, and Ipsen Germany celebrates 50 years in business.

2010s

Ipsen focuses on platform products by delivering the first TITAN® vacuum and ATLAS® atmosphere standard furnaces. The PdMetrics software platform launches, which integrates with the IoT and provides predictive maintenance capabilities. Worldwide activities continue to expand with the establishment of sales offices in Paris and Milan. Ipsen Germany grows with an acquisition. During this decade, Ipsen is also awarded its 10,000th new furnace contract.

2020s

Ipsen establishes two global Excellence Centers, a decision driven by demand for expanded technical services, accelerating development of new materials and consolidation of process expertise. The Atmosphere Technology Excellence Center (Germany) and Vacuum Technology Excellence Center (USA) enable faster-paced innovation and a laser-focus on performance and quality.

Careers

Careers

The work our team members do every day matters. If you are a sharp, driven professional looking to make an impact, then Ipsen may be the ideal place for you.

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Impact

Mission-Critical Work

Our services and solutions make next-level human achievement possible, keep consumers safe and help industrial companies grow. You’ll be part of exciting projects at Ipsen that make a difference in the world.
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Advancement & Training

Hone your skills with on-the-job training and programs like the Ipsen Corporate Academy. We seek to promote and develop from within, which enhances the strength of our knowledge and helps our team members achieve their goals.
Dedication

High-Performing Teams

When you join Ipsen, you’ll be surrounded by a group of people who share a commitment to quality and achievement. With us, you’ll get to do the best work of your life alongside others doing the best work of their lives.
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What Guides Us

We provide innovative, industry-leading solutions and high-quality services. We strengthen long-term customer relationships. We focus on quality products, employee commitment and customer success. We maintain a corporate culture of trust, cooperative leadership, teamwork and open communication. We’re committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of employees, our customers and the communities we serve.

Benefits

We provide a benefits package that allows our team members to lead healthy, successful lives. Our company culture is designed to help our team members achieve great things together while advancing our strategic vision. While details vary across roles and global locations, benefits we offer include:

  • Retirement savings plan
  • Health care coverage
  • Disability benefits
  • Life insurance options
  • Wellness program incentives
  • Paid time off & holiday shut-down period
  • Tuition reimbursement

Everyone is eager to help each other and work together to make sure projects are successes and that our customers are happy. We take pride in our work and always improving our products!
Nathan

Joined Ipsen as a software engineer, but now I’m a pilot too! Work-life balance? Ipsen is the place!
Goutham

Great things in an organization are never done by one person. It takes a combined effort by people who respect each other. Ipsen’s culture is that team! As I express to my son – there is no “I” in TEAM.
Jerri
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. View documents below to learn more.

Global Presence

Global Presence

With facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, along with representation in 34 countries, we help manufacturers and commercial heat treaters around the world achieve accurate, repeatable results.

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Excellence Center – Cherry Valley, IL

USA

At our Vacuum Technology Excellence Center, we engineer and build cutting-edge solutions for demanding markets such as aerospace and medical. This 100,000 square-foot facility is conveniently located about 60 miles west of Chicago.
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Excellence Center – Kleve

Germany

At our Atmosphere Technology Excellence Center, we build the most advanced atmosphere furnaces available. With a large team and 47,000 square-meter facility, we provide solutions for manufacturers and commercial heat treaters everywhere.
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Regional Customer Center — Shanghai

China

Based out of Shanghai, Ipsen experts work to serve customers in the region with sales, technical support and aftermarket projects.
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Regional Customer Center — Kolkata & Pune

India

Ipsen India operates out of its manufacturing plant in Kolkata with additional service and support provided through regional offices.
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Regional Customer Center — Osaka

Japan

Ipsen Japan was established in 2008 in Osaka and provides sales, aftermarket and technical support to customers across the country.
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