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Heat Treating: The Roots of ASM

The roots of heat treating run deep within ASM International, as our society was founded in Detroit in 1913 as The Steel Treaters Club. Over the decades, the society's technical scope (and its name) broadened from heat treating to metals to materials with the growth and expansion of membership interests. By 1969, the diversity of these interests resulted in the establishment of Technical Divisions, to focus on the needs of members with specific materials and process needs and to provide networking opportunities for those with similar interests.  

In 1994, the heat treating constituency of ASM – in many ways, the first members of ASM and still one of the largest affinity groups within the membership – created the ASM Heat Treating Society, to provide focused leadership, communications and service development to this vital member group.  

Today, HTS continues to grow and prosper. HTS is the world's largest network of heat treaters, and HTS members work to provide events and services to serve their worldwide membership of captive and commercial heat treaters, equipment manufacturers, researchers, governments and technicians.

Along with receiving the benefits of ASM membership, HTS members also have their own unique leadership and agenda to serve the global heat treating community. The membership of HTS is dedicated to:

  • Bringing heat treaters together to discuss heat treating challenges

  • Providing the technical information, knowledge and education needed by all heat treaters

  • Serving as a central clearinghouse for information of value to heat treaters

  • Interfacing with all organizations that serve heat treaters