Product Name: Annealing Made Perfect Induction Annealing Machine
NOTE: The Annealing Made Perfect Annealing Machine is manufactured in New Zealand and is not always in stock due to a limited availability. If not shown in stock, please let us know if you would like us to put you on a waiting list for the next available shipment.
We have used this machine ourselves on 6BR, 308 Win, 6.5/284 cases, and 6mm PPC cases and it really works. We were fortunate to be able to test one of the early models and we loved it. We have always been disappointed by various annealing methods we have tried especially those using torches. The variations in consistent heating and incorrect temperatures drove us crazy. Just seemed like voodoo! The guys at Annealing Made Perfect studied the issues, went back to the basics, worked with a metallurgical department doing testing on brass and after years of research came up with this machine. They have put all of their research and testing into building a machine that is easy to use and can be tuned specifically for annealing different case brands and even cases that have been neck turned. Once you get this unit, you can be annealing cases within minutes of receiving.
Cases will be hot right after annealing. Do not quench but just drop into a heat resistant pan. We used a foil pan from the grocery store. A heat resistant dish will work well and maybe better.
- This product includes the annealing machine, a 110V power cord, a shellholder grip (you provide your own shellholder), a USB lead cord for future use and software updates, and an instruction booklet.
- Anneal cartridges from 17 Hornet to 460 Weatherby
- Program settings were established by laboratory micro-Vickers neck hardness testing. Updated setting numbers are available on the www.ampannealing.com website
- No voodoo, no magic, no melting temperature sticks
- Ready to go out of the box - you can be annealing in minutes.
- SOLD SEPARATELY: Specific pilots are required for using - make sure you order what you need to get started. They are made for specific cartridges or cartridge families.
- Change from one cartridge to another in seconds. Change pilots, shellholder and setting number. That's all it takes.
- Cycle time is about 5 to 6 cases a minute depending on the cartridge and the manufacturer.
- Utilize your own press type shellholders that attach to the provided shellholder grip to hold the cartridges.
Watch the Annealing Made Perfect Machine in Action
The output inductor features a custom manufactured ferrite core with an air gap designed to focus magnetic fields. This means there is no work coil, and therefore nothing to burn out or need replacing. Because there is no work coil, there is also no need for water cooling. The ability of the annealing machine to run for extended tie depends partly on the ambient room temperature. A room temperature of 70 degree F/20 degree C is ideal.
In common with any induction heater, with extended use, the output inductor will gradually heat up. Multiple fans are installed in the annealing machine to keep the circuitry and inductor cool After 40 to 50 cases have been annealed, the top of the unit behind the pilot will start to feel warm to the touch. This is normal.
In the event that the output inductor should reach 190 degree F/90 degree C (inside the machine), a thermal cutout will activate to protect the unit. If that occurs, leave the annealing machine turned on so the fans continue cooling. It will automatically reset after 30 minutes, once cooling is complete.
The new circuitry means that the annealing machine can be run continuously for a minimum of 200 cases on any program setting without approaching cutout provided that the ambient temperature is around 70 degree F/20 degree C. Many users go well beyond this.
Annealing Made Perfect features a full-shielded housing. By the very nature of induction, electromagnetic interference is produced when the unit is powered up. If uncontrolled, this can affect other electric devices such as radios. For that reason, federal regulations apply. The shielded housing and electrical filtering effectively blocks and contains all these emissions. Annealing Made Perfect has now passed all international EMC standards. The unit even features internal shielding enclosures to ensure accurate and reliable performance.
Uniquely, the Annealing Made Perfect machine has adjustable power and time settings built into the pre-established programs. This allows small and very precise increments in annealed neck hardness. When setting the correct program for new brass, we start low and work up until we achieve the target hardness of 105Hv.
We have not attempted to include an auto-feed function at this stage. The Annealing Made Perfect unit is designed for the user to accurately insert each cartridge manually to exactly the same point in the air gap every time. We have found that a variation of just 2 mm makes a significant difference to the resulting hardness. Once the user is familiar with the use, it can be cycled at around 5 to 6 cases per minute or for comparison purposes, about the same amount of time as case sizing or bullet seating. Auto-feeding may be re-visited at some time in the future.
Depth of insertion into the air gap is critical. A variation of only a few millimeters can make a significant difference to your results. Therefore, we supply depth specific pilots which do not need any adjustment. You simply thread them in all the way and they are ready to go. There is some commonality in cartridge families. For example, the family 243 Winchester, 7-08 Remington and 308 Winchester all utilize the same pilot, Pilot # 11.
Annealing Made Perfect (AMP) Annealing Machine ReviewReview by Bill Gravatt
I had been following the progress of Alex and Matt Findlay with Annealing Made Perfect for almost three years as they pursued making the best annealing product for the private reloading market. The short explanation of why we anneal brass is to return the brass to a softer and consistent hardness after the brass has work-hardened from repetitive firing and sizing. As the President/co-owner of Sinclair International for over 21 years I saw a lot of products come through our doors that annealed brass but these products always seemed like they had very little supportive data and research behind them. Most of them were based on some type of torch system. The New Zealand-based father/son team of Alex and Matt spent these past three years addressing the challenging questions about annealing:
- What is the correct temperature to reach when annealing?
- How long should you take to get to that temp and how long should you remain there?
- How frequently should you anneal?
- Can you ruin your expensive brass?
- How do we make the process repeatable for the handloader?
- How do you accurately measure the case hardness?