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Solar Atmospheres facility to install 12-foot vacuum furnace to process titanium

May 01, 2019
Source: ASM International

Solar Atmospheres, Greenville, S.C., announces that it has ordered a new 12-foot car-bottom vacuum furnace with advanced pumping system and rapid cooling capability manufactured by sister company Solar Manufacturing, Hermitage, Pa. Installation is scheduled for early 2020.


This state-of-the-art horizontal vacuum furnace is 144 inches deep, 54 inches wide, and 54 inches high, and is capable of processing loads weighing up to 50,000 pounds. Its design features a vacuum pumping system capable of achieving an ultimate vacuum in the 1×10-6 Torr range, crucial to the processing of titanium and other high-grade alloys. Additionally, the furnace includes newly developed designs for the uniform and rapid cooling of large workloads, allowing the Greenville facility to continue bringing unique processing capabilities to the Southeastern United States.


“We see the acquisition of this new furnace as key to meeting the growing needs of Solar’s customers,” says Regional Sales Manager Michael Paponetti. “This provides yet another tool to lower the cost of heat treatment through economies of scale only experienced through the use of large vacuum furnaces.”

Subject Classifications

Materials Processing and Treatment | Heat Treating

Metals and Alloys | Titanium

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