Establishing a new vacuum heat treating capability requires a significant amount of capital investment in furnace equipment, but there also can be significant costs beyond the price of furnace equipment.
Many decisions must be made when a business assesses the viability of establishing a new vacuum heat treating capability. Innovations in furnace design such as hot zone materials, control packages and quenching systems can offer many operating and performance improvements, but will also affect the capital investment. There can be significant costs beyond the price of the furnace equipment that also need to be understood. Following are some guidelines to assist in this process.