Solar Manufacturing has received an order for a horizontal-loading vacuum furnace from a powder metal manufacturer in Xi’an, China. The furnace features a high-efficiency, graphite-insulated hot zone for operating temperatures up to 2650°F. The work zone measures 42 inches wide x 42 inches x 60 inches deep with a gross load capacity of 3,500 pounds. Molybdenum elements will heat workloads rapidly while tapered graphite gas nozzles direct quench gas onto the workload for optimum gas cooling. A diffusion pumping system is used for high-vacuum applications up to 10-6 Torr.