Westinghouse Specialty Metals Plant in Blairsville, Pa., has purchased a high-vacuum retort annealing furnace from SECO/WARWICK. The furnace, which is rated for 1200°F, will be used to process zirconium tubes. Westinghouse is increasing their plant capacity to meet the needs of customers in both China and the United States.

The furnace is custom engineered to meet the exceptionally tight uniformity standard of ±5°F in the 48-inch x 6-inch x 216-inch hot zones. It will also be equipped with a cold cap high-vacuum diffusion pump.