SECO/WARWICK S.A. supplied a model 2.0VP-4025-78UHV vacuum furnace to the Institute for Nuclear Studies in Swierk, Poland. The furnace is used for the global production of accelerating structures for medical and industrial accelerators. The furnace, with a work zone measuring 643 x 2,000 mm (25.3 x 78.7 inches), has a maximum load weight of 300 kg (661 pounds) and a maximum operating temperature of 1150°C (2102°F).
According to the Institute for Nuclear Studies, the accelerating structure is a cavity system powered by a microwave power source, which accelerates electrons to nearly light speed. The fast electrons strike a tungsten target, which then emits gamma radiation. This radiation is then used to destroy cancerous tumors in medical accelerators or to detect the elements in steel for industrial accelerators.