SECO/WARWICK Corp. delivered a vacuum furnace to a U.S.-based global industrial manufacturer. The company will use the furnace to overcome the issue of tight temperature uniformity in a vacuum at low temperatures. The furnace will operate at 800°F (427°C) and maintain a +/-10°F temperature uniformity with 1 x 10-4 torr vacuum in a 12-inch-wide x 6-inch-high x 12-inch-long hot zone. Temperature uniformity is difficult at low temperatures and without an atmosphere because of the lack of convection. The furnace, which has an operating range of up to 2400°F (1315°C), is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014.

In other news, SECO/WARWICK will host its Southwest Summit on March 27-28 in San Antonio, Texas. The event, New Trends in Heat Treatment, will take attendees through a broad range of best practices, trending topics and top technologies. The Southwest Summit features industry notables such as The Heat Treat Doctor, Dan Herring, and Richard D. Sisson Jr., director of manufacturing and materials engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Professionals from Rolled Alloys, Schunk Graphite, Praxair, Super Systems and Invensys Eurotherm will join experts from SECO/WARWICK to complete the event’s educational program. “The subjects and speakers at the Southwest Seminar offer a diverse blend of practical experience, engineering knowledge and scientific foundations sure to provide answers to even the most challenging heat-treat questions or problems,” Herring said. Click here for more information.