Solar Manufacturing released two helpful booklets for companies operating vacuum furnaces. They are available both on the company’s website and in printed format.

“Important Considerations When Purchasing a Vacuum Furnace” shares practical insights from 11 areas critical to the purchase of a vacuum furnace. These areas include hot-zone work area, load capacity and insulating materials; temperature range; vacuum level and system components; furnace chamber design; gas cooling system, electrical power supply and controls; and more.

“Important Considerations in Selecting a Vacuum Furnace Water Cooling System” covers the components on a vacuum furnace that may need to be water cooled; the different type of water cooling systems available on the market and the advantages and disadvantages of each; and pretreatments that are necessary or advisable with each type of cooling system.

These booklets can be downloaded at by emailing Lori Atkinson at