VAC AERO International shipped a bottom-loading vacuum furnace with a work chamber measuring 72 inches in diameter x 60 inches high to an aerospace manufacturer. The furnace includes a high-vacuum pumping system and a 6-bar argon and nitrogen quench system. The quench system’s cooling-nozzle configuration and location have been engineered to improve gas penetration into the workload, gas velocity and cooling speed. The energy-efficient graphite hot zone is capable of processing temperatures up to 2400°F (1315°C), and the heavy-duty hearth is constructed with quickly removable rails of pure molybdenum capable of handling distributed loads up to 4,000 pounds.
The furnace operating system is based on VAC AERO's HC900 interactive hybrid control package with SCADA and complete network integration capabilities and remote monitoring and control.