Zenith Cutter, a manufacturing company based in Loves Park, Ill., purchased an Ipsen TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with 2-bar gas quenching that will be used at its Metkraft facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The furnace has a graphite work zone measuring 36 x 48 x 36 inches with a 3,000-pound load capacity. It is capable of operating at temperatures of 1000-2400°F (538-1315°C) with ±10°F (±6°C) temperature uniformity. The furnace is also equipped with a closed-loop water system and Ipsen’s PdMetrics predictive-maintenance software.

Zenith Cutter manufactures industrial knives, cutter blades and related accessories to markets including corrugated products, converting, plastics, recycling, roofing, textiles and wood products. The company previously used atmosphere heat treating for production but has transitioned to using vacuum equipment.