Solar Atmospheres ordered a 12-foot-long car-bottom vacuum furnace with advanced pumping system and rapid cooling capability for its Greenville, S.C., facility. The 144-inch-deep x 54-inch-wide x 54-inch-high horizontal furnace is capable of processing loads up to 50,000 pounds. Manufactured by sister company Solar Manufacturing, installation is scheduled for early 2020. The furnace design features a vacuum pumping system capable of achieving an ultimate vacuum of 1 x 10-6 Torr, which is crucial to the processing of titanium and other high-grade alloys.

The furnace will apply newly developed designs for the uniform and rapid cooling of large workloads, allowing Solar’s Greenville facility to continue bringing unique processing capabilities to the southeastern U.S.