We live in the real world, and things break down or otherwise drift from factory settings. Patchwork repairs (that all too often become permanent) and temporary fixes are poor substitutes for properly planned and well-executed maintenance activities.
Solar Manufacturing shipped a vacuum furnace for processing additively manufactured parts to a large science and technology laboratory. The lab requires the furnace, which has a maximum temperature of 2400°F (1315°C), to further their research and development work. Built with Solar Manufacturing’s SolarVac Polaris control system and a graphite-insulated hot zone, the furnace is designed to accommodate loads up to 36 inches wide x 36 inches high x 48 inches deep with a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds.
Just as we’ve done in the past with other topics, Industrial Heating will take a look at the most-viewed Vacuum/Surface Treating articles (in terms of page views) on our website. Data was collected for 12 months, from August 2018 to August 2019.
Solar Manufacturing Inc. relocated Souderton, Pa., to Sellersville, Pa. Situated on a combined 8.5 acres just 3 miles from the previous location, the newly constructed $10 million building has 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 17,500 square feet of office space. Solar Manufacturing has the option of adding an extra 22,500 square feet to the manufacturing building in the future.
SECO/VACUUM Technologies (SVT), a SECO/WARWICK Group division with headquarters in Meadville, Pa., will supply a dual-chamber vacuum oil-quench furnace to an aerospace equipment manufacturer. The company is bringing its low-pressure carburizing and hardening work in-house. The furnace uses one chamber for vacuum heat treatment and the second chamber for oil quenching.
Quaker Houghton agreed to acquire the operating divisions of Norman Hay plc, a private U.K. company that provides specialty chemicals, operating equipment and services to industrial end markets. Norman Hay serves industries including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and power generation through four divisions: Ultraseal, Sifco ASC, Surface Technology and Norman Hay Engineering.
Ipsen USA announced its next Corporate Academy class for training field service engineers, part of a fast-track development strategy to continue increasing technical service capacity in the field. This strategy provides a solution to drive the success of heat treating in the industrial manufacturing space. Participants get 26 weeks of comprehensive classroom knowledge, hands-on troubleshooting experience and on-the-job field training. The goal is that participants leave the program with expertise in servicing and maintaining furnace equipment.
Solar Atmospheres, in conjunction with the William and Myrtle Jones Foundation, donated and installed a laboratory furnace for Lehigh University’s Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The furnace was designed and built by Solar Manufacturing. With SolarVac Polaris control system, a hot zone capable of holding up to 250 pounds and a maximum temperature of 2800°F, the furnace was installed in Lehigh University’s Whitaker Lab, along with the necessary Solar-built transformer and water cooling system.