Solar Manufacturing Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $8 million manufacturing facility at the Sellersville Business Campus in Sellersville, Pa. Due to substantial growth in recent years, the furnace manufacturer expanded into two separate manufacturing facilities located a few miles apart. The new property will allow Solar to combine its nearly 50 employees under one roof for more efficient production and triple its current space. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019.
Solar Manufacturing shipped a large, horizontal, front-loading vacuum furnace to a titanium manufacturer and fabricator located in the Midwest. The furnace includes a molybdenum-shielded hot zone and heating elements, with a work zone size of 54 inches wide x 54 inches high x 144 inches deep and a weight capacity of 7,500 pounds. It is specifically designed for processing titanium alloys for the aerospace and medical industries, and it is fully compliant to aerospace specification AMS 2750E.
The introduction of additive-manufactured (AM) advanced silicon carbide (SiC), including 3D-printed shapes, opens up a new window of opportunity for end-users, designers and manufacturers of high-temperature heating equipment.
A case-hardening technique in use since the early 20th century, nitriding has been an effective lower-temperature heat treatment for steel workpieces since even before engineers and metallurgists fully understood it.
Solar Manufacturing shipped two vacuum furnaces to an aviation-engine repair facility located in the western U.S. Each furnace is designed with energy-efficient graphite insulation and engineered to accommodate various part and load sizes. Both are tailored specifically to fit the needs of aerospace-engine component repair processing to the aerospace specification AMS 2750E.
Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) completed its most recent facility expansion, which will allow the company to double its heat-treating capacity. The project began in July 2016 with groundbreaking for a new 25,000-square-foot building. Upon completion of construction in July 2017, SCA immediately began the design, fabrication and installation of all required support systems, including water and gas delivery. In preparation for the added capacity, SCA procured four new vacuum furnaces from sister company Solar Manufacturing.