The molybdenum hot zoned vacuum furnace.
The molybdenum hot zoned vacuum furnace.

Furnace specialist Solar Atmospheres has put in place a molybdenum hot zoned vacuum furnace. The all stainless-steel chamber is 24’ wide by 24’ high and 36’ deep and has a hot zone rated at 2500°F. It is equipped with an oversized pumping system which has a series of isolation valves which concentrates the critical vacuum levels within the vacuum chamber. This means that the furnace can cope with the critical materials often encountered in the aerospace, medical, and semiconductor arenas, that are sensitive to vacuum levels and the potential contact of carbon particles. To improve the unshielded processing of critical parts at vacuum levels lower than 5X10-6 Torr without any contamination, Solar Atmospheres will construct an environmentally controlled room surrounding this furnace. The room will be temperature, humidity, and positive pressure controlled which will aid in eliminating water vapor, dust, and debris (FOD) concerns.

‘This brand-new furnace and environs will enable us to guarantee bright clean work while eliminating the safety hazard of handling razor sharp stainless steel foils,’ said Bob Hill, president of Solar Atmospheres. ‘Now that this furnace is fully operational, in 2017 we look forward to adding the MedAccred medical accreditation to our ever-expanding list of approvals.’

This story uses material from Solar Atmospheres, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.