2016

Published on 12/16/2016
Categories: Insider tips

Vacuum furnace hot zone: graphite vs all-metal design #2

Keeping furnace downtime to an absolute minimum also means to be able to make the right choice of hot zone. In fact, the hot zone contributes to the performance of the whole system. It has an impact on the process quality, the temperature uniformity, the heating and cooling rates and the furnace's energy consumption. Therefore, which is the hot zone most economical and best performing based on losses and overall power costs? Graphite-based or all-metal design?

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Published on 12/12/2016
Categories: Insider tips

Vacuum furnace hot zone: graphite vs all-metal design #1

Molybdenum and graphite are the most popular choices as hearth materials in vacuum furnaces. Throughout the last 40 years, the heat treating industry has experienced a significant shift in the type of hot zone most commonly used in furnaces. In the 1970s, most of the heat zones installed were all-metal hot zones. Today, however, the vast majority are graphite-based hot zones. But, what is the most efficient design in order to minimize hot zone losses and reduce power consumption?

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Published on 11/25/2016
Categories: Aerospace

Diffusion bonding of titanium: The Definitive Guide

Advanced engineering components require not only better materials but also new joining or welding processes. Recently, diffusion bonding has become a viable process in the fabrication of structural hardware or fluid and gas flow devices for aerospace and electronic industries. This technology heats and applies pressure on joint materials and uses molecular diffusion to bond them. This means that the resulting joint has properties similar or equal to the parent materials. The process has the ability to produce high quality titanium joints so that neither metallurgical discontinuities nor porosity exist across the interface.

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Published on 11/10/2016
Categories: Insider tips

Vacuum furnaces: 5 reasons to choose a safety PLC

Today there is a great deal of talk about safety PLCs. This, obviously, creates questions such as: why a safety PLC should be installed on my vacuum furnace? Are safety PLCs really useful? What are the advantages compared to traditional safety relays? Therefore, I want to give you 5 good reasons to install a safety PLC to maintain an efficient internal control system.

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Published on 10/21/2016
Categories: Maintenance

Vacuum furnace: how to calibrate the cooling system
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As you know, heat dissipation is critical in the thermal process. For that reason, in this video, I'm going to show you how to calibrate the cooling system for an optimal management of your vacuum furnace. A correct calibration ensures greater efficiency of the cooling system and a significant savings in terms of energy consumption of pumps and the water used.

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