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Mar 16, 2018

Solar Atmospheres of California facility expansion complete

Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) is pleased to announce the completion of its most recent facility expansion. The new expansion allows SCA to double its current heat-treating capacity on the West coast while continually striving to meet the needs of an ever-growing customer base.

Project expansion began in July 2016 with ground breaking for a new 25,000-square-foot building. Upon completion of building construction in July 2017, and applying the lessons learned from SCA’s initial facility build in 2010-11, SCA immediately began the design, fabrication, and installation of all required support systems including water and gas delivery.

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Chuck Miller, maintenance manager/facilities engineer at the Solar
Atmospheres California facility, manages the building and support
systems design and fabrication along with the new equipment design
and installation. (Courtesy: SCA)

In preparation for the added growth, SCA has procured an additional four vacuum furnaces from sister company Solar Manufacturing (SMI), based in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Additional state-of-the-art vacuum heat-treating equipment includes:

SMI Model HFL-5748-10IQ-VC “High Pressure Vacuum Gas Carburizing Furnace”

  • Rigid Graphite Hot Zone design measuring 36”W X 36”H X 48” Deep
  • 35” varian diffusion pump for sustained high-vacuum processing
  • Low pressure vacuum carburizing capability
  • Operating Range: 600°F – 2200°F (maximum temperature 2750°F)
  • Maximum cooling pressure: 10 Bar (135 psig) with 300HP gas blower
  • Maximum loading capacity: 7,000 lbs.

SMI Model HFL-7472-10IQ-VC “High Pressure Vacuum Gas Carburizing Furnace”

  • Rigid graphite hot zone design measuring 48”W X 48”H X 72” Deep
  • 35” varian diffusion pump for sustained high-vacuum processing
  • Low pressure vacuum carburizing capability
  • Operating range: 600°F – 2200°F (maximum temperature 2750°F)
  • Maximum cooling pressure: 10 Bar (135 psig) with 300HP gas blower
  • Maximum loading capacity: 15,000 lbs.

SMI Model HFL-7472-2EQ “All Metal Hot Zone with Isolated Gas Quench System”

  • 6-Layer all moly hot zone design measuring 48”W X 48”H X 72” Deep
  • 35” varian diffusion pump with “isolated” external gas quench system for optimized sustained high-vacuum processing of sensitive materials.
  • Operating range: 600°F – 2400°F (maximum temperature 2800°F)
  • Maximum loading capacity: 15,000 lbs.

SMI Model HCB-120288-2EQ “120” DIA X 288” Long Horizontal Car-Bottom Furnace”

  • Rigid graphite hot zone design measuring 96”W X 96”H X 288” Deep
  • Multiple 35” varian diffusion pumps for sustained high-vacuum processing
  • Operating range: 600°F – 2200°F (Maximum temperature 2600°F)
  • Maximum loading capacity: 150,000 lbs.

All Solar Manufacturing furnaces are designed for high performance, low maintenance, and energy efficient results.

“We are very thankful for the opportunity to grow our facility,” said Derek Dennis, president, Solar Atmospheres of California. “Every SCA employee appreciates the trust and confidence that our customers have placed in our abilities to service their vacuum heat-treating, brazing and carburizing requirements. Our focus remains on providing the highest quality product with unsurpassed customer service on-time, every-time in the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The last 6-plus years of providing vacuum processing services in Southern California have proven to be both challenging and rewarding. We look forward to working with our current customer base along with new customers in solving their heat treat challenges. SCA understands the importance we play in our customers’ supply chain, especially where delivery and quality are expected. These new facility expansions well help us meet these expectations.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.solaratm.com