Chinese company orders Seco/ Warwick Vector

Seco/Warwick’s flagship machine, Vector, is a single-chamber horizontal vacuum furnace that offers a multitude of possibilities. (Courtesy: Seco/Warwick)

A Chinese company (listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange) has ordered a horizontal vacuum furnace from Seco/Warwick. The furnace will help in producing highly specialized cast parts used in the aerospace industry. 

The customer has ordered a Vector® horizontal vacuum furnace with a graphite chamber and a gas quenching system. The furnace heating zone is 1,500 x 1,500 x 1,800 mm and will handle loads of up to 3,000 kg of precision cast parts needed in aviation and astronautics.

This is Seco/Warwick’s first contract with this client, but the Vector has been known on the Chinese market for years.

“Last year definitely belonged to the Group’s Chinese company, for which it was a historic, record-breaking time full of new orders. The portfolio got bigger by eight new clients, including global companies from the Fortune Global 500 list,” said Liu Yedong, managing director of Seco/Warwick China.

Seco/Warwick’s flagship machine, Vector, is a single-chamber horizontal vacuum furnace that offers a multitude of possibilities. Hundreds of Seco/Warwick vacuum furnaces in operation around the world are proof of this machine’s excellent performance and versatility. Vector single-chamber vacuum heat-treatment furnaces are the perfect solution for manufacturers of precision cast parts. They come with a graphite hot zone (among other options) and can be used for most standard hardening, tempering, annealing, solution heat treating, brazing, and sintering.

“Our Chinese partner expressed the need to improve the quality of its processed components. Vector is the ideal solution because it guarantees high production uniformity, quality, and repeatability. For the astronautics, aviation, and defense sectors, these attributes are crucial. Quality of the end product may decide the safety of many people, which is why precision is the foundation and the highest value for us,” said Maciej Korecki, vice president of the vacuum furnaces segment at Seco/Warwick Group. “The contract means another reliable Vector has been sold and will work in that promising market. And I have no doubt that it will live up to the expectations, just like its predecessors. Because Vector is not only a proven product, but also the synonym for reliability, precision, and efficiency.”

The furnace will be installed in a facility that specializes in the production of high-temperature alloys used in the aviation, shipbuilding, and power industries, offering a wide range of products, including but not limited to, bars, wires, bands, pipes, and specialized castings. Delivery of the furnace is scheduled for June this year.