Magnetic Shields Ltd. of Kent, England, and Solar Manufacturing have had a strong partnership since 2016. In this time, Solar Manufacturing has engineered one vacuum furnace and has been commissioned to design and build a second furnace. This new furnace will be one of the largest horizontal vacuum furnaces in the U.K.
The new HFL-7496-EQ vacuum furnace, being built with a SolarVac® Polaris control system, will be designed to accommodate loads up to 48” wide x 48” high x 96” deep, (1,220 x 1,220 x 2,440mm) with a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds (2270 kgs). Operating at a vacuum level of 10-5 Torr, this new furnace will be able to reach temperatures up to 2,400°F (1,315°C). It will feature a partial pressure hydrogen gas process and an external quench system designed for negative pressure quenching.
Rick Jones, VP of international sales at Solar Manufacturing, said, “Solar Manufacturing is very pleased to be selected as the supplier to further support Magnetic Shields in leading the production of equipment for the medical industry and other high technology applications, specifically, high performance large magnetic shields and low field shielded rooms.”
Magnetic Shields Ltd. Director Colin Woolger said, “Magnetic Shields is delighted to order our second vacuum furnace from Solar Manufacturing. The new furnace will enable us to more than double the maximum size of shields we can now produce in one piece and also increase the general heat-treatment capacity for our growing company. This order was awarded, in no small part, due to the superb reliability of our existing Solar Manufacturing furnace which has revolutionized the consistency and quality of our magnetic heat-treatment process, a key stage in the manufacture of all of our shielding products. We look forward to the new furnace arriving later this year.”
Solar Manufacturing designs and manufactures a wide variety of vacuum heat-treating, sintering, and brazing furnaces.
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