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Vacuum Gas Nitriding Furnace Reportedly Producing Excellent Results
SOUDERTON, Pa. -- A new vacuum gas nitriding furnace recently installed at Solar Atmospheres is reportedly producing "excellent results on all types of steel alloys and part configurations," the company has announced. The new furnace is designed with a hot zone that measures 36 inches wide x 30 inches high x 48 inches diameter and a work load capacity of 2,500 pounds. It is considered to be "the ideal replacement for the traditional gas retort type nitriding furnace," the company says.
Solar Atmospheres (www.solaratm.com) reports that the equipment has more than exceeded expectations by reducing cycle times by 50% while still providing better overall results on case depth and white layer control. The furnace has also reportedly proven to be very successful in meeting the most stringent surface hardness and white layer requirements of the SAE-Aerospace Specifications. The achieved surface hardness depth still preserves core strength and durability while improving fatigue, corrosion resistance, and anti-galling properties, the company says.
According to Solar Atmospheres, results are easily repeatable using precise Super Systems Inc. controls to accurately program nitriding potential for desired case and white layer structure. The incorporated dual fan re-circulating system and the extremely tight hot zone are said to provide for fast heating and excellent temperature uniformity of the workload. The external gas cooling system further enhances the capability to reduce cycle time. Overall, the company says, the furnace produces "properly nitrided and very clean parts that fully meet required customer specifications."
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